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Baseball makes it official: Dodgers-Giants opener moved back one day

January 6, 2011 | 12:50 pm

It’s all official and everything.

The Dodgers’ season opener against the Giants has been moved back one day to March 31.

That likely Clayton Kershaw-Tim Lincecum duel on opening day is back on schedule at Dodger Stadium.

ESPN wanted the Dodgers to fly to San Francisco on March 31, robbing the Dodgers of their season opener at home, but the players union and the Dodgers were less than thrilled with the prospect, so the cable giant settled for pushing that season-opening series back one day.

The Dodgers and Giants will now play a 5 p.m. game on that Thursday opener. The next Monday, April 4, becomes an off-day.

The Dodgers-Giants game will cap an opening-day triple header for ESPN, following earlier telecasts of Tigers at Yankees, and Padres at Cardinals.

Whatever ESPN wants, ESPN gets … almost.

And to those who commented that our Wednesday story of the opening-day compromise was reported a couple hours earlier by Roberto Baly’s site, you are indeed correct. Our source, as Baly noted, was not the same and I was unaware of Baly’s post at the time.

(Baly has also posted some nice photos of Kershaw and his wife, Ellen, on a goodwill mission in Africa via the site

Also, the Dodgers have announced their promotional schedule for 2011.

Are you ready for half-price food night? There will also be six bobblehead nights, with Kershaw, Don Mattingly and Andre Ethier already scheduled.

-- Steve Dilbeck