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Padres to start rotation from top out of break

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ARLINGTON -- The Padres will start their pitching rotation from the top after the All-Star break and try to keep the routine as normal as possible, Padres interim manager Pat Murphy said Sunday.

James Shields (7-3, 4.01 ERA) will start Friday to open a three-game series against Colorado. Then the team will send out Tyson Ross, Andrew Cashner, Ian Kennedy and Odrisamer Despaigne.

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ARLINGTON -- The Padres will start their pitching rotation from the top after the All-Star break and try to keep the routine as normal as possible, Padres interim manager Pat Murphy said Sunday.

James Shields (7-3, 4.01 ERA) will start Friday to open a three-game series against Colorado. Then the team will send out Tyson Ross, Andrew Cashner, Ian Kennedy and Odrisamer Despaigne.

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"It's a new beginning," Murphy said. "An opportunity to get everybody recuperated and come back. … It's a little disruption of their work, their rhythm, but more for Cashner, Kennedy and Despy than Shields."

Shields started Saturday, and Ross got the start for Padres' first-half finale against the Rangers on Sunday.

Worth noting

• Murphy said outfielder Wil Myers' recovery from left wrist tendinitis is on schedule and that Myers will begin baseball activities soon.

• Don't be surprised if the Padres give catcher Derek Norris more days of rest in the second half, especially with catcher Tim Federowicz on track to join the club after a Minor League rehab assignment. Norris started 72 games at catcher in the first half.

"He's never played this much, he's never hit this much right-handed pitching," Murphy said. "He's a big piece of the future, and we want to make sure that he's developing into a guy that can play full-time, but we also believe we've taxed him a bit. We have to be really smart if we're going to get production from him."

Cody Stavenhagen is an associate reporter for MLB.com.

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