The Tucson Padres got some big-league help today, but not the kind you’d think. Former San Diego stars Trevor Hoffman, Mark Loretta and Brad Ausmus, all special assistants for the major-league club, are in town to watch the T-Pads play. The three travel to different minor-league affiliates each year to meet and interact with players.

Hoffman, a former Arizona Wildcats star, amassed 601 saves during his major league career. His totals rank second all-time, behind Mariano Rivera's 606 (and counting). The Padres retired Hoffman's jersey number — 51 — last September.

Here’s a few notes as the T-Pads (5-13) take on Salt Lake (12-6) at Kino Stadium.

Today’s lineups:

Salt Lake (12-6)

1. Alexi Amarista 3B

2. Andrew Romine SS

3. Ryan Langerhans RF

4. Jorge Cantu DH

5. Kole Calhoun CF

6. Efren Navarro 1B

7. Robinzon Diaz C

8. Doug Deeds LF

9. Ed Lucas 2B

P: Eric Hurley (1-1, 3.86)

Tucson Padres (5-13)

1. Daniel Robertson CF

2. Everth Cabrera SS

3. Sawyer Carroll RF

4. James Darnell LF

5. Vince Belnome 1B

6. Matt Clark DH

7. Anthony Contreras 3B

8. Brad Davis C

9. Amadeo Zazueta 2B

P: Jorge Reyes (0-3, 5.28)


• Angels superprospect Mike Trout is not in the lineup today after being hit by a Josh Geer pitch in Sunday’s 16-1 Salt Lake win at Kino Stadium. The move is precautionary, and Trout — a left fielder — is not expected to be placed on the disabled list.

• The Tucson Padres have a new Spanish-language radio home. All home games will be carried on Radio Vida, 1210-AM. Jaime Contreras and Jose Luis Olmos are calling the action.

• Fans who attended Sunday’s sun-baked, blowout loss can get in free to tonight’s game by showing their ticket stubs. The tickets can also be used for the team’s next Sunday home game, another “Bark in the Park” promotion.

The sports editor of the Arizona Daily Star.