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Dodgers Web musings: The opening review

April 1, 2011 | 12:57 pm

Clayton-kershaw_325 As you would expect, plenty of coverage of the Dodgers' 2-1 season-opening victory over the Giants:

-- The Times' Dylan Hernandez writes that Clayton Kershaw may have pulled off a coming-of-age performance in dominating the Giants. Plus pregame video of fans' expectations for the coming season.

-- The Times' Bill Plaschke says that, at least for a day, everything fell into place for the Dodgers.

-- The Times' T.J. Simers is all excited about the opening victory, sort of.

-- The Times' Bill Shaikin reports that the ballyhooed banner flown over Dodger Stadium by Giants fans failed to make a splash.

-- Sadly, The Times also reports that three Giants fans were attacked in the stadium parking lot after the game, one sustaining critical injuries. Scary how the brain-dead walk among us.

-- ESPN's Molly Knight asks fans for their advice for battered Dodgers owner Frank McCourt.

-- ESPN's Jim Caple says that's what an opening day should feel like.

-- ESPN/L.A.'s Ramona Shelbourne says Matt Kemp's opener was a good first step but that he has a lot more to do to reestablish himself as one of the game's brightest young stars.

-- The Daily News' Tom Hoffarth
takes in opening day by examining that new Doyer Dog, now available for only $8.

-- Hoffarth also returns to asking other broadcasters what they learned from listening to Vin Scully.

-- The Daily News' Vincent Bonsignore says a return to form by Jonathan Broxton is most pivotal to a Dodgers comeback this season.

--'s Barry Bloom says Don Mattingly’s debut as a manager was just about perfect.

--'s Ken Gurnick says Vicente Padilla is recovering nicely from February arm surgery.

-- Paul Oberjuergue says he feels oddly liberated by not pulling for the Dodgers as long as McCourt owns the team.

-- Fox Sports' Jon Paul Morosi is feeling just fine about picking the Dodgers to win the National league West.

-- CBS Sports' Scott Miller says the shaky defense that proved the Giants' undoing might not be a one-game problem.

-- LA Dodger Talk's Mark Timmons says no one should still be reluctant to call Kershaw an ace.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Left-hander Clayton Kershaw, who turned 23 on March 19, makes his first opening-day start for the Dodgers. Credit: Christina House / For The Times