Alex Gordon will begin a rehab assignment this weekend

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Royals outfielder Alex Gordon will begin a rehab assignment this weekend, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports. Gordon has been out since July 9 after suffering a Grade 2 groin strain. If all goes well, the Royals could get Gordon back by the end of the month.

Gordon, 31, was hitting .279/.394/.457 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI prior to the injury, resulting in a nomination to the American League All-Star team for the third consecutive season. The 70-46 Royals lead the AL Central by 11.5 games over the Twins, so they’re near-locks to win the division. But the Royals would still like to get him back to remove any doubt and to give him enough playing time to remove any rust.

Clayton Kershaw to make Opening Day start for Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw Opening Day
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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.