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Dodgers’ Opening Day

Former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda and Sandy Koufax shake hands at Dodger Stadium before the home opener. Koufax, who made a rare Dodger Stadium visit, was asked to throw out the first pitch. Koufax said he didn’t want to do it alone, so he was joined by Carl Erskine and Don Newcombe. (Rick Loomis, Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers Hall of Fame pitcher Sandy Koufax, left, greets fellow pitcher Ralph Mauriello, right, as Fernando Valenzuela, second right, looks on during the club’s 50th anniversary celebration. (Kevork Djansezian, Associated Press)
Dodger greats Carl Erskine, left, Sandy Koufax, center and Don Newcombe throw out first pitch in the season opener against the San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. (Allen J. Schaben, Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers closer Takashi Saito celebrates a strikeout in the ninth inning during the Dodgers’ 5-0 win over the San Francisco Giants. Saito, working in a non-save situation, retired the Giants in order. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
The crowd cheers as a fan catches a foul ball in the ninth inning during the Dodgers’ season opener Monday against San Francisco Giants at Dodger Stadium. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers first baseman James Loney slides safely into second base before the ball can reach Giants shortstop Brian Bocock during the Dodgers’ season opener Monday at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers won, 5-0. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Greg Garnet of Canoga Park enjoys one of his two Dodger Dogs as the players warm up for the season home opener against the San Francisco Giants. “I’ve been waiting all winter for a Dodger Dog,” Garnet said. “I love this place! You can cook them at home but they are not the same unless Dodger Stadium is in front of it.” (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Former Dodger Fernando Valenzuela, center, greets former teammates who were brought out during a ceremony before the home opener. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Former Dodger great Duke Snider peels off a Brooklyn Dodgers uniform to reveal a Los Angeles uniform during a pregame show in which several former players were brought back to the delight of the sold-out crowd at Dodger Stadium. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Former Dodger players Don Newcombe, Carl Erskine and another player stand in center field during the opening-day festivities. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
A large American flag covers the field at Dodger Stadium before the home opener against the San Francisco Giants. (Annie Wells / Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers second baseman Jeff Kent watches his two-run first-inning homer leave the stadium as the crowd cheers in the Dodgers season opener against the San Francisco Giants. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Dodgers Manager Joe Torre pounds a ball into his glove while players are announced during the home opener against San Francisco. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
The Dodgers’ Rafael Furcal slides in for the first score of the regular season during the first inning of the game against the San Francisco Giants. (Rick Loomis / Los Angeles Times)
Nomar Garciaparra and his wife, Mia Hamm, pose with their twin girls for the Dodgers team photographer. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
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