Dodgers tab Clayton Kershaw for Opening Day start

Clayton Kershaw
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Per Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts has set his starting rotation order. Clayton Kershaw will start on Opening Day for the ninth time in the last 10 seasons. Kershaw will be followed by Walker Buehler, David Price, Julio Urías, and Alex Wood.

Hyun-Jin Ryu, now a Blue Jay, got the Opening Day nod last year as Kershaw dealt with a shoulder injury. Kershaw had started eight consecutive Opening Days from 2011-18.

Kershaw, 31, went 16-5 last year with a 3.03 ERA and a 189/41 K/BB ratio over 178 1/3 innings. He earned his eighth All-Star nomination and finished eighth in NL Cy Young Award balloting.

The future first ballot Hall of Famer is looking to help the Dodgers finally get over the hump as the club has reached the postseason in seven consecutive seasons and has zero championships to show for it. The Dodgers, however, now boast Mookie Betts in right field, which should help considerably.