Johnny Cueto will begin on Opening Day for the San Francisco Giants against the Los Angeles Dodgers on March 26, manager Gabe Kapler told journalists Wednesday.
The Dodgers have just reported that ace left-hander Clayton Kershaw will be their starter for the game.
This will mark Cueto’s first time beginning the opener for the Giants. The veteran right-hander missed the vast majority of last season recouping from the Tommy John surgery he had in 2018.
This won’t be his first Opening Day start, nonetheless. He began four straight openers for the Cincinnati Reds from 2012 to 2015.
Cueto, 34, has battled in three spring training begins, posting a 12.79 ERA in 6 1/3 innings pitched.
The two-time All-Star is 126-87 with a 3.35 ERA in 12 significant league seasons.