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James Shields to start opening day for Padres vs. Dodgers

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Rick Scuteri-USA TODAY Sports

Just in case the $75 million free agent contract wasn't enough proof, the Padres made it official on Saturday that James Shields would be their opening day starter, getting the call on Monday, April 6 against Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers.

And Shields has another nickname besides "Big Game James," and this one is more baseball-y.