06/25/11 8:47 PM ET
Draft pick Ross visits PETCO
By Mark Thompson / MLB.com
Ross is committed to UCLA, and like the Padres' second-round pick and Ross' potential future teammate, Austin Hedges, he's expected to be a tough sign.
"I actually talked to [Hedges] this week," Ross said. "He said he wasn't sure what he was going to do either so, I mean hopefully, whichever way I go, I can stay with him."
The Padres hope that the two of them will stay together as well -- in their organization.
Padres manager Bud Black watched Ross throw, and he liked what he saw.
"First thing you look for is just the arm action: how he separates his hands, where his hand is on the ball, how that circle works, how that throwing motion works," Black said. "It's a very clean arm action. It's a live arm. He's got good size and strength. Solid throwing mechanics and he's 18 years old. I like him a lot.
"Joe Ross threw well. We've got to get him on the dotted line, keep him away from UCLA."
Ross' older brother, Tyson, is a pitcher for the Oakland A's and has encouraged his brother to make the decision that makes him most happy.
Ross said meeting everyone on Saturday, especially on a personal level, will make his decision that much tougher, especially since he's getting the same from the UCLA side of things.
"I've talked to the head coach a couple of times," Ross said. "He's just kind of trying to get me to go down to school but I don't know. It's kind of undecided so far right now."
Ross has a good set of tools to work with as is, and the Padres are hoping they'll be the ones developing those skills.
"I've got a power fastball and plus breaking pitches that I can throw pretty much any time in the count," Ross said.
Spence has special cheering section in debut
SAN DIEGO -- An Australian youth All-Star team is in San Diego for a few weeks and bought tickets to the Padres' 11-2 win on Friday.
They came to see Braves pitcher Peter Moylan, an Australia native who is on the disabled list while recovering from back surgery.
Josh Spence, a left-handed pitcher, made his Major League debut with the Padres in the ninth inning Friday night.
Spence is Australian, and as he made his way out to the mound, his biggest cheering section was waving Australian flags behind the Braves' dugout.
"Isn't that great?" Padres manager Bud Black said after the game. "I love Aussies."
But Spence didn't notice the commotion, because he took the advice that Padres closer Heath Bell had given him.
"Heath told me before the game just keep your hat down, just get out there and pitch, then enjoy the moment," Spence said. "It was great advice."
And just to be sure Spence's bundle of nerves weren't about to get the best of him, Orlando Hudson paid him a visit and gave him some advice of his own right before he threw a pitch.
"[He said] just relax and you can do it," Spence said. "Coming from someone like that, it really meant a lot."
That's what Spence was able to do. He struck out Jason Heyward first, then got two outs at second base, a Chipper Jones popout and a Brian McCann groundout.
When he finished, he lifted the bill of his cap to reveal his eyes for the first time, just like Bell suggested. He was congratulated by many Padres, including Hudson, who put his ear to Spence's chest to feel his heart rate.
And after he had finished his postgame interviews, Spence went back out to the field to sign autographs for the group of Australian All-Stars in attendance.
After he finished the group gave him a flag and sent him away with a chant of national pride in Australia: Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, Oye, Oye, Oye!
Guzman gets first career homer at PETCO
SAN DIEGO -- Jesus Guzman was expecting a tougher fight from PETCO Park.
The outfielder, who was recalled during the PadresD last road trip, hit a pinch-hit home run in his first at-bat at home.
"I hit it good," Guzman said. "I [thought] I got it, but I don't know if that will go out because in this park the ball don't run so much and then when I crossed first base I five stepped over to second base I saw, OK I got it. That's why I put my hand up.
"Everybody said this is a tough field for hitting [home runs]. It's like, it don't matter, I got it."
Guzman played 12 games for San Francisco in 2009, and has been a reliable option for the Padres so far this year. He's hitting .292 (7-for-24) with a double, a triple, a home run and three RBI.
Guzman's blast on Friday was his first career Major League home run.
"That's the best feeling you can feel, you know, when you hit the homer," Guzman said. "The first or last one is the best feeling."
Guzman's home run was also the first pinch-hit homer for the Padres this season and the first since September 18.
Padres manager Bud Black wasn't too surprised Guzman got a hold of the ball.
"Guzzi got that one," Black said. "That ball was crushed. You know, Guzzi's got some pop, and he's got pop to all parts of the park. It was good to see him pull the ball. In Minnesota he hit the ball on the nose a number of times to right-center. So it was good to see him pull the ball with some elevation."
Mark Thompson is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.