Padilla to Start Opening Day
Vicente Padilla, released last summer by Texas, will be named the Dodgers Opening Day starter Thursday by manager Joe Torre, baseball sources told MLB.com. The club could not confirm Padilla’s selection.
Padilla will start April 5 at PNC Park in Pittsburgh and be followed in the rotation by Clayton Kershaw, Chad Billingsley, Hiroki Kuroda and an as-yet-unnamed fifth starter. Factoring in off days, Kershaw is lined up to start the home opener at Dodger Stadium April 13 against Arizona. — Ken Gurnick