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MLB Opening Day: LA Times veteran baseball writer previews Dodgers, Angels

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 18:  Carl Crawford #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers runs to first base as Carlos Perez #58 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim stands during a baseball game between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on May 18, 2016 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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Carl Crawford #3 of the Los Angeles Dodgers runs to first base as Carlos Perez #58 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim stands.

Baseball is back in Southern California as Major League Baseball celebrates Opening Day 2017.

Baseball is back in Southern California as Major League Baseball celebrates Opening Day 2017.

Both the Dodgers and Angels kick off their seasons today. Big Blue opens the season at home with ace Clayton Kershaw on the mound looking to return to Cy Young form as he and the Dodgers take on the San Diego Padres in Echo Park. They’re the odds-on favorite to win the National League West again this year but, as has been the case in recent years, they’ll no doubt have to contend with those pesky Giants for division supremacy.

Meanwhile, reigning American League MVP Mike Trout and the Angels hit the road to open the 2017 campaign for an evening tilt with the Oakland Athletics in the East Bay. The Halos will need to stay healthy and get consistent outings from their starting pitchers in order to remain a contender in an American League West Division featuring several tough teams with burgeoning young talent like the Seattle Mariners and the Houston Astros, who many believe will win the AL West crown this year.

Larry sits down with L.A. Times baseball writer Bill Shaikin to preview the Dodgers and Angels’ seasons, talk about familiar names to watch for, some of the new faces you might see and the expectations for each.

Guest:

Bill Shaikin, baseball writer for the Los Angeles Times

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