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David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer 

The MVP race is on. Cody Bellinger homered earlier in the game and Christian Yelich matched him in the bottom of the ninth with his 10th with a 435-foot blast off Kenley Jansen, who did manage to close out the 3-1 victory. The star of the game, however: Julio Urias with one hit allowed and nine K's over six scoreless innings. Imagine if he's finally coming into his own alongside Walker Buehler ...

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

In his first two plate appearances, Fernando Tatis Jr. saw 14 pitches. He singled up the middle, then struck out looking on a borderline pitch. He does not seem 20.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Chris Paddack, the future anchor of this Padres rotation, gave up a leadoff home run to Joey Votto, then retired 9 in a row, the last 3 on strikeouts — all on that devastating changeup.

Alden Gonzalez ESPN Staff Writer 

Fernando Tatis Jr., batting .281/.347/.578 through the first 18 games of his major league career, has moved into the leadoff spot. Padres manager Andy Green said they kicked the idea around for more than a week and felt he was ready. Green has been impressed by the way Tatis has adjusted in-game. He brought up last night, when he had three bad at-bats and then doubled off the wall in his fourth. "It's resilient baseball," Green said, "and as long as that's the case, you feel like whatever you throw at him he's going to be fine."

Coley Harvey ESPN Staff Writer 

Mike Ford will make his MLB debut tonight as Clint Frazier gets back in left for the opener vs. Kansas City: CF Gardner RF Judge 1B Voit SS Torres 3B LeMahieu LF Frazier DH Ford C Romine 2B Wade SP Germán

Buster Olney @Buster_ESPN

Josh Harrison is hit in the back of the left hand by a pitch, as he pulls back from a bunt attempt.