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GLENDALE, Ariz. — With a loaded rotation, the Dodgers had a decision to make regarding which ace would get the ball on Opening Day. As has been the case for most of the last decade, manager Dave Roberts announced Sunday that Clayton Kershaw will be on the mound for the Dodgers on April 1 against the Rockies.
When Kershaw takes the mound on April 1, the future Hall of Famer will be making his ninth start on Opening Day. That will be the most in franchise history. Kershaw was scheduled to start his ninth Opening Day last season, but a back injury before the game forced the Dodgers to start Dustin May.
Kershaw is one of the best pitchers in franchise history and the left-hander finally led the Dodgers to a World Series title in 2020 after being unable to get over the hump in previous postseason appearances. The three-time Cy Young Award winner and former MVP went 6-2 with a 2.16 ERA last season.
Kershaw owns a career 24-8 record with a 3.22 ERA against the Rockies. He is 11-5 with a 4.44 ERA in hitter-friendly Coors Field.
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