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Kershaw feels all right on first day


GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Clayton Kershaw allowed two runs in two innings of Saturday's exhibition opener, but there's no need to panic.

"Physically, I feel great," said the Dodgers' Opening Day starter. "I got behind in some counts. That's a good lineup. For the most part, for the first day, I felt all right. You never like to give up runs, but I guess it's better now than April."

Kershaw allowed four hits, including RBI doubles by Alex Rios and Gordon Beckham. He also struck out three, including Paul Konerko and Adam Dunn, with no walks. After his two innings, he went to the bullpen and threw 15 more pitches.

Ronald Belisario followed Kershaw, loaded the bases with no outs, then allowed a two-run ground single by Dayan Viciedo. Non-roster reliever Mark Lowe pitched a scoreless inning and was acknowledged by manager Don Mattingly afterward for a curveball that the White Sox seemed to have trouble picking up.

Lowe credits pitching coach Rick Honeycutt with an adjustment that made him more comfortable on the rubber.

"I had been too tense, and we've worked on getting me relaxed," said Lowe. "It's worked. It's nice to come here and have coaches like Rick and Sandy [Koufax] and the others. I like everything here."

Mattingly also said he was impressed with rookie right-hander Matt Magill, who struck out three of the five batters he faced.

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