All across the league, teams are announcing their Opening Day starters, and the San Diego Padres will be added to the list now.
Manager Bud Black announced that Andrew Cashner will begin the season for the Padres as they take on the Los Angeles Dodgers at home on March 30th. By that point, the Dodgers will have already played two regular season games against the Arizona Diamondbacks. That series opens on March 21st and 22nd. The Dodgers will return to LA to continue Spring Training before traveling to Petco Park to play Cashner and the Padres.
Last year for the Padres, Cashner made 26 starts and pitched to a 10-9 record with a 3.09 ERA. He had begun the season in the Friars’ bullpen after injuring his pitching thumb before the 2013 season. In the second half, Cashner really stood out, posting a 2.14 ERA over his last 11 starts and was the Padres Pitcher of the Year for 2013.
It is unclear who the Dodgers will start against Cashner, although it is conceivable that Clayton Kershaw could pitch, given the 10-day gap between his Opening Day start in Australia and the game in San Diego.
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