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Jon Garland, Arizona and roofs

Posted on: April 5, 2010 7:10 pm

San Diego opening day starter Jon Garland never did like Chase Field much.

And given his outing in Arizona on Monday, he'll probably like it even less.

Sabotaged by sloppy Padres defense -- shortstop Everth Cabrera and third baseman Chase Headley committed errors behind him -- Garland surrendered six runs (two earned) in four innings. He gave up five hits and no doubt endured ugly flashbacks.

Pitching for Arizona last year, Garland was 4-5 with a 5.35 ERA during 13 home starts, and he walked 28 in 77 1/3 innings.

Garland says it isn't that he doesn't like Chase Field, it's just that he prefers to pitch there with the roof closed.

It was open as the Diamondbacks and Padres opened their season Monday.

Knowing what they know about Garland, whom they traded to the Dodgers last summer, would you have expected anything else?

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