Black enjoys fans' interest in Interleague Play

Black enjoys fans' interest in Interleague Play

SEATTLE -- Padres manager Bud Black was asked before the start of Friday's game against the Mariners about his thoughts on Interleague Play, which hasn't been so kind to the Padres.

"It's sort of fresh to see new faces and different teams," Black said. "I like the fact that it does generate interest [with fans]."

The Padres were 5-10 in Interleague Play a year ago and, at one point, had a losing skid of 13 consecutive games dating back to 2008. The streak ended with a victory over the Mariners.

Since Black took over as manager before the 2007 season, the team has gone 6-9, 3-15 and 5-10 against the American League.

"I don't like, from a strategy standpoint, that you don't get a lot of information," Black said of the lack of advance scouting reports on AL teams. " ... But it's the same on the other side."

That the Padres are facing the Mariners, a team they share a Spring Training facility with in Arizona, lessens the level of unfamiliarity.

"It's a little different with the Mariners since we seem to play them 17 times in Spring Training," Black joked.