CACTUS LEAGUE ACTION:
The Padres enter today’s action at8-8…over the Spring, the Friars play a total of 34 games in Arizonabefore heading home for a workout on 4/2 followed by two gamesagainst the Royals (4/3 at Petco Park and 4/4 in Lake Elsinore)...have four remaining split-squad dates (March 22, 24, 27, 31).
The Padres, thanks to a five-run first inning,won 8-5 last night over the Royals at the Peoria Sports Complex…Cory Luebke allowed six hits and two runs over 4.0 innings…hasallowed eight hits and two runs in 9.0 innings total this Spring…Yonder Alonso was 2-for-3 with three RBI…Andy Parrino went2-for-3 and scored the go-ahead run in the eighth inning.
RHP Edinson Volquez, acquired in Decemberin a five-player trade from the Cincinnati Reds, makes his thirdstart of the Spring today…he has allowed three hits and three runsover 5.0 previous innings…gave up one hit and two runs over 3.0innings on Tuesday at home vs. the Chicago White Sox…made hisfirst Cactus League start on 3/8 vs. the Giants, working 2.0 innings,allowing one run on two hits.
San Diego has won five of its past six games.
TWO MAGIC WORDS:
The Padres have their lone scheduled offday Monday…the team returns to game action Tuesday night athome at the Peoria Sports Complex at 7 o’clock against NationalLeague West rival Colorado.
With the club’s lone scheduled off day this Spring,LHP Clayton Richard and RHP Ernesto Frieri are both scheduledto pitch in a minor league game tomorrow.
NO MINOR MATTER:
Mark Kotsay was 2-for-4 with a walk forSingle-A Lake Elsinore yesterday in a minor league appearanceas designated hitter.
Andrew Cashner has worked five scoreless outingsand 5.0 innings this Spring, allowing just four hits and two walkswhile striking out six.
WILLING AND ABLE:
Will Venable is hitting .310 (9-for-29) withfour doubles in 10 games played.
YES, IT’S SPELLED CORRECTLY:
Jaff Decker is hitting .345 (10-for-29) in 14 games, including .368 (7-for-19) his past 10 games…he leads the team in hits and RBI (8)…tied for the club lead in runs(7) and doubles (5).
The Padres currently have 46 players in BigLeague camp, including 32 players on the 40-man roster and 14non-roster invitees…the squad currently features 21 pitchers (foursouthpaws), four catchers, 13 infielders and eight outfielders...entering camp, the club had 16 players on the 40-man roster whowere not at the beginning of 2011 Spring.
Five of the Padres Top 10 prospects, according to
are currently in Big League camp...list includesINF Yonder Alonso (1), C Yasmani Grandal (2), RHP Casey Kelly(4), INF Jedd Gyorko (7) and RHP Joe Wieland (8)...
ranking of the Top 100 prospects also included Alonso(33), Grandal (53), Kelly (76) and Gyorko (98)…in total, the clubhad six players featured in the top 100 which were tied for the mostamong all clubs (also, Athletics, Cardinals and Rangers).
15 of the 46 players currently in camp willqualify as rookies in the 2012 season, with five of those 16 on the40-man roster...the five consist of Brad Brach, Yasmani Grandal,James Darnell, Andy Parrino and Jeudy Valdez.
PADRES ON THE RADIO:
Each day there is a Padres game, youwill be able to hear it broadcast in English on 1090 AM or 1700...one game will be broadcast on days there are split squad games...the action will be brought to you by Ted Leitner, Jerry Coleman,Andy Masur and newcomer Bob Scanlan...in addition, all Saturdayand Sunday games will be broadcast in Spanish on AM 860, withEduardo Ortega and Juan Avila calling the action.
Single-game tickets for the Padres2012 season are currently on sale and can be purchased onlineat
, by phone at 619-795-5555 or at thePetco Park box office.
The Padres, Mariners and city of Peoria an-nounced an extension earlier this month, keeping Spring Trainingbaseball at the Peoria Sports Complex until 2034...the Padres havecalled Peoria home since relocating from Yuma in 1994.
The Little League season has kicked off in SanDiego, with players all over the county sporting their new Padresuniforms thanks to the club’s Youth Baseball Initiative...the programhas supplied over 11,600 Little Leaguers with Padres uniforms,representing 20 different styles from throughout the club’s history.
SAN DIEGO PADRES (8-8) at SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS (11-4-3)
Sunday, March 18, 2012 • Scottsdale Stadium • Scottsdale, Ariz.
RHP Edinson Volquez (0-0, 5.40 ERA) vs. LHP Madison Bumgarner (0-1, 3.72 ERA)
Game 17 • Road Game 10 • 860 AM • 1090 AM
Sunday, March 18 at San Francisco Giants
RHP Edinson Volquez LHP Madison BumgarnerRHP Anthony Bass RHP Shane LouxRHP Dale Thayer RHP Ramon OrtizRHP Micah Owings RHP Clay HensleyLHP Alex Hinshaw LHP Jeremy AffeldtRHP Casey Kelly
Monday, March 19 - Off Day (minor league game)
LHP Clayton Richard
Tuesday, March 20 vs. Colorado Rockies
RHP Dustin Moseley RHP Jhoulys ChacinRHP Rafael BetancourtRHP Edgmer EscalonaRHP Matt Belisle
Wednesday, March 21 at Los Angeles Dodgers
RHP Tim Stauffer TBA
Thursday, March 22 vs. Cleveland Indians
Thursday, March 22 vs. Colorado Rockies (at Tucson, Ariz.)
3/3 Agreed to terms with OF Cameron Maybin on a contract exten-sion through 2016 with a club option for 20173/8 Agreed to terms with 20 players on one-year contracts for 20123/12 Reassigned
ve players to minor league camp, including Cs AliSolis and Eddy Rodriguez, INF Cory Spangenberg and RHPsCory Burns and Jorge Reyes3/15 Optioned OF Blake Tekotte to Triple-A Tucson3/15 Optioned LHPs Jose De Paula and Juan Oramas, RHP ErikHamren and INF Edinson Rincon to Double-A San Antonio3/15 Optioned OF Rymer Liriano to Single-A Lake Elsinore3/15 Reassigned LHP Robbie Erlin and C Jason Hagerty to minorleague camp3/16 Optioned LHP Josh Spence and RHP Nick Vincent to Triple-ATucson
1B: Alonso (10), Blanks (3), Clark (1), Guzman (2)2B: Cabrera (2), Galvez (2), Hudson (6), Parrino (6)SS: Bartlett (5), Cabrera (4), Parrino (4), Valdez (3)3B: Darnell (7), Headley (5), Gyorko (4)C: Baker (6), Davis (2), Grandal (2), Hundley (6)LF: Blanks (1), Darnell (1), Decker (1); Guzman (6), Kotsay (1),Quentin (5), Venable (1)CF: Cabrera (1), Decker (2), Maybin (10), Tekotte (1), Venable (2)RF: Blanks (1), Guzman (1), Hermida (3), Kotsay (3), Liriano (1),Venable (7)DH: Alonso (1), Blanks (2), Darnell (1), Grandal (1), Guzman (1),Hermida (2), Kotsay (1), Quentin (1)
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