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03/26 Padres Preview: Game 28 vs. Royals

Christian Petersen

The Padres play their final game in Arizona before hitting the road and heading back to San Diego to close out Spring Training. Today they will host the Royals in Peoria as Ian Kennedy makes his sixth start of the Spring. Kennedy's strong Spring campaign earned him the no. 2 starting spot behind Andrew Cashner. He's coming off his best Cactus League start, one in which he gave up two runs in 5 2/3 innings, throwing 95 pitches along the way. Today he's expected to make upwards of 100 pitches.

The Padres will be going up against the Royals' no. 1 starter, James Shields, who will likely throw around 60 pitches this afternoon. So far this Spring, Shields has given up seven runs (six earned) on 13 hits through 20 2/3 innings of work. But the majority of that came in his most recent start, when he struggled and surrendered five runs on six hits, including three homers, through six frames against the Reds.

Watch/listen

Today's contest will begin at 12:05pm and you can listen on Gameday Audio or At-Bat.