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4/11 Game Thread: Padres (8-5) at Arizona Diamondbacks (6-6)

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Rookie Pedro Avila will make his first career start.

MLB: San Diego Padres-Media Day Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

WHO: San Diego Padres vs. Arizona Diamondbacks

WHAT: Padres look to get off to a better start than their last series with the D’Backs

WHEN: Thursday, April 11th, at 6:40 p.m. PT

WHERE: Chase Field

HOW: Watch on FOX Sports San Diego (or FOX Sports Go), listen on 97.3FM The Fan. Spanish broadcasts on FOX Deportes San Diego and XEMO 860AM.

WHY: Fresh off another series win, the Padres are rolling out a 22-year old rookie pitcher, Pedro Avila, making his first Major League start. Avila was a standout player for Double-A Amarillo last season and acquitted himself well in four Spring Training starts last month. He will face a serious challenge in Arizona who scored 19 runs across three games the last time they took on the Padres.

Led by big-ticket free agent Manny Machado and top prospect Fernando Tatis Jr, the Padres offense will need to find a way to put up some runs for the rookie if they want to give him any chance of walking away with a W in his first start.