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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‘Odds are decreasing’ that Yasmani Grandal will be healthy by Opening Day.

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Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, right, hasn’t played since Monday. (Getty Images)

GLENDALE, Ariz. — Maybe the most nerve-wracking thing about Yasmani Grandal’s strained right forearm is that it doesn’t hurt when he’s at rest. So the Dodgers catcher has stood at his locker and dutifully answered questions about the pain and says simply, honestly, that he isn’t in pain.

But then he’ll get back to work and the pain will return, and that’s why he hasn’t appeared in a game since Monday. He won’t be back next Monday, either.
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Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day for the sixth straight year.

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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.

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Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson leaves game with apparent injury to left leg. Update.

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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.

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Watch: Don Mattingly on Yasmani Grandal, hitless in his last 33 at-bats.

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:

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