Padres spring training capsule: 3/5-3/11

Diamondbacks 8, Padres 7 – 3/11/12

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Orlando Hudson doubled and homered for San Diego on Sunday before the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied for an 8-7 victory over the Padres.

Hudson hit a two-run homer in a three-run fourth inning and had a one-out double to start a rally in the next inning. Carlos Quentin walked and had an RBI single for the Padres.

Henry Blanco hit a two-run homer, Gerardo Parra had two hits and Daniel Hudson struck out three batters over three perfect innings for the Diamondbacks.

Chase Headley singled, walked and scored a run in three plate appearances in his spring debut for San Diego and first baseman Yonder Alonso added a two-run single. Padres starter Tim Stauffer allowed three earned runs and five hits in two-plus innings.

Padres 5, Indians 2 – 3/10/12

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Dustin Moseley was told to lighten up for a change. He did, and it worked wonders.

Moseley, loosening the grip on his changeup, pitched three scoreless innings and Will Venable had three hits to help the San Diego Padres beat the Cleveland Indians 5-2 Saturday.

“I thought his stuff was very crisp,” Padres manager Bud Black said of Moseley, working his way back from shoulder surgery on Aug 3. “He had command of his fastball. He did all the things you look for in an all-around Dustin Moseley performance.”

Shin-Soo Choo hit his second home run and doubled for Cleveland. Rookie Russ Canzler had an RBI double in the seventh off new Padres closer Huston Street.

“He had quality at-bats all day,” Indians manager Manny Acta said of Choo, who was 2 for 2 with a walk. Choo made three trips to the disabled list last year and hit a career-low .259 with only eight homers.

Moseley had a career-best 3.30 ERA in 2011, but went only 3-10 in 20 games in his first season in San Diego. He gave up two runs in his first two innings this spring, but was sharp against Cleveland, allowing one hit and striking out three.

He said a tip from pitching coach Darren Balsley paid off. Balsley thought Moseley was gripping his changeup too tightly.

“I made a little adjustment and had a much better change because of the lighter grip,” the right-hander said. “I bounced some and got some bad swings.”

Indians starter Justin Masterson struck out four and gave up one run and four hits over three innings. That was a marked improvement from his spring debut in which was tagged for six runs and walked three over 1 1-3 innings.

“I was pounding the zone, exactly on pace,” said Masterson, already picked by Acta to start on opening day against Toronto on April 5. “The ball was going where I wanted.”

Masterson said knowing where he stands instead of having to battle for a rotation spot makes it a little more pleasant this spring.

“I can just come in relaxed and get ready,” he said. “I will just continue to make minor adjustments.

“There’s only 30 opening day starters and I take it with humility and pride,” he said.

Venable had a double and two singles, driving in one run. Jesus Guzman, Yonder Alonso and John Baker each had two of San Diego’s 14 hits and minor leaguer Andy Parrino hit a solo homer.

NOTES: Padres SS Jason Bartlett went 0 for 3 in his first spring game after missing time with a sore right knee. “It was good to have J.B. out there, he looked good,” Black said. “He’ll probably take a day off, then play Monday.” … Indians RHP Chris Perez, out with a strained left oblique, played catch from 105 feet. … Cleveland has allowed a total of 42 hits and 23 runs in three straight losses. … Choo reported for duty with a new buzz-style haircut. “It’s my Korean military look,” Choo said.

Padres 6, Angels 3 – 3/9/12

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — San Diego Padres left-hander Clayton Richard made his first appearance since July 4 in Friday’s 6-3 win over Los Angeles in front of 9,562 fans — the Angels’ first home sellout.

“It seems like it’s been a real long time since I’ve been out there so it’s nice to make it to this point,” said Richard, who allowed a run on two hits in two innings. “At this point in the spring, I try to throw strikes and make sure everything feels right.”

Richard made 18 starts for the Padres in 2011, going 5-9 with a 3.88 ERA, before undergoing season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder in July.

He said after Friday’s outing that he feels better at this point in the spring compared to last season when his shoulder began giving him problems.

Jaff Decker and Matt Clark both hit solo homers in a three-run seventh for San Diego that opened up the game.

The player many of the fans came to see, Angels first baseman Albert Pujols, gave them their money’s worth, going 2 for 2 with an RBI, a sacrifice fly and a double. Pujols narrowly missed a homer in the sixth, settling for a double to left-center field up against the wall.

Pujols is 5 for 9 this spring with three doubles, two RBI and two runs scored.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia reiterated what he’s been saying throughout the spring that Pujols will likely be his No. 3 hitter “unless something really strange develops in the spring.”

Angels right-hander Ervin Santana, 11-12 with a 3.38 ERA in 2011, allowed a run in two innings and gave up one hit, walked one and struck out three in his first spring start.

“He had great life on the ball but his stuff was a little bit up,” Scioscia said. “He looked alive.”

Santana allowed the first spring run by a member of the front four of the Angels’ starting rotation this spring when he gave up Carlos Quentin’s double to right-center field that scored Mark Kotsay in the first inning.

Previously, C. J. Wilson, Jered Weaver and Dan Haren did not allow runs over six innings.

NOTES: Padres INF Logan Forsythe had surgery on the sesamoid bone in his left foot. Manager Bud Black said Forsythe would be out at least eight weeks. … Padres SS Jason Bartlett is expected back tomorrow after missing time with a sore right knee. … Dacker went 2 for 3 in the game and narrowly missed his second homer with his eighth-inning double. … Erick Aybar also had two hits for the Angels.

Giants 5, Padres 2 – 3/8/12

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Madison Bumgarner struck out five in three shutout innings in his first start of spring training and the San Francisco Giants beat the San Diego Padres 5-2 Thursday.

Edinson Volquez, also making his spring debut, pitched through a case of nerves and allowed a run in two innings. Volquez was pitching for the first time in a Padres uniform since being acquired in a Dec. 17 trade with the Cincinnati Reds. He allowed two hits and a walk and struck out one.

San Francisco outfielder Angel Pagan had an RBI single in three at-bats.

Outfielder Kyle Blanks hit a home run for the Padres and shortstop Everth Cabrera went 2 for 3 with a run scored.

Micah Owings allowed a hit and struck out two in two scoreless innings for the Padres.

Padres 5, Reds 0 – 3/7/12

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Right-hander Bronson Arroyo got off to a much better start this spring.

Arroyo pitched three innings in his spring debut and gave up a homer by Jeremy Hermida that helped split-squad San Diego beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-0 on Wednesday.

Hermida hit a solo shot in the first off Arroyo, who allowed a club-record 46 homers last season. The right-hander contracted mononucleosis during spring training last year and it lingered into the season, leading to a 9-14 record.

Arroyo pitched 199 innings last year in spite of the lingering effects of the illness. It was the first time in seven seasons that he pitched fewer than 200 innings.

He was scheduled to go two innings on Wednesday, but threw so few pitches that he was allowed to three. He gave up one run on two hits and a walk.

“I feel good,” said Arroyo, who spent the offseason getting fully recovered from the mononucleosis. “My body feels more lively and less achy than my first time out in years past. I felt the ball was coming out of my hand better than it has in a couple years.”

Nick Hundley added a two-run home run off Ron Mahay.

Left-hander Cory Luebke, who earned a role in the Padres’ rotation after beginning last season in the bullpen, struck out four and picked off two during his two scoreless innings. Cincinnati managed three hits overall off seven Padres pitchers. Jay Bruce and Scott Rolen had doubles.

Zack Cozart walked in the first inning but was picked off by Luebke. Bruce doubled in the second inning but was also picked off.

“I felt all right,” said Luebke, who is trying to earn a spot in the rotation out of spring training. “It was good to get back out there. You think you wouldn’t get jitters every year when this happens, but it’s good to get back out there to know you didn’t forget how to throw in the offseason.”

The Padres’ lineup featured three former Reds — Hermida, Yonder Alonso and Yasmani Grandall. Alonso was the Reds’ first draft pick in the June 2008 draft. Grandall, who was the designated hitter, was the Reds’ first pick in 2010.

Both were traded to San Diego with Edinson Volquez and minor league pitcher Brad Boxberger for starter Mat Latos in the offseason.

Alonso doubled in three at-bats. Grandall had a single in four at-bats.

“Alonso’s swinging it,” pitching coach Darren Balsley said. “He looks like a guy that can put the ball in play and hit to all fields. That’s what we need.”

San Diego pitchers struck out 13 batters.

“We stressed keeping fastballs down in the zone,” Balsley said. “Luebke pitched down in the zone when he had to today. Our guys made a lot of good pitches.”

NOTES: Reds INF Juan Francisco has been limited by a strained calf. He played in the field for the first time, getting a hit as the third baseman. … Reds closer Ryan Madson, who was signed as a free agent, threw on the side Wednesday. He’s been held out of games because of tenderness in his elbow. … Reds LHP Bill Bray, hampered by a strained groin, pitched a simulated game. … Andrew Cashner, acquired from the Chicago Cubs over the winter, pitched a scoreless inning for San Diego.

Rangers 6, Padres 2 – 3/7/12

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP)

Yu Darvish struck out three in two scoreless innings and made a

run-saving play in his spring training debut during the Texas Rangers’

6-2 win over a split squad of San Diego Padres on Wednesday.


Rangers spent more than $107 million this winter to land the 6-foot-5

right-hander with the shaggy, orange-tinted hair and a dark goatee who

was a dominant pitcher for seven years in Japan. Darvish’s stated goal

is to become the world’s best pitcher.

Pitching exclusively out of the stretch, Darvish threw 36 pitches, 26 for strikes. He allowed two hits, both doubles.


struck out his first batter, Cameron Maybin, looking, and his last,

John Baker, swinging. He also made two nice defensive plays, one of

which prevented a run in the second inning.

Royals 7, Padres 3 – 3/6/12

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) — Luke Hochevar worked two scoreless innings, Max Ramirez hit two homers and drove in four runs and a Kansas City Royals split squad defeated the San Diego Padres 7-4 Tuesday.

Hochevar, the first player picked in the 2006 draft, allowed one single, walked one and struck out one. He threw 19 of 29 pitches for strikes.

Ramirez, a non-roster invitee, hit a solo homer in the fourth and a three-run shot in the sixth.

Tim Stauffer, the Padres’ opening day starter last season, gave up a run and two hits in two innings.

Mariners 13, Padres 7 – 3/5/12

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) — Dustin Ackley had three hits and the Seattle Mariners beat the San Diego Padres 13-7 on Monday.

Hitting in the leadoff spot, Ackley doubled to left-center against Dustin Moseley in the first inning. Ackley, who scored two runs, singled to right in the third and also tripled to center to start the fifth.

Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin doubled, singled and walked in his spring debut.

Moseley yielded two runs and two hits over two innings in his first start since July 26. The right-hander had surgery on Aug. 3 to repair the capsule in his left shoulder and missed the rest of the season.

Mariners starter Hisashi Iwakuma allowed a run and three hits in one inning.