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06/20 Padres Preview: Game 74 vs. Dodgers

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Denis Poroy

After an emotional and victorious end to the series against Seattle, our Padres will try to keep the momentum going as they host the Dodgers this weekend at Petco Park. Ian Kennedy will start things off in tonight's series opener.

With a 5-12 record so far in the month of June, San Diego could use a big win against the NL West rivals. Kennedy didn't have the best of starts against the Dodgers earlier this season. On April 1st he was tagged for three runs in five innings of work, and didn't get a single run of support from his offense. That story has become all too common this season, but the past two games have shown a glimpse of this offense's potential.

The Friars will have to face Dan Haren tonight, who will try to follow up a pretty good outing from Clayton Kershaw with a gem of his own. Haren is 7-4 with a 3.54 ERA this season, but is coming off his first pair of consecutive wins since April. One of the keys for San Diego will be to get to Haren early, specifically in the first inning, when the right-hander has given up six runs while opponents have batted .328 against him through his last five starts.

In the season series between these two teams, the Dodgers are up two games to one. See if our boys can even things up tonight at 7:10 PDT.