10/07/05 9:00 PM ET
Notes: Future not on Hoffman's mind
Closer could play last game as a Padre on Saturday
By Lyle Spencer / MLB.com
"My approach is to keep it at an even keel," Hoffman said. "As devastating as it is to be down 0-2, the way you walk and carry yourself is important. You don't want sloped shoulders and heads down. Stay positive."Randa's celebrated adviser: Padres third baseman Joe Randa received a phone call from a familiar voice before the series wishing him luck -- Hall of Famer George Brett, who preceded Randa as the third baseman in Kansas City. "We talk a lot," Randa said. "Playing third base, he's helped me a lot. One thing he told me was, `You've got to breathe and enjoy it. Take in a lot of deep breaths, try to smile, talk. Find ways to stay loose, enjoy the moment and not get tight.' "I try to remember what he said, savor it, relax as much as possible. I've remained loose, and I think the whole team has. We've played hard and created opportunities; it's just a matter of capitalizing." Randa, who established career highs this season with 43 doubles and 17 homers splitting time in Cincinnati and San Diego, also is a free agent after the season. He dismissed questions about that, saying he won't give it any thought until he's back home in Kansas City after the season. "That's the last thing from my mind," Randa said. "None of us are thinking about that." Back to the lefties: With Matt Morris on the mound for the Cards in Game 3, Bochy will go back to his left-handed hitters, with Dave Roberts leading off and playing center, Ryan Klesko in left and Robert Fick getting his first start of the series at first base. Fick had a single and a walk in two at-bats as a late-inning sub in Game 1. Klesko has been effective working the count and drawing walks behind Roberts, who came back after missing eight games with a leg muscle pull in Game 1 and is 1-for-4 in the series. "No doubt in my mind we're going to win [Saturday night]," Roberts said. "I believe it. If we didn't believe it, there would be no point in showing up." Conjunctivitis hits Peavy: Still trying to come to grips with his fractured rib, Padres ace Jake Peavy showed up on Friday with a reddened right eye, explaining that he had conjunctivitis. Peavy didn't sound as optimistic about pitching a Game 5 should the Padres manage to push it to the limit, but still wasn't dismissing the possibility out of hand. "I hope we can get to a situation where it's talked about," Peavy said. "We've got our hands full. We've got to play better fundamental baseball to get back in it." On deck: Woody Williams (9-12, 4.85 ERA) faces fellow right-hander Morris (14-10, 4.11 ERA) in Game 3 on Saturday night at 8 p.m. PT.
Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.