Dave Roberts tabs Clayton Kershaw to start Opening Day for Dodgers

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Find your nearest fainting couch. Per MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has selected Clayton Kershaw to start on Opening Day for the Dodgers. Take a minute to take that in and express your surprise as needed. “Cat’s out of the bag,” Roberts said. Opening Day for the Dodgers is on March 29 against the Giants in L.A.

Kershaw, 29, has started each of the Dodgers’ last seven Opening Days. In L.A. Dodgers history, only Don Drysdale and Don Sutton have matched the honor of starting Opening Day for the Dodgers at least seven times. Neither did it eight times.

Last season, Kershaw finished second in National League Cy Young Award balloting. He went 18-4 with a 2.31 ERA and a 202/30 K/BB ratio in 175 innings across 27 starts. The lefty missed some time between July 24 and the end of August with a back issue.

Report: Red Sox sign Kenley Jansen to 2-year, $32 million deal

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SAN DIEGO — Veteran closer Kenley Jansen and the Boston Red Sox have agreed to a two-year, $32 million deal, a person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the agreement was pending a physical.

The 35-year-old Jansen went 5-2 with a 3.38 ERA in 64 innings for Atlanta this year. The three-time All-Star led the National League with 41 saves, helping the Braves win the NL East title.

Boston is looking to bounce back after it finished last in the AL East this season with a 78-84 record. The Red Sox went 92-70 in 2021 and lost to Houston in the AL Championship Series.

Jansen spent his first 12 seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers, winning a World Series title in 2020. The right-hander signed a $16 million, one-year contract with Atlanta in March.

Jansen has a 2.46 career ERA. He was an All-Star in 2016-2018.

His 391 career saves are the second-most among active players (behind Craig Kimbrel‘s 394) and eighth all time.