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National League Preview from The Sports Network



Sunday, September 8th (All times Eastern)

Colorado Rockies (66-77) at San Diego Padres (64-77), 4:10 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: Colorado - Chad Bettis (0-3, 5.45) San Diego - Ian Kennedy (6-9, 4.96)

(Sports Network) - It seems a change of scenery is what Ian Kennedy needed to get back on track and he will lead the San Diego Padres into Sunday's finale of a three-game series versus the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park.

Kennedy is 3-1 with a 4.04 ERA in six starts with the Padres since coming over in a trade with Arizona. The former All-Star was 3-8 in 21 starts with the D'backs and tossed six innings of one-run ball in a 4-1 win over San Francisco on Monday. He fanned seven batters and issued two walks.

The right-handed Kennedy rebounded from a rough outing on Aug. 27 against his former club and was hit for six runs in 4 1/3 innings. Kennedy is 0-1 in two outings against the Rockies this season and 3-3 with a 2.96 ERA in 14 career starts in this series.

San Diego is in line for a sweep of the Rockies after taking the first two matchups of this set, including Saturday's 2-1 decision thanks to Jedd Gyorko's home run leading off the bottom of the eighth inning. Gyorko finished 2-for-4 and Alexi Amarista drove in a run for the Padres, winners in four of the previous five games.

Padres starter Tyson Ross scattered three hits and two walks over seven shutout innings in the no-decision, while Luke Gregerson picked up the win despite allowing an unearned run in the eighth.

"He threw seven scoreless innings and gave up only three hits, but there have been times this season where he gets back in the rotation and pitched better than he did tonight. That is a great sign," Padres manager Bud Black said of Ross.

Huston Street got his 28th save with a scoreless ninth inning.

The Padres will open a 10-game eastern trek Tuesday against Philadelphia, Atlanta and Pittsburgh.

Colorado is winless (0-2) on its nine-game western swing and has lost four of its past five overall. In Saturday's tough loss to the Friars, Matt Belisle allowed Gyorko's home run to take the defeat and starter Tyler Chatwood's six innings of one-run ball went to waste.

"I had a pretty good sinker tonight and a pretty good curveball. I got to go out there and pitch that long and kept us in the game," said Chatwood.

The Rockies, who will visit San Francisco and Arizona on the trek, hope rookie starter Chad Bettis can salvage this set Sunday and he is 0-3 with a 5.45 ERA in seven starts. Colorado is 1-6 in that time and Bettis last pitched in Monday's 10-8 loss to Los Angeles. He did not record a decision and was touched for five runs in 4 2/3 innings.

Bettis, a right-hander, will face the Padres for the first time. Veteran starting pitcher Roy Oswalt is expected to see action Sunday, too, and he has lost all four of his starts with Colorado.

The Rockies are 12-6 against the Padres this season.

09/08 10:32:19 ET

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Scoreboard
Local
4th
CHA 79
ORL 64
 
9:30pm Tonight
DUKE
TEMPL
4th
CHA 79
ORL 64
 
4th
PHI 72
PHO 92
 
Half
ATL 50
DET 40
 
Half
TOR 71
MIL 45
 
2nd
MEM 39
BOS 33
 
2nd
OKC 42
BRK 36
 
2nd
WAS 36
CLE 28
 
2nd
MIN 37
SAN 47
 
1st
DAL 14
LAL 17
 
9:00pm Tonight
DEN
NOP
10:30pm Tonight
POR
CHI
10:30pm Tonight
GSW
UTA
1:00pm Today
BUF 0
KSU 0
2nd
RICE 0
UTEP 0
 
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SDST
AFA
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UTST
SJST
Final
COC 50
TEXAM 59
Final
DREX 70
USC 72
Final
GWEBB 72
CLEM 70
Final
MIAMI 79
AKR 51
Final
UCONN 75
DAY 64
Final
NEV 60
SHU 68
Final
LONG 81
UNCG 79
Final
ARKPB 46
VALPO 59
 
Final
WVU 70
BC 66
 
Final
TOWS 58
CCST 49
 
Final
YALE 70
ILLCH 58
 
Final
IOWA 63
SYR 66
 
Final
HAMP 82
ALCOR 69
 
2nd
ODU 70
LSU 61
 
2nd
KENT 66
BU 54
 
2nd
SCAR 57
CHAR 58
 
2nd
UVA 56
GWU 42
 
Final
WCU 72
HIWASSEE 53
 
2nd
GT 61
MAST 57
 
2nd
RIDE 67
LEH 61
 
2nd
MSU 82
LOYC 47
 
2nd
CMICH 73
MAINE 46
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUF 0
MNTST 0
 
2nd
BAY 56
PVU 39
 
2nd
HOF 61
USB 61
 
2nd
OREG 69
TOL 62
 
2nd
UGA 73
TROY 53
 
2nd
STAN 73
UNLV 44
 
Final
FAIR 36
WOFF 54
 
2nd
EMICH 48
YOUNG 50
 
2nd
MON 48
COOK 29
 
2nd
FIU 46
FLMEM 32
 
2nd
KSU 48
SILL 34
 
2nd
CAL 29
TEX 38
 
Half
GMAS 20
NMU 30
 
Half
ILL 46
PEAY 25
 
1st
ARK 40
DELST 30
 
Half
MCNST 40
JCHR 34
 
1st
NDST 33
KNST 19
 
1st
OKST 40
UWMIL 24
 
1st
LATU 32
MORE 23
 
1st
SDKST 29
NDAK 42
 
1st
XAV 36
STEPH 32
 
1st
UF 22
LAMON 29
 
1st
WAKE 13
IONA 14
 
9:00pm Tonight
GRCN
FAM
 
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COLST
UGST
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WASU
IDST
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WEBER
ILLST
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AUB
LALAF
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LOU
MARS
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ORST
ORU
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CORN
PSU
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SD
SHSU
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UTAH
UCR
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DUKE
TEMPL
10:00pm Tonight
CPSL
DEL
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AMER
PBY
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SEAT
WASH
 
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LBSU
KYST
11:59pm Tonight
HAW
PITT
2nd Intermission
CLB 2
BOS 0
 
2nd Intermission
PIT 3
NYI 4
 
7:00pm Tonight
BUF 0
NYR 0
 
9:30pm Tonight
EDM
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