All-Star Kershaw to lead post-break rotation

All-Star Kershaw to lead post-break rotation

LOS ANGELES -- Manager Don Mattingly announced his starting rotation coming out of the break on Sunday, with All-Star and Opening Day starter Clayton Kershaw getting the ball for the first game back, in Arizona Friday night.

Kershaw will be followed by Hiroki Kuroda on Saturday and Ted Lilly Sunday in Arizona. Chad Billingsley and Rubby De La Rosa will start in San Francisco Monday and Tuesday nights.

Kershaw will then pitch on regular rest Wednesday, July 20 against the Giants. The July 21 day off provides an extra day of rest for 30-something starters Kuroda and Lilly, who are set to go July 22 and 23, respectively.

Mattingly said he was satisfied after talking to National League All-Star manager Bruce Bochy that Kershaw's workload at the All-Star Game would not prevent him from starting Friday. The rotation also allows the Dodgers to take advantage of Billingsley's career success against the Giants.

If there's a downside, it could be too much rest between starts for Kuroda and Billingsley (nine days each). Both said they would have multiple bullpen sessions between starts.