Kershaw, Dodgers Edge Giants 2-1 in Opener

Clayton Kershaw made his first-career Major League Opening Day start for the Dodgers a winning one, working seven innings in a 2-1 victory. Hong-Chih Kuo pitched a scoreless eighth and Jonathan Broxton gave up a home run in the ninth but earned a save. It as their third opening day win in the last four years.

A full house of 56,000 saw the Dodgers break a scoreless tie in the sixth, scoring on a throwing error by San Francisco catcher Buster Posey. James Loney drove in the eventual winning run in the eighth with a single into the right field corner.

The starting lineup:

Rafael Furcal ss
Tony Gwynn lf
Andre Ethier rf
Matt Kemp cf
James Loney 1b
Juan Uribe 3b
Rod Barajas c
Jamey Carroll 2b
Clayton Kershaw p
Fernando Valenzuela was honored on the 30th anniversary of his 1981 Opening Day sub start and shutout win. He was joined by former teammate Jerry Reuss who was scheduled to start but who was scratched by a leg injury. Along with Tom Lasorda, they combined to throw out the ceremonial first pitch of the season.

An announcement was made dedicating the uniform patch the Dodgers will wear this year commemorating the recent death of Hall of Fame outfielder Duke Snider. The ceremonies included a color guard of military police and firemen and men and women of the armed services. A moment of silence was observed in memory of the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Placido Domingo provided the national anthem, climaxed by a flyover from an Air Force B-2 stealth bomber and Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully signaled the start of the game with his trademark "It's time for Dodger baseball."

Rookie manager Don Mattingly earned his first official win as Los Angeles hung the loss on double Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum and the Dodgers held on to beat the defending World Series champion Giants. Kershaw, the youngest Dodgers Opening Day starter since Fernando Valenzuela in 1983, recorded nine strikeouts were the most by a Dodger on Opening Day since Valenzuela's nine in 1986. The Dodgers lefty struck out the side in the first inning.

Lincecum matched Kershaw (seven innings, one unearned run), but errors by shortstop Miguel Tejada and catcher Buster Posey led to a sixth-inning run. The Dodgers added a crucial insurance run in the eighth when Matt Kemp, with his third walk of the night, stole second and was doubled home by James Loney. Mattingly pulled Kershaw after 96 pitches, 65 of them strikes leading 1-0.

Hong-Chih Kuo opened the eighth with six consecutive balls but then retired the next three Giants. Broxton earned the save despite allowing a solo home run by Pat Burrell in the ninth.

Kemp scored the Dodgers two runs, both coming after walks and with a single finished the evening with a perfect 1.000 batting average.

Five different Dodgers collected a single hit each but the club was 1-for-11 with runners in scoring position and stranded nine runners. 

Back to .500
The Dodgers' 54th opening day saw them even their record in Los Angeles to 27-27. Their record in Brooklyn record was 36-31 (.537) --with one tie -- giving them a 63-58 record in franchise history.

In Brooklyn, the club was 26-13 on the road for a spectacular .667 percentage but only 10-18 at home, a dismal .357, in cozy Ebbets Field.

Meanwhile their blood kin in Los Angeles, on the strength of a 15-9 record, have won at a sizzling .625 clip in the Coliseum and Dodger Stadium, while on the road they are only 12-18 or .400 for an overall 26-23 mark (.491).

Their 2011 opener was the first time they opened against the World Champions since they joined the National League in 1890.

Their all-time record:

 BROOKLYN

year	score	w/l	opponent 	pitcher of record	
1891	14-8	W	@Philadelphia	Hemming		
1892	13-3	W	@Baltimore	Foutz		
1893	5-7	L	@Philadelphia	Stein		
1894	2-13	L	@Boston	        Kennedy		
1895	7-4	W	@New York	Kennedy		
1896	6-5	W	@Baltimore	Kennedy		
1897	5-4	W	@Washington	Payne		
1898	7-6	W	@Philadelphia	Kennedy		
1899	0-1	L	Boston	        Kennedy 
1900	3-2	W	@New York	Kennedy	 	
1901	12-7	W	@Philadelphia	Donovan	 	
1902	2-1	W	Boston	        Donovan 		
1903	9-7	W	@New York	Schmidt 		
1904	1-7	L	New York	Jones		
1905	8-12	L	Philadelphia	Jones		
1906	0-2	L	Boston	        McIntire		
1907	0-1	L	@Boston	        Stricklett		
1908	3-9	L	Boston	        Rucker		
1909	3-0	W	@New York	Wilhelm		
1910	2-0	W	@Philadelphia	Rucker		
1911	1-2	L	@Boston	        Barger		
1912	3-18	L	New York	Rucker		
1913	0-1	L	Philadelphia	Rucker		
1914	8-2	W	Boston	        Pfeffer		
1915	3-16	L	@New York	Pfeffer		
1916	1-5	L	Boston	        Cheney		
1917	5-6	L	Philadelphia	Dell		
1918	4-6	L	@New York	Marquard		
1919	5-2	W	@Boston (2) 	Cadore 
	3-2	W	@ Boston(2)     Pfeffer					
1920	9-2	W	Philadelphia	Cadore		
1921	5-4	W	@Boston	        Mamaux		
1922	4-2	W	@New York	Ruether		
1923	5-5	T	Philadelphia	Ruether		
1924	3-2	W	@New York	Ruether		
1925	3-1	W	Philadelphia	Vance		
1926	3-0	W	@New York	Petty		
1927	6-2	W	@Boston	        Petty		
1928	3-4	L	Philadelphia	Petty		
1929	12-13	L	@Boston	        Clark		
1930	0-1	L	Philadelphia	Clark		
1931	4-7	L	@Boston	        Quinn		
1932	3-8	L	Boston	        Hoyt		
1933	5-4	W	@Philadelphia	Clark		
1934	8-7	W	Boston	        Mungo		
1935	12-3	W	@Philadelphia	Mungo		
1936	5-8	L	New York	Earnshaw 		
1937	3-4	L	New York	Mungo		
1938	12-5	W	@Philadelphia	Hamlin		
1939	3-7	L	New York	Evans		
1940	5-0	W	@Boston	        Wyatt		
1941	4-6	L	New York	Wyatt		
1942	7-5	W	@New York	Davis		
1943	5-2	W	New York	Head		
1944	1-4	L	@Philadelphia	Gregg		
1945	8-2	W	Philadelphia	Davis		
1946	3-5	L	@Boston	        Gregg		
1947	5-3	W	Boston	        Gregg		
1948	7-6	W	@New York	Barney		
1949	10-3	W	New York	Hatten		
1950	1-9	L	@Philadelphia	Newcombe		
1951	2-5	L	Philadelphia	Erskine 		
1952	3-2	W	@Boston	        Roe		
1953	8-5	W	Boston	        Black		
1954	3-4	L	@New York	Erskine	 	
1955	6-1	W	Pittsburgh	Erskine	 	
1956	6-8	L	Philadelphia	Newcombe		
1957	7-6	W	@Philadelphia	Labine		     	  

 LOS ANGELES
1958	0-8	L	@San Francisco	Drysdale		
1959	1-6	L	@Chicago	Drysdale	
1960	3-2	W	Chicago 	Drysdale		
1961	6-1	W	Philadelphia	Drysdale		
1962	3-6	L	Cincinnati	Podres		
1963	5-1	W	@Chicago	Drysdale		
1964	4-0	W	St. Louis	Koufax	   
1965	6-1	W	@New York	Drysdale		
1966	3-2	W	Houston	        Osteen		
1967	1-6	L	@Cincinnati	Miller		
1968	0-2	W	Philadelphia	Osteen		
1969	3-2	W	@Cincinnati	Drysdale		
1970	0-4	L	Cincinnati	Osteen		
1971	2-5	L	@Houston	Singer		
1972	3-1	W	@Cincinnati	Sutton		
1973	2-4	L	@San Diego	Sutton		
1974	8-0	W	San Diego	Sutton		
1975	1-2	L	@Cincinnati	Sutton		
1976	2-4	L	@San Francisco	Sutton	 
1977	5-1	W	San Francisco	Sutton 	
1978	13-4	W	@Atlanta	Sutton 		
1979	3-4	L	San Diego	Hooton	 	
1980	2-3	L	@Houston	Hooton	 	
1981	2-0	W	Houston	        Valenzuela
1982	4-3	W	San Francisco	Reuss		
1983	16-7	W	@Houston	Valenzuela		
1984	7-11	L	St. Louis	Valenzuela		
1985	1-2	L	@Houston	Valenzuela		
1986	2-1	W	San Diego	Valenzuela		
1987	3-4	L	@Houston	Hershiser		
1988	1-5	L	San Francico	Valenzuela	
1989	4-6	L	@Cincinnati	Belcher	
1990	4-2	W	San Diego	Hershiser	
1991	6-4	W	@Atlanta 	Belcher	
1992	1-8	L	San Francisco Martinez	
1993	3-6	L	@Florida	Hershiser		
1994	4-3	W	Florida	        Hershiser	
1995	8-7	W	@Florida	Martinez		
1996	4-3	W	@Houston 	Martinez		
1997	0-3	L	Philadelphia	Martinez		
1998	0-6	L	@St. Louis 	Martinez		
1999	8-6	W	Arizona 	Brown
2000	10-4	W	@Montreal	Brown	
2001	1-0	W	Milwaukee	Park	
2002	2-9	L	San Francisco	Brown	
2003	8-0	W	@Arizona	Nomo	
2004	8-6	W	@Arizona	Shaw 
2005	2-4	L	@San Francisco	Lowe	
2006	10-11	L	Atlanta	        Lowe	
2007	1-7	L	@Milwaukee  	Lowe	
2008	5-0	W	San Francisco	Penny	
2009   	4-1	W       @San Diego 	Kuroda                
2010	5-11	L	@Pittsburgh	Padilla
2011    2-1     W       San Francisco   Kershaw

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