San Diego 9, Texas 6

SURPRISE, Ariz. (AP) -- Grateful to be with the San Diego Padres,
Tim Redding looked relaxed on the mound.

Redding pitched six strong innings in his first start for San
Diego on Wednesday, a 9-6 victory over the Texas Rangers just two
days after being acquired in a trade with Houston.

Redding, expected to be the Padres' No. 5 starter, allowed two
runs on six hits. The right-hander struck out two and walked two.

"I'm ecstatic about the trade," Redding said. "I didn't fit
into the Astros' plans. ... The Padres are a contender and they
made me feel at ease right away by telling me don't worry because
I've already made the team. I feel like a weight has been lifted
from my shoulders."

Ricardo Rodriguez gave up eight runs and eight hits -- five for
extra bases -- over four innings, then was optioned to Triple-A
Oklahoma, ending his bid to become the Rangers' fifth starter.

"It was a hitter-friendly day, but Ricardo was getting the ball
up, too," Rangers manager Buck Showalter said.

Rodriguez was 3-1 with a 2.03 ERA in five starts last season
before his right elbow was shattered by a line drive in July. Chris
Young, another candidate for the No. 5 spot, gave up just two
earned runs over six innings in his start Monday.

While Pedro Astacio is expected to start the season on the
disabled list, he could be back in time to pitch the fifth game of
the season for Texas.

The Padres went ahead to stay with a four-run first. Ryan Klesko
had a two-run double before Miguel Ojeda's RBI triple and Geoff
Blum's sacrifice fly.

San Diego led 8-0 after Damien Jackson had a two-run single and
Jesse Garcia hit his fourth spring homer, a two-run shot, in the

David Dellucci and Chad Allen homered for the Rangers.