Padilla struggles in latest outing

Updated: March 26, 2010, 10:35 PM ET
By Tony Jackson | ESPNLosAngeles.com

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- If newly named Dodgers Opening Day starter Vicente Padilla pitches the way he did in Friday's Cactus League game, an 8-4 loss to the Kansas City Royals before 7,580 at the Ballpark, Opening Day might drag into opening night.

Padilla threw almost 100 pitches in a forgettable, 4 1/3-inning effort in which he was strong in the beginning, mediocre in the middle and downright awful in the end, giving up hits to five of the final six batters he faced. But when you are a veteran ...

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