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Trevor Rosenthal to pitch at extended spring training

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Nationals reliever Trevor Rosenthal will pitch in extended spring training until he feels right, Britt Ghiroli of The Athletic reports. Rosenthal was placed on the 10-day injured list due to a viral infection on Friday. Rosenthal is aiming to get game reps and regain confidence.

Rosenthal, 28, gave up 12 runs on seven hits and nine walks with three strikeouts in three innings of work. He didn’t record a single out until his fifth appearance, and yielded runs in six of seven appearances.

The Nationals signed Rosenthal to a one-year, $7 million contract in November. His contract also includes a $10 million mutual option for the 2020 season with a $1 million buyout.

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.