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SD@CHC: Francoeur singles for first hit as a Padre

For the first time in over a year, Jeff Francoeur will be playing in front of his hometown fans when the Padres open up a four-game series in Atlanta on Friday night.

Francoeur was called up by San Diego earlier this week, and the second stop for the Padres with the former Brave outfielder will be Turner Field.

The 30-year-old Francoeur went to high school in the Atlanta suburbs and began his big league career with the Braves in 2005 -- the first of five seasons he spent in his hometown. With Triple-A El Paso this season, he'd been hitting .294 with 15 homers.

Opposing the Braves will be tall right-hander Jesse Hahn, who is making his first start after a very brief stint in the Minors. He was sent back to Double-A San Antonio at the All-Star break, but Hahn's numbers with the Padres were such that he wasn't going to be away for long.

In two previous stints with San Diego this season, Hahn is 5-2 with a 2.21 ERA and a WHIP of just 1.06. He has lasted at least five full innings in all of his starts except his debut.

Padres manager Bud Black said he won't need to keep Hahn on too tight of a leash.

"Just like any pitcher, we'll watch the game," Black said. "We'll watch how he's throwing. But as far as an innings limit or pitch limit, no. He's built up his stamina where it needs to be. He's a young pitcher, fresh arm. He should be fine to go."

The Braves will counter with lefty Alex Wood, who pitched admirably in his last start despite wet conditions. Pitching against the Phillies, Wood allowed only one run on three hits and didn't walk a batter in six strong innings. He also struck out eight.

"In terms of that first start back, it's a little nerve-wracking, because you hope you go out there and have that same feel you had before the break and during the beginning of the season," Wood said. "My No. 1 goal going into my first start back after the All-Star break was no walks, and somehow I was able to manage not to walk anybody, so hopefully I'll just continue to build off that."

Padres: Club confirms second interview with Ng
The Padres seem to be taking a long look at Kim Ng for their vacant general manager position. If Ng is in fact the choice, she'd become the first female GM in the sport's history -- or in the history of any major sport, for that matter.

Ng has now had a second interview for the position, the club announced Thursday. She is one of four candidates for the job.

Ng, a former assistant general manager with the Yankees and Dodgers, has had interviews for GM openings with the Dodgers and Mariners previously.

Braves: La Stella continues to be stellar
Despite going hitless Thursday night, Atlanta second baseman Tommy La Stella ranks near the top in several statistical categories among rookies.

He has the third-best batting average (.282) and on-base percentage (.351). Only one rookie, the Mets' Travis d'Arnaud, has registered more walks -- La Stella has 19.

Thursday marked just the fourth time in La Stella's last 17 games that he has gone hitless.

Worth noting
• This is the first meeting between these two clubs this season. San Diego took five of six from Atlanta last year. Comments