Clayton Kershaw made his third start of the spring season at Camelback Ranch yesterday against the San Francisco Giants. The reigning two-time Cy Young Award winner took the mound in front of a sold out crowd just a few hours after manager Don Mattingly announced he’ll start Game 1 of the Opening Series in Australia. The Sydney start against the Diamondbacks on March 22 will be Kershaw’s fourth consecutive opening day start in his seven-year career.
“Anytime you get to start opening day no matter what continent it’s on is pretty cool. That’s definitely an honor,” Kershaw told reporters.
Kershaw made his best spring appearance against the Dodgers’ NL West rivals after two average starts. He threw 70 pitches in five innings allowing two runs, five hits with one strikeout.
“It’s no fun to not pitch well whether it’s spring training or regular season,” Kershaw stated after being asked about his pitching performance this spring. “The results were a little bit better,” Kershaw said about his start against the Giants. “Still things I need to work on. For the most part, a positive step in the right direction. Overall it was a better day for sure. I feel better.” He’s expected to have one more start before the Australia opener and said he will “be ready” when he takes the mound down under.
Kershaw hopes to sleep the majority of the flight to Australia, but said he has been taking suggestions on which TV shows to watch on the plane. He’s “caught up on Scandal,” but may go with Friday Night Lights as his “TV show of choice,” for the flight.