Saturday, April 11, 2015

Rookie Bradley to face off against Kershaw in debut

Arizona rookie Archie Bradley makes his Major League debut Saturday and all he has to do is beat the defending NL MVP and Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw.
In some ways, the assignment is the reverse of a September game in 2003, when Dodgers prospect Edwin Jackson was called up to start on his 20th birthday against Cy Young winner Randy Johnson. Jackson allowed one run in six innings and won the game.
Kershaw went 3-1 in four starts against Arizona last year, but is "only" 10-7 with a 2.45 ERA in 21 starts against the D-backs in his career.
Things to watch for
• Bradley, who was the No. 7 overall pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, was ranked as the D-backs' No. 1 prospect by MLB.com.
• Dodgers manager Don Mattingly doesn't want to say it, but it looks as if A.J. Ellis is, indeed, the personal catcher for Kershaw, as that successful battery is teamed again Saturday, as they were on Opening Day. Yasmani Grandal caught the other three games.
• Veteran backup catcher Gerald Laird will be behind the plate for Bradley's debut, if his back allows. Laird, who has had some tightness in his back, built a bond during the spring with Bradley.

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