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Most relievers available for opener

Most relievers available for opener

SAN DIEGO -- All of the Padres relief pitchers were on board and available for Tuesday night's series opener against the Nationals, with the likely exception of Josh Banks.

Banks threw six scoreless innings in Sunday's 18-inning marathon victory over the Reds, and his reward was not only his first Major League win, but a day off and a starting assignment for Saturday against the Giants in San Francisco.

"All of the pitchers came out of Sunday's game fine," said Padres manager Bud Black. "I think it's been speculated that we're going to start Josh Banks on Saturday, and you can now right that in pen."

Asked if Banks would be available Tuesday, Black said, "I would say no. I'm not going to ask him, but you never know how the game is going to go."

"Most of our pitchers threw just one inning, with the exception of Jared Wells and Banks," said Black.

Banks started one Major League game for the Blue Jays last season, pitching 5 1/3 innings against the Orioles on Sept. 27 in his hometown of Baltimore. The right-hander allowed five runs on nine hits and got a no-decision.

He started 27 games for the Blue Jays' Triple-A Syracuse team last season, going 12-10 with a 4.63 ERA. In 29 games for Syracuse in 2007, Banks was 10-11 with a 5.17 mark. He had 227 strikeouts and only 52 walks over the last two seasons.

Sandy Burgin is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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