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April 4, 2010 | By Dylan Hernandez
At PNC Park, Pittsburgh Monday, 10:35 a.m.: Vicente Padilla (12-6, 4.46 ERA in 2009) vs. Zach Duke (11-16, 4.06) Wednesday, 4:05 p.m.: Clayton Kershaw (8-8, 2.79) vs. Ross Ohlendorf (11-10, 3.92) Thursday, 9:35 a.m.: Chad Billingsley (12-11, 4.04) vs. Paul Maholm (8-9, 4.44) On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 790, 930. 2009 series: Dodgers, 4-3. Opening-day facts: The last time the Dodgers and Pirates faced each other on opening day was in 1955, when the Dodgers were still in Brooklyn.
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April 4, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
Vin Scully, marching to the middle of the field to throw out the ceremonial first pitch in all his red-roaring glory, was on time. Yasiel Puig was not. Sandy Koufax, sprinting out of the dugout to home plate to catch that pitch amid shrieks of surprise, was on time. Yasiel Puig was not. The best of Dodgers history and majesty showed up as scheduled Friday in what should have been a glorious 53rd home opener at Dodger Stadium. If only their most exciting young player of the present had shown this game the same respect.
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April 9, 1989 | JIM DONAGHY, Associated Press
In the spring of 1969, three men mapped a plan of flying to the moon and the New York Mets dreamed of playing among the stars. In July, Neil Armstrong took that one small step on the moon and Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman and Cleon Jones were the stars. When the Mets arrived in St. Peterburg for spring training on Feb. 19, 1969, they were secure in the knowledge that they would not finish ninth or 10th, as they had for every year since the franchise was born in 1962. The National League split into two, six-team divisions in 1969 as Montreal and San Diego entered the league.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | Steve Lopez
The dreaded Giants were in town and Dodger fans were out in force on opening day, tailgating, wearing the blue and turning Elysian Park into a giant latrine. Chad Kline of Echo Park was walking his dog, Lola, early Friday morning when he saw fans hiking up into the bushes between Scott and Academy Roads to water the plants. "I went up to these three motorcycle officers … and informed them about 15 gentlemen were urinating in the park and I said, 'I think it's illegal, what are you going to do about it?
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March 1, 2009 | Associated Press
New York Mets ace Johan Santana says that his opening day start could be in jeopardy as he continues to battle tightness in his elbow. "We have 162 games," Santana said Saturday. "What we have to accomplish takes 162 games. Everything starts April 6, if it's going to be me or somebody else. It's tough to say right now." Santana met with Mets General Manager Omar Minaya and Manager Jerry Manuel for about 40 minutes Saturday morning to discuss a plan of action for his ailing elbow.
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February 16, 2013 | By Dylan Hernandez
PHOENIX -- Clayton Kershaw will be the Dodgers' opening-day starter for the third consecutive year, Manager Don Mattingly announced Saturday. The Dodgers start their season on April 1 against the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. As the team took the field for the first full-squad workout of the spring, Mattingly said of Kershaw, “You like guys that are low maintenance. He's been relatively healthy. He's pretty consistent in his outings.
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April 6, 1992 | BETH KLEID, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Play Ball!: This morning KABC (790 AM) radio's "The Ken & Barkley Company" with Ken Minyard and Roger Barkley will broadcast live from Dodger Stadium, featuring an opening-day breakfast at home plate starting at 5. . . . On NBC's "Today" show, Joe Garagiola and Willard Scott will be stationed in right field at Baltimore's new stadium, Camden Yards, to join in festivities with the Baltimore Orioles. . . . "Entertainment Tonight," on KNBC Channel 4 at 7 p.m.
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March 31, 2011 | By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
Nationals Park will feature all the patriotic trappings one would expect on opening day for the national pastime in its capital city. Everything, that is, except for the president of the United States. Indeed, both the White House and the Washington Nationals say President Obama is skipping the Major League Baseball season opener, despite the standing invitation for the first fan to throw out the ceremonial first pitch. Uniformed personnel representing all five service branches will fill in for their commander in chief, part of a tribute by the team to the U.S. military and their families before the game Thursday against the Atlanta Braves.
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April 19, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Bryce Harper had a great opening day, homering in his first two at-bats as the Washington Nationals defeated the Miami Marlins, 2-0. To top it off, it was his first major league opening day, making it extra special for him. Many players will save a memento from their first opening day, be it a game ball, cap or jersey. Harper wanted to save his jersey. Something to show the grandkids one day. "This is the jersey I wore when I homered twice..... " Well, the Nationals had different ideas.
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March 17, 2011 | By Mike DiGiovanna
Reporting from Scottsdale, Ariz. Kendrys Morales has no doubt he will return to the form that made him one of baseball's most prolific sluggers in 2009, when he hit .306 with 34 home runs and 108 runs batted in. "I am 100% confident of that," the Angels first baseman said through a translator Thursday. There is plenty of doubt as to when Morales, who sat out most of 2010 after suffering a fractured lower-left leg May 29, will return to that level. Morales, who had surgery in June, still isn't running full speed in a straight line, and until he does, he won't run the bases.
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March 26, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
For Chone Figgins, his reunion with the Angels in the Freeway Series will mark a triumph. Games against his former team used to a be painful reminder of what he left behind. Over the next three days, when the Dodgers and Angels face each other in their annual exhibition series, they will be a testament to his perseverance. Figgins is on the Dodgers' major league roster, a minor miracle considering how he has spent the last several years. He went into spring training on a minor league contract.
OPINION
March 22, 2014
This, we Dodger fans have been told, is our year. And for a while, most of us won't get to see it. Opening Day tends to stir the optimist in the most despondent fan, but much of the Dodgers faithful are missing out today: The Dodgers and Time Warner Cable still haven't come to terms with other pay-TV providers on carrying the cable channel that will broadcast the team's regular-season games. For cord-cutters, there's no hope at all: Free, over-the-air broadcasts are out too. Taken together with higher ticket prices, the prospect of being shut out from the most promising season in decades hasn't sat well with readers.
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March 20, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
SYDNEY, Australia -- With left-hander Wade Miley pitching for the Arizona Diamondbacks on opening day, Justin Turner will start in place of Dee Gordon at second base for the Dodgers on Saturday at Sydney Cricket Ground. Turner bats right-handed and Gordon left-handed. Right fielder Yasiel Puig will bat leadoff, according to Manager Don Mattingly. Puig will be followed, in order, by Turner, shortstop Hanley Ramirez, Gonzalez, left fielder Scott Van Slyke, third baseman Juan Uribe, center fielder Andre Ethier, catcher A.J. Ellis and pitcher Clayton Kershaw.
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March 19, 2014 | By Bill Shaikin
TEMPE, Ariz. - Could the Angels open the season without a left-hander in the bullpen? That is one of the possibilities they are considering in the wake of an elbow injury to Brian Moran, the left-hander selected by the Angels in the Rule 5 draft last December. Moran has not pitched in a week because of elbow soreness. The injury is not considered serious. Sean Burnett has been all but ruled out for Opening Day. The Angels can option Nick Maronde, the only left-handed reliever remaining in camp beyond Burnett and Moran, to the minor leagues.
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March 16, 2014 | By Steve Dilbeck
As if it wasn't bad enough that Zach Greinke's comments about only a few Dodgers being giddy over opening the season in Sydney had turned most of Australia into Diamondbacks fans, now the rest of the world might be pulling for them in the two-game series. It's hard not to feel sorry for the Diamondbacks after it was learned Sunday their No. 1 starting pitcher, Patrick Corbin, was scratched from the trip with a sore elbow and could be headed for Tommy John surgery. Corbin was scheduled to start the opener against the Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw on Saturday, but now Arizona will go with Wade Miley.
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March 15, 2014 | By Dylan Hernandez
Dodgers 5, Padres 4; White Sox 5, Dodgers 4 AT THE PLATE: Dee Gordon was two for three with a triple, raising his exhibition average to .282. Gordon also stole a base, making him nine for his ninth in nine on the spring on stolen-base attempts. Manager Don Mattingly has been highly complimentary of Gordon, an indication he could be the team's opening-day second baseman. ON THE MOUND: Closer Kenley Jansen threw another scoreless inning to maintain his 0.00 earned-run average.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2012 | By Ari Bloomekatz, Los Angeles Times
After numerous delays and cost increases, Los Angeles County transportation officials Friday said the first segment of the long-awaited Expo Line will finally open to the public April 28. The light-rail line will carry commuters 7.9 miles between downtown Los Angeles and the eastern edge of Culver City in about half an hour. "Some of us didn't think we'd live long enough to see this day, but we made it," said Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky, who is also a Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board member.
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February 26, 2014 | By Chuck Schilken
Hall of Fame shortstop Ozzie Smith thinks the opening day of the major league baseball season should be a national holiday. And he's taking his idea straight to the top -- if he can get the 100,000 petition signatures required for a review by the Obama administration. Smith has teamed with Budweiser for the campaign. So far the website set up for the campaign has collected more than 21,000 online signatures. “There are 22 million people who have, some point in time, played hooky from work or school, so it's already an unofficial holiday,” Smith said . “We're just trying to make it an official holiday by getting those 100,000 signatures so I can march them up to the front of the White House.” Anheuser-Busch InBev pointed to a survey of 1,004 Americans 21 or older, saying 10% of them indicated they had skipped work on first day of the MLB season.
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March 10, 2014 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
What would Memorial Day be without the opening of something new on the theme park scene? Las Vegas' cool pool parties start this month, but families with children will have to wait until May for new Cowabunga Bay water park in Henderson and the debut of the Tornado water ride at Wet 'n' Wild Las Vegas. Cowabunga Bay in suburban Vegas will open May 24 with seven water slides inside a park that has a '60s vibe , according to the website. A sampling of the slides: Zuma ZooMa puts visitors into a capsule and "blasts" them through a high-speed loop.
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March 9, 2014 | By Kevin Baxter
PHOENIX -- Manager Don Mattingly confirmed Sunday what everyone has known for a long time: Clayton Kershaw will be the Dodgers starter when the team begins its season next week against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia. "Any time you get to start opening day, no matter what continent, it's an honor," said Kershaw, who has started the Dodgers' first game in each of the last three seasons. "It's pretty special. I don't take it for granted. " Kershaw prepped for that start with a steady five-inning outing against the San Francisco Giants, one in which he gave up two runs and five hits.
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