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NL West spring training notes: Tyson Ross named opening day starter for Padres

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Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

PHOENIX -- Dodgers manager Dave Roberts isn't fully ready to officially announce that Clayton Kershaw will start opening day for the Dodgers, but at least we know who his mound opponent will be in San Diego. The Padres on Friday named Tyson Ross their opening day starter.

The Dodgers open their regular season on Monday, April 4 at Petco Park with the opener of a three-game series against the Padres. The 4:05 p.m. PT game will be televised nationally by ESPN.

That Byrnes guy sounds like someone who would be an asset to a front office.

As for Kershaw, it is obvious that barring injury he will make his sixth consecutive opening day start for the Dodgers, but they aren't quite ready to make it official just yet.

"It makes a lot of sense, but we're going to wait to make it a little more formal," Roberts explained on Saturday.

If the Dodgers aren't ready to announce their number one starter, you can imagine how hesitant they are to classify their No. 2 through No. 5 slots in the rotation.

"We have a very good idea of where we're going to go and how it's going to shake out," Roberts said. "But competition is always a good thing, and with six weeks there are a lot of things that can happen."


Zack Greinke when meeting with the media on Friday for the first time at spring training as a member of the Diamondbacks said he really liked the grid system of Phoenix.

"Everything is really simple here," Greinke said, per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. "It’s all north/south, east/west. It takes like a week and you know where everything is directions-wise. I don’t know if there’s any other city that worked it out like that. I don’t know how they planned it so good. It’s amazing."

The Rockies lost pitcher Christian Friedrich to the Angels on a waiver claim earlier in the week, only to have that claim rescinded by the Halos on Friday. Purple Row has more.

The Angels put out a statement from the office of general manager Billy Eppler, saying only, "Based on Friedrich’s initial medical evaluation, the Angels raised a concern with the Commissioner’s Office about Friedrich’s ability to play at his accustomed level. Upon evaluation of the circumstances by the Commissioner’s Office, it was determined that Friedrich would be returned to the Rockies."