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Dodgers tab Clayton Kershaw for Opening Day start


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.

Brewers have 3 positive COVID tests at alternate site

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MILWAUKEE — The Brewers had two players and a staff member test positive for the coronavirus at their alternate training site in Appleton, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee president of baseball operations David Stearns confirmed the positive results Saturday and said they shouldn’t impact the major league team. Teams are using alternate training sites this season to keep reserve players sharp because the minor league season was canceled due to the pandemic.

Stearns said the positive tests came Monday and did not name the two players or the staff member. Players must give their permission for their names to be revealed after positive tests.

The entire camp was placed in quarantine.

“We have gone through contact tracing,” Stearns said. “We do not believe it will have any impact at all on our major league team. We’ve been fortunate to get through this season relatively unscathed in this area. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get all the way there at our alternate site.”

Milwaukee entered Saturday one game behind the Reds and Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, with the top two teams qualifying for the postseason.

The Brewers still will be able to take taxi squad players with them on the team’s trip to Cincinnati and St. Louis in the final week of the season. He said those players have had repeated negative tests and the team is “confident” there would be no possible spread of the virus.

“Because of the nature of who these individuals were, it’s really not going to affect the quarantine group at all,” Stearns said. “We’re very fortunate that the group of players who could potentially be on a postseason roster for us aren’t interacting all that much with the individuals that tested positive.”