Jones rooting for Rodney to break record


SAN DIEGO — In April of 1975, Randy Jones opened the season by pitching 26 consecutive innings before he allowed his first earned run, setting a Padres record.

Forty-one years later, Jones had forgotten about that mark entirely — that is, until Fernando Rodney arrived in San Diego and started piling up scoreless innings of his own.

With Rodney’s ERA still at 0.00 after 23 1/3 frames entering Friday’s game against the Nationals, Jones says he’s OK with his record being broken. In fact, he’s actively rooting for it to fall.

“I think it’s great,” Jones said of Rodney’s run. “That’s what records are meant for. I have no problem with it. He’s had a good start to the season. I knew I had a really good start to that [1975] season, but I didn’t know it was a record until this year.”

Cla Meredith owns the Padres record for consecutive scoreless innings (33 2/3 innings in 2006), but in terms of starting a season, Jones holds the club mark, and Rodney is second.

In his most recent outing, Rodney survived his closest shave yet.

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