When he was fired as the Sacramento Kings coach in 2007, Eric Musselman said it "was the first time in my life I didn't have a gym to go to, ever." He's back in the gym now. This time, it's Wells Fargo Arena as an ASU assistant.


The Tucson Padres returned home for an eight-game homestand, which kicks off tonight with a 7:05 p.m., game against Nashville. Here's a look at the lineups and some news and notes from pregame.


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 Robertston LF

8. Beamer Weems SS

9. Matt Palmer P



1. Corey Patterson CF

2. Eric Farris 2B

3. Hainley Statia SS

4. Jordan Brown LF

5. Sean Halton 1B

6. Caleb Gindl RF

7. Andy Gonzalez 3B

8. Martin Maldonado C

9. Wily Peralta P

--It was a busy day transaction wise for Tucson. The club lost middle infielders Everth Cabrera and Alexi Amarista to the major leagues. Both were called up after San Diego released Orlando Hudson and put Jason Bartlett on the DL. Tucson also released relief pitcher Brian Tallet and sent starting pitcher Josh Geer to Double-A San Antonio.

--The team filled the spots by promoting prospect Jedd Gyorko from San Antonio and Jonathan Roof from extended spring training. The team is also expected to officially add pitchers Kip Wells and Anthony Reyes to the roster tomorrow. Wells will start tomorrow's game with Reyes the first pitcher out of the bullpen.

--Manager Terry Kennedy is excited to have Gyorko on board. He's rated as the fourth best prospect in San Diego's organization by mlb.com and Kennedy projects Gyorko to have better stats in Triple-A than in Double-A because of the pitching being around the plate more.

--Gyorko is playing second base tonight, but Kennedy said he will rotate with Logan Forsythe at third base. Kennedy expects Forsythe to be at second tomorrow with Gyorko at third. Gyorko was hitting .262 in Double-A with six home runs in 34 games. Read more about Gyorko and his journey to Tucson in Friday's Daily Star.

--The manager was thrilled Cabrera got called up to San Diego. He said he was so pleased with Cabrera's progress in the offseason and he was a joy to watch for the six weeks or so he was in Tucson. He expects him to have success in the big leagues and contribute right away.

--Kennedy said Geer's demotion isn't about going down to San Antonio and working on specific things. "He is who he is at this point. He has to have better command and be around the plate more," Kennedy said. Geer had a 7.81 ERA in eight starts with Tucson.

--Former Arizona Wildcats standout Jordan Brown is batting cleanup for Nashville tonight and playing right field. He's batting .238 in 12 games so far for Nashville. Look for a story on Brown this weekend in the Star.