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.

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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.

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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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