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Dodgers 0, Giants 0, end of third

March 31, 2011 |  6:05 pm


Clayton Kershaw looks in midseason form early.

Kershaw retired the Giants in order in the top of the third, striking out two. That's six strike outs in three innings. He's thrown 44 pitches, 13 for strikes.

Rafael Furcal leads off the bottom of the third with a bunt to the left of the mound that Tim Lincecum drops. But he recovers and throws a 90 mph strike to Brandon Belt to edge Furcal.

Tony Gwynn Jr. follows by slicing a single that left-fielder Pat Burrell bobbles for an error, allowing Gwynn to slide into second.

Lincecum, his hair exactly as long as last season, gets Andre Ethier to fly to Burrell before walking Matt Kemp, but gets James Loney to bounce out to short. In his first two at-bats, Loney has left four men on base.

Lincecum's pitch count after three innings: 41 pitches, 25 for strikes.

-- Steve Dilbeck

Photo: Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw prepares to deliver a pitch against the Giants in the season opener on Thursday evening at Dodger Stadium. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times