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06/06 Padres Preview: Game 61 vs. Nationals

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After yesterday's off day, our Padres hope to come back strong as they kick off a series against the Nationals. Tyson Ross will get the ball first in the opener. His last time out he gave up two runs (only one earned) while striking out five batters through six innings of work. Tonight will mark his first career start against the NL East team, though he pitched six relief innings against them in 2013, allowing just one run.

Tanner Roark will make the start for Washington and try for a repeat of his latest outing against SD. He only gave up three hits when the Nats hosted the Friars on April 26th. It was Roark's best outing yet, though his major league career is still young. He has lost each of his last three appearances, but has pitched much better than his record would indicate.

The action gets underway tonight at 7:10 PDT. See if the offense can get something going and help Ross with some run support.