Padres 9, Rangers 5

3-08-08 -- Greg Maddux wasn't perfect this time, just good.

After needing only 18 pitches to get six outs in his spring debut Tuesday, Maddux worked three innings Saturday, allowing one run on one hit in a 9-5 victory over the Texas Rangers.

Maddux, who's won 347 games and four Cy Young Awards, had more trouble dealing with slick baseballs than he did with the Rangers' lineup.

The Padres, meanwhile, got a big game from Chase Headley, who's trying to win the starting job in left field. Headley hit a two-run homer, a triple and a sacrifice fly. Tony Clark added a two-run homer and Craig Stansberry had a solo shot.

Maddux gave up a leadoff double to Ian Kinsler, who eventually scored on Michael Young's sacrifice fly. Maddux retired eight straight batters until hitting Kinsler with a pitch with two outs in the third inning.

"That was a desert ball," Maddux joked. "A dry spitter."

The 41-year-old Maddux said the baseballs were rubbed up right, but some were just slick.

"Maybe I need to work on my grip a little bit or something the next time out," he said. "I think that's why everything was up a little bit, or, mechanically, I might have been doing something wrong. But the balls were a little on the slick side. They were rubbed up good. Not like they were bad balls. Just slick. I just wasn't sweating enough."

Jarrod Saltalamacchia's comebacker hit Maddux on the lower left leg, but Maddux, who won his record 17th Gold Glove Award last year, recovered and threw him out to end the second.

Maddux said his leg's OK, but he's looking forward to getting out of running drills the next few days.

"I appreciate being on this side, being able to watch him," said Clark, who was signed to back up first baseman Adrian Gonzalez. "I have a high-level of respect for him, for Hoffy (closer Trevor Hoffman), for guys when it's all said and done are going to hang their cleats with a special group. This is my second time in his two starts playing behind him and it's a pleasure to watch him work."

Maddux struck out one and walked none.

"I thought Mad Dog was solid," manager Bud Black said. "I liked the use of the fastball today. A lot of fastballs out of Doggie, on both sides of the plate. I thought he threw well."

The Padres took batting practice off seven Rangers pitchers. Clark hit a two-run homer off starter A.J. Murray well over the 400-foot sign in left center. Headley hit a two-run homer in the third off Cameron Loe, and had a triple off Murray.

It was Clark's first and Headley's second of the spring. Stansberry's first of the spring came off Jason Davis in the eighth.

"It felt good," Clark said. "It was nice to make an adjustment on a ball middle-in after he had worked away almost the entire at-bat. So we'll take it."

Murray, who had three big league stints last year, is aware that there could be an opening in the rotation if Brandon McCarthy is out for any length of time with a sore elbow.

"I'm sure with that in the back of my mind I go out there and try to do a little bit more," said Murray, who allowed four runs and six hits in two innings. "I feel great, better than ever. I think I'm just going out there trying to do a little bit too much right now."

Texas' Kevin Mench hit a three-run homer off Heath Bell in the seventh.

Game notes
McCarthy had an MRI exam on his right elbow on Saturday afternoon and the initial diagnosis was severe inflammation. The team doesn't think he has ligament damage. His first appearance of the spring was stopped short by soreness in the elbow a day earlier. ... Padres OF Vince Sinisi, a non-roster invitee, broke his right wrist sliding for a single by Ryan Roberts in the sixth inning. ... Padres CF Jim Edmonds said his strained right calf felt "much better" on Saturday. He hurt it Thursday breaking out of the batter's box. "Yesterday I wasn't even able to walk straight ahead. So this is good news." Edmonds met Saturday with a team doctor, who confirmed that the 37-year-old player is expected to be out for 2-3 weeks. "We're just going to hope for the best," Edmonds said.


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