Notes: Padres learn tiebreak scenario

Notes: Padres learn tiebreak scenario

DENVER -- It's safe to say that Flip Friday didn't overwhelm San Diego manager Bud Black, who, understandably, has a few more important thoughts on his mind these days.

Black wasn't immediately aware of how his team fared in coin flips that were made on Friday, which were required to account for all possible two-team ties -- for either division titles or the Wild Card race.

The Padres, of course, are in the thick of the divisional race, as they went into Friday's game at Coors Field against the Rockies just one game back of Arizona in the National League West Division.

The Padres certainly played a prominent role in the coin flips, as 25 of the 28 tosses that were made involved National League teams because all three division races are still up for grabs, as is the Wild Card race.

The Padres would travel to Arizona or Los Angeles for a one-game playoff to decide the West Division title and would play host to Colorado at PETCO Park in games against any of the three teams with which they could end up tied.

The Padres fared considerably better as far as the Wild Card scenario, as they would play host to Los Angeles, Philadelphia or Chicago. The Padres would travel to Colorado or Milwaukee for a game on Oct 1, though the Padres would have just completed a series at Miller Park on Sept. 30.

"I think you have to have them, just in case," Black said. "... The Padres will go or stay where we're told and we'll be ready."

The coin flips don't address two other possible scenarios: three-way ties and ties that involve two teams from the same division already assured of postseason participation.

If the Padres and Diamondbacks end up tied for the West Division title with both teams assured of being in the playoffs, the Diamondbacks would enter the playoffs as division champions based on their better head-to-head record (10-8) against San Diego.

Bench strength: The Padres will likely get a boost this weekend in Denver when second baseman Marcus Giles and outfielder Scott Hairston are activated from the disabled list.

Black said Giles will be activated on Sunday before the final game of a three-game series against the Rockies.

Giles hasn't played since Aug. 24 in Philadelphia when he suffered a sprained left knee when Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz committed what the Padres had considered a dirty slide.

Giles had considerable swelling in the knee after the game. He was placed on the 15-day disabled list the following day.

As for Hairston, he's been out of action even longer. Hairston strained his left oblique on Aug. 9 in a game in St. Louis after getting a single.

"In the next two days I should be back," Hairston said. "I have been taking BP [batting practice] on the field the last three days. The first couple of days were shaky but the last day in Arizona was pretty good. It's closer. Hopefully the next couple of days I'll be on the field."

Black wouldn't give an exact timetable of when Hairston -- who had eight hits in his first 11 games with the Padres -- would be available.

"We're seeing how he feels, whether he'll be activated here soon," Black said. "He still has to push it a little more. Those [oblique strains] are tough ones."

Fore! The Padres enjoyed a different kind of off-day on Thursday in Denver, as more than half of the team competed in what was billed as the Ryder Cup at Vista Ridge Golf Club in Erie, which is located outside of Denver.

This wasn't some best-ball tournament or scramble by any means as the event, organized by pitcher Jake Peavy, featured teams that were outfitted, in most cases, in matching hats, belts, shirts, shorts and shoes.

The winning team was Trevor Hoffman, his brother and third base coach Glenn Hoffman and pitchers Cla Meredith, Justin Hampson and Doug Brocail.

"It's certainly a nice way to get the team together and get your mind off baseball coming out of a tough series," Peavy said. "I think the guys had a good time with it. I got some great text messages from some who did it the first time, saying they had a great time. That makes it worthwhile. It was certainly a fun day for everyone."

Friar notes: Two of the Padres Minor League affiliates -- Double-A San Antonio and Class A Lake Elsinore -- will continue its respective playoffs series on Friday. The Missions of the Texas League lead their best-of-five series with the Frisco Roughriders, 2-0. The Storm of the California League has split the first two games of the best-of-three series with Inland Empire. ... The Padres announced on Friday that right-handed pitcher Mike Thompson has cleared waivers and has been outrighted to Triple-A Portland. That puts the Padres current 40-man roster at 39 players. ... When Khalil Greene hit his 20th home run of the season on Wednesday, it extended his career-high and club record for a shortstop. Greene has a career .346 average at Coors Field, which could bode well for the Padres this weekend.

On deck: The Padres play the second game of their three-game series against the Rockies at 5:05 p.m. PT on Saturday at Coors Field. San Diego sends Greg Maddux (11-9, 3.75) to the mound to face Colorado's Jeff Francis (15-6, 4.12).

Corey Brock is a reporter for This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.