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Fox Sports Arizona:
The Arizona Diamondbacks are 4-0 for the first time their 14-year history. With Joe Saunders on the mound against the San Diego Padres, they have a good chance of improving that mark.
Saunders looks to build off last season's success against the Padres when the teams continue their three-game set Wednesday night at Petco Park.
Arizona is off to the best start in franchise history after beating San Diego in the series opener 4-2 in 11 innings Tuesday. Chris Young hit a tiebreaking two-run homer to give the Diamondbacks the win after blowing a 2-0 lead.
Young is 10 for 24 (.417) with four doubles, two homers and six RBIs while earning a hit in each of his last six starts against the Padres.
"It gives us good momentum and hopefully we can keep it going," Young said.
Manger Kirk Gibson said he expects games in San Diego to be close.
"We've played so many games in this park, and this is a typical game here where it just kind of hangs close," Gibson said. "As the night goes on, you don't really expect home runs. You get a lot of close baseball in this park, and we did again tonight, but fortunately we won."
Saunders will look to keep the momentum going in his first start of the season after going 12-13 with a 3.69 ERA in 2011. He finished the year strong by going 4-2 with a 2.68 ERA in his last seven starts, with two of those victories coming against the Padres.
The left-hander went 3-1 with a 1.47 ERA in four total starts versus San Diego last season, not allowing an earned run in 15 2-3 combined innings over those final two outings.
Arizona hopes to have Justin Upton back in the starting lineup after he injured his left thumb sliding to break up a double play in the seventh inning of Sunday's win over San Francisco.
He said the injury isn't serious and he hopes to start Wednesday after entering as a defensive replacement in the 11th inning Tuesday.
"It's a little sore and I went and swung and it didn't feel quite right," Upton told the team's official website. "It's not too bad. It's one of those things where you'd rather be cautious early on than push it early on."
Upton may not want to miss a chance to hit against Cory Luebke, as he's 5 for 10 with three solo homers lifetime off the San Diego starter who will oppose Saunders.
Luebke will be looking to bounce back after allowing six runs - five earned - and nine hits in 4 2-3 innings of a 6-0 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers in his first start Friday.
It may not get much better Wednesday for the left-hander, who lost all three of his starts with a 4.76 ERA against Arizona in 2011.
The Padres (1-4) went 1 for 7 with runners in scoring position Tuesday.
"We couldn't get the big hit," manager Bud Black said.
Jason Bartlett and Jesus Guzman each drove in a run. Bartlett is hitting .158 (3 for 19) with no extra-base hits in his last five games against Arizona.
BEST OF MAXIM
Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton was given a day off Tuesday after suffering a jammed left thumb when he slid hard into second base attempting to break up a double play Sunday.
Upton clipped his thumb on the second base bag as he slid through the bag on Ryan Roberts ground ball to third with the bases loaded in the seventh inning. The Giants turned the double play to end...
SAN DIEGO The Diamondbacks are off to the best start in franchise history, and Chris Young is right there with them.
The D-backs have won four straight, Young has hit in four straight, and even party-pooping Petco Park could not hold Young's line drive into the left field seats in the 11th inning off old friend Micah Owings for a 4-2 victory over San Diego on Tuesday.
SHOWING SOME GLOVE
An Arizona Diamondbacks fan leaned over a railing with his glove to make a nice snag a line drive foul ball during Sunday's game against the San Francisco Giants. Your browser does not support iframes. It happened in the top of the fourth inning as Giants second baseman Emmanuel Burriss hit a line drive foul down the first base side. Burriss ended up grounding out to the...
Ownership stability remains an elusive concept for the San Diego Padres as Ben Nicholson-Smith of MLB Trade Rumors reports that John Moores intends to put the Padres up for sale...again. The ownership turmoil began when previous applicant to control the Padres, Jeff Moorad, withdrew his application to control the Padres because he couldn't curry the acceptance of the other...
SAN DIEGO Chris Young has committed larceny at Petco Park before.
Ask Mike Cameron, who saw a grand slam disappear into Young's glove in 2007. YouTube it, for the catch of Young's career.
But try as Young might, he could not quite reach Chris Denorfia's two-run home run in the last of the eighth inning Wednesday, when San Diego handed the Diamondbacks their first loss...
Padres pitcher Dustin Moseley's right shoulder has ''extensive damage,'' according to San Diego manager Bud Black.
Moseley was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 8 with a strained right shoulder, a day after allowing five runs against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Black said the damage was found by an MRI.
The right-hander had season-ending surgery on his...
If you are into obscure coincidences in the world of sports, check out the sentence you can make with the first five first names of the San Diego Padres batting order tonight.
Cameron Will Chase Jesus Yonder.
Thanks to @rezvani7 on twitter.
San Diego Padres batting order 4/10/12 against the Arizona Diamondbacks:
PADRES PRESS RELEASE
San Diego Padres Chairman John Moores announced today that the ownership group will move forward to sell the club. Steve Greenberg of Allen & Company and John Moag of Moag & Company have been retained to advise on the sale of the team and to work with prospective buyers. They have advised the club that the process could take a number of months....
Padres Fall Short in Extra Innings 4-2
WP: Craig Breslow (1-0)
LP: Micah Owings (0-1)Save: JJ Putz (3)Homeruns - ARI: Chris Young (2)
7IP, 5H, 2ER, 8K, 3BB - Volquez got off to a rocky start and can thank Petco for helping him out along the way. It wasn't pretty, but Volquez was able to put together a solid outing and give the Padres a chance...
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Chris Denorfia hit a two-run homer with one out in the eighth inning Wednesday that carried the San Diego Padres to a 2-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks, who had been the last unbeaten team in the major leagues.
Denorfia's clutch shot to straightaway center field -- his first of the season -- came on a 2-1 pitch from David Hernandez (0-1). Cameron Maybin...
The Padres won for the second time this season yesteday. The pitching was stellar, but the offense (as usual) was not. As a team they are batting under .200. The only bright spot in the offense was Chris Denorfia's homerun in the bottom of the 8th to give the Padres the lead, and ultimately the win. Holding the Dbacks to 1 run is no easy feet, even in Petco, so kudos to the pitching...
Jeff Moorad will not be owning the San Diego Padres. John Moores who has been working to sell the club, will have to hold on a bit longer and has put the club back up for sale. This time, given the marke,t he likely will not be holding onto the keys as long as he did with Moorad.
Moores, the Padres Chairman, made the announcement yesterday, that the current ownership group...
These baseball grounds keepers are multi-talented.
Check out the dance routine this San Diego Padres minor league team’s ground crew performs mid-inning while taking care of the field. The self-proclaimed “Bad Apple Dancers” perform their routine for adoring fans at the class A Fort Wayne Tincaps games. While this dancing may be entertaining, I question how effectively these...
Oh the woes of being a Padres fan. Just when you think the team is still in a game and can do something with their offense they throw it away. The pitching was there last night, the offense wasn't. One of the links below has the numbers on how well this team is hitting right now. Spolier alert: It's not good. They are being patient at the plate adding even more walks last...