Clayton Kershaw to make fifth straight opening-day start for Dodgers

Clayton Kershaw to make fifth straight opening-day start for Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw celebrates after hitting a home run against the San Francisco Giants on opening day at Dodger Stadium in 2013. (Christina House / For The Times)

Clayton Kershaw is expected to be the Dodgers’ opening-day starter for the fifth consecutive season, Manager Don Mattingly said Monday.

"That's our plan," Mattingly said.

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The Dodgers will open the regular season April 6 at Dodger Stadium against the San Diego Padres.

The Dodgers have won all four of Kershaw's opening-day starts. Kershaw received the decision in three of those games, the exception coming in 2012, when illness forced him out of a game in San Diego after three innings.

Kershaw has allowed only one run in 25 2/3 innings on opening day, which translates to a 0.35 earned-run average.

Kershaw opened the season last year in Australia, where he held the Arizona Diamondbacks to one run in 6 2/3 innings. Kershaw strained a back muscle in that game and was sidelined for the entire month of April.