Stauffer starts his Major League career with a win

San Diego Padres right-hander Tim Stauffer made his Major League debut on Wednesday against the Cincinnati Reds, earning the his first Major League win. The right-hander went 2-0 with a 2.33 ERA for Portland this year.

Tim Stauffer was promoted from Class AAA Portland Monday when Tim Redding went on the disabled list. He will assume Woody Williams' spot in the Padres rotation with left-hander Darrell May moving into Redding's No. 5 slot.

Stauffer had a 5.65 ERA in 14 1/3 innings with the Padres this spring. But he was 2-0 with a 2.33 ERA in six starts for Class AAA Portland. Stauffer was the fourth overall pick in the 2003 draft.

"Stauffer is more than a No. 5 starter," said Padres general manager Kevin Towers. "He's got a chance to be a front of the rotation guy someday. He competes as well in the minors as anyone we've had since Jake Peavy."

After fighting through trouble in the first two innings, including a two-run homer that he served up, Stauffer settled in and made it through six innings. He allowed just the two runs on four hits and three walks while striking out five.

He even got an infield single in his first at bat.

The 6-foot-1 Stauffer has four pitches and his breaking ball was voted the best of the 2003 crop of draftees.

"Watching this guy pitch – he locates the ball as good as any pitcher we have in the organization," Tye Waller, the Padres Director of Player Development, said. "He is a competitor and that is what you like to see. He wasn't intimidated by the lineups and he pounds the strike zone."

Stauffer held the opposition to a .238 average against with Portland and .250 against with runners in scoring position.

In his last outing on May 5, Stauffer went nine innings and did not allow a run, giving up six hits while striking out eight.

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