Tucson Padres lineup and pregame news and notes

2012-05-18T17:28:00Z 2012-05-18T23:40:29Z Tucson Padres lineup and pregame news and notesDaniel Berk Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 18, 2012 5:28 pm  • 

After a 13-0 win over Nashville in the series opener, Tucson is set to host the Sounds again tonight at 7:05 p.m. Here are the lineups for both teams along with some tidbits from manager Terry Kennedy pregame.

Tucson

1. Blake Tekotte CF

2. Logan Forsythe 3B

3. Jedd Gyorko 2B

4. Matt Clark 1B

5. Yasmani Grandal C

6. Sawyer Carroll RF

7. Daniel Robertson LF

8. Beamer Weems SS

9. Kip Wells P

 

Nashville:

1. Logan Schafer CF

2. Eric Farris 2B

3. Hainley Statia SS

4. Erick Almonte 1B

5. Jordan Brown RF

6. Andy Gonzalez 3B

7. Caleb Gindl LF

8. Martin Maldonado C

9. Claudio Vargas P

News and notes:

--Jedd Gyorko is at second base for the second straight day with Logan Forsythe at third. Kennedy originally said they would rotate every game. He now said they will each go two games at each position and rotate. So, Forsythe should be at second tomorrow.

--The manager said he's not real sure what to expect from starting pitcher Kip Wells. He didn't see him throw in spring training because Wells wasn't with San Diego and Wells hasn't had a bullpen session since he's been with Tucson. (He just joined the team Thursday). There is not an exact pitch count on Wells, but he said he'll watch him carefully and he won't throw too many innings.

--Nashville's starting pitcher tonight, Claudio Vargas, has pitched against Wells twice in the big leagues. The first time came on July 10, 2004. Wells started for Pittsburgh and Vargas came on in relief for Montreal. Wells took the loss and Vargas earned a hold. The other matchup came on Aug. 26, 2009. Wells started for Cincinnati and pitched in relief for Milwaukee. Wells got a no-decision and Vargas had a blown save.

--Kennedy said he's pleased with the progress catcher Yasmani Grandal is making at the plate after missing time earlier in the season with a hamstring injury. The manager said Grandal has needed to get his timing back and it's coming back slowly, but surely. He's currently batting Grandal 5th, but could move him up if he continues to improve.

--The manager also said Matt Clark's recent hot streak comes after working with hitting coach Bob Skube. The two have worked on not overswinging and Clark's stroke is shorter and having better results.

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