Padilla to Start Spring Opener

Manager Joe Torre named Vicente Padilla to start the March 5 Spring Training opener against the White Sox, then gave a clue as to the regular-season Opening Day starter.

Torre said that Padilla would be followed by Eric Stults, Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley and Hiroki Kuroda.

The regular season opens April 5 in Pittsburgh and a fifth starter will be needed April 11. If the rotation goes Kershaw, Billingsley, Kuroda and Padilla, Kershaw could open in Pittsburgh and Billingsley would get the home opener April 12 against Arizona.

Padilla has recovered from an accidental gunshot wound and has thrown bullpen sessions performed fielding drills without limitation. — Ken Gurnick

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