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Moseley satisfied with first outing for Padres

Dustin Moseley pitched admirably in his first start of the season.

As a result, he'll stick in the rotation and get another start Saturday against the Dodgers.

"He has a great head and shoulders on him, he knows how to pitch, he's got an efficient delivery and a good arm stroke," San Diego manager Bud Black said of Moseley after the pitcher's last outing. "As the season unfolds, he is a guy who could be valuable for us."

On Sunday, Moseley allowed one run on four hits in seven innings, but was saddled with the loss as the Padres fell to the Cardinals, 2-0. One of the few mistakes Moseley made wasn't on the mound but on the basepaths. Moseley was on third base when Ryan Ludwick sent a soft liner down the line, right at St. Louis third baseman Daniel Descalso, who stepped on the bag to double up Moseley.

"That was a boneheaded move," Moseley admitted. "The whole time I am telling myself to be careful."

Originally in the rotation in place of Mat Latos (right shoulder), the 29-year-old is, essentially, the fifth starter now that Latos will return Monday against the Reds. Whether Moseley remains in the rotation depends on his performance, but the Padres like his versatility as a starter and long arm out of the bullpen.

"He's made a strong case for himself," Black said.

For the Dodgers, Hiroki Kuroda (1-0, 3.86 ERA) will take the mound following a solid season debut in which he allowed three runs on six hits in seven innings against the Giants. In 10 career starts against the Padres, Kuroda is 5-4 with a 4.61 ERA.

Dodgers: Garland to make rehab start Sunday

Despite saying he's ready to pitch for the Dodgers, Jon Garland will make a rehab start for Class A Rancho Cucamonga on Sunday. Garland insists he's fully healed from the strained oblique he suffered March 9, but the Dodgers want to see proof in a game situation. "I want to pitch Sunday, but I don't think there's a chance they'll let me," Garland said. "I guess I'm not the boss and I don't make the call. In my eyes, I'm 100 percent. If they tell me no [next time], they'll have a fight on their hands. Me and the trainers have been going back and forth." John Ely is expected to take Garland's start against the Padres, although manager Don Mattingly would not confirm it. "You can assume," Mattingly said. "I'm not announcing the starter yet."

• Despite complaining of soreness in his right forearm, Vicente Padilla remains on track to return near the end of the month, Mattingly said. Padilla was examined Thursday and Friday in Los Angeles after complaining of soreness in his right forearm, which underwent an operation Feb. 24 to free an entrapped radial nerve. Padilla received a shot and will rest a couple of days before continuing his rehab. "I'm still really optimistic he's ahead of schedule," Mattingly said. "Our best case was the end of the month and that got pushed up with a lot of excitement the way he was going, but we're still on target with him."

Padres: Latos to start Monday

Latos will be activated from the 15-day disabled list and start Monday against the Reds. Latos has been on the disabled list since March 22 with bursitis in his right shoulder. "It's time to get him back on the horse," Black said. "He feels ready. ... I think he's excited for his first start of the year." Latos threw a side session before Friday's game against the Dodgers and told reporters this week he was itching to get into a game. "Everything just feels right," Latos said.

• Casey Kelly, regarded as the top Minor League prospect in the Padres farm system, made his organizational debut Friday for Double-A San Antonio. The 21-year-old allowed three earned runs in 4 1/3 innings with one walk and one strikeout. He threw 83 pitches, 54 for strikes.

Worth noting

Mattingly's son, Preston, who was released last week by Cleveland, re-signed with the Dodgers on Friday and is at extended spring training. In five Minor League seasons, the 23-year-old outfielder is hitting .232 with 20 home runs and 146 RBIs. He was drafted by the Dodgers in the first round (31st overall) of the 2006 Draft. ... With the right-handed Moseley on the mound, Tony Gwynn could start Saturday against his former team.

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