The Tucson Padres will play 144 games over the next 152 days.

For new manager Pat Murphy, his job is simple.

“I’m like an offensive lineman — it’s time for me to open holes and protect them,” the former Arizona State coach said. “I want to provide a winning culture and play winning baseball.

“Does that translate into winning games? Not always, but it’s my job to try.”

Murphy will try to resurrect a team that has finished in last place in back-to-back seasons.

He inherits a squad that features 15 players with major-league experience and a couple of intriguing prospects.

The Padres will open their season with eight straight road games at Salt Lake City and Colorado Springs before returning to Kino Stadium for the April 12 home opener.


Read this entire article in Wednesday's Arizona Daily Star.