LOW BLOW FOR PEAVY (8:13 p.m. ET)
This was a rude way to treat the NL Cy Young Award winner.
Seattle nicked Jake Peavy with four hits and two runs in two innings, and the Padres' right-hander took a line drive off the heel of his glove, in the Mariners' 6-2 victory over San Diego on Sunday.
Peavy's so-so stat line wasn't as worrisome as the liner Mike Morse scorched off Peavy's glove in Seattle's two-run first inning. The ball caromed hard into Peavy, below the belt.
He never wears a cup.
"Yes, I would recommend it," said Padres manager Bud Black, a former major league pitcher.
Otherwise, Peavy was feeling good about his spring training debut.
"I felt really good, to be honest. And I didn't turn it loose by any means," Peavy said of his first start since he signed a $52 million, three-year extension last month.
It was the largest deal in team history, one that will be worth $70 million if the Padres pick up his option for 2013.
The Padres would like their big investment to be well protected.
"Yeah, I know, I don't wear a cup. Guess I have to start wearing one," said the 26-year-old father of two young boys, ages 6 and 3. "But, hey, I'm done having kids.
"My teammates think I'm crazy, but I've got to be comfortable out there."
-- The Associated Press