Bud Black is rooting for Baltimore's Freddy Garcia this season.
The Padres manager likes the craftiness and the approach of veteran right-hander Garcia, who was on the San Diego roster during Spring Training but didn't crack the rotation.
Wednesday afternoon, when the Padres and Orioles conclude a quick two-game series at Camden Yards, Black will have to put his rooting interest on hold for a day.
"With Freddy, he competed in Spring Training, and did everything he could to make our club," Black said. "But with a guy like Freddy, his track record is that of a guy who knows how to pitch. I really enjoyed him. I wish him the best -- starting Thursday."
Garcia struggled mightily for the Padres during Cactus League play, going 1-4 with an 8.71 ERA in 20 2/3 innings. He has made two starts for the O's, lasting at least six innings in each and needing fewer than 80 pitches to do so both times.
Opposite Garcia is another wily vet in the Padres' Jason Marquis. The right-hander is off to a solid start to the 2013 season with a 4-2 record and a 3.48 ERA. He tossed eight scoreless frames against the Marlins last week.
Marquis' success this season -- opposing hitters are batting just .220 against him -- can be attributed to his ability to stay down in the zone. His sinker/slider combo leads to plenty of ground-ball outs that are rarely hit hard.
"He's got a lot of action on his pitches, so it's kind of fun to watch him," Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko said. "He doesn't throw a ball over 90 mph, but he can still carve up a lineup."
Padres: Two-out magic
Since April 30, the Padres have scored 32 of their last 55 runs with two outs. It's a testament to the timely hitting they've gotten to help them recover from a dreadful 5-15 start.
"We've had a really nice run there, and it was noticeable during our streak of victories," Black said. "Now the trick is, we've got to sustain it."
On Tuesday, The Padres scored twice with two outs in the top of the ninth inning and held on for a 3-2 victory in the series opener.
Orioles: Chen to DL
Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, and Jair Jurrjens is expected to fill in and make Saturday's start.
Chen had an MRI on Monday, confirming his right oblique strain.
"I'm very disappointed right now about my injury," he said through interpreter Tim Lin. "The only thing I can do is just [let it heal]."
• Mark Kotsay and Carlos Quentin are the only two Padres hitters with experience against Garcia. Kotsay is 5-for-22 with a homer and Quentin is 1-for-5.
• The Orioles and Padres have split their 10 meetings all-time and their four contests at Camden Yards.
• Marquis has held Orioles outfielder Nate McLouth to just five hits in 29 career at-bats. McLouth has one home run.