Padres primer: 3/14/10

Happy Sunday from Peoria. Looking at sunny skies and 70 degrees as the Padres face the Cleveland Indians at 1:05 p.m.

Andy, Ted and Jerry will have the call on XX 1090. Also, the game will be on television on Chan. 4 as Mud, Mark and the crew broadcast their first of their demanding five-game slate this spring (yes, that’s a little dig). The game Monday night will also be on TV.

The starting lineup ….

1. Cabrera, SS
2. Eckstein, 2B
3. Gonzalez, 1B
4. Blanks, LF
5. Headley, 3B
6. Hairston Jr. 9
7. Hundley, C
8. Gwynn, CF
9. Young, SP

The pitchers:  Young (4 innings), Luebke 2, Bell 1, Liz 1, Italiano 1.

Your Padres news …

A recap of Saturday’s wild loss to the A’s, which included six stolen bases by the Padres, among other things.

Saturday also marked the return of reliever Mark Worrell, who appeared in his first game since last March. Worrell had Tommy John surgery last March 25.

Also, here’s a look at Australian catcher Michael Collins, who will likely open the season with San Antonio. Pretty interesting: The guy started his pro career when he was 16.

A Gwynn kind of day …

Tony Gwynn had two hits on Saturday and stole two bases, all coming out of the leadoff spot in the lineup. Those two hits helped him snap out of a 3-for-19 funk at the plate this spring. For obvious reasons, Gwynn was excited about his performance. “That’s what I’m looking for,” Gwynn said. “What’s what we’re looking for (talking of the six steals). It’s something that we are working on.” Gwynn also talked about his revamped swing: Where his base isn’t quite as spread out, his front toe is closed and his hands are lower.

Cuts are a coming …

Manager Bud Black said Sunday that the much-anticipate first cut of spring — well it’s much anticipated on our part — will be announced Monday morning. None of these names, which figure to be less than 10 and more than five, will cause any surprise. This is just part of the process of getting down to the 25-man roster the Padres must submit to the league office April 4, the day before the regular-season opener against Arizona. Remember, players who are moved over to the Minor League side here can still be used during games.

Thoughts on Everth …

Black was asked about what he expects from second-year shortstop Everth Cabrera, who was impressive in his rookie season. “I see him being more consistent on the routine play,” Black said. “[Last season] sometimes on the routine play, there was a hiccup. I think you will see a smoother, cleaner shortstop.” As for offense, Black said Cabrera “just needs his at-bats.”

From the training room …

Joe Thatcher threw a live batting practice session on Saturday (his second) and reported no pain his his left shoulder. He’ll appear in a game soon. … Edward Mujica (quad) is on the list of pitchers who can pitch today, though Black would like to stay away from him. I would think he’ll be in a game for sure in the coming days.  … Logan Forsythe (groin), Wynn Pelzer ( hamstring), Scott Hairston (calf), Luis Perdomo (knee), Yorvit Torrealba (finger) and Oscar Salazar (heel) are all improving, according to Black.

Other tidbits …

Black had some nice things to say about outfielder Luis Durango, who had three hits in the game Saturday. Only the things Black had to say didn’t involve Durango’s calling card: His speed. Black noted how Durango has thrown a couple of runners out this spring and how he turned what was an average arm into a better-than-average arm. “You don’t see that a lot,” Black said. … Black also said the catching depth “is probably a little stronger than where it’s been in years past.” … Black also singled out the play of prospects Logan Forsythe, James Darnell and Durango as well as Minor League veteran Chris Denorfia.

Corey Brock, MLB.com, Padres.com

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