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Dodgers Move Opening Day To March 31, On ESPN

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The Dodgers have officially moved their home opener from April 1 to March 31. The game on March 31 will be held at 5 p.m., and will be televised by ESPN. Roberto Baly of Vin Scully is My Homeboy broke the story yesterday. ESPN had previously requested a March 31 game be played in San Francisco, before resuming the series at Dodger Stadium, but the Dodgers apparently put their foot down, and rightfully so.

For those of you who turn 50 on April 1, and wanted to spend your 50th birthday at Dodger Stadium for opening day, like my brother Kelly, for instance, my condolences.

The Dodgers will now have an off day on Monday, April 4, the original date scheduled for the fourth game of the opening three game series. Three of the four games with the Giants in that opening series, with ESPN televising Thursday and Sunday, and Fox showing Saturday's game.

The Dodgers also announced their 2011 promotional schedule, which includes two Fernanomania giveaways: a fleece blanket night on April 19 and a bobblehead giveaway on July 26.