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Dodgers Set Starting Rotation To Open Spring

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Today, Joe Torre announced his starting rotation order...for spring training:

  • Vicente Padilla starts the Cactus League opener, a "road" game at Camelback Ranch on March 5 against the White Sox
  • Eric Stults will start Saturday, March 6 against the White Sox, the first Dodger home game of the spring, which will be televised on Prime Ticket
  • Clayton Kershaw gets the call for game 3, at Mesa against the Cubs on March 7
  • Chad Billingsley starts game four, in Scottsdale against the Giants on March 8
  • Hiroki Kuroda will start March 9 against the Rockies at Camelback Ranch, also on Prime Ticket (and MLB Network)

Torre also said the team will "probably have six or seven guys on a starters program in addition to the four we have in the rotation."  He also said he isn't sure Scott Elbert would be a starter, but they want to build up his innings this spring just in case.

In other news, Ronnie Belliard says he is at 210-211 pounds, per Dylan Hernandez of the LA Times.  It sounds like he is a lock to get down to the target weight of 209 pounds needed to guarantee his $825,000 contract.