LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 31: Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws a pitch against the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day at Dodger Stadium on March 31, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Los Angeles Dodgers Opening Day: Kershaw Leads Dodgers Past Giants, 2-1

The Dodgers were 8-10 against the Giants in 2010.

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Los Angeles Dodgers Opening Day: Kershaw Leads Dodgers Past Giants, 2-1

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) - Clayton Kershaw outdueled Tim Lincecum and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the reigning World Series champion San Francisco Giants, 2-1, in Don Mattingly's managerial debut.

Kershaw (1-0), the youngest Opening Day starter for the Dodgers since 1983, struck out nine and scattered four hits and a walk in seven scoreless innings, while Jonathan Broxton survived Pat Burrell's solo homer in the ninth to secure the save.

Lincecum (0-1) worked around several jams in his seven frames, but gave up an unearned run when Buster Posey's throwing error scored Matt Kemp in the sixth. The two-time Cy Young Award winner allowed five hits and three walks while fanning five.

The crowd at Dodger Stadium was treated to 85-degree weather and a pitching duel between young aces that did not disappoint.

Kershaw only allowed one runner to reach second base, getting out of a two-on, one-out situation in the fifth by retiring Lincecum and Andres Torres on ground balls.

Lincecum faced more adversity, but wiggled out of it until the Giants' defense betrayed him in the sixth. Miguel Tejada threw away a potential inning-ending double-play ball off the bat of James Loney, leaving runners on the corners with one out.

Juan Uribe, who was part of San Francisco's surprising run through the 2010 postseason, was then hit by a pitch to load the bases. With Rod Barajas at the plate, Posey blocked a ball in the dirt and tried to catch a sleeping Kemp off third. However, the ball got away from Pablo Sandoval, and Kemp scored the game's first run.

Lincecum got out of the inning and gave way to Santiago Casilla in the eighth. The Dodgers got a much-needed insurance run off the reliever, as Kemp walked, stole second and scored on Loney's double off the base of the wall in right- center.

Broxton, coming off a difficult season last year with seven blown saves, served up a long ball to Burrell with one out in the ninth to make things interesting. But the flame-thrower shut down Tejada and rookie Brandon Belt to give Mattingly and the hosts the season-opening victory.

Game Notes

The Giants went 10-8 against the Dodgers last year en route to a National League West title with a 92-70 record. They then got through the Braves and Phillies in the playoffs before knocking off the Texas Rangers in the World Series in five games, sealing their first title since 1954...Lincecum was on the mound to start Game 5 of the Fall Classic...Mattingly took over for legendary manager Joe Torre, who piloted the Dodgers to an 80-82 record last year...The Dodgers have had five different pitchers toe the rubber on Opening Day in as many years...At 23, Kershaw was the Dodgers' youngest Opening Day starter since Fernando Valenzuela, who was 22 when he opened the 1983 season..Loney's double in the eighth was LA's only hit in 11 chances with runners in scoring position...Hong-Chih Kuo tossed a scoreless eighth for LA.

For more opening day and Dodgers news and information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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Los Angeles Dodgers Opening Day: Kershaw Vs. Lincecum On ESPN

When the Dodgers and Giants get together, it's always a treat, simply because of their rivalry goes back more than a century. Add in the fact that tonight is opening day, and the game features two of the best pitchers in baseball, as the game becomes even more special. Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers will host Tim Lincecum and the Giants in an evening game at Dodger Stadium on ESPN.

Tonight's 5 p.m. PDT game will be one of two games televised this weekend by ESPN (well, technically Sunday's game is on ESPN2). Dan Shulman, Orel Hershiser, and Bobby Valentine are on the call. Local fans, however, don't fear. Vin Scully will be calling at least six innings on radio, KABC 790. Scully will call the first three innings and innings seven through nine, plus any extra innings.

The Dodgers open their season with five players on the disabled list, including projected regulars Casey Blake and Jay Gibbons. Newcomer Juan Uribe, penciled in as the regular second baseman, will open the season at third base for Blake, with Jamey Carroll getting the opening day nod at second base. Ivan DeJesus is also expected to see time at second base in Blake's absence. Tony Gwynn Jr. will get the opening day start in left field, against the right-handed Lincecum, though Xavier Paul will also play against right-handers.

Kershaw has allowed six earned runs in five career starts against the Giants, and picked up his first career complete game and shutout at AT&T Park in San Francisco last September. One of the hitters Kershaw will face will be Brandon Belt, who is making his major league debut tonight. Belt, a left-handed batter, won the Giants' first base job out of spring, and he played against Kershaw in high school in Texas. Both graduated high school in 2006.

Matt Kemp has an active streak of homering in five straight game, tied for the longest streak in Dodgers franchise history. Andre Ethier has reached base in each of his last eight plate appearances.

For more opening day and Dodgers news and information, be sure to read the SB Nation blog True Blue LA.

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