This morning it was revealed via the Los Angeles Dodgers twitter account that Don Mattingly has tapped Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-jin Ryu to start the two Opening Series games against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Sydney, Australia.
— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 9, 2014
Opening Day will be Clayton Kershaw against Patrick Corbin. Game 2 will be Hyun-Jin Ryu against Trevor Cahill http://t.co/LJrkK9FZh1
— Dodgers Nation (@DodgersNation) March 9, 2014
This shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. There was concern from Don Mattingly and the Dodgers front office that throwing Kershaw three times in the first six games may be too much work too early; however, the team has apparently decided that it wants to keep Kershaw on his throwing schedule. Kershaw will likely start the Dodgers first game in the United States against the San Diego Padres on March 30th and start the Dodgers first game at Chavez Ravine on April 4th against the San Francisco Giants.
Major League Baseball, the Australian baseball fans, and the Dodger fans traveling to Australia should be very happy now that Kershaw has been selected to throw the first pitch for the Dodgers this season. The Australia series now has a bit more panache then it did yesterday. For that we should all be thankful.