07/10/11 4:44 PM ET
Harang to lead rotation after All-Star break
By A.J. Cassavell / MLB.com
Aaron Harang, Dustin Moseley, Cory Luebke and Mat Latos -- in that order -- will pitch the Padres' four games against San Francisco next weekend.
After an off-day Monday Tim Stauffer will throw the first game of a three-game set in Florida.
Harang, who came off the disabled list Saturday and pitched six no-hit innings, is the only pitcher slated to receive normal rest. The other four will pitch with eight days between their starts.
Having thrown only four innings and 70 pitches in a rehab assignment with Class-A Lake Elsinore, Harang was removed with a no-hitter after 95 pitches on Saturday. Harang, who is 7-2 with a 3.45 ERA, said the decision made sense from a health standpoint, and he'll be prepared to possibly go deeper in his next outing.
Black said Saturday he doesn't expect lefty Clayton Richard to be back in the rotation any time soon. Richard was placed on the disabled list last week and will be shut down for an extended period of time with no timetable for his return.
As for who the Padres will face in their series in San Francisco, Giants manager Bruce Bochy has yet to decide on his rotation to start the season's second half.
Bartlett out of lineup with sore thumb
LOS ANGELES -- About an hour before first pitch, shortstop Jason Bartlett was scratched from the Padres starting lineup with a sore right thumb, and Alberto Gonzalez will take his place.
A Padres spokesman said the injury did not appear to be serious and Bartlett may be able to play Sunday if needed.
Bartlett is hitting just .238 with one homer this season. The last-minute switch didn't shake up the lineup as Gonzalez, hitting .214 this season, was slotted into the two-hole vacated by Bartlett.
Women's World Cup win delights Padres
LOS ANGELES -- A sudden roar went up from both ends of the visiting clubhouse at Dodger Stadium on Sunday.
Ryan Ludwick stood up, chanting "USA, USA."
The women's national soccer team had scored in the final minutes to tie Brazil in the quarterfinals of the World Cup, and the game was heading to penalty kicks.
But as the two teams prepared for the shootout with most of the Padres watching on the television outside manager Bud Black's office, the clock ticked toward stretching time. No matter, the game was on the big screen at Dodger Stadium, much to the delight of the Padres, who were suddenly huge women's soccer fans.
When U.S. goalie Hope Solo made a save to give an early edge to the Americans, players high-fived, and when the U.S. clinched the victory, the Padres stopped running lines, let out a collective roar and gave a nice ovation.
Then the game turned off, the running lines resumed, and the Padres continued their preparation for Sunday's game against the Dodgers, the final game of a three-game set in which they have lost the first two.
Padres plan to relax during All-Star break
LOS ANGELES -- The All-Star break is a day away, and for most of the Padres that means time to relax.
Cory Luebke has plans to golf. Chad Qualls will be in Texas. Heath Bell will be in Phoenix for the All-Star Game, but said he'll be taking it lightly, tweeting during the home run derby.
Luebke said he and some other players are planning to rent a yacht for the day on Monday to relax.
Manager Bud Black said the three days off would be best served doing just that -- relaxing. He won't be doing much either.
"No big plans at all," he said. "Just a stay-cation. I'll be staying in San Diego."
A.J. Cassavell is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.