Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Kazmir out to prove he's right for No. 2 role

Lefty Scott Kazmir will make his Dodgers regular-season debut on Tuesday night at 7:10 PT against the Padres and James Shields, who started Opening Day for San Diego last year against the Dodgers.
Fair or not, Kazmir is replacing Zack Greinke as the club's No. 2 starter. Greinke was 2-1 with 1.23 ERA against San Diego last year. In his only start against the Padres last year, as a member of the A's, Kazmir allowed three runs (two earned) during a five-inning no-decision.
Kazmir had a 5.51 ERA in Spring Training but improved as the regular season approached.
• The workhorse Shields leads all Major League pitchers with 1,988 innings since 2007 and is the only Major Leaguer to throw at least 200 innings in each of the last nine seasons.
• In his career against Kazmir, Padres shortstop Alexei Ramirez is 8-for-22 with four extra-base hits and six RBIs.
• Chase Utley, who collected three hits and two RBIs as the Dodgers' leadoff hitter in Monday's 15-0 win, is 2-for-10 with two walks and three strikeouts lifetime against Shields. The Dodgers will miss second baseman Howie Kendrick, who is on the disabled list with a strained left calf and has hit .457 in his career against Shields.

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