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Clayton Kershaw to start opener

Updated: February 16, 2011, 2:39 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Left-hander Clayton Kershaw will get the ball for the Los Angeles Dodgers' season opener on March 31 against the San Francisco Giants, manager Don Mattingly announced on Wednesday morning.

Mattingly said he made the decision as far back as last fall.

"Probably the day after I found out I was going to manage," Mattingly said. "This kid loves the challenge, and I would line him up against anybody."

In this case, Mattingly likely will be lining ...

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