PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) - Aaron Harang got six straight outs in his spring debut for San Diego, and Will Venable hit a three-run homer in the Padres' 7-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday.
Harang, who signed a one-year deal worth $4 million with the Padres in December, needed 23 pitches to complete two innings.
``I felt like everything was nice and easy,' Harang said. ``The ball was coming out of my hand well.'
Harang was so efficient he threw 12 more pitches in a postgame bullpen session to reach his pitch count.
``I thought he was crisp,' Padres manager Bud Black said. ``He threw good angled fastballs and his slider was solid.'
Jorge Cantu went 2 for 3 with two RBIs and Ryan Ludwick had two hits and an RBI for the Padres.
Venable, a strong candidate to be San Diego's leadoff hitter this season, also singled in three at_bats. His homer on a 1-2 fastball from Matt Reynolds made it 6-1 in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Troy Tulowitzki had two hits including a two-run homer for Colorado.
Ubaldo Jimenez, who has already pitched this spring, was scheduled to start for the Rockies but was scratched with a nail infection on his throwing hand.
``He felt instantaneous relief,' Tracy said. ``I don't think it was all that bad.'
Jimenez, who was 19-8 with a 2.88 ERA in 33 starts last season, played catch on Wednesday and will play long toss again on Thursday.
If he stays healthy, Jimenez could throw a bullpen session on Friday. Jimenez had the first no-hitter in Rockies history on April 17 and finished third in voting for the NL Cy Young award.
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