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MLB Opening Day 2013: Kershaw's Shutout, Home Run, Leads Dodgers To A Win Over The Giants

Los Angeles Dodgers owner Magic Johnson was on the mound, ready to throw out the first pitch but in a unique fashion manager Don Mattingly signaled to the dugout when the all-time great Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Sandy Koufax surprised the crowd as he came out to do the honors of the first pitch on Opening Day.

MLB: San Francisco Giants at Los Angeles Dodgers

The day started off baseball season for the two heavyweights of the National League West division.¬†The game took place earlier this afternoon with a dominating performance by¬†Dodgers‘ ace Clayton Kershaw that led to victory over the San Francisco Giants of 4-0.

Kershaw kept the usually potent Giants lineup in check all afternoon, by allowing only a mere four hits while compiling seven strikeouts in his complete game shutout performance.

Not only his pitching prowess made the five-year veteran a standout in today’s game. Kershaw hits a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth to break a 0-0 tie.

Los Angeles then proceeded to open up the contest and eventually defeated the defending-champion Giants with RBI’s from center fielder Matt Kemp, first baseman Adrian Gonzalez, and third baseman Luis Cruz.

The series continues tomorrow at 7:10 PM PT when highly-touted rookie Hyun-Jin Ryu will make his MLB debut for the Dodgers as he faces off against Madison Bumgarner.

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