Young looking for improvement vs. LA

Young looking for improvement vs. LA

Chris Young, who gets the start Sunday for the Padres against the Dodgers, took his first start last week as just that, a first start.

"It was not midseason form but it wasn't horrible either," said Young. "At times I threw good pitches. I'm not going to be satisfied with that outing."

Young walked five Astros over 5 2/3 innings, allowing five hits with three strikeouts. The lone run he allowed was actually the result of reliever Joe Thatcher walking in a run in the sixth inning after Young loaded the bases with two hits and a walk.

"There's a lot of room for improvement," Young said.

Still, Young won his first game since last July, when an oblique strain sidelined him. A lower-back strain followed, the result of overcompensating for the oblique, and Young was never the pitcher he was in the first half of the season.

But Young's injury issues are in his past, as he's fully recovered from both injuries. He worked hard in the offseason to strengthen his core and even did pilates.

Pitching matchup
SD: RHP Chris Young (1-0, 1.59 ERA)
For his career, Young is 1-2 with a 2.98 ERA in eight starts against the Dodgers. He was 1-1 with a 3.60 ERA in three starts against Los Angeles last season.

LAD: RHP Derek Lowe (0-0, 3.00 ERA)
Lowe makes his second start of the season after facing the Giants on Tuesday. Last year, he allowed the Padres seven runs over 11 1/3 innings in two starts and is 3-3 with a 3.09 ERA lifetime against San Diego. He was particularly unlucky last year, as his teammates scored only 30 runs in his 14 losses.

There's a chance, manager Bud Black said Saturday, that utilityman Callix Crabbe could get a start somewhere in the infield Sunday, the final game of the three-game series against the Dodgers. Crabbe would likely get a start at second base or shortstop, where Tadahito Iguchi and Khalil Greene have started every game this season. ... Left-handed pitcher Shawn Estes, who is with Triple-A Portland, opened the season Friday by throwing six shutout innings against Fresno. ... Yet another Padres pitcher had a big night Friday, as San Antonio left-hander Will Inman, acquired in the trade last year for Scott Linebrink, allowed three hits over five scoreless innings. ... Black isn't too concerned about Thatcher's mechanics, even after the left-hander walked three batters in one-third of an inning in Friday's 7-1 loss to the Dodgers. "Joe's delivery is such where it's a little deceptive. The release point isn't as consistent as it needs to be. I think it's an easy mental thought to get back on track."

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Up next
• Monday: Padres (Greg Maddux, 0-0, 4.50) at Giants (Matt Cain, 0-0, 0.00), 1:35 p.m. PT
• Tuesday: Padres (Randy Wolf, 0-0, 1.50) at Giants (Tim Lincecum, 1-0, 2.25), 7:15 p.m. PT
• Wednesday: Padres (TBD) at Giants (Jonathan Sanchez, 0-1, 15.75), 7:15 p.m. PT

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