Ross gives up 2 hits in 3 innings for Padres

Tyson Ross said it felt weird trying to strike out his friends

and former teammates.

It didn’t hinder his performance, though.

Ross gave up two hits and struck out three in three innings, and

Yonder Alonso hit one of the San Diego Padres’ three homers in a

10-0 romp over The Oakland Athletics on Monday.

”Coming in I probably said hello to one too many guys and I

heard it from the guys in the bullpen,” said Ross, acquired by the

Padres in trade this offseason. ”They were chirping, telling me to

cut the cord and whatnot, but those are my friends over there. It

was good to see them.”

It was the second straight scoreless outing for the 25-year-old

Ross. But he needed 62 pitches – 38 strikes – to get through his


Ross also flashed the electric movement on his pitches that

prompted San Diego to trade for him. Ross has a four-seam fastball

that tops out at 96 mph, a biting slider and a changeup that drops

into the low 80s.

”The first step for Tyson is throwing consistent strikes,”

Padres manager Bud Black said. ”When he does that, then he needs

to work on hitting specific spots. If he can put it all together,

Tyson can be effective at the major league level.”

Ross believes a change of scenery will help him reach his

potential. That didn’t happen last year with Oakland, when we went

2-11 with a 6.50 ERA.

The Padres hope he can become a quality starter, although that

may not come in time to begin the season as the No. 5 starter. Ross

isn’t worried about the immediate future.

”Playing for a new team has allowed me to hit the reset

button,” Ross said. ”The coaching staff here believes in me, and

this fresh start and it’s been great for my confidence.

”Of course I’d like to secure a rotation spot or just make the

big club, but I need to focus on what’s going to help me be

successful in the long term,” he added. ”I need to stay with the

program, trust my stuff and know that good things will come if I

keep working hard.”

The Padres offense jumped all over valued Oakland starter Jarrod

Parker, who gave up five runs and two home runs in four innings


”They didn’t let him get away with mistakes,” Oakland manager

Bob Melvin said. ”Anything left up in the zone, those guys were


Jonathan Galvez and Travis Buck each homered for the Padres.

Alonso had three RBIs.

Galvez provided the game’s best offensive highlight. His

second-inning home run rocketed over the left field wall, through a

hospitality tent and out of the ballpark.

Padres closer Huston Street pitched a scoreless sixth inning,

his third appearance of the spring.

NOTES: Padres OF Carlos Quentin, was slated to make his first

official spring appearance – he appeared in a rain-shortened game

and a minor league ”B” game – but was scratched just prior to

first pitch due to discomfort in his right knee. ”It was mild this

morning, but we saw no reason to push it,” Black said. . Oakland

RHP Fernando Rodriguez left the game with right elbow tightness. He

faced just one batter before being removed. . INF Logan Forsythe is

in a walking boot following an injection to ease his case of

plantar fasciitis. Forsythe will miss three to four days once the

boot becomes unnecessary. Black said he won’t play for at least six

days. . Padres OF Cameron Maybin is out with a lower back strain

and is day to day. . The Padres optioned 3B Edinson Rincon and RHP

Adys Portillo to Double-A San Antonio and sent OF Yeison Asencio to

Class-A Lake Elsinore. . Oakland RHP Arnold Leon was reassigned to

minor league camp.