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03/28 Padres Preview: Fowler Park Series Game 1

Our Padres open up a two-game exhibition series tonight at the University of San Diego's Fowler Park, named for Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler.

Christian Petersen

The Friars will host the Indians in a two-game set at Fowler Park this weekend before beginning the regular season on Sunday night. Matt Wisler will get the start for San Diego in tonight's opening game. It will be Wisler's sixth outing, but second start of the preseason. He made his first start on Sunday after the Padres announced that Josh Johnson would be starting the regular season on the disabled list with a strained forearm. It wasn't the sharpest of starts (5 ER, 5 H, 2 2/3 IP), but overall this Spring Wisler had shown a lot of potential, putting him in the mix for Johnson's vacated spot in the rotation. Corey Brock says that the right-hander will likely start the season with one of our minor league affiliates, however.

Getting the nod for Cleveland tonight is Zach McAllister, making his final appearance before the regular season, into which he will go as the Indians' no. 3 starter. McAllister is coming off a six-frame performance in Arizona against the Angels, to whom he gave up three runs on six hits. He had one really troublesome outing this Spring; giving up six runs on nine hits, two walks, and a hit batsman through just three innings of work; but otherwise put up a solid Spring campaign.

According to's Steve Gilbert, we should expect to see all the regulars for Cleveland in tonight's contest. Meanwhile, Brock notes that the Padres will be playing many of the guys from single-A Lake Elsinore during this series.


You can catch today's game live on Fox Sports San Diego as well as MLB.TV (which is free for all games today). Or you can listen to the radio broadcast on The Mighty 1090, Gameday Audio, and MLB At-Bat.