Dodgers open spring training with big expectations
GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) -- With high expectations and an abundance of talent, Los Angeles Dodgers pitchers and catchers reported for spring training on Saturday.
The reigning NL West champs gathered earlier than usual to prepare for a two-game, season-opening series against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Sydney, Australia, on March 22-23.
While there has been no official announcement, manager Don Mattingly did nothing to dampen the belief that Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke, the potent one-two punch at the top of the Dodger rotation, would get Aussie starts.
Greinke says he assumes Kershaw will start the opener and he will go in the second game.
Hyun-Jin Ryu is the solid third starter, and the Dodgers added Dan Haren to the mix in the offseason.