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Moseley fixed on 5th spot in Padres' rotation

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PEORIA, Ariz. (AP)

Dustin Moseley has his eyes fixed on the fifth spot in the San Diego Padres' starting rotation.

Moseley, who signed a one-year deal with the Padres worth $900,000 in December, said he's willing to pitch out of the bullpen if needed. But with his health intact, Moseley first wants a chance to start.

Moseley started the Padres' intrasquad game on Saturday and pitched a perfect inning, retiring all three hitters he faced on ground balls.

''Right now, my mindset is to go after that rotation spot,'' Moseley said. ''I've been a starter most of my life. But if not, I'll fall into the 'pen. I'm a team guy. I'll do whatever I'm asked to do really with no argument. I like to get out there and pitch and do whatever they want me to do.''

Moseley did a bit of everything for the New York Yankees last season. After reaching the big leagues in July, Moseley made 16 appearances, including nine starts. He finished 4-4 with a 4.96 ERA.

The previous two seasons Moseley struggled with hip and forearm issues. His 2009 season ended on the 60-day disabled list, and he was nontendered by the Los Angeles Angels that offseason.

Moseley's biggest outing of 2010 came in the postseason, when he earned the win in Game 1 of the AL championship series with two scoreless innings in relief.

''It was really important for me,'' Moseley said. ''The Yankees gave the opportunity to get back to the big leagues and then making the playoff roster and then getting the win.

''It was all awesome for me looking back. I was proud of myself for keep persevering and working and good things happened for me.''

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