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The rivalry continues, naturally

The Padres host the Mariners for a three-game set that begins tonight. The series against our “natural” rivals (grrrrrrrr) marks the start of this year’s Interleague schedule. In 2011 the Padres will also host the Kansas City Royals (June 27-29) and travel to face the Minnesota Twins (June 17-19), Boston Red Sox (June 20-22) and Mariners (July 1-3).

San Diego went 9-6 against the American League in 2010, posting the first winning record in Interleague Play since going 11-4 in 1999. The Padres are 97-127 all-time in Interleague Play and 35-39 against Seattle Mariners. San Diego took four of six from Seattle last season.

Here’s a preview of the weekend’s Interleague set.

Pregame thoughts and reminders

Steve Fisher, D.J. Gay and company are on their way to PETCO Park for tonight’s festivities. D.J. is going to throw out the first pitch and the SDSU Pep Band will perform the National Anthem.

The photo contest continues through the entire homestand, so be sure to take your pictures and submit them to Winners will be announced at the end of next week.

Finally, do yourself a favor and check out Chris Denorfia’s Wikipedia page. Thanks to Darren Smith and Andy Masur for pointing out this gem.

The hits keep comin’

With an 8-4 win over the Diamondbacks last night, the Padres have tied a club record by scoring seven or more runs in five consecutive games, previously done by the 1979 and 1996 clubs. Thanks to’s Tom Singer for noting the accomplishment.

In addition, Jason Bartlett went 2-for-5 with two RBI last night and now has an RBI in eight consecutive games. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is one shy of tying the franchise record, set by Sixto Lezcano in 1982 and Steve Finley in 1996.  Lezcano recorded an RBI in nine straight games from April 16-27. Two Padres players have had at least one RBI in eight straight games: Carmelo Martinez (June 21-28) and Tony Gwynn (May 25-June 3), both during the 1984 season.