Kershaw was named the Dodgers' Opening Day starter on Saturday, Ken Gurnick of reports.

Per Gurnick, this marks Kershaw's seventh Opening Day start. While it's not a surprising announcement, it's noteworthy in the sense that manager Dave Roberts clearly has full confidence in the health of his ace's back. His back injury last season cost him several starts, but he still managed to post a 1.69 ERA with a 0.72 WHIP over 21 starts in 2016.

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