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Thompson gets emergency start

Friars tab Thompson to fill in once again

With Chan Ho Park sidelined indefinitely by what was diagnosed as anemia, Mike Thompson is expected to get the call yet again as the emergency starter, arriving via Portland, where he has spent the past 10 days with the Triple-A Beavers.

Thompson, who figures to face Jason Jennings in the finale of an 11-game road trip for the Padres, had not been summoned as of Saturday night, but was expected to get the call, with Park likely going on the 15-day disabled list.

A native of Colorado and resident of Lamar, in southeastern Colorado, Thompson, 25, has been the model of consistency since mid-May when he arrived to replace Woody Williams after the veteran right-hander injured a calf muscle and was out for seven weeks. Thompson has yielded three or fewer runs in nine of his 11 starts, averaging a shade under six innings.

Another Colorado native, Josh Bard, is expected to handle the catching duties for Thompson. Bard is from Denver.

Thompson, filling in for Chris Young (foot ailment) in his most recent start on July 19 at PETCO Park, fought his command, but limited the Phillies to three runs on nine hits -- including catcher Chris Coste's first career homer in the fourth -- in six innings.

"Being behind in the count so much, I can't go to my strength," said Thompson, who was 3-2 with a 4.30 ERA in nine starts in Williams' absence. "For what I had, stuff-wise, I'll take it. Not my best, not my worst."

Despite picking up his ninth loss of the season, Jennings lowered his ERA, pitching a masterpiece Tuesday night against the Cardinals. Jennings gave up just four hits, pitching all nine innings, but one happened to be an Albert Pujols solo homer, the only run scored by either team on the night -- and the pitch Pujols hit off the top of the outfield fence was a changeup out of the zone, just where Jennings wanted it.

Jennings is 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA aganst the Padres this season. He is 6-9 in his career with a 3.70 ERA in 21 starts against San Diego.

Pitching matchup
SD: RHP Mike Thompson (3-2, 4.32 ERA)
Right-handed batters, with a .302 average and seven of the nine homers Thompson has allowed, are causing him more trouble than left-handers, who are batting .239.

COL: RHP Jason Jennings (6-9, 3.70 ERA)
Jennings is 29-20 in his career at Coors Field with a 5.24 ERA in 68 starts.

Player to watch
Leadoff catalyst Dave Roberts is a career .300 hitter with a homer and four walks in 20 at-bats against Jennings.

On the Internet
 MLB.TV
 Gameday Audio
•  Gameday
•  Official game notes

On television
• Ch. 4/Cablemas

On radio
• Mighty XX 1090 Sports Radio; XEMO 860 (Español)

Up next
• Monday: off-day
• Tuesday: Houston (LHP Andy Pettitte, 9-11, 5.18) at San Diego (RHP Jake Peavy, 5-10, 5.01), 7:05 p.m. PT
• Wednesday: Houston (RHP Taylor Bucholz, 6-9, 5.96) at San Diego (RHP Woody Williams, 4-2, 3.69), 7:05 p.m. PT

Lyle Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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