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Black wants starters to push for 200 innings

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PEORIA, Ariz. -- In a perfect world, Padres manager Bud Black will preside over a starting rotation filled with pitchers who can make 30-plus starts and reach or eclipse the 200-inning mark.

But that hasn't been something Black has seen often enough in his tenure with the team, which started in 2007.

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The Padres have had just five pitchers in the last seven years reach or eclipse the 200-inning mark -- Jake Peavy in 2007 (223 1/3), Clayton Richard in 2010 (201 2/3), Jon Garland in 2010 (200), Richard in 2012 (218 2/3) and, last season, Eric Stults (203 2/3).

"It's a little different now. But that's been shaped by baseball in general, how we use our bullpens, how we manage our pitching staff," Black said. "Starts and innings have evolved to a certain standard now."

Much more so, Black said, than during his 15-year big league career (1981-1995), where he tossed over 200 innings in a single season five times, including throwing 257 innings for the Royals in 1984.

"You knew they [innings] were important [then]," Black said. "And they're important now. I tell our guys that. There was an expectation that this is what a starting pitching does. But the hard number [200] is talked about more than ever before."

Unlike years past, the Padres open Spring Training with a rotation that's essentially set: Andrew Cashner, Tyson Ross, Ian Kennedy, newcomer Josh Johnson and Stults.

Cashner threw a career-high 175 innings last season and Ross reached a career-best with 125 innings. Kennedy has twice topped 200 innings in his career and Johnson has done so once.

Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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