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04/02 Padres Preview: Game 3 vs. Dodgers

The Padres will close out their first series, and homestand, of the season tonight in game 3 against the Dodgers.

Drew Hallowell

Tyson Ross has had an impressive, if short, career as a Padres starter up to this point. Tonight he goes up against the Dodgers in the finale of the three-game set and hopes to help San Diego to a series win. Last year in his first season with the Padres, he had some hiccups along the way but came back strong in the second half of the season. After making just three starts last April, Ross landed on the DL with a left shoulder subluxation. Upon his reactivation in May, he moved to the bullpen and pitched 31 relief innings through 19 games. He moved back to the rotation in July and proceeded to go 13 games with a 2.93 ERA while keeping opponents batting .201. He went 1-1 in five games this Spring and tonight he looks to kick off his 2014 season with a victory over L.A.

Ross will be pitching opposite a new face on the L.A roster. Dan Haren will make his Dodgers debut tonight at Petco Park as he begins what he hopes will be a bounce-back season. Two thousand thirteen proved to be his worst season since his rookie year ten years earlier. He went 10-13 over 30 starts in his first and only start with the Nationals, pitching to the tune of a 4.67 ERA. Haren went 0-1 in Spring Training with a 6.00 ERA in 12 innings (four starts). The right-hander has lost each of his last three starts against San Diego, posting an 8.64 ERA over a stretch dating back to July 16, 2010.

Tune into the series finale tonight at 7:10pm on Fox Sports San Diego.