LEADING OFF: NL West showdown in SD, Cubs skipper suspended

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The San Diego Padres greet each other as they leave the field after defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates in a baseball game, Thursday, April 15, 2021, in Pittsburgh. The Padres won 8-3. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

A look at what’s happening around the majors Friday:



San Diego rookie Ryan Weathers makes his first big league start when Mookie Betts and the champion Dodgers visit Petco Park in the first matchup this season between the NL West rivals.

Los Angeles swept the Padres in the NL Division Series last year, and both teams added more stars in the offseason. The series opener could mark the return of San Diego shortstop Fernando Tatís Jr., who's eligible to come off the disabled list after partially dislocating his shoulder.

Walker Buehler is lined up to pitch for the Dodgers, who own the best record in the majors this year. Weathers, a 21-year-old lefty, has a 1.50 ERA in three relief appearances since making his debut this season.

“I think it’s a little different heading in,” Padres first baseman Eric Hosmer said. “Obviously having a little bit of history with them in the postseason last year, maybe that’ll spice things up a little bit.”