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Game Preview: 04/09 Drew Pomeranz makes Padres debut against former team

The Padres look to make it two in a row as they send Drew Pomeranz to the hill for the first time this season.

MLB: Spring Training-San Diego Padres at Chicago White Sox Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

The Padres will try to lock up the series win today in game 2 at Coors Field. They have a big act to follow after yesterday's slugfest, when they took advantage of the Rocky Mountain air and put 13 runs on the board for their first win of the season.

On the hill for the Friars will be Drew Pomeranz, who makes his 2016 debut against his former team. Pomeranz was acquired by the Padres last December in the deal that sent Yonder Alonso and Marc Rzepczynski to the Oakland Athletics. The team came to terms with him in January, agreeing on a one-year, $1.35 million contract to avoid arbitration. Though many believed he would be headed for the bullpen come April, Pomeranz was able to land himself a rotation spot this Spring along with yesterday's starter, Colin Rea. That was despite a poor Spring showing; he had posted an 8.36 ERA going into his final Spring start, but ended with a scoreless four-inning performance.

The right-hander spent the first three years of his career with the Rockies, where he made 30 starts (and 34 overall appearances) and went 4-14 with a 5.20 ERA. He followed that up with two years as an Athletic where he appeared in 73 games, but only started 19. His ERA over those two years was a 3.08, with most of his success coming as a reliever.

The Rockies will send Jorge De La Rosa to the mound to try to redeem himself after a rough time in Monday's season opener. He only lasted 4 2/3 innings, giving up five earned runs on eight hits, though he still collected eight strikeouts and the Rockies still won the game.

De La Rosa also struggled when he faced the Padres last season. In four starts, he went 0-3 with a 7.94 ERA. The worst of those outings was his only game against them at Coors Field last year. He exited the game after only two innings of work, through which he allowed nine runs.

The game gets underway at 5:10 pm PT.

Today's Lineups

Jon Jay - CF DJ LeMahieu - 2B
Melvin Upton Jr. - LF Trevor Story - SS
Matt Kemp - RF Carlos Gonzalez - RF
Wil Myers - 1B Nolan Arenado - 3B
Yangervis Solarte - 3B Mark Reynolds - 1B
Derek Norris - C Ryan Raburn - LF
Alexei Ramirez - SS Nick Hundley - C
Cory Spangenberg - 2B Brandon Barnes - CF
Drew Pomeranz - LHP Jorge De La Rosa - LHP