08/13/10 9:25 PM ET
Young encouraged by latest 'pen session
By Rick Eymer / Special to MLB.com
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."
Rick Eymer is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.