Jeremy Rodriguez named manager of Dominican Padres

Short-season staff named; Giron 3-for-4 with homer at Fort Wayne

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Jeremy Rodriguez, who retired as a player last Sunday, has been named to manage the Padres in the Dominican Summer League. Rodriguez is one of three short-season managers recently appointed by the Padres.

Anthony Contreras, 31, who spent six seasons through 2013 as an infielder in San Diego's Minor League system, will manage short-season Class A Tri-City. Contreras was promoted after managing the Rookie-level AZL Padres for part of the 2014 season.

Marvin Benard joins the Padres organization as the Northwest League club's hitting coach. Nelson Cruz returns for the fourth season as the pitching coach of the team that relocated from Eugene to Pasco, Wash.

Brandon Wood, 30, takes over as the manager of the Rookie-level AZL Padres. Wood played 272 games as a Major League infielder between 2007-11. Carlos Sosa will be in his third season as the Padres' hitting coach, while Ben Fritz enters his first season in the organization as the club's pitching coach.

Rodriguez, 25, retired as a catcher with high Class A Lake Elsinore after being offered the opportunity to manage the DSL Padres. A product of Cal State-Bakersfield, Rodriguez was San Diego's 16th-round pick in the 2011 Draft.

The Dominican Summer League opens its season Monday. The Northwest League and the Rookie-level Arizona League open their seasons following Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft on June 8.

On the field Wednesday, 18-year-old shortstop Ruddy Giron, after going hitless in both ends of a doubleheader Tuesday night, went 3-for-4 with a double, his third homer, three RBIs and two runs scored in low Class A Fort Wayne's rain-shortened 5-2 win over Great Lakes.

Around the farm

TRIPLE-A EL PASO (24-22): ROUND ROCK 8, Chihuahuas 6 -- Starting RHP Zack Segovia (0.82 earned run average) allowed four hits with two strikeouts over six shutout innings. But Round Rock scored eight runs in the seventh against El Paso's bullpen. Recently-acquired LHP Eury De La Rosa (2-1, 4.91 ERA in the Pacific Coast League this season) allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits in a third of an inning. LHP Chris Rearick (8.71 ERA) allowed three runs on four hits and a walk in 1 1/3 innings. SS Ramiro Pena (.301) was 3-for-4 with a RBI. LF Alex Dickerson (.315) was 2-for-4 with a double. C Rocky Gale (.319) was 2-for-4 with a RBI. Pinch-hitter Casey McElroy (.200) had a hit, a RBI and a run scored.

DOUBLE-A SAN ANTONIO (18-27): ARKANSAS 5, Missions 4 -- 3B Diego Goris (.253) was 2-for-4 with two RBIs. 1B Luis Domoromo (.204) was 2-for-3 with a double, a stolen base and a RBI. Starting RHP Elliot Morris allowed five runs on nine hits and four walks with three strikeouts in five innings. RHP Aaron Northcraft (4.40 ERA) allowed a hit in three scoreless innings.

HIGH CLASS A LAKE ELSINORE (19-26): Lake Elsinore 12, INLAND EMPIRE 9 -- OF Donavan Tate (.213), the third overall pick in the 2009 Draft, was 3-for-5 with a double and a steal with three RBIs and two runs scored. DH Kyle Gaedele (.240) was 2-for-3 with a triple, two walks, two RBIs and four runs scored. C Ryan Miller (.412) had two doubles in five at-bats with two runs scored. 3B Gabriel Quintana (.211) was 2-for-5 with his fourth homer, two RBIs and two runs scored. Starting RHP Rafael De Paula (4.30 ERA) allowed two runs on six hits and four walks with three strikeouts in five innings. RHP Sam Holland (2-0, 4.91 ERA) picked up the win after allowing a hit and two walks in two-thirds of an inning to pick up the win. LHP Kyle Bartsch (5.16 ERA) allowed two runs on five hits and a walk with three strikeouts in two innings. RHP Eric Yardley (2.79 ERA) allowed a run on two hits in an inning.

LOW CLASS A FORT WAYNE (18-27): TIN CAPS 5, Great Lakes 2 (called in top of eighth, rain) -- Starting RHP Ernesto Montas (4-3, 3.31 ERA) allowed two unearned runs on seven hits with two strikeouts in seven innings. RHP Bryan Verbitsky struck out one in a perfect two-thirds of an inning. CF Michael Gettys (.235) backed Giron offensively, going 2-for-3 with a double and a RBI. Infielder Nick Vitter was promoted from extended spring training to replace Duanel Jones on the TinCaps' roster after the 1B-3B was promoted to Double-A San Antonio.