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Young's return to mound successful as Padres down Diamondbacks

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PHOENIX -- Chris Young made a sparkling season debut in his comeback from shoulder surgery.

The big right-hander allowed one hit through six innings, Everth Cabrera drove in four runs with a triple and a double, and the San Diego Padres held on to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 6-3 on Tuesday night.

Brandon Webb of Arizona, Jeff Francis of Colorado and Erik Bedard of Seattle had the same kind of operations last year, and all three started the season on the disabled list.

Young, who underwent surgery in August, realizes how fortunate he is.

"Before the game, the national anthem, I just took it in a little bit and tried to savor that," he said. "I'm very fortunate to be back out there. Some guys are struggling with similar types of surgery and I'm lucky to be out there, so I was going to enjoy that for a few minutes."

Young (1-0), who missed the second half of last season, struck out five and walked three. The only hit he allowed was Justin Upton's one-out single up the middle in the fourth.

"Pretty impressive," San Diego manager Bud Black said. "I thought he did a good job of moving the fastball up, down, in and out. He just looked in control."

Young wrapped up his outing by striking out Adam LaRoche and Mark Reynolds.

"I found my slider in the sixth inning," Young said. "It took me all game to throw a couple of good sliders and finally in the sixth inning it was there. ... For whatever reason tonight it wasn't very good until the end, and then I threw some of my best pitches and I was happy with that."

Padres slugger Adrian Gonzalez hit his second ninth-inning solo home run in two days.

Edwin Jackson (0-1) lasted five innings in his Diamondbacks debut, allowing three runs and five hits, including a solo home run by Will Venable.

"It definitely was an adrenaline rush," Jackson said. "You have to step back off the mound and calm down and take a deep breath, but overall, for a first start, I felt pretty good. I'll just keep building off of it as the season progresses."

Cabrera, who went 3 for 4, matched his career high with four RBI. The 23-year-old shortstop, batting eighth in San Diego's lineup, doubled in two runs off Jackson in the second and tripled in two more off reliever Leo Rosales in the sixth.

"As he moves forward in his career, we think you'll see more of that," Black said. "We don't want to put a lot of pressure on this young man just yet. He's still settling in to an everyday shortstop at a young age, and he's doing just fine."

Cabrera twisted an ankle in the seventh inning but stayed in the game and said afterward it was no big deal.

Heath Bell, the NL saves leader with 42 last year, pitched a scoreless ninth for his first this season.

Jackson, acquired from Detroit in the offseason for right-handed starter Max Scherzer and left-handed prospect Daniel Schlereth, struck out five and walked one but had trouble with the bottom part of the San Diego batting order.

The Padres took a 2-0 lead in the second when Chase Headley and Nick Hundley singled, then scored on Cabrera's double to the left-center gap. Venable's shot to right, on a 3-2 pitch with one out in the fourth, made it 3-0.

A single by Headley, followed by Rosales' two-out walk of Hundley, set up Cabrera's triple, also to left-center, that put the Padres up 5-0.

With Young gone, Arizona scored three in the seventh against three relievers.

Gonzalez's home run off Chad Qualls in the ninth wrapped up the scoring.

Stephen Drew made a leaping grab of Hundley's line drive to shortstop in the fourth inning and, in center field, Arizona's Chris Young charged to make a diving catch of Tony Gwynn's blooper in the sixth.

Notes

  • Arizona's Chris Young is 0 for 16 in his career against San Diego's Chris Young.
  • 3B Headley committed his second error in two days but made a pair of nice backhanded stabs later in the game.
  • Diamondbacks newcomers LaRoche and Kelly Johnson are a combined 0 for 15 through the first two games.
  • The Padres' Young is 28-2 in his career when receiving five runs of support.
 
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Chris Young, who missed the second half of the 2009 season, allows one hit through six innings.  (AP)
Chris Young, who missed the second half of the 2009 season, allows one hit through six innings. (AP)

Players of the Game
San Diego

E. Cabrera
AB 4
R 0
H 3
HR 0
RBI 4
Arizona

J. Upton
AB 4
R 0
H 2
HR 0
RBI 1
 
San Diego Padres
Tony Gwynn Jr., CF4010114 .125
Jerry Hairston Jr., 2B5000002 .000
Adrian Gonzalez, 1B5121012 .444
Kyle Blanks, LF4000022 .125
    Mike Adams, P0000000 .000
   a- Matt Stairs, PH1000000 .000
    Heath Bell, P0000000 .000
Chase Headley, 3B5220001 .444
Will Venable, RF4111032 .143
Nick Hundley, C3210100 .167
Everth Cabrera, SS4034010 .429
Chris Young, P2000121 .000
    Luke Gregerson, P0000000 .000
    Cesar Ramos, P0000000 .000
    Scott Hairston, LF0000100 .000
Totals376106410  
a-grounded out for Adams in the 9th
Batting
2B - Everth Cabrera (1, Jackson)
3B - Everth Cabrera (1, Rosales)
HR - Adrian Gonzalez (2, Qualls), Will Venable (1, Jackson)
RBI - Adrian Gonzalez (2), Will Venable (1), Everth Cabrera 4 (4)
2-OUT RBI - Everth Cabrera 4 (4)
SB - Tony Gwynn Jr. (1, 2nd base off Jackson/Montero), Chase Headley (1, 2nd base off Rosales/Montero), Everth Cabrera (1, 2nd base off Vasquez/Montero)
Team LOB - 8
Fielding
DP - Cabrera-Hairston-Gonzalez
E - Chase Headley (2, Misplayed grounder)
San Diego Padres
Chris Young (W,1-0) 6100350 0.00
Luke Gregerson 0.1333100 81.00
Cesar Ramos (H,1) 0.1000000 0.00
Mike Adams (H,1) 1.1200120 0.00
Heath Bell (S,1) 1100010 0.00
Pitches-Strikes - Chris Young 86-49, Luke Gregerson 22-13, Cesar Ramos 2-2, Mike Adams 27-18, Heath Bell 14-10
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Chris Young 4-10, Luke Gregerson 1-0, Cesar Ramos 1-0, Heath Bell 1-0
Batters Faced - Chris Young 23, Luke Gregerson 5, Cesar Ramos 1, Mike Adams 7, Heath Bell 3
Arizona Diamondbacks
Conor Jackson, LF4010101 .250
Stephen Drew, SS5001001 .222
Justin Upton, RF4021111 .500
Adam LaRoche, 1B4000025 .000
Mark Reynolds, 3B3000121 .200
Miguel Montero, C4120002 .571
Chris Young, CF4111001 .125
Kelly Johnson, 2B3000111 .000
Edwin Jackson, P1000010 .000
   a- Augie Ojeda, PH0000100 .000
    Leo Rosales, P0000000 .000
    Jordan Norberto, P0000000 .000
    Blaine Boyer, P0000000 .000
   b- Tony Abreu, PH11100001.000
    Esmerling Vasquez, P0000000 .000
   c- Rusty Ryal, PH1000012 .000
    Chad Qualls, P0000000 .000
Totals3437358  
a-walked for Jackson in the 5th
b-singled for Boyer in the 7th
c-struck out for Vasquez in the 8th
Batting
2B - Chris Young (1, Gregerson)
RBI - Stephen Drew (3), Justin Upton (1), Chris Young (1)
2-OUT RBI - Justin Upton (1)
Team LOB - 9
Arizona Diamondbacks
Edwin Jackson (L,0-1) 5533151 5.40
Leo Rosales 0.2222220 27.00
Jordan Norberto 0.1000000 0.00
Blaine Boyer 1100010 0.00
Esmerling Vasquez 1100120 0.00
Chad Qualls 1111001 9.00
WP - Leo Rosales (1)
Pitches-Strikes - Edwin Jackson 94-58, Leo Rosales 32-15, Jordan Norberto 5-2, Blaine Boyer 13-8, Esmerling Vasquez 23-13, Chad Qualls 12-7
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Edwin Jackson 4-6, Blaine Boyer 1-1, Chad Qualls 2-1
Batters Faced - Edwin Jackson 21, Leo Rosales 6, Jordan Norberto 1, Blaine Boyer 4, Esmerling Vasquez 5, Chad Qualls 4
Game Information
Attendance - 19177
Game Time - 3:20
Temperature - 76
Umpires - Home - Ted Barrett, First Base - Tony Randazzo, Second Base - Paul Nauert, Third Base - Brian Gorman