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Clayton Kershaw is an unstoppable hitter on Opening Day

The three-time Cy Young Award winner turns into a Silver Slugger candidate in the first game of a new season.

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Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw is known mostly for being a three-time Cy Young Award winner and the best pitcher of his generation.

But when he steps to the plate on Opening Day, Clayton Kershaw turns into Ty Cobb.

Kershaw singled against the Colorado Rockies in his first at-bat of the 2021 season on Thursday. Kershaw got another hit later in the game. That sent career batting average on Opening Day up to .391. It was his ninth hit in 22 such at-bats.

For his career, Kershaw is just a .159 hitter with one home run. That homer, by the way, came on Opening Day 2013 as he went deep in the eighth of a scoreless game. He finished that afternoon by throwing a complete-game shutout.

Batting on Opening Day in Colorado was the perfect recipe for Kershaw to add to his hit total. He now has a six-game hitting streak at Coors Field. Since 2013, Kershaw has 13 hits in 30 at-bats as a visitor versus the Rockies.