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Ryu will make third start in home opener

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SAN DIEGO -- Hyun-Jin Ryu, Paul Maholm and Zack Greinke will start the three games of the home-opening series with the Giants Friday, Saturday and Sunday, while rehabbing right-hander Josh Beckett will pitch in a Minor League game Friday.

For Ryu, it will be his third start in the first six games, something the Dodgers were reluctant to let Clayton Kershaw do because of workload concerns. Now Kershaw is on the disabled list and Ryu will be tasked with the rare feat, having healed from a split toenail suffered in his first start in Australia.

The mild surprise is Maholm, who was signed to be insurance if fifth starter Beckett wasn't fully healed from thoracic outlet syndrome surgery. Beckett's recovery, however, was complicated by a bruised right hand suffered in the clubhouse in Spring Training. This will be Maholm's first start since last year.

Beckett will pitch for Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga. Greinke, who pitched five innings for a win against the Padres on Tuesday, will be pitching on normal rest.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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