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The Dodgers hand out the biggest Opening Day beatdown in 62 years

On Monday afternoon, one MLB team claimed victory with barely any help from its bats. A few hours later, another team won because its offense provided a lot of help. Like, a lot a lot.

The Los Angeles Dodgers pounded the San Diego Padres on Opening Day, 15-0. And now for a few of the notable historical tidbits:

  • It’s the most lopsided shutout win ever on Opening Day. That mark was previously held by a game on April 12, 1911, when the Pirates thrashed the Reds, 14-0. I’m going to assume Honus Wagner played a big role in that one. 
  • The 15-0 score is the largest margin of victory (or defeat for the pessimists) in an Opening Day game since the 1955 Yankees crushed the Washington Senators, 19-1. The Pinstripes got home runs from Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra and Bill “Moose” Skowron. The Dodgers didn’t hit any homers Monday, but I’m sure a pair of doubles from Justin Turner is the same as watching a Mantle clout. 
  • The Padres have not been beaten so thoroughly since a 20-1 defeat in 2005. It’s their worst shutout loss in 26 years.

Shockingly, Clayton Kershaw was able to make the lead stand up with seven innings of one-hit ball.

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