Mujica came to Padres' aid Friday after a disastrous outing by Chad Gaudin, who allowed seven runs, three earned, in 1 2/3 innings. Mujica tossed 4 1/3 scoreless innings to help spur San Diego's comeback win from a 7-1 deficit.
Richard said Friday he was "pretty surprised" to be moving to San Diego after Peavy accepted the trade to Chicago.
"I really just thought he didn't want to come over here," he said. "He turned it down and it was put to rest. Then, out of nowhere, it happens again. But I'm excited to go over there. We'll see how it goes."
Richard (4-3) has made 26 appearances, with 14 starts, this season for the White Sox. He's tossed eight innings in each of his two most recent starts, allowing just two runs on nine hits in his last 16 innings of work.
"To get a No. 1, you have to pay the price," said White Sox general manager Kenny Williams. "Clayton Richard, we believe, especially going to the National League and in San Diego's ballpark ... I told him, you are about to be a very successful and rich man. You are going to do well over there."
Overall, Richard described the trade in bittersweet terms, lamenting his departure from the Midwest but celebrating an "exciting" move to California.
"I have nothing but appreciation for the team and the organization as a whole ... all the opportunities they've given me," he said. "It's a good organization. I'm definitely sad to leave. I'm going to miss the guys more than anything."
SD: LHP Clayton Richard (4-3, 4.65 ERA)
Richard was scheduled to start for Chicago against the Yankees on Friday, but will instead start for another team in another league.
MIL: RHP Mike Burns (2-3, 6.30 ERA)
Burns, freshly recalled from Triple-A Nashville, will return to the Brewers' rotation because the team has few other choices. Burns was bounced from the rotation after going 2-3 in five starts, but injuries to Dave Bush and Jeff Suppan necessitated another fresh arm, and Burns got the call over Tim Dillard, a right-hander who was a starter all season at Nashville. In his five starts, Burns has a 7.20 ERA and opponents are hitting .314 against him with seven home runs in 25 innings.
When Richard starts on Saturday, he'll become the 12th different pitcher to make a start for the Padres this season. ... Entering play Friday, rookie Kyle Blanks was hitting .313 in his last 10 games with four home runs, seven RBIs and five walks, good for a .421 on-base percentage. ... With his home run Friday, outfielder Will Venable has hit home runs in consecutive games for the first time in his young Major League career. ... When the Padres replaced hitting coach Jim Lefebvre with Randy Ready on Friday, it marked the fifth time since 2006 the team has made a change at hitting coach. General manager Kevin Towers said some players "voiced their frustration ... there was a disconnect."
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Sunday: Padres (Kevin Correia, 7-8, 4.75) vs. Brewers (Carlos Villanueva, 2-8, 6.61), 1:05 p.m. PT
Monday: Padres (Mat Latos, 2-1, 2.70) vs. Braves (Kenshin Kawakami, 5-8, 4.37), 7:05 p.m. PT
Tuesday: Padres (Tim Stauffer, 1-2, 2.57) vs. Braves (Javier Vazquez, 8-7, 3.01), 7:05 p.m. PT