Padres Face Tough Series

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    Catcher Nick Hundley #4 of the San Diego Padres looks on as he works behind the plate against the Colorado Rockies during MLB action on Opening Day at Coors Field on April 9, 2010 in Denver, Colorado. The Rockies defeated the Padres 7-0. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

    After sweeping the Pirates, the San Diego Padres are in San Francisco for a very important three-game series.

    The Giants are 2 1/2 games back in the standings. San Francisco can take over first place in the NL West by sweeping the three-game series at home beginning Friday.

    Padres have won seven of eight head-to-head meetings between the teams this season. The Giants are a very different team than the one that last played the Padres in May.

    The biggest difference is the presence in the lineup of rookie Buster Posey, who is hitting .335 since being called up from the minors May 29, and Burrell, who has 10 homers in 154 at-bats since joining the Giants on June 4.

    In post-game interviews Thursday, Jon Garland said the team is ready.  

    Clayton Richard will take on Jonathan Sanchez in Friday’s series opener. Sanchez predicted a three-game sweep earlier this week, according to the guys at 619sports.

    “I think it will put more pressure on him to pitch well,” Padres closer Heath Bell told the sports site.