Edinson Volquez will be the Padres’ Opening Day starting pitcher in New York next Monday with Clayton Richard scheduled to pitch the home opener at Petco Park on April 9.

Volquez was also the Padres’ Opening Day starter in 2012.

“I do think it’s a feather in the cap,” Padres manager Bud Black said Monday morning in making the announcement.

Volquez, 29, is no stranger to openers. He pitched each of the Dominican Republic’s first games in the three rounds of the World Baseball Classic earlier this month. The Dominican Republic won the international tournament with a perfect 8-0 record.

“I like the fact he started the opener for his country three times,” continued Black. “We wanted to make sure that his last start in San Francisco (March 18) went well.”