Clayton Kershaw, who will start Opening Day against the Padres on April 4, has made five consecutive Opening Day starts. The Dodgers have won all five games. (David Crane/Staff photographer)
On April 5, 2010, Vicente Padilla started for the Dodgers against the Pittsburgh Pirates. That’s notable for a handful of reasons. It was Opening Day, and the only time in the last nine years the Dodgers have begun their season on the road against a non-NL West opponent.
It was also the last time someone other than Clayton Kershaw started on Opening Day for the Dodgers. Vicente Padilla. There’s your trivia answer.
Brett Anderson had to leave a game in July because of inflammation in the sheath around his left Achilles tendon. (Associated Press photo)
SAN DIEGO — Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson left his start against the San Diego Padres in the sixth inning with an apparent left leg injury.
Update (4:15 p.m.): The Dodgers say Anderson has a cramp in his left calf muscle.
SAN DIEGO — Yasmani Grandal would likely not be starting Sunday against the San Diego Padres regardless of his batting line. It’s a day game after a night game, A.J. Ellis hasn’t played in the series, and Brett Anderson (who hasn’t lost a game that Ellis has caught this season) is pitching.
As it stands, Grandal is hitless in his last 33 at-bats, including an 0-for-3 game Saturday in which he was hit by a pitch on his foot. Here’s what Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has noticed from Grandal during his slump:
Alex Wood pitched seven innings against the San Diego Padres on Saturday, his longest start as a Dodger, and did not allow a run. (Associated Press photo)
SAN DIEGO — For Dodgers manager Don Mattingly
, leaving Alex Wood
to pitch seven innings or more was a matter of getting the right matchup. For Wood, it meant something more. His seven shutout innings worked out pretty well regardless of what it meant to anyone in the Dodgers’ 2-0 win
. The box score is here
The Dodgers’ recent 13-for-13 success rate stealing bases is a result of new personnel and a new intensity.
SAN DIEGO — Don Mattingly spoke to MLB Chief Baseball Officer Joe Torre today about a controversial ruling in the sixth inning of the Dodgers’ 10-7 loss to the Padres on Thursday.
In case you missed the play, and the subsequent challenge which the Dodgers lost, here it is: