WASHINGTON -- Matt Stairs' home run in the Padres' 7-6 loss to the Nationals on Wednesday night tied the all-time record for career pinch-hit blasts.
Stairs' 20th pinch-hit home run matched Cliff Johnson, who played for seven Major League teams between 1972 and '85. Stairs entered the game for relief pitcher Joe Thatcher in the top of the ninth inning. With one out, he took the first pitch from Matt Capps and drilled it over the left-field wall to bring the Padres to within one run.
Though he said he was disappointed San Diego could not win the game, Stairs was happy he accomplished what he did.
"Personally, being a pinch-hitter most of your career, that's what is tops," Stairs said. "It gave us some life and we battled in the ninth inning, but came up pretty short. We'll come back tomorrow and battle again."
Black happy with Young's progress
WASHINGTON -- Right-hander Chris Young, on the 60-day disabled list due to right shoulder inflammation, threw catch early Wednesday afternoon at Nationals Park.
Young began playing catch on June 18, but had shut down his throwing program on June 29 because of soreness. Padres manager Bud Black said he likes the recent progress Young is making.
"It's still early in the process, but CY feels much better now than he did going into his throwing program before," Black said. "I went out and watched him, and his arm action I felt looked much freer. It didn't look as if he was guarding anything. I'm happy for him. Let's keep our fingers crossed."
In his one start this season, Young earned the win as the Padres defeated the D-backs, 6-3, on April 6. He did not allow a run on one hit in six innings.
Young left Nationals Park early to return home to San Diego, where his wife, Liz is expected to have the couple's second child.
Cabrera having no issues with hamstring
WASHINGTON -- Everth Cabrera, who was reinstated from the 15-day disabled list on June 25, said his strained right hamstring feels much better and he has no issues.
"I feel very good right now, very comfortable," Cabrera said. "I feel 100 percent right now."
Cabrera said the hamstring has not presented him with problems defensively. He had missed 27 games before coming off the disabled list. He is hitting .203 with 13 RBIs and 11 hits in 35 games this season.
Padres send Gallagher to Bucs for cash
WASHINGTON -- Right-hander Sean Gallagher was traded Wednesday from San Diego to Pittsburgh for cash considerations.
Gallagher (0-0) made 15 relief appearances for the Padres this season before being designated for assignment on July 1. He boasted a 5.40 ERA with 21 strikeouts and 19 walks.
"I'm very grateful that the Pirates were able to give me the opportunity to come in there and really get a chance to show what I can do," Gallagher said.
The 24-year old struggled with control issues at times this season, but Gallagher said he knows it can be fixed.
"I think it's more just being able to get some consistent work and being able to get back to the basics of just throwing," Gallagher said. "I've been a little erratic at times this year. I think I can definitely get that problem solved and be a big help."
Gallagher is 8-9 with a 5.57 ERA in 60 career games. He played two seasons apiece with both the Cubs and Athletics before going to the Padres in 2009.
San Diego manager Bud Black said he sees potential in Gallagher.
"I think we all figured that Sean would end up with a Major League club," Black said. "He's a very talented pitcher. I'm happy for Sean. I hope he gets an opportunity to pitch and I hope he pitches well."
Greg Rosenstein is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.