As the first day of the baseball season is finally here, sit back and peruse these opening day-related notes regarding the Dodgers. First, the lineup:
Mark Ellis: This is the ninth opening day start for Ellis, who has three hits in 24 at-bats on the season's first day, with a home runs and four walks.
Matt Kemp: This is the fifth straight opening day start for Kemp, including the last four in center field. The last Dodger center fielder to start four straight opening days was Brett Butler (1991-1994). The last center fielder to have a longer string of opening day starts was Ken Landreaux, who started six straight from 1981-1986. Kemp has a four-game opening day hitting streak, with five hits in 13 at-bats, including a double, a home run, and four walks.
Andre Ethier: This is the sixth straight opening day start for Ethier, including the last four in right field. On opening day, he has four hits in 19 at-bats, with a double. This is Ethier's fifth opening day start in right field with the Dodgers, tying him with Ron Fairly, Mike Marshall, and Raul Mondesi for the most since moving to Los Angeles.
Juan Rivera: He has started on opening day now three years in a row, for three different teams, and today is Rivera's fourth straight opening day start. Rivera is 4-for-15 with a double on opening day.
James Loney: This is the fifth consecutive opening day start for Loney, who is 6-for-16 with a double in his previous four opening days. Loney's fifth opening day start ties him with Wes Parker for third most by a Los Angeles Dodger first baseman, behind only Eric Karros (nine) and Steve Garvey (eight).
Juan Uribe: He has started two straight opening days at third base for the Dodgers, and this is his eighth opening day start overall (seven for 23 with a double and two walks). Uribe will now have started multiple games at third base (twice), second base (twice), and shortstop (four times) in his career.
A.J. Ellis: This is the first career opening day start for Ellis, who was one of three catchers on the opening day roster last year but did not play. Ellis is the 16th Los Angeles Dodger catcher to start on opening day.
Clayton Kershaw: This is the second straight opening day start for Kershaw, who will look to tie Fernando Valenzuela, Ramon Martinez, and Kevin Brown for the third most wins (two) on opening day since the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles. Kershaw struck out nine in seven scoreless innings on opening day last season against the Giants.
The Dodgers are 27-27 on opening day since moving to Los Angeles, but they are just 12-16 on the road.
This is the third time the Dodgers have opened the season in San Diego, and their second opening day at Petco Park. The Dodgers beat Jake Peavy and the Padres 4-1 on April 6, 2009, but they lost 4-2 at Jack Murphy Stadium on April 6, 1973.
The Dodgers are 4-6 when opening the season on April 5 since moving to Los Angeles, but have lost their last three such occasions, the last coming in Pittsburgh in 2010.