Padres Play Weekend Series in L.A.

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Apr 6, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General view of a United States flag on the field during the playing of the national anthem before the 2015 MLB opening day game between the San Diego Padres and the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Padres (20-22) limp into a weekend series with the first-place LosAngeles Dodgers  (24-16). The Friars lost a tough series at home to the Chicago Cubs and completed a homestand where they went 2-5; also Pads were shutout twice.

The Dodgers are in a funk of their own. There must be something in the San Francisco air because it was the Dodgers’ turn to get shutout in consecutive games by the Giants, much like the Padres were up there at the beginning of the month. But this time, the Dodgers were shut out every game of that series. The Giants outscored them 10-0 in the three game sweep.

Luckily, the Padres will miss Clayton Kershaw, who just pitched last night. The Friars are still without first baseman Yonder Alonso and centerfielder/leadoff man Wil Myers. Alonso is eligible to come off the DL after this weekend but according to cbssports.com’s Brandon Wise, he is still “a ways away” from returning. Myers will be eligible to return early next week and it is likely he will return before Alonso.

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