Nationals @ Dodgers April 9, 2021: Home opener + World Series ring ceremony

Photo courtesy of Juan Toribio. (via)

For the first time since Game 5 of the 2019 National League Division Series — coincidentally, against the eventual World Series champion Nationals — the Dodgers will host fans, but this time, as current World Series Champions. Walker Buehler draws the home opening start. He’ll be opposed by Joe Ross.

NationalsDodgers
1:10 p.m.Los Angeles
CF RoblesCF Taylor
SS TurnerSS Seager
RF Soto3B Turner
1B Zimmerman1B Muncy
3B CastroC Smith
2B Garcia2B Lux
LF StevensonLF Pollock
C LucroyRF McKinstry
P Ross (R)P Buehler (R)

The Dodgers are coming off an extra-inning loss in Oakland on Wednesday — a game they let get away with some poor hitting with runners in scoring position and some not-so-great bullpen work.

The Nationals — after a COVID-fueled delayed start to their season, are playing in their second series of the season after dropping two of three to the Braves.

Still no Cody Bellinger, who’s now on the injured list. Chris Taylor draws the start in center field in his place.

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No matter what happens on the field today, this day is about the rings.

Here it is!

Also, these are the uniforms the boys will be donning today.

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Here are some notes from the beat/national reporters.

This isn’t surprising.

We’ll see if anything comes from this, but the Trevor Bauer era is off to a great start.

About Dustin Nosler

Dustin Nosler began writing about the Dodgers in July 2009 at his blog, Feelin' Kinda Blue. He co-hosted a weekly podcast with Jared Massey called Dugout Blues. He was a contributor/editor at The Hardball Times and True Blue LA. He graduated from California State University, Sacramento, with his bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in digital media. While at CSUS, he worked for the student-run newspaper The State Hornet for three years, culminating with a 1-year term as editor-in-chief. He resides in Stockton, Calif.