04/11/10 11:43 AM ET
Kennedy, Kershaw face new test of nerves
By Doug Miller / MLB.com
Arizona right-hander Ian Kennedy and Los Angeles lefty Clayton Kershaw both had to battle through amped-up adrenaline in their first starts of the season, and neither made it beyond five innings. Now they'll be tasked with performing in front of what will likely be a Dodger Stadium home-opener crowd of more than 55,000.
Kennedy's National League debut came in front of a similarly excited ballpark at home in Chase Field. He allowed three runs -- all of which came on a Scott Hairston homer in the second -- on six hits over five innings, throwing 94 pitches in a game his team eventually won, although he did not get a decision. Then again, he did strike out eight batters.
"I was throwing too many pitches," Kennedy said. "I would have loved to have gone six or seven innings."
Kershaw probably felt the same way after his first outing, in Pittsburgh.
The 22-year-old lasted only 4 2/3 innings against the Pirates and walked six batters, including opposing pitcher Ross Ohlendorf -- twice.
"I wasn't very good," Kershaw said. "I pretty much battled myself the whole game. Sometimes you just get out of rhythm, and it's tough to find it. ... No excuse for it. Sometimes it just happens."
D-backs: Montero on disabled list
The D-backs got a tough break on Saturday night, when starting catcher Miguel Montero sprained his right knee while running out a groundout. The club placed him on the 15-day disabled list on Sunday and recalled catcher John Hester from Triple-A Reno. ... Kennedy, who appeared in one game for the Yankees in 2009 and four in Triple-A after missing most of the year following surgery to remove an aneurysm near his right shoulder, has never faced the Dodgers and didn't pitch in the two Cactus League games between the two teams this spring.
Dodgers: Dodgers greats to hand out hardware
Steve Finley, the most recent Dodgers center fielder to receive a Gold Glove award, will present Matt Kemp with his award for 2009 during pregame ceremonies on Tuesday. Eric Karros, who earned Silver Slugger honors in 1995, will present Andre Ethier and Kemp with their 2009 Silver Slugger trophies as well. ... Kershaw can lean on impressive home numbers from last year, including a Dodger Stadium ERA of 1.83 in 2009. His home dominance is a primary reason why the Dodgers arranged the starting rotation so that he will make Tuesday's start on five days' rest.
The 13 runs scored in the fourth inning Sundaywas the most runs scored in an inning in Arizona franchise history and matched the record for most runs allowed in an inning by Pittsburgh. The other two occurrences for Pittsburgh were Aug. 16, 1890, against the Cubs and May 31, 1994, against the Padres. ... Mark Reynolds' 452-foot two-run homer on Saturday night was the 31st-longest in Chase Field history, according to hittrackeronline.com. ... The festivities for the Dodgers' home opener will include country star LeAnn Rimes singing the national anthem, Black Eyed Peas frontman will.i.am throwing out a ceremonial first pitch, and legendary journalist and Dodgers season-ticket holder Larry King announcing "It's time for Dodger Baseball!" at the start of the game.
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