Alexi Amarista gave the San Diego Padres quite a boost for a guy who's just 5-foot-7 and 150 pounds.
Amarista scored San Diego's first two runs against his former team and then doubled in the go-ahead run off Dan Haren in the seventh inning to lead the Padres to a 3-2 victory against the Los Angeles Angels on Saturday night.
''I was happy with everything I did today,'' Amarista said through an interpreter. ''I was very emotional. I felt good. I just want to keep doing my job, keep getting better, keep trying to get in scoring position, or if guys are in scoring position, then get them in.''
Amarista, who was on the Angels' opening day roster, started his third straight game for the Padres at second base. He replaced Orlando Hudson, who was waived Thursday as part of a shake-up of the middle infield. Amarista and shortstop Everth Cabrera, who has replaced the injured Jason Bartlett, were recalled from Triple-A Tucson.
Amarista appeared in one game for the Angels as a pinch-runner...