SYDNEY -- So, this is where it begins.
It might be happening 7,500 miles from Los Angeles and televised at 1 a.m. on the West Coast. It might be taking place in a cricket stadium in front of fans who are a little hazy on the rules of the game. But it’s still Opening Day, and the Dodgers were beginning to get the familiar butterflies in anticipation of their Saturday opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The teams have been in Sydney since Tuesday.
“I don’t think it has anything to do with where it’s at. You just know that it counts, it’s part of what we’re starting up,” manager Don Mattingly said at his team’s final workout before Opening Day. “I think guys will have the same feeling [Saturday] as they would have anywhere else.”
The Arizona Diamondbacks have one more exhibition game left, against Team Australia, before the teams meet in baseball’s Opening Series Sydney this weekend.
Here is the rest of the Dodgers’ Opening Day lineup:
Yasiel Puig, RF
Justin Turner, 2B
Hanley Ramirez, SS
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B
Scott Van Slyke, LF
Juan Uribe, 3B
Andre Ethier, CF
A.J. Ellis, C
Clayton Kershaw, LHP