Dodgers open season

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Baseball’s season commenced last week and the defending National League champion Dodgers are 2-2 after taking the weekend games from San Francisco at the Stadium.

Rich Hill (1-0) was stout after yielding five hits with no runs and five strikeouts with three walks over six innings of Sunday’s 9-0 whitewash of the Giants.

The Dodgers broke out of their slump with 13 hits that included Rookie of the Year Cody Bellinger (two hits with two runs) lacing a two-run homer in the sixth.

In that frame, Yasiel Puig (two runs with three hits) added a run batted in double and Yasmani Grandal (two hits and two runs) tossed in an RBI single.

Two innings later, Enrique Hernandez (two hits with a run) had a two-run double and Joc Pederson an RBI grounder.

On Saturday, Kenta Maeda was sharp across five frames as the Boys in Blue prevailed 5-0.

Maeda (1-0) fanned 10 and walked one while allowing five hits and Chris Taylor slapped a triple and crossed the plate twice.

Hernandez (double and a run) and Puig had sacrifice flies and recently-acquired and one-time Dodger Matt Kemp delivered a run-scoring single.

The Giants emerged with a 1-0 win on Friday when Joe Panik clubbed a homer off closer Kenley Jansen (0-1) in the ninth inning.

Johnny Cueto (1-0) was perfect for six frames, toured seven innings, struck out four and gave up just one hit to Taylor in the seventh.

Alex Wood toiled eight scoreless innings for the Boys of Summer while whiffing five and surrendering one hit.

In the season opener on Thursday, Clayton Kershaw (0-1) was better than average, but lost a 1-0 decision when Panik walloped a homer off the three-time Cy Young winner in the fifth.

Kershaw, who had two singles, was nicked for eight hits while walking two and striking out seven in six innings.

Ty Blach (1-0) allowed three hits with three strikeouts and three walks over five frames.

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The Sports Department Rick Assad has written about sports for the Pasadena Star-News and Los Angeles Times. Contact him at richsports5@sbcglobal.net.

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