2013 Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw got the win for the Dodgers in the first game of the 2014 season, a 3-1 nipper over the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia. / Photo by Associated Press

2013 Cy Young winner Clayton Kershaw got the win for the Dodgers in the first game of the 2014 season, a 3-1 nipper over the Arizona Diamondbacks in Australia. / Photo by Associated Press

Geez, Louise! As if a 1 a.m. start wasn’t bad enough, by the time the weather delay was over, first pitch happened at 2! I made it through the first inning, and then conked out, but I did rouse just in time to watch Scott Van Slyke’s two-run dinger. Nice start to the season, a 3-1 win.

While Van Slyke went 2-3, including aforementioned homer and a double, I was dismayed to learn that most of the other regulars (Uribe, Puig, Ethier, Ramirez and Ellis) had 0-fers, a bad sign for our offense, but I’ll chalk it up to jet lag. New guy Justin Turner, playing second base, got one hit, Adrian Gonzalez slugged a double, and Clayton Kershaw helped his own case with a single.

I valiantly struggled to stay awake long enough to watch Kershaw’s 6⅔ innings, but it was weird watching baseball while the rest of the Valley slept. In the end, it sounds like everything after the two-run fourth inning was a snoozefest anyway, so I’m glad I managed to catch some Zs and didn’t end up a basket case today.

So, that’s one down, 161 to go. Yay! Baseball is back!

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