Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Maeda to face D-backs in Dodgers' home opener

The final home opener in Hall of Fame broadcaster Vin Scully's career will also be the first Major League home opener for Kenta Maeda, when the Dodgers host the D-Backs on Tuesday at Dodger Stadium.
Maeda is coming off a dazzling debut, pitching six shutout innings and slugging a home run in San Diego.
"I think it's great for him to pitch that day, great for baseball for him to pitch the home opener, and even better for the fans of Los Angeles to see Kenta Maeda pitch that home opener," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts. "Until you see it, you don't know what to expect, but I wasn't really too surprised [in San Diego]. He's a pitch maker; he can throw different pitches to different parts of the plate. Any time a pitcher can field his position, hold runners on, execute pitches, you've got a good chance to win a game."
Things to know about this game
• The Dodgers are expected to activate catcher Yasmani Grandal (right forearm strain) and second baseman Howie Kendrick (left calf strain) from the 15-day disabled list for the game.
• Dodgers outfielder Scott Van Slyke (stiff lower back) and reliever Chris Hatcher (twisted left knee) are likely to return after suffering minor injuries Saturday.
• Arizona starter Patrick Corbin struck out six without a walk in his first start against Colorado, but also allowed home runs to Trevor Story, DJ LeMahieu and Ryan Raburn. Zack Greinke won't pitch in the series for Arizona.

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