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Dodgers Manager Joe Torre delays naming opening-day starter

March 20, 2010 |  4:38 pm

Dodgers Manager Joe Torre delayed announcing the team's starting pitcher for opening day until after Tuesday.

Torre had said he planned to name the pitcher Saturday. But after a Dodgers split squad beat the Texas Rangers, 5-4, in a spring-training game in Surprise, Ariz., he said the announcement wouldn't come until after Tuesday, when the Dodgers have a day off.

"I'm looking at some time after the off day" to make the announcement, Torre said. "We're not going to do it before that. Honey and I are still talking about it," he said, referring to pitching coach Rick Honeycutt.

The four candidates in the Dodgers' starting rotation are left-hander Clayton Kershaw and right-handers Hiroki Kuroda, Chad Billingsley and Vicente Padilla.

The Dodgers' season opens April 5 when they play the Pirates in Pittsburgh. The Dodgers' home opener is April 13 against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

-- Jim Peltz in Surprise, Ariz.