Dustin McGowan has had it rough over the last six years. The right-hander has undergone surgery four times since then, three times on his right shoulder and once on his knee. After a long road back to the big leagues, McGowan can go home tonight happy, as he has earned a win for the first time since June 22, 2008.
McGowan, 32, shut the Orioles out over 6 1/3 innings, allowing five hits and walking one while striking out two. It’s a marked improvement over his first start of the season in which he allowed four runs in 2 2/3 innings. The Blue Jays scored twice for him in the fourth inning and the duo of Brett Cecil and Sergio Santos held the fort for the 2-0 victory.
Dodgers manager Dave Roberts confirmed it in March and he confirmed it again on Tuesday: Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day, Jorge Castillo of The Los Angeles Times reports.
The Dodgers are one of four teams that will open the 60-game regular season schedule on July 23; everyone else begins play on the 24th. With a 10 PM ET start, the Dodgers will host the Giants at Dodger Stadium.
Johnny Cueto will likely pitch opposite Kershaw for the Giants. Cueto was named the Giants’ Opening Day starter on March 11, before the league shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic. Manager Gabe Kapler hasn’t yet officially named an Opening Day starter for the makeshift season.
Kershaw, 32, made the Opening Day start eight consecutive times for the Dodgers from 2011-18. Hyun-Jin Ryu, now a Blue Jay, pitched on Opening Day last season for the Dodgers. Last year, Kershaw logged 178 1/3 innings over 28 starts and one relief appearance, his highest innings total since 2015. He went 16-5 with a 3.03 ERA, 189 strikeouts, and 41 walks.