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Probable Pitchers

San Diego Padres @ Los Angeles Dodgers

, Dodger Stadium
James Shields, RHP
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Shields will make his seventh career Opening Day start. He will do so at Dodger Stadium, where he's never pitched, but as a Southern California native, he watched many games there as a kid. Shields is 1-5 with a 5.05 ERA on Opening Day.

Clayton Kershaw, LHP
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The first pitcher to win the NL MVP since 1968 begins his encore season by facing former teammate Matt Kemp and the Padres. Kershaw was 3-0 against San Diego last year and is 12-6 lifetime.

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San Diego Padres @ Los Angeles Dodgers

, Dodger Stadium
Tyson Ross, RHP
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Ross, coming off a season where he was an All-Star for the first time, will try to build off his breakout season, beginning with a start against the Dodgers. He was 0-4 with a 2.67 ERA against the Dodgers in four starts a year ago.

Zack Greinke, RHP
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Greinke had a right elbow injection in February and an erratic spring afterward, but it ended in a camp game last Wednesday with a possible mechanical breakthrough and nine strikeouts in seven innings.

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San Diego Padres @ Los Angeles Dodgers

, Dodger Stadium
Andrew Cashner, RHP
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Cashner looks for his first season of 30-plus starts and gets his first one of 2015 against the Dodgers. He had a 1.89 ERA in three starts against them in 2014, including a win at Dodger Stadium on Sept. 9 when he allowed two runs in seven innings.

Brandon McCarthy, RHP
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McCarthy stayed healthy this spring, but he gave up 20 hits in 14 2/3 innings in big league games. With Hyun-Jin Ryu injured, more will be expected from the free-agent signee.

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San Francisco Giants @ San Diego Padres

, Petco Park
Tim Hudson, RHP
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Hudson would love to approach his 2014 early-season performance, when he went 6-2 with a 1.75 ERA in his first 11 starts. In that span were two outings against the Padres, including a 3-1 loss at San Diego in which he lasted seven innings.

Ian Kennedy, RHP
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Kennedy starts the home opener against the Giants, a team he's fared well against in his career. Kennedy is 9-4 with a 2.52 ERA in 20 career starts against San Francisco and is coming off a season where he exceeded 200 innings and 200 strikeouts.

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San Francisco Giants @ San Diego Padres

, Petco Park
Tim Lincecum, RHP
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When you think "Lincecum" and "Padres," you automatically think "no-hitter." Lincecum pitched no-nos against San Diego in each of the previous two seasons. In 17 appearances (16 starts) at Petco Park, Lincecum is 9-3 with a 2.56 ERA.

Brandon Morrow, RHP
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Morrow makes his Padres debut against the Giants. He was signed in December and was told he would be given a chance to start. He pitched well in the spring and his stuff looked good, impressing the staff, who liked his ability to miss bats.

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