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Boxberger does an about-face, returns to Padres

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--RHP Brad Boxberger, who was optioned to Triple-A Tucson on Wednesday to make room for Wednesday's starting pitcher, Andrew Werner, was recalled by the Padres on Thursday. Boxberger is allowed to immediately return to start his third tour with the Padres because of Jason Marquis going on the 15-day disabled list with a fracture in his left wrist. Boxberger has a 3.52 ERA in 13 appearances with the Padres.

--LHP Andrew Werner (win) and LHP Tom Layne (save), according to the Elias Sports Bureau, are the first pair of Padres to get their first win and save in the same game since April 23, 1994 -- when Tim Mauser was credited with his first win and Pedro Martinez got the save. Mauser finished with two career wins and Martinez finished with three career saves. Werner and Layne are the first set of major-leaguers to team in the unusual double since Arizona's Trevor Bauer won the first game of his career on July 8 in the same game that Patrick Corbin picked up the first save of his career.

--RHP Neil Wagner, 28, was designated for assignment from the Tucson roster. He was 3-0 with a 5.17 ERA in 28 relief appearances with the T-Padres.

--SS Jason Bartlett cleared his unconditional release waivers Thursday and became a free agent.

--CF Cameron Maybin and RF Will Venable have four-game hitting streaks paralleling the Padres' four-game winning streak. Maybin is 11-for-17 with two steals, three RBI and three runs scored in a four-game hitting streak. Venable is 10-for-16 with three doubles, a homer, two steals, four RBI and eight runs scored in the four games.

--LF Carlos Quentin had a two-run hit in the first inning for a second straight game Wednesday. In the last two games against the Pirates, Quentin was 3-for-8 with two doubles and six RBI. Quentin is 6-for-17 in a five-game hitting streak with two doubles, a homer, eight RBI and three runs scored.

4-2 -- Padres' record on their most recent homestand to move to within one game of .500 for the season at Petco Park.

"We're running short on starting pitching options." -- Padres general manager Josh Byrnes Thursday after RHP Jason Marquis went on the disabled list Thursday with a fracture to a bone in his left wrist.

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