Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 2/21/12

The Los Angeles Dodgers named ace Clayton Kershaw to start the season opener against San Diego.

Kershaw was the obvious choice of manager Don Mattingly after coming off a 21-5 season and winning the National League Cy Young Award.

The lefthander, who will turn 24 next month, signed a two-year, $19 million contract in the offseason.

Kershaw became the first NL hurler to win the Triple Crown since then-San Diego Padres star Jake Peavy in 2007. He posted a 2.28 ERA - the lowest in the majors - and 248 strikeouts.

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