Padres primer: 3/6/10

Happy Saturday from Peoria. It’s going to be 77 degrees and partly cloudy here today? As for Sunday, ugh … 57 degrees and 70 percent chance of rain. Reminds me of my days in Seattle.

Anyway, back to baseball.

First pitch is set for 1:05 p.m. locally and 12:05 p.m. PT. Today’s
game can he heard on AM XX 1090 and AM 1700. Honestly, I don’t know how all that works. Darren Smith (no, I am not kidding) and Jerry Coleman will be
on the call. I know Darren will do a great job with Jerry. My good buddy Andy Masur is in Las Vegas today, calling University of San Diego basketball in the WCC tourney. Ted Leitner is calling the SDSU basketball game at Air Force.

Hurry back boys, it’s baseball season.

The starting lineup …

1. Hairston Jr., SS
2. Hairston, CF
3. Gonzalez, 1B
4. Stairs, DH
5. Venable, RF
6. Torrealba, C
7. Cunningham, LF
8. Forsythe, 3B
9. Antonelli, 2B

Pitchers: Garland 2 innings, Stauffer 2, Luebke 2, Castro 1, Webb 1, Quezada 1.

Your Padres news …

A recap of the Padres’ 9-3 victory over the Mariners on Friday.

Also, single-game tickets go on-sale today at 9 a.m. PT. Stop on by PETCO Park to get some breakfast snacks and buy some tickets. You can tell Warren Miller how good his hair looks for so early in the morning.

Manager Bud Black was encouraged by the way his pitchers threw on Friday, especially Mat Latos. Looks like great competition for that No. 5 spot in the rotation.

Also, Chase Headley had a two-run single hitting right-handed on Friday. Good timing for a story on how the switch-hitter is trying to become a better right-handed hitter.

From the training room …

The Padres are in pretty good shape. Ryan Webb (hip) makes his first spring outing today. Wynn Pelzer (hamstring) has thrown BP once and has one more session to go. Edward Mujica
(quad strain) will throw BP today. Mike
Adams (leg) is about 3-5 days away from returning. He’s throwing a BP session today. Mark Worrell, coming
off TJ surgery, will pitch in a game in the next few days. Joe Thatcher
(tight shoulder) is getting closer. He’s thrown one BP session with another to go. Black admitted the Padres are bringing him along slow because they know they’ll use him a lot in the regular season. Ernesto
Frieri (groin) isn’t close. Minor
League infielder Lance Zawadzki (ankle) is on the lineup card today. 

On the lineup card …

Black said the Padres will pull over two players from Minor League camp today for extras to possibly use against the Mariners. Outfielder Brad Chalk, who hit .301 with Lake Elsinore last season, will be in the dugout. Also, infielder Cole Figueroa will be in the dugout. Figueroa hit .288 between Lake Elsinore and Fort Wayne last season.

Coming up on Sunday …

The weather looks sketchy for Sunday (rain, 57 degrees) but if there’s a game, the Padres will use Clayton Richard (2 innings), Cesar Ramos (2), Luis Perdomo (2), Luke Gregerson (1), Heath Bell (1) and Adam Russell (1).

Looking out for CY …

Chris Young will throw a side session (normal) on Saturday and will likely start on Tuesday when the Padres against  Colorado. Young, of course, looked pretty good in his first outing Thursday, especially with his velocity, though his command was a little shaky. The Padres were very encouraged.

Venable coming along …

I talked to outfielder Will Venable on Saturday morning about his two at-bats Friday against left-handed pitchers. Venable didn’t have a hit but felt good about the swings and his plan at the plate. Venable hit .225 in 71 at-bats against left-handed pitchers after he was promoted from Triple-A Portland. Venable said he felt better against the left-handers than he did with right-handers.

And on the trumpet …

Third base prospect James Darnell looked good turning a game-ending double play Friday in the victory over the Mariners. The ball was chopped at him and had a lot of spin on it. But he handled it and turned it into a 5-4-3 double play. Darnell also impressed his teammates on Saturday morning when he played “Take me out to the Ballgame” and “Tequila” on a trumpet. That’s right, a trumpet. As part of Black’s morning meeting, Darnell played the trumpet and wore a band uniform with a bright, red hat, supplied by Minor League prospect Jaff Decker, who managed to get one from his old high school here in Peoria.

Corey Brock, MLB.com, Padres.com

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