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04/11 Padres Preview: Game 10 vs. Tigers

Justin K. Aller

The Padres were once again unable to win a series, but they were able to salvage the final game against the Indians on the road. Tonight they'll be back home at Petco Park to kick off a series against the Tigers. Tonight's game marks the beginning of a ten-game homestand, and who better to start us off than Andrew Cashner? Cashner is 0-1 over his first two starts of the season. He's kept opponents to just three runs but hasn't received a single run of support from Padres offense. Batters are hitting just 10-for-75 with runners in scoring position and most of their production has come in the later innings, so there has been minimal support for their starting pitchers. Hopefully that trend doesn't continue and the boys can break out of their slump while getting a winning streak doing tonight.

Rick Porcello will be the guy to beat tonight as he takes the mound for Detroit in the series opener. Porcello made a strong season debut last week, pitching 6 2/3 solid innings on one-run ball against the Orioles. But if past games are an indication, it might be easier to get to the Tigers bullpen. Detroit relievers have struggled so far this season. They almost cost Porcello the game his last time out, allowing the O's to come back and put five runs on the board in the 9th.

Detroit has dominated San Diego in the past, winning seven of the last nine contests between the two teams. However, they haven't faced each other since 2008. Head down to the ballpark or tune in at 7:10 when they reunite on the field.