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MLB opening day: Matt Cain vs. Dodgers

Cain will make his first opening day start on Monday for the Giants, facing the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.

Stephen Dunn

The Dodgers prepare for their 56th opening day since moving to Los Angeles on Monday. The Dodgers are 28-27 on opening day, including two straight wins and victories in four of their last five season starters.

This is the 11th time the Los Angeles Dodgers have battled the San Francisco Giants on opening day. The Dodgers are just 4-6 in those games, though they have won the last two opening day encounters, in 2011 and 2008. The Dodgers are 4-3 against the Giants at Dodger Stadium on opening day.

The Dodgers will have to face Matt Cain, making his first opening day start after four years of Tim Lincecum opening San Francisco's season. Cain began his career 0-8 against the Dodgers with a 4.32 ERA in his first 14 career starts against them, but since then is 4-0 with a 2.20 ERA in nine starts.

The Dodgers' two big left-handed batters, Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier, have had success against Cain and have each faced him over 60 times.

Here are the starting lineups for both teams:


Pagan CF
Scutaro 2B
Sandoval 3B
Posey C
Pence RF
Belt 1B
Torres LF
Crawford SS
Cain P


Crawford LF
Ellis 2B
Kemp CF
Gonzalez 1B
Ethier RF
Cruz 3B
Ellis C
Sellers SS
Kershaw P

Game info

Time: 1:10 p.m. PT

TV: Prime Ticket, ESPN

MLB Gameday