Padres postscript: 3/14/10

A few notes, observations and other assorted goodies from the Padres’ 5-3 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Sunday here in Peoria.

Chris Young continued his strong spring and his recovery from shoulder surgery. I hate to even mention it anymore because it’s essentially a non-issue at this point. Young, who was so encouraged, said the shoulder didn’t even need some ice after the game. He allowed two runs on five hits with two walks and four strikeouts. He liked his slider command and said his fastball command is coming along. “It’s coming,” he said. He’ll go five innings and/or five innings the next time out.

— Within two minutes of the Padres walking into the clubhouse, Tony Gwynn (San Diego State) and Chase Headley (Tennessee) were chirping about who was going to win in the meeting of the two teams in the first round of the NCAA tournament. I imagine a wager might be in order here. Manager Bud Black and Minor League infielder Lance Zawadzki also have SDSU ties.

— Anyone catch the shot of Minor League shortstop Drew Cumberland and the helmet he was wearing in the ninth inning? Wow, paging Darth Vader. Seriously, though, all Minor League players will wear those helmets this season. They are supposed to withstand a 100 mph pitch. Anyway, it looked pretty funny.

— The Padres had nine hits, two by Kyle Blanks, who is hitting .429. Nick Hundley had two more hits, including an RBI triple. He looks good at the plate and is hitting .333 this season. Jerry Hairston Jr. had a two-run double. Adrian Gonzalez had a hit, a walk and was robbed of a hit on a ball up the middle. The Indians had a shift on.

On Monday: The Padres play their first night game of the season. First pitch on Chan. 4 is at 7:05 p.m. Of course, you can find the game on XX 1090 AM radio as well. Mat Latos and Sean Gallagher are scheduled to throw four innings each.

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Corey Brock, MLB.com, Padres.com

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