Friday, July 1, 2016

Rea welcomes Yankees in opener at Petco

Colin Rea will take the ball for the Padres on Friday at 7:40 p.m. PT in the opener of a three-game Interleague set against the Yankees, as he looks to bounce back from his last start against the Reds.
The 25-year-old right-hander has been excellent at times for San Diego this season, but his last start in Cincinnati saw him last just five innings, allow four runs and walk four batters -- which tied a season high. Rea did strike out a career-best seven batters during that game, so he'll look to build on that with just two starts remaining ahead of the All-Star break, when the Padres will begin to start limiting his innings.
"The thought process would be to push him to the back of the rotation coming off the All-Star break so he gets a longer period of time off … just to control his innings," Padres manager Andy Green said.
The most innings Rea has thrown in his professional career came in 2014, when he logged 139 for Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore.
Opposing Rea will be Yankees right-hander Nathan Eovaldi (6-5, 5.19 ERA), who has allowed at least five runs in four of his past five starts. He took his third straight loss on Sunday, allowing five runs over six innings to the Twins.
Things to know about this game
• Carlos Beltran -- the Yankees' hottest hitter in June -- has played 23 games in Petco Park throughout his career, where he has hit .253/.341/.342. Beltran, however, is battling right hamstring tightness and is no lock to play on Friday.
• Will Myers has faced the Yankees more than any team except the Blue Jays and Rockies in his career, and has hit .304/.345/.559 in 102 at-bats against them, registering seven home runs.
• Eovaldi has fared well against Padres outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. In 20 career at-bats, Upton has mustered just four hits and one RBI.

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