San Diego Padres Opening Day 2016
SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Padres are set to open their 2016 schedule at Petco Park Monday against the defending West Division Champion Los Angeles Dodgers.
The match up marks the 10th time the two teams have faced one another on Opening Day.
The Southern California rivalry dates back to April 15th 1969, when the Padres first faced the Dodgers. The final score from Dodger Stadium was 0-14 in favor of the Dodgers, but the Pads would go on to beat the Dodgers six times during that inaugural season in Major League Baseball.
New faces shape both lineups, but the biggest adjustment that Padres fans will have to make is seeing former Padres bench coach Dave Roberts wearing Dodger blue, taking over as the 28th manager in Dodgers franchise history.
From the top step of the Padres’ dugout, rookie manager in Andy Green takes over the reins after serving as Arizona Diamondbacks third-base coach in 2015.
Padres pitcher Tyson Ross will toss the game’s first pitch at 4:05 p.m. Pitching from the opposite roster will be reigning National League All-Star and Strikeout Champion Clayton Kershaw. The last time the Dodgers’ ace lost to the Padres was June 21, 2013 at Petco. Since the 2013 loss, Kershaw is 4-0 in seven starts, carrying a 1.36 ERA with 66 strikeouts over 46 and 2/3 innings.
Fans in attendance will receive a Padres Opening Series Rally Towel.