Opening Day, Dodgers Vs. Padres: Starting Lineups

SAN DIEGO, CA - SEPTEMBER 25: Starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws the ball during the 1st inning of the game against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park on September 25, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)

The Dodgers were 13-5 against the Padres last season.

The Los Angeles Dodgers open their 2012 campaign facing the San Diego Padres at Petco Park, just the third time the Dodgers have opened their season in San Diego. Reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw gets the start for the Dodgers, opposed by Edinson Volquez for the Padres.

Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said before the game that he feels more comfortable in his second year in the manager's chair.

"I'm feeling more settled. I've got a year of managing under my belt. The guys know me better, I know them better," Mattingly said of his second opening day. "It's definitely a different feeling. But it's the same kind of energy, looking forward to the year."

Here are the opening day starting lineups, which feature the Padres going almost exclusively right-handed with Yonder Alonso the only left-hander in the lineup.

Dodgers

Gordon SS
Ellis 2B
Kemp CF
Ethier RF
Rivera LF
Loney 1B
Uribe 3B
Ellis C
Kershaw P

Padres

Maybin CF
Denorfia RF
Headley 3B
Guzman LF
Hundley C
Alonso 1B
Hudson 2B
Bartlett SS
Volquez P

For more news and information on the Dodgers, be sure to read True Blue LA.

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