Rare sights in Padres win

It was a game of rarities for the San Diego Padres on Tuesday against the Seattle Mariners. First, Ryan Klesko had a triple and then Tagg Bozied may have pulled something even rarer – he hit an inside the park home run – all in a 9-6 Friar win.

Brian Lawrence, San Diego's opening day starter, threw four innings and gave up four runs on eight hits and three walks. There has been concern over the velocity of Lawrence's pitches and he did little to alleviate the concerns on Tuesday. His fastball was still topping out in the low-to-mid 80's.

"His velocity climbed a little bit," GM Kevin Towers said. "He touched 84 once. But I'm not as concerned with velocity as much as I am location. His location was a little bit off, but progress was made."

Ben Howard pitched two innings of no hit, no run ball, but allowed three walks. Trevor Hoffman and Antonio Osuna followed up with two scoreless innings and Scott Linebrink allowed two runs in the ninth on an Eric Owens homer.

Ryan Klesko gave the Padres the lead in the third inning with one swing of the bat, clearing the bases with a triple down the right-field line. If anything, it proved his back is healthy as he ran the bases with relative ease. Terrence Long's leadoff double in the fourth led to a three run inning and the lead for good.

Sean Burroughs went 3-for-4 and homered off former Padre Kevin Jarvis in the sixth and Tagg Bozied's inside-the-park shot came off Jarvis in the seventh. Mark Loretta had two hits an RBI to continue his torrid pace this spring. Xavier Nady had an RBI double.

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The Beavers scored seven runs on seven hits in their spring opener on Monday, defeating Omaha 7-2 at the Kansas City Royals' complex in Surprise, Ariz. Infielder Andy Morales tripled and had three RBIs while outfielder Ben Johnson went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. RHP Steve Watkins, who was 1-0 with a 3.08 ERA in 14 relief appearances with Portland last year, got the win.

"It's definitely a goal; it's a goal for every team we have. That's what we're working on right now. If we're not in the playoffs, then something's wrong." - Padres player development director Tye Waller on Portland's postseason aspirations.


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