05 April, 2017
Home run derby got an early launch by the Los Angeles Dodgers in a blowout of the San Diego Padres.
Pujols hit a two-run homer off McCarthy in the third.
Pederson drove in five runs, Yasmani Grandal homered twice and Corey Seager added a three-run shot.
"We're equipped to win this thing", second-year manager Dave Roberts said. Everyone can get you at any time. "It's awesome to be a part of".
Wally Moon, who played on three World Series-winning teams with the Dodgers, and Tom Lasorda, who managed the team to its last two World Series titles in 1981 and '88, will handle ceremonial first pitches.
The two teams are pretty even, and I expect another good battle in 2017 - except with the Giants coming out on top this time.
The Los Angeles Dodgers looked good this past Spring Training and now Opening Day is here.
"It's a huge honor to do it".
"The day the butterflies leave, I need to find something else to do", Kershaw said. (Pederson) was ready for the fastball in and hit it out.
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"One through nine with Kershaw hitting, everyone raked today and it just shows you that their pitcher has no letdown". There was a goal each time our guys stepped to the plate. A double by Justin Turner, an intentional walk and a hit batter loaded the bases for Pederson who ripped a 3-and-1 pitch from Chacin on a line into the right field seats just inside the foul pole. The center fielder's five-RBI performance, including a sacrifice fly in the second, was the first to open a Dodgers season since Raul Mondesi in 1999 against Arizona.
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LOS ANGELES NOTES: Kershaw also had a rough final Cactus League outing, allowing two hits, two runs and two walks over three innings.
The San Diego Padres will start a right-handed pitcher, Jhoulys Chacin, on opening day. Kershaw again dominated the Padres, improving to 15-6 with a 2.03 ERA while limiting hitters to a.191 average in 29 career starts.
Ryan Schimpf, who impressed in his rookie season past year, is another Opening Day first-timer. Scully's dulcet tones still resonated in the ballpark.
WASHINGTON - Adam Lind's first swing as a member of the Nationals resulted in a pinch-hit, go-ahead, two-run homer in the seventh inning, and Bryce Harper went deep on opening day for the fifth time in his young career, leading Washington. On his first wild pitch, Bethancourt ran to cover the plate and was struck in the leg on Andrew Toles' slide, but eventually got up and returned to the mound. Bethancourt said he got cut inside his leg and on top of his kneecap.
"Sometimes, yeah. But what do you want me to do about it?" Not mad at the runner. "But I remember thinking Orel (Hershiser) was the best player on the planet".
San Diego lost its third straight opener, all to the Dodgers, and fell to 21-28 on opening day.
There will be no time for the young San Diego Padres to get their feet wet in 2017.
Padres: They have six players hurt to start the season, with LHP Robbie Erlin and Colin Rea on the 60-day DL.
The game was one of a dozen that continued the Opening Day festivities that began on Sunday with three games.
LHP Clayton Richard starts for the Padres against RHP Kenta Maeda of the Dodgers on Tuesday. Here's to narrowing that gap today and getting the season started on a high note (or at least not repeating last year's Opening Day disaster).