Stauffer lifts Padres

The Padres lost a third starting pitcher in as many days Monday -- and won for the second time in three games.

This time it was Chan Ho Park who went down. Park called club officials Monday morning to alert them that the internal bleeding he had suffered 3 1/2 weeks ago had returned and that he was checking into a La Jolla, Calif., hospital.

On Saturday, the Padres had to scratch Clay Hensley due to a strained muscle in his left buttocks. On Sunday, Chris Young departed after one inning with a strain to the rhomboid muscle in his left shoulder.

Park's problem is a major concern because the pitcher was diagnosed as being anemic after he lost nearly half his body's blood supply during his earlier bout with internal bleeding. The problem, which still has a mysterious root cause, was apparently solved with three transfusions and drugs.

But Park could be headed back to the disabled list. He was previously on the disabled list July 26-Aug. 11 with the same problem.

To take Park's place, the Padres put in a call for right-hander Tim Stauffer at 11:30 Monday morning. Stauffer, the club's first pick in the 2003 draft (fourth overall) happed to be in Portland, Ore., at the time. Stauffer made a 1:50 p.m. flight out of Portland with five minutes to spare, arrived in San Diego at 4:23 and walked into the Petco Park clubhouse at 5:12 -- two hours before the first pitch.

"I didn't know who the Padres were playing until I saw all the Dodger fans outside the ballpark, and I didn't know I was starting until I got into the clubhouse," Stauffer said. "I don't think it hurt that I didn't have much time to think about it."

Stauffer, who was 6-12 with a 5.07 ERA with Triple-A Portland, held the Dodgers to two runs (one earned) on three hits over six innings and won his first big-league game since July 2005.


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