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Friday’s opener seems to be a good pitching match-up. Padres returned ace Andrew Cashner (2-6, 2.43 ERA) makes his second start since his long stint on the disabled list against the 12-year veteran Dan Haren (11-10, 4.44 ERA). In Cashner’s last start against Arizona, he threw 5 innings and allowed two runs on 7 hits. He has 4 career starts against the Dodgers and is yet to get a win, going 0-2 with a 1.35 ERA. He has only allowed 6 runs in 40 total innings against them in his career. He faced them once this year on opening night, pitching a strong 6 innings, only allowing one run and striking out 5.
Haren won his last start against the Mets by throwing 7 strong innings and only allowing one run. The Padres tagged him for the loss when he pitched 4 innings and allowed 4 runs on June 11th. He has struggled on the road with a 4.84 ERA in 14 starts. With 18 career starts against the Padres, he is 6-5 with a 3.87 ERA. The Dodgers are his second team he has played for in the division (Diamondbacks).