Sellers savors Opening Day opportunity

Sellers savors Opening Day opportunity

SAN DIEGO -- Dodgers rookie Justin Sellers said his first Opening Day in the Major Leagues is even more meaningful than last year's debut.

"It was a big deal last year to be called up in my hometown, but to make the team out of Spring Training, after all the hard work I put in, it means so much to me and my family," said Sellers, the son of former Major Leaguer Jeff Sellers.

Sellers, who beat out Josh Fields and Luis Cruz for the final position spot, is one of five Dodgers on an Opening Day roster for the first time. The others are Dee Gordon, Josh Lindblom, Scott Elbert and Javy Guerra.

Sellers said he's accepted his backup role and cut down his swing as the staff has insisted.

"I can just do what I'm told and get better every day," he said. "I'm going to pick Jerry Hairston's brain. He's been a utility man for so many years. I want to be the best utility player I can be."