GLENDALE, Ariz. – Left-handers Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu will be the Los Angeles Dodgers’ starting pitchers in their two-game, season-opening series in Australia against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The opener is March 22 at Sydney Cricket Ground.
Manager Don Mattingly revealed the pitchers Sunday after weeks of speculation about who would start in Australia. Ryu gets the start in the second game because of an injury to Zack Greinke, who strained his right calf while throwing four pitches in his only spring appearance Feb. 27 against Arizona.
Before getting hurt, Greinke said there was “zero interest” in making the long trip. He is not expected to travel.
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Kershaw, who signed a $215 million, seven-year contract in January, will be making his fourth straight season-opening start for the Dodgers.
The two-time Cy Young Award winner pitched five innings Sunday and gave up two runs in a 3-2 exhibition loss to a San Francisco split squad in Glendale, Ariz.
Kershaw has pitched nine innings this spring and allowed 10 earned runs. He is expected to have one more start before the regular-season opener.
• Toronto’s R.A. Dickey, a former Mariner, pitched five shutout innings in a 4-3 exhibition loss to Houston in Kissimmee, Fla.
Dickey, who won the NL Cy Young Award as a New York Met in 2012, got off to a slow start with the Blue Jays last year, as he was 4-7 through May with a 5.18 earned-run average. Toronto finished 74-88 last year, and Dickey was 14-13 with a 4.21 ERA.
Asked about the diminished expectations for the Blue Jays this season, a sarcastic Dickey replied, “I think we’re terrible, and I don’t want anybody to take us seriously. I think because of last year, we’re probably going to get walked all over every game.”
• Justin Ruggiano went 3 for 3 with a two-run homer and drove in three runs, raising his spring batting average to .583, as the Chicago Cubs beat a Milwaukee split squad 10-8 in Mesa, Ariz.
Brewers slugger Ryan Braun was 1 for 2 with a double, giving him a .636 average this spring.
• St. Louis signed Aledmys Diaz, 23, a free-agent shortstop from Cuba, to a four-year contract believed to be worth about $15 million to $20 million.