Padres primer: 3/19/10

We’re back after a break on Thursday for the Padres only schedule off-day of spring. Anyway, the Dodgers are here in Peoria for a night game, starting at 7:05 p.m.

No Padres postscript tonight. Not enough time to pull it together after a night game.

Remember, Darren Smith and Jerry Coleman will have the call today on XX 1090 AM back in San Diego. Ted Leitner is making his way back from Providence where SDSU lost in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Also, my buddy Andy Masur is at a wedding in Milwaukee.

As always, get the details on the game at where you can find a live box score.

The starting lineup …

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

The pitchers: 
Young will go five innings or 75 pitches (give or take 10 on either side). Also, Bell, Burke, Adams and Thatcher are all scheduled to go one inning.

Your Padres news …

Here’s a story I did on Padres outfield prospect Jaff Decker (it’s pronounced Jeff, by the way).  Decker has an advanced approach to hitting for someone so young. He was born in 1990. Wow, how old does that make you feel?

Clayton Richard threw the ball a lot better in his last outing on Wednesday than he had in his previous game. He’s working on a curveball.

I put together an All-Decade team for the Padres. These aren’t my picks. I asked Leitner, Coleman and Randy Jones, among others for help. Let me know if they missed anyone. I think it’s pretty clear cut.

One other thing, kind of a fun story I put together the other day (with video) of the Padres teaching their Minor League coaches, trainers and roving instructors Spanish so that they can better communicate with Latin players. The class was fun. I felt like I was back in Spanish class with Senorita Ondeck at Peninsula High in Gig Harbor all over again.

Your Opening Day starter is …

Well, manager Bud Black hasn’t come out and named anyone yet, though he said he likely would by the end of next week. There are three candidates: Young, Jon Garland and Kevin Correia. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Young get tabbed. He’s been in the organization just about longer than anyone on the projected 25-man roster and he’s been healthy and good this spring. We’ll see.

Hairston update …

Scott Hairston, who hasn’t appeared in a Cactus League game in about a week (and is still looking for his first hit) took batting practice again on Friday and did some light running. He won’t likely appear in a game until sometime next week. Hairston fouled a ball off his left calf and the injury has been slow to heal. Nothing to be alarmed about, not on March 19.

Corey Brock,,

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