Roy Oswalt (2-0, 2.50) and the Phillies open a four-game series with the 8-10 San Diego Padres beginning tonight at Petco Park. Mat Latos (0-2, 2.50) fires off the first pitch at … yawn … 10:05.
Best of the press notes: The Phillies enter play tonight with an all-time record of 18-4 (.818) at Petco Park. Dating to the 2008 season, the Phils have won seven straight games and 11 of their last 12. … Their series loss to the Brewers earlier this week snapped a streak of six straight series wins and was their first - at least in the regular season - since September 24-26, 2010 when they lost two out of three to the Mets at home ... Dating to last season, the Phillies have won 11 straight series on the road.
Oswalt has allowed two runs in six innings in each of his first three starts. He is 10-2 with a 2.45 ERA lifetime against San Diego. Meanwhile, a couple of Phillies have had success in limited action against Latos, but Ryan Howard is not on that list. The Phils' slugger is 0-for-5 with five strikeouts lifetime against the Padres' right-hander. However, in his career against San Diego, Howard has hit .360/.470/.654 with nine homers and 45 RBIs in 38 games.
Lineups are posted: Victorino CF, Polanco 3B, J Roll SS, Howard 1B, Ibanez LF, Francisco RF, Orr 2B, Schneider C.