Pederson, Dodgers hit team-mark 4 HRs in opener, rout Padres

Left-hander Hyun-Jin Ryu and right-hander Yadier Alvarez, the team's top minor league pitching prospect, threw three-inning simulated games Saturday afternoon.

Andre Ethier and five pitchers start the season on the DL.

Los Angeles Angels' Albert Pujols, right, is congratulated by Yunel Escobar for a two-run home run, as Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Austin Barnes watches during the third inning of an exhibition baseball game, Saturday, April 1, 2017, in Los Angeles.

Kershaw (1-0) allowed two runs - one earned - and two hits in seven innings, struck out eight and walked none in his seventh consecutive opening day start.

The New York Yankees aren't among baseball's top two payrolls for the first time in almost a quarter-century, making cuts along with some other traditional big spenders. It was also the Dodgers' seventh consecutive victory on opening day - all of them started by Clayton Kershaw, who now has a 0.99 ERA and 0.66 WHIP in his seven opening day starts.

Detroit was second at $199.75 million and the Yankees, in the midst of a turn toward youth, third at $195 million. NY topped opening-day payrolls from 1999-2013 before falling behind the Dodgers each year since 2014.

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The two teams are pretty even, and I expect another good battle in 2017 - except with the Giants coming out on top this time. He said he was running to the hardware store and likely wouldn't catch the end. "It's interesting. It's refreshing". If one of your players hits an RBI double, there's a good chance he drove in another one of your guys.

Vin Scully retired last season after 67 years as the voice of the Dodgers - Brooklyn and Los Angeles - which means L.A.'s home opener Monday was the first he spent outside of the booth. San Diego, on the other hand, will just be trying to tread water this year, and Los Angeles is a tough team to start out the season with.

"I'm aware that I'm not where I've been for about 60,000 years, " he said.

"The total percentage of MLB revenue that clubs pay to players has remained relatively stable", said Dan Halem, Major League Baseball's chief legal officer.

Many teams in the middle or near the bottom of last year's list had big boosts. And San Diego is nice and sunny this time of year. Just $34.6 million of the Padres' total was for players now with the team. He was second in the voting the other three seasons. He was followed by Arizona pitcher Zack Greinke ($31.9 million), injured Boston pitcher David Price ($30 million), Detroit pitcher Justin Verlander ($28 million) and Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera ($28 million). During the 2016 season the kid from Texas had a unreal ERA of 1.69 on 12 wins and 4 losses with 172 K's. The Dodgers also play the Cubs three more games in May, and then they are done with them for the 2017 season, barring a playoff rematch. The players' association calculated last season's final average at $3.97 million, about $130,000 more than Major League Baseball's figure.

  • Regina Holmes