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Notes: Payton back in business
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04/01/2004  9:04 PM ET
Notes: Payton back in business
Jake Peavy allowed seven runs, six earned, and six hits in three innings. (Lenny Ignelzi/AP)

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Jay Payton was in the lineup on Thursday for getaway day.

The center fielder has not appeared in a game for the Padres since injuring his right hamstring March 8. Batting third as the designated hitter, Payton went 2-for-4 with a double.

"Payton swung the bat well. He looked good," manager Bruce Bochy said. "He squared up on some balls very nicely today."

In the first inning, Payton scorched a line drive off Mariners starter Joel Pineiro, hitting the left-center field wall on the fly 410 feet away.

"That was as hard a ball we've had hit all spring," Bochy said.

Payton, whom Bochy said is 95 percent with his hamstring, will start in center field on Saturday.

Peavy's outing: Jake Peavy had hoped to dial it down for his last spring start but would have preferred better results.

The Padres right-hander gave up six earned runs on six hits in the Padres' 13-6 loss to the Mariners on Thursday to see his Cactus League record finish at 1-2 for the spring. Bochy said his young starter used his allotment of 60 pitches to work on some things.

"He hung a slider to [John] Olerud," Bochy said of the homer Peavy allowed in the top of the first inning. "Overall, he didn't throw badly. He had good stuff. It wasn't as good as the start before but I thought it was pretty good."

Nevin gets on board: Phil Nevin recorded his first RBI of the spring with a sacrifice fly to right field in the first inning Thursday. Jeff Cirillo, who hit a one-out single, scored.

"He feels fine and is ready to go," Bochy said.

Nevin will be in the lineup at first for both exhibition games with Seattle at PETCO Park Saturday and Sunday.

Bochy said the regulars will play most of Saturday's game but will only get an at-bat or two on Sunday.

Top rookie: Khalil Greene was honored by the Peoria Diamond Club for its annual rookie award.

The Diamond Club hands out the award for performance by a rookie at the Peoria Sports Complex and this marks the third straight year it was won by a Padre. Xavier Nady won the award last year and Sean Burroughs was so honored in 2002. The Padres share the complex with the Mariners.

"We came into the spring with a competition at shortstop," Bochy said. "Khalil played very well."

Padres right-handed pitcher Bart Miadich finished second in balloting and Mariners outfielder Jamal Strong was third.

Greene hit .345 with three doubles, two triples, a pair of homers and 16 RBIs in 20 games in Arizona. Bart Miadich posted a 2-1 record with a 4.50 ERA while striking out 17 over 10 innings.

Just stay healthy: Spring Training is about evaluating players and preparing for the season but the Padres general manager would prefer to get through unscathed.

"Spring Training has become trying to keep your players healthy to start the season," Kevin Towers said.

Knott impresses: Jon Knott drew the starting assignment in left on Thursday and went 2-for-4. Bochy likes what he sees from the young slugger.

"He's had an impressive spring," Bochy said. "He can hit."

Knott hit .407 with two homers and three doubles in 27 at-bats. The 25-year old is headed to Portland.

Moves: The Padres outrighted Todd Sears to Portland Thursday. The first baseman went 3-for-5 this spring.

Robinson starts: Newcomer Kerry Robinson got the nod in center field on Thursday and went 3-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored. He also showed off his speed, getting a bunt single in the third and beating out a throw for a base hit in the fourth.

Under the lights: The Padres will hold a workout Friday night at PETCO Park. Following will be a black-tie fundraiser benefiting the Padres Foundation for Children.

Probables: Left-hander David Wells is scheduled to start against the Mariners in San Diego on Saturday. Lefty Sterling Hitchcock is slated to go Sunday against the Mariners in the spring's final exhibition game.

Mike Scarr is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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