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Stauffer Starts in Padres Opener



    Stauffer Starts in Padres Opener
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    Stauffer pitches against the Indians during Spring Training in Peoria, March 2011.

    San Diego Padres open the 2011 season Thursday playing the Cardinals in St. Louis.

    Mat Latos was supposed to get the start against St. Louis but is now on 15-day disabled list, so the Padres will start their season with Tim Stauffer on the mound-- a solid choice.

    Last season Stauffer went 6-5 in over 32 appearances with a 185 E-R-A.

    That success has transferred well into the spring. After a rough first game, where he gave up 5 runs, he went on to allow only 5 runs and had 14 strikeouts over 18 innings through the rest of spring training.

    During spring training Stauffer talked about moving up in the ranks.

    "Last year I was a little bit in limbo, not sure exactly what role or if I was going to be with the team and what-not," he said. "I feel like I put myself in a good position and I look forward to going out there and competing again."