SAN FRANCISCO -- Right-hander Chris Young allows himself a brief glimpse of what might be this season. He refuses to get ahead of himself, though.

Young threw 50 pitches in his third bullpen session as he recovers from a strained right shoulder. He threw his slider for the first time and reported progress.

"This was probably the best day yet," Young said Friday before the San Diego Padres met the San Francisco Giants in the first game of their National League West showdown. "I feel good with my stuff and sharpness, and it's nice to focus on those things rather than how the shoulder feels."

Young made one start this year before his shoulder put him back on the disabled list. He called this season "an emotional roller coaster."

Last season ended prematurely for Young and he thought he was all the way back before suffering the setback in April.

"It was like a tease getting one game this year," he said. "It's been a challenge but all I can do is focus on the future."

Young will next pitch a bullpen session Sunday in San Francisco or Monday in Chicago.

Tejada familiar with Giants' new bat

SAN FRANCISCO -- Padres shortstop Miguel Tejada played with Jose Guillen, the Giants' latest acquisition, while both were with the Oakland Athletics in 2003. Tejada thinks the Giants made a good move.

"He's a great guy and a great player," Tejada said. "He's been in the league a long time. It's good for San Francisco."

The A's acquired Guillen in a midseason trade that helped their run to the playoffs that season.

"We got him during the season and he really helped us a lot," Tejada said. "We made the playoffs and he was a big part of that. He's like me, he also plays a lot of winter ball."

Tejada knows how Guillen feels, coming from a last-place team to a contender.

"It's the best thing that could happen," he said. "You come to a team that is fighting for the playoffs and that's why you play the game. You're playing for something every day."

Familiarity with West serves Torrealba well

SAN FRANCISCO -- Many observers have said getting catcher Yorvit Torrealba was the best move the Padres made. Another good reason is that he's played with three contending teams in the National League West.

He understands the division, its teams and ballparks, better than most players.

"It definitely helps me out," Torrealba said Friday. "The guys who have been around, I know everything about them. I know what they like and, sometimes, what they don't like.'

His knowledge can help instill confidence in the younger pitchers, who have come to depend on the veteran backstop.

It also helps when dealing with the subtleties of AT&T Park, a place he called home for several years.

"I've always liked this park," he said. "It can get cold, but it's all good."