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Video: Ryan Braun was called out for batting out of order

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Kicking off Monday’s Independence Day action, Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun singled up the middle with two outs in the first inning against Nationals starter Max Scherzer. It was seemingly innocuous, but Nats manager Dusty Baker came out for a chat with home plate umpire Cory Blaser. The umpires conferred and crew chief Jeff Nelson ultimately ruled Ryan Braun out.

Why? Braun was to bat fourth, not third, in the Brewers’ lineup on Monday afternoon. Jonathan Lucroy should have been at the plate. Though Braun took the plate appearance, Lucroy was “credited” with a ground out without making a plate appearance. The inning ended, and Braun got to lead off the next inning. Braun would, appropriately, ground out to lead off the second.

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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.