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Kershaw to start Cactus League opener

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Clayton Kershaw pitched two innings of batting practice on Friday and will start the Dodgers' first Cactus League game on Wednesday, manager Don Mattingly said.

Zack Greinke will start the second game on Thursday. The Dodgers will play intrasquad games this Sunday and Monday.

Although the rotation appears obvious, the Dodgers are still considering skipping Kershaw in the Opening Series in Australia for workload reasons, then having him start in San Diego March 30 in Los Angeles' first game stateside. That would line the left-hander up to start the home opener April 4.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for
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