***Breaking News*** (Updated 5:48pm PT)
The San Diego Padres just announced that they've agreed to terms with pitcher Cory Luebke on a contract extension, through the 2015 season with club options for 2016 and 2017.
Luebke figures prominently in the Padres plans in the rotation this season. Last year he was 6-10 overall, but 5-8 with a 3.31 ERA over his 17 starts. His 154 strikeouts were the second most ever by a Padres rookie.
Over his two seasons with Major League action, Luebke has gone 7-11 with a 3.38 ERA (59 ER/157.1 IP) and 172 strikeouts in 50 games (20 starts).
Luebke is the third young player locked up to a multi-year contract by GM Josh Byrnes this spring. He joins, Cameron Maybin and Nick Hundley among those getting long term deals.
Today's Game Info:
Getting ready for another game under the lights at Peoria Stadium, with the Padres hosting the San Francisco Giants. For those who care, the Padres are 18-12, having won 15 of their last 20 games, and the Giants are 16-11-3 entering play tonight. Dustin Moseley will face Barry Zito.
Padres Lineup: (XX 1090, 7pm, Ted Leitner and Bob Scanlan)
CF - Cameron Maybin
2B - Orlando Hudson
3B - Chase Headley
1B - Jesus Guzman
C - Nick Hundley
LF - Kyle Blanks
RF - Chris Denorfia
SS - Everth Cabrera
SP - Dustin Moseley
Moseley makes his fifth official Spring start, he did make a minor league start as well, and comes in with a record of 2-1 with a 2.40 ERA. Moseley has 9 strikeouts and no walks. He's on a streak of allowing just two earned runs in his past 17.1 Cactus League innings for a 1.04 ERA.
Spring Fun Facts:
How about these little stats, for what they are worth (courtesy of the Padres Media Relations):
- The Padres rank first in Majors in on-base percentage .366, slugging .477, OPS .843 and rank first in the NL in batting average .294.
Denorfia (.333) , Yonder Alonso (.303) , Brad Davis (.300) , and Jeremy Hermida (.350).
- As noted above, both Orlando Hudson and Kyle Blanks are in the lineup tonight. Hudson was sent home ill yesterday, and hasn't played in 9 days. Expect to see both playing in the last three games in some form or fashion to get some at bats as Spring Training comes to an end.
- Jonathan Galvez was reassigned to minor league camp, reducing the Spring roster 37.
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Because the Night:
As you have already figured out, music is my second passion to sports. I'm all about a good tune and tonight, it's time to bust out some of the greatest songs with the word Night in the title...(in no particular order)
Night Time Is The Right Time - Ray Charles
Night Moves - Bob Seger
Shadows of the Night - Pat Benatar
Fly By Night - Rush
You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
In The Air Tonight - Phil Collins
Night Fever - Bee Gees
Rock and Roll All Night - Kiss
All Night Long - Joe Walsh
Hard Days Night - Beatles
Rock Me Tonight - Billy Squier
Summer Nights - John Travolta/Olivia Newton John
Again just a few of the better ones....bring on some others!
Have a great night!