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05/05 Padres Preview: Game 33 vs. Royals

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODA

Our Padres are coming off an exciting win to close out the series against the Diamondbacks. Tonight they welcome the Royals to Petco Park to continue their homestand.

The Royals are seeking their first ever win in San Diego, but Eric Stults will try to put a halt on those plans as he takes the mound for the series opener for his first career start against KC. Stults pitched his shortest outing since 2009 on Tuesday in San Francisco. He only lasted 2 2/3 innings while giving up five runs to tie a season high. This was after posting a 1.86 ERA in his prior four starts.

Pitching opposite Stults will be Yordano Ventura who hopes to take advantage of the struggling Padres offense and help put an end to the Royals' four-game losing streak, during which the pitching staff has posted an 8.00 ERA. But Kansas City has won both of Ventura's last two starts behind his 13 scoreless innings on the mound. The right-hander has posted a 1.50 ERA on the season, leading the Royals starting rotation by a wide margin.

First pitch against KC is scheduled for 7:10 PDT tonight.