Game 3: Kenta Maeda’s debut is a triumph of momentum, a pox upon the DH.

Kenta Maeda

Kenta Maeda’s major league debut featured six shutout innings and a historic home run. (Associated Press photo)

SAN DIEGO >> Kenta Maeda and the 2016 Dodgers are making this look easier than it is. Maeda hit a solo home run (video), and so did Yasiel Puig (video), in a 7-0 win over the Padres that gave birth to some rather impressive firsts. The box score is here.

Maeda was anything but boastful in his postgame comments.

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Watch: Pitcher Kenta Maeda hits the Dodgers’ first home run of the season.

SAN DIEGO >> Kenta Maeda struck out in his first major league at-bat Wednesday against the Padres. In his second at-bat, he did this.

The home run traveled an estimated 352 feet (358 per MLB’s Statcast tool), and it established a couple firsts. It was the first hit of Maeda’s major league career and, remarkably, the first home run by any player on either team in the series.

The San Diego Padres still haven’t scored this season through four innings of their third game.

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Game 1: Dodgers make Dave Roberts a convincing winner in his debut.

Opening Day

The Dodgers shut out the San Diego Padres 15-0 at Petco Park on Monday. (Scott Varley/Staff photographer)

Dave Roberts‘ energy apparently spoke louder than his words in the Dodgers’ season-opening 15-0 win over the Padres on Monday. The box score is here. The photo gallery is here.

Chase Utley took a rare turn in the leadoff spot and went 3-for-5, including a double off Tyson Ross to begin the game.

Two quotes that didn’t make either story are worth mentioning here:
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Chase Utley, 37, is the Dodgers’ Opening Day leadoff hitter.

Chase Utley

Chase Utley has two hits in 11 plate appearances leading off a game in his career. He’ll lead off Monday against the San Diego Padres. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)


SAN DIEGO — Chase Utley had been in eight Opening Day lineups before today, but never had he been penciled into the leadoff slot.
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