Kouzmanoff Homers In Padres' Win

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PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Boy, is Jake Peavy glad the winter is over.

The ace of both the Padres and the United States team in the upcoming World Baseball Classic breezed through a scoreless frame to start the Padres' 4-3 exhibition victory in 10 innings over the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.

Former Wolf Pack star Kevin Kouzmanoff hit a two-run home run in the win.

Using fastballs and an effective changeup, Peavy took another
positive step away from an offseason he spent waiting to be traded.
The Padres talked about dealing him to shed payroll, but never got
an offer they liked.

"I've put that behind me," Peavy said, obviously fatigued with
the subject. "Doing all I can do to get prepared for this WBC and
our season in '09 in San Diego."

The 2007 National League Cy Young Award winner allowed a
ground-ball single and then got an inning-ending double play. He
was on the mound for five minutes for the annual charity game
between the teams that share a training complex. The sparse crowd
that looked far below the announced 5,028.

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