Padres make changes in minor league staff

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Padres announced today that Rick Renteria has been named manager of the club's Triple-A Portland affiliate and Carlos Lezcano will manage San Diego's Single-A affiliate in Lake Elsinore.

Renteria, 44, has spent the past three seasons at the helm of Single-A Lake Elsinore, leading the Storm to a 212-206 (.507) record from 2004-06. Under Renteria, Lake Elsinore claimed the second-half title in the California League's South Division in 2006 and advanced to the South Division finals. He first joined the Storm staff as a coach for the 2003 season.

Prior to joining the Padres organization, Renteria spent four seasons as a manager in the Florida Marlins minor league system. He made his managerial debut with the Marlins Single-A Brevard County club in 1998 and earned Midwest League Manager of the Year honors with the club's Single-A Kane County affiliate in 1999. Originally selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the first round of the 1980 June Draft, Renteria batted .237 (100-for-422) with 20 doubles, two triples, four home runs and 41 RBI in 184 career Major League games with the Pirates (1986), Seattle Mariners (1987-88) and Marlins (1993-94).

The 51-year-old Lezcano has served as the manager of San Diego's Rookie-level affiliate since 2003, guiding the Peoria Padres to a 36-19 (.655) mark and the Arizona League Championship last season. For his efforts, Lezcano received the 2006 Jack Krol Award for contributions in player development in the Padres system. He will be entering his 15th season as a minor league manager, leading his clubs to a 635-570 (.527) overall record.

Lezcano came to the Padres organization after four years in the Milwaukee Brewers minor league system. He also previously served as a minor league manager in the San Francisco Giants and Mariners organizations, making his managerial debut in 1992 with Seattle's Rookie League affiliate. Originally signed by the Chicago Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in 1977, Lezcano appeared in 49 Major League games for the Cubs during the 1980 and 1981 seasons, batting .186 (19-for-102) with four doubles, one triple, three home runs and 14 RBI.

A replacement for Lezcano as manager of the Peoria Padres will be announced at a later date.

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