Padilla to start Saturday for Dodgers

Dodgers opening day starter Vicente Padilla will get a second

start ahead of No. 5 Charlie Haeger despite being roughed up in his

first outing.

Dodgers manager Joe Torre said the right-handed Padilla (0-1)

will start Saturday night at Florida. Haeger, a knuckleballer with

39 strikeouts and 33 walks in 53 big league innings over parts of

four seasons, will start Sunday against the Marlins.

Padilla, expected to be the No. 4 starter when spring training

began, gave up seven runs and six hits and walked three in 4 1-3

innings of the Dodgers’ 11-5 loss to the Pirates on Monday.

Although the Dodgers had Tuesday off, Torre plans to rest left

fielder Manny Ramirez and, possibly, third baseman Casey Blake

during Thursday afternoon’s game in Pittsburgh.