Newcomer James Shields to start Opening Day for Padres

James Shields is among the Padres' big-name newcomers.

Rick Scuteri

 

San Diego Padres newcomer James Shields has been picked to start on Opening Day.

Padres manager Bud Black made the announcement Saturday.

San Diego opens the season on April 6 at the Los Angeles Dodgers. Shields has never pitched at Dodger Stadium.

Shields signed a four-year, $75 million deal with the Padres last month. The 33-year-old righty became a free agent after pitching for Kansas City in the World Series last October.

This will be Shields’ seventh season-opening assignment. He pitched the past two for the Royals and did it four times with Tampa Bay.

Shields is 1-1 with a 3.31 ERA in five spring training starts. He labored through 95 pitches in 4 1/3 innings on Friday against Colorado Rockies.