Penny, Kent Give Dodgers N.L. Lead

Brad Penny pitched and Jeff Kent slugged and Joe Torre won his first game as skipper of the Dodgers. The 5-0 win over the Giants broke a string of four opening day losses and put them (at least temporarily) a tie for the N.L. league.

Penny allowed four hits over 6 2-3 innings in his first opening-day start, Jeff Kent slammed a two-run homer in the first inning to kick the game off and they never looked back.

Penny improving to 33-13 since the start of the 2006 season. In his career, Penny is now 4-3 with a 3.43 ERA (38 ER/102.1 IP) against the Giants.

The Dodgers rolled out their big guns in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Dodgers' move from Brooklyn to Los Angeles as Duke Snider, Carl Erskine, Don Newcombe, Maury Wills, Steve Garvey, Bill Russell, Ron Cey and Tom Lasorda were among those took the field before the game wearing the uniforms of their era. Sandy Koufax and Fernando Valenzuela appeared in street clothes.

Torre, who grew up a Giants' fan in Brooklyn, managed the Yankees to 12 straight postseason appearances, including four World Series championships before joining the Dodgers.

"He's brought a great deal of professionalism and accountability that, at this time, this team needs," Kent said of Torre. "That's a good thing."

Penny (1-0) retired 13 straight batters before allowing a one-out single in the seventh. Penny walked two and struck out three.

Scott Proctor, Joe Beimel and Takashi Saito closed out the win.

Rafael Furcal led off with an RBI double and scored on Matt Kemp's single, then Kent hit a 2-2 deep pitch into the left-center field pavilion.

It was his 21st career home run against the Giants and his 366th career homer, boosting his own record for second basemen.

Dodgers rookie Blake DeWitt singled in his first big-league at-bat in the second and scored on Furcal's two-out single to make the score 4-0.

Penny drove in James Loney on an odd play in the sixth inning to end the scoring. With Loney at third base and DeWitt at first, Penny popped a little fly that the second baseman lost in the sun.

The ball was fumbled long enough for Loney to score and DeWitt was forced at second.

Furcal had three hits for the Dodgers and Kent and Loney had a pair each.
 Score by innings
San Francisco	000 000 000-0
Los Angeles	310 010 00x-5

 Los Angeles	ab r  b  bi  ave
Furcal ss	4  1  3  1  .750
Ethier lf	4  0  0  0  .000
Kemp rf	        4  1  1  1  .250
Kent 2b	        3  1  2  2  .667
 Hu 2b	        1  0  1  0  1.000
Jones cf	4  0  1  0  .250
Martin c	4  0  0  0  .000
Loney 1b	3  1  2  0  .667
DeWitt 3b	2  1  1  0  .500
Penny p	        1  0  0  1  .000
 Proctor p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Beimel p	0  0  0  0  .000
 Young ph	1  0  0  0  .000
 Saito p	0  0  0  0  .000
  Totals	31 5 11 5
  Giants	28 0  5 0

 Two-base hits- Furcal (1), HR - Kent
(1). RBI- Kemp (1), Kent 2 (2), Furcal
(1), Penny (1). S- Penny 2. SB- Loney
(1). LOB- Los Angeles 8, San Francisco
5. 	DP- DeWitt, Kent and Loney.

 Los Angeles	in  h  r-er bb so  era
Penny (1-0)	6.2  4  0-0  2  3  0.00 
Proctor	        0.1  0  0-0  1  0  0.00
Beimel	        1.0  1  0-0  0  0  0.00
Saito	        1.0  0  0-0  0  1  0.00
 T- 2:41. Att- 56,000.
DeWitt Impresses
The Dodgers made Blake DeWitt's debut official the morning of the game by purchasing his contract from Double-A Jacksonville.

They also designated Eric Hull for assignment and placed infielder Tony Abreu on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to March 26 to clear room to add infielder Angel Chavez from Las Vegas.

In addition to collecting his first hit on his first at-bat, DeWitt started an inning-ending double play with runners at first and third in the second.

The 22-year-old was 1-for-2 with a pair of walks in the victory. His out was a long drive to the warning track in right-center.

"He played good," winning pitcher Brad Penny said. "That kid's a good player. He's going to be around for a while."
The 22-year-old DeWitt hit .220 in 21 exhibition games with three homers, 10 RBIs and only eight strikeouts in 59 at-bats.
He played in 89 games for Class A Inland Empire last year, hitting .298 with eight homers and 46 RBIs, and another 45 with Jacksonville, hitting .381 with six homers and 20 RBIs.

Kent An Opening Day Hotshot
Second baseman Jeff Kent recovered from a strain in his right hamstring just in time to be a strain in the Giants collective side.

Kent kicked the game off with a two-run, first-inning homer which was all the Dodgers needed.

Kent, who was making his fourth straight Opening Day start for the club, is now hitting a ridiculous .467 (28-for-60) with five homers and 18 RBI on Opening Day.

The 18 RBI on Opening Day are more than any active player in the Majors. Kent also ran his lifetime average against Giant starter Barry Zito to .539 (7-for-13).

A Guinness Record
The Dodgers can now lay claim to setting the Guinness World Record for the "Largest Attendance At A Baseball Game."

Saturday's crowd of 115,300 for the charity fundraiser with the Boston Red Sox at the famed Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum toppled a Guinness World Record that had stood for more than 50 years.

Guinness World Records officially confirmed the number today, which breaks the previous mark of 114,000 fans, set in December 1956, during a baseball game between Australia and an American Services team for the Olympic Games in Melbourne, New South Wales, Australia.

Opening Day Notes-- The attendance was 56,000, matching the largest regular-season crowd in Dodger Stadium history. … The Dodgers have a 25-26 record since the longtime rivals moved to California in 1958. ...Loney became the seventh different Dodger to start at first base on opening day in the last seven years; Ethier was the sixth different opening-day left fielder in six years, and DeWitt became the fifth opening-day third baseman in the last five years. ...Dodgers LF Juan Pierre, who was bypassed in favor of Andre Ethier, ended his consecutive games played streak at 434. ...The crowd of 56,000 was the 13th time they have reached that number in regular season history.  

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