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04/05/10 11:01 PM ET

It's Young vs. Young for Padres, D-backs

Tom Singer/MLB.com

Sometimes, it isn't just a new season -- merely the continuation of the old one. The Padres and the D-backs proved that on Opening Day -- Adrian Gonzalez homered, Mark Reynolds homered, Dan Haren was stingy. All so familiar.

Now waiting to offer the counterpoint on Tuesday is Chris Young.

Oh, yeah. Which one?

How about both. Arizona center fielder Chris Young wants to prove that it indeed is a new season after an 0-for-4 on Monday rekindled memories of a trying 2009 which included a month-long return to the Minors. And San Diego righty Chris Young definitely wants to show that the shoulder surgery which curtailed his 2009 season is old news.

As for their previous meetings ... it's all Chris Young. The pitcher, that is: The Arizona outfielder is hitless in 14 at-bats against him, eight of them strikeouts.

That same-name matchup will be one of the intriguing sidelights to a a game in which the D-backs will try to open a season with consecutive home wins for the first time since 2002 -- when they double-timed the Padres, thus also marking the last time San Diego opened 0-2 on the road.

After being held in check by Haren, the Padres are looking forward to facing anyone else -- even if Edwin Jackson isn't exactly known as a comfortable at-bat.

"We couldn't really get anything going against him," San Diego manager Bud Black said of Haren.

Padres: Young looking to re-emerge
On his good days, the San Diego Young is that rare pitcher who regularly takes the mound with no-hit stuff. But the tall righty has had two-and-a-half years of bad days, or at least injury-filled ones. Since making the All-Star team in 2007 with an 8-3 record in the first half of that season, Young is 12-17, and has made a total of only 45 starts.

D-backs: Lights, camera, action Jackson
Jackson figured to be integral to Arizona's overhauled starting rotation. Then Brandon Webb's shoulder problems continued, and the right-hander acquired from the Tigers became crucial. Back in the NL for the first time since his formative years with the 2003-05 Dodgers, Jackson can give the D-backs an instant feel-good sense about the long season ahead: Last season, they didn't beat the same team in consecutive home games until July 6-7 (although there were two prior instances of back-to-back wins in Chase Field over different opposition).

Worth Noting
The choice of having Jon Garland start the Padres' opener was interesting. He spent most of the 2009 season with the D-backs, prior to being dealt to the Dodgers on Aug. 31, and had a tough time in Chase Field, where his ERA was 5.29 compared to 3.12 elsewhere. ... Matt Stairs' pinch-hitting appearance made him the first Major League position player to appear with 12 different teams since Deacon McGuire, who did it so long ago (1884-1910) the Detroit Wolverines were one of his teams.

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