GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) – Clayton Kershaw started the game with a four-pitch walk to former-Dodger Juan Pierre.
“Next time out, I want to get that first pitch over and go from there,” Kershaw said.
He allowed an unearned run and two hits in three innings, helping Los Angeles beat the Chicago White Sox 6-5 Monday.
Kershaw struck out three and walked one.
“It was OK for the first time out,” Kershaw said. “The fastball comes first. You try to put that in the strike zone. From there, you consistently get the break with the breaking ball. Then from there, get strikes from the breaking ball. It’s usually in that order for me.”
The 22-year-old Kershaw found out last week he had been selected to become the Dodgers’ youngest opening-day starting pitcher since 22-year-old Fernando Valenzuela in 1983.
“It’s an honor, a sign of confidence from your manager,” Kershaw said. “At the same time, you try to keep it in perspective that it’s just one of 162.”
Winner Jonathan Broxton pitched a hitless, scoreless inning.
White Sox starter Gavin Floyd faced the minimum six batters in two hitless innings.
“The main thing is Gavin threw the ball very well,” White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen. “It’s spring training. It’s all about the pitching.”
Los Angeles made four errors, including three in the third inning. In addition to Kershaw, catcher Dioner Navarro, second baseman Aaron Miles and shortstop Justin Sellers had errors.
NOTES: Damaso Espino drove in two runs for the Dodgers, and Donny Lucy had two RBIs for the White Sox. … Loser Tony Pena Jr. gave up two runs and three hits in the fourth, and Miguel Socolovich allowed four runs in two-thirds of an inning in the fifth.
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