Dodgers Hit Record 8 HRs On Opening Day

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Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

The Dodgers opened their 62nd season in Los Angeles in exciting fashion, hitting a opening-day record eight home runs in a 12-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium on Thursday.

The six different Dodgers who homered represented the most players on one team to homer on Opening Day in the live-ball era (since 1920), according to ESPN Stats & Info. Reliever Matt Koch did the work of any good mop-up man-finish a game that your team definitely won't win-but surrendered Pederson's second homer of the day (this one a mere 417 feet) before giving up three in four at-bats to Max Muncy, Hernandez again and Cody Bellinger.

Amusing enough, two of the five Diamondback runs came via the home run - one from Adam Jones, one from Christian Walker.

Two innings later, Enrique Hernandez blasted a homer to left center field, which made the score 5-0 Dodgers.

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The four home runs Koch allowed was the most ever by a D-backs relief pitcher. Then Seager, making his first Major League Baseball appearance in 11 months, hit his first home run of the season.

Clayton Kershaw didn't start for the Los Angeles Dodgers on Opening Day.

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Kershaw, who is expected to miss at least two more weeks with shoulder inflammation, was not on the mound for a Dodgers opener for the first time since 2010.

Meanwhile, Zach Greinke's latest return to Dodger Stadium was a debacle.

The embarrassing loss added to a rough week for the Diamondbacks, who on Monday lost probable cleanup hitter Steven Souza Jr to a season-ending knee injury.

"You band together, and you get off the ropes, stagger back into the middle of the ring and keep punching", manager Torey Lovullo said.

For reference, Greinke allowed just 14 homers during his entire final season with the Dodgers.

Pederson's second home run of the afternoon, another two-run shot, came in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Seager, in his first game since last April after undergoing elbow and hip surgeries, also hit a home run in the fourth inning. Jones spent the previous 11 seasons in Baltimore, making five AL All-Star teams. Los Angeles Times Dodgers players stand along the third-base line during the playing of the national anthem prior to the start of Thursday's game against the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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