In a pinch: The Padres turned to pitcher Jared Wells to start Sunday's game after scheduled starter Clay Hensley came up ill on Saturday.Wells, a 25-year-old right-hander, allowed two runs on four hits over three innings with one walk and one strikeout. He was scheduled to throw one inning in relief, so he had to get himself mentally prepared to start a game. "Mentally, you've got to prepare yourself to go deeper in the game, execute your pitches a little better than coming in for one inning," Wells said. Wells had to deal with a steady breeze that was carrying the ball out to right field. It also made catching fly balls an adventure. In fact, Wells benefited from several nice running catches by Mike Cameron in center field. "I wanted to give him a kiss," Wells said, smiling. Swinging for a spot: Left fielder Paul McAnulty said last week that he wanted to force the Padres into making a hard decision regarding their left-field vacancy as well as possible bench job openings. So far, McAnulty has done just that. On Sunday, he had three hits in four at-bats to raise his average this spring to .450 (9-for-20). "It's just all about not trying to do too much and focusing on what you can do," McAnulty said. "I'm starting to feel good up there. Sometimes it will take you about 30 at-bats to get into the feel of things. Right now, I'm just concentrating on making good contact." McAnulty nearly had a fourth hit on Sunday, but Arizona shortstop Augie Ojeda made a nice play on a ball up the middle and threw McAnulty out by a step. "He's swinging the bat. He's playing a good left field," Black said. "I think we all know that he can swing the bat. He's playing with a lot of energy." Pads and ends: Marcus Giles remained back in Peoria on Sunday, still sidelined by a tender right thigh. He's scheduled to be in the lineup on Monday, though Black sounded like the team will err on the side of caution and possibly push that back a day or so. Giles is hitting .400 this spring with a home run and two RBIs. ... The Padres had 12 hits in a 10-7 loss on Sunday. Rob Bowen hit his first home run of the spring and drove in three runs. Jose Cruz Jr. had three hits and might well have had a home run had the wind not been blowing in so strongly. Geoff Blum nearly added a long ball as well. ... There weren't many pitching highlights on Sunday, though Frank Brooks did throw 1 1/3 scoreless innings. Aaron Rakers also threw a scoreless inning. Up next: The Padres continue their Tucson swing on Monday when they face the White Sox at 1:05 p.m. PT at Tucson Electric Park. Greg Maddux will make the start for the Padres. The White Sox will go with Jose Contreras.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less