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Wieland due to debut Saturday at Dodger Stadium

The Sports Xchange

--RHP Joe Wieland will join the Padres in Los Angeles on Friday and face the Dodgers on Saturday night in his big-league debut. Wieland, who turned 22 in January, and LHP Robbie Erlin were the two pitchers the Padres acquired from Texas last July 31 in the deal that sent setup reliever Mike Adams to the Rangers. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Wieland advanced from Class A to Class AA last season, going 13-4 with a 1.97 ERA over 155 2/3 innings. He finished the year with the Padres' Texas League championship team in San Antonio, where he went 3-1 with a 2.77 ERA in four starts.

--RHP Huston Street picked up his first save as a Padre on Wednesday after being introduced to his entry song -- Ted Nugent's "Stranglehold." Street was keeping the identity of the song a secret, although it turns out that he picked the song just three or four days into camp after hearing it on strength and conditioning coach Jim Malone's sound system in the weight room. "You have to have some suspense," said Street, who said it was a "cool moment" when the bullpen door swung open and he followed the path of Trevor Hoffman and Heath Bell. "Trevor made the walk-in song famous with 'Hells Bells,'" Street said. "I felt a responsibility to do it right."

--RF Chris Denorfia gave the Padres a 2-1 win over Arizona on Wednesday with a two-run homer off RHP David Hernandez in the eighth. Denorfia has a career .358 average against the Diamondbacks (24-for-67).

--CF Cameron Maybin is off to only a .208 start, but he has reached base in all six of the Padres' games. He has five hits, three walks and was hit by a pitch ahead of RF Chris Denorfia's homer Wednesday.

--RHP Tim Stauffer played catch from 60 feet Tuesday and Wednesday. "It feels like the inflammation in my elbow is down quite a bit," Stauffer said. However, Padres manager Bud Black said it would be at least three weeks before Stauffer is ready to return to the rotation.

--OF Mark Kotsay went 0-for-4 Wednesday in the first game of a rehab assignment with Class A Lake Elsinore. He began the season on the 15-day disabled list due to a strained right calf. It possible he could be activated next week.

3 -- Consecutive games in which the Padres drew eight or more walks before they had just three Wednesday. They had 10 walks Saturday, eight Sunday and eight Tuesday.

"I like the arm, I like the delivery. He is a young, well-rounded player. I like the composure and the repeatable delivery. He has a nice four-pitch mix. He also has poise on the mound, baseball aptitude." -- Manager Bud Black, talking about 22-year-old RHP Joe Wieland, who is being promoted from Class AAA Tucson to join the big-league rotation.

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