Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Ross looks to build on breakout season in first start of '15

With Opening Day out of the way for both teams, a 6-3 win for Los Angeles thanks to a late three-run homer by Jimmy Rollins, the Padres and Dodgers settle in for Game No. 2 of 162, with another dandy pitching matchup set for Tuesday between Zack Greinke of the Dodgers and Tyson Ross of the Padres.
This will be the first time Greinke has faced Major League hitters since March 27, as he pitched against Minor League players at the end of Spring Training.
Ross allowed two earned runs over his last 15 innings of Spring Training and has looked ready to start the regular season for, really, the last two weeks.
Things to know about this game:
• Look for Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal, obtained from the Padres in the Matt Kemp deal in December, to make his first start on Tuesday. A.J. Ellis, as per usual, caught Clayton Kershaw on Opening Day. But expect Grandal to get the bulk of the starts there.
• Think Greinke likes pitching against the Padres? He's 4-0 with a 1.84 ERA in his career against San Diego, going 3-0 with a 1.66 ERA the last two seasons.
• Four of Ross' losses last season came against the Dodgers. So they had his number, right? Not so fast. He actually had a 2.67 ERA in those four starts (27 innings) but didn't get much in the way of run support. He's hoping that will change with the revamped offense.
•San Diego shortstop Alexi Amarista will start Tuesday, as Clint Barmes got the start against the lefty Kershaw on Monday. Amarista impressed the team with how he handled the position during a six-week stint there late last season.

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