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How to watch Dodgers vs. Giants on opening day

Kicking off the season at Dodger Stadium

MLB: Los Angeles Dodgers-Workouts Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers open their 2020 season on Thursday night, with an opening day matchup against the Giants at Dodger Stadium, televised exclusively to a national audience by ESPN.

Clayton Kershaw starts for the Dodgers, making his franchise-record ninth opening day start, all in the last 10 years. He’ll face right-hander Johnny Cueto of the Giants, the same matchup that was planned back on March 26, the originally planned opening day.

Seventeen weeks later, a truncated 60-game MLB season is upon us. Most of the action starts Friday, but Dodgers-Giants is one of two games set for Thursday. First up is the Yankees at Nationals, also on ESPN (4 p.m. PT).

Dodgers vs. Giants starts at 7 p.m. PT, and will be called on ESPN by Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, and Tim Kurkjian. That trio, like all national broadcasts on both ESPN and Fox Sports this season, will call games remotely.

Dodgers-Giants TV info

Date Game time (PT) Network
Date Game time (PT) Network
Thu, Jul 23 7:08 p.m. ESPN
Fri, Jul 24 6:40 p.m. SportsNet LA
Sat, Jul 25 1:10 p.m. Fox
Sun, Jul 26 7:08 p.m. ESPN

ESPN also has the Sunday night series finale against the Giants (7 p.m. PT), but that game will be called by the ‘Sunday Night Baseball’ crew of Matt Vasgersian, Alex Rodriguez, and Buster Olney.

Online streaming is available through Watch ESPN.

The Dodgers have eight games on national television this season, including three in this opening series against the Giants. Saturday’s game is an exclusive Fox telecast, with Joe Davis and A.J. Pierzynski on the call. Friday night’s game will be televised on SportsNet LA.

This is the 13th time the Dodgers and Giants have matched up on opening day since moving out west in 1958. This will be the 10th time the two teams have had opening day at Dodger Stadium, with the Dodgers winning five of nine. The Giants have won all three opening day matchups against the Dodgers in San Francisco, the last coming in 2005.

Since moving to Los Angeles, the Dodgers are 34-28 on opening day, including 19-12 at home (17-12 at Dodger Stadium).

Kershaw will be making his fourth opening day start against the Giants. He’s allowed only one run in 22 innings in those starts, but that lone run — a Joe Panik home run — was enough to beat him in 2018. Kershaw in his career is 5-1 with a 1.05 ERA in eight opening day starts, with 59 strikeouts in 51⅔ innings.

Opening day info

  • Teams: Dodgers vs. Giants
  • Location: Dodger Stadium
  • Time: 7:08 p.m. PT
  • TV: ESPN
  • Announcers: Karl Ravech, Eduardo Perez, Tim Kurkjian
  • Streaming: Watch ESPN