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Mariners-Padres Preview 2008-06-29

Mariners-Padres Preview 2008-06-29
San Diego ace Jake Peavy is looking strong after a stint on the disabled list, and that's good news for the floundering Padres.

Peavy will try to help the Padres end their longest losing streak in nearly three years Sunday when they wrap up a three-game series with the Seattle Mariners.

Peavy (5-4, 2.77 ERA) gave up one run in six innings without getting a decision in San Diego's 3-1 home loss to Minnesota on Tuesday. The reigning NL Cy Young Award winner threw 106 pitches, his most in three starts since a stint on the DL with a strained elbow.

"It's starting to come together," he told the Padres' official Web site. "I'm getting close to where I was before I got hurt. I threw a lot of pitches in those first two innings that limited me to six innings."

The Padres (32-50) are certainly hoping Peavy is at his best in the series finale. They have dropped seven in a row, their longest losing streak since an eight-game slide July 17-26, 2005.

But if Peavy's numbers hold up, San Diego has a good shot at shaking their slide - the right-hander owns the best home ERA in the majors at 1.29. He is 3-2 in seven starts at Petco and has allowed more than two runs only once.

Peavy has also dominated the Mariners (30-50), going 4-0 with a 1.56 ERA in five starts against them. However, he has not faced Seattle since 2006.

"He feels as though it's coming around to where he's stringing pitches together to hitters," manager Bud Black told the Padres' site. "Now he's executing pitches where he wants them. That's a good sign. The confidence is back."

San Diego, a major league-worst 3-14 in interleague play, has dropped 11 of 12 - all against AL teams - and is tied with Washington for the second-worst record in the majors. The Padres got 10 hits on Saturday but have averaged only 2.7 runs during their seven-game slide.

"This has been a trying time for us," Black said. "It's been a test. A lot of clubs go through this. Our starting pitching is holding its own. We just have to get the offense going.

The Mariners own the worst record in the majors, but are going for their second straight sweep at Petco. Seattle took all three games in San Diego in the last meeting there June 8-10 last season.

Adrian Beltre had three hits and two RBIs for the Mariners, who have won four of their last five.

In the finale, Seattle will hand the ball to starter Erik Bedard (4-4, 3.97), who is making his first start since June 20 against Atlanta, when he left after throwing three scoreless innings in Atlanta before leaving with back spasms. The left-hander was scratched from his Wednesday start.

"I've never had a back spasm before," he told the Mariners' site. "Now I sure know what they are. ... I couldn't walk."

Bedard is 0-1 with a 3.63 ERA in four June starts. He has won both of his previous starts against the Padres, including a 4-2 win May 17 in which he yielded two runs in eight innings.

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Added: June 29, 2008

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