San Diego Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy, who starts in the Padres' home opener baseball game against the San Francisco Giants today, checks his batting grip during practice Thursday, April 9, 2015, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)
Lenny Ignelzi
April 09, 2015

SAN DIEGO (AP) San Diego Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy left Thursday's home opener against San Francisco after straining his left hamstring while making a pitch to Nori Aoki with one out in the third inning.

Kennedy signaled to the dugout that something was wrong, and manager Bud Black and a trainer came out to the mound. Kennedy was pulled immediately.

Odrsiamer Despaigne, who lost the spring training battle for the job as No. 5 starter to Brandon Morrow, came on and inherited a 2-1 count to Aoki. Aoki walked before Despaigne retired the side.

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