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Cashner, Padres argue arbitration case

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) - San Diego pitcher Andrew Cashner and the Padres have argued their cases at baseball's first salary arbitration hearing in two years.

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Eligible for arbitration for the first time, Cashner asked for a raise from $500,800 to $2.4 million. The Padres pushed for their figure of $2,275,000 during Friday's session.

The 27-year-old right-hander was 10-9 with a 3.09 ERA in 26 starts and five relief appearances last year.

A decision by arbitrators Gil Vernon, Elizabeth Neumeister and Robert Herzog is expected this weekend.

No player had gone to a hearing since Feb. 15, 2012, when Pittsburgh outfielder Garrett Jones argued his case against the Pirates in a case won by the club the following day. Teams won five of seven cases in 2012, giving them a 291-214 margin since arbitration began in 1974.

Last year was the first time all cases settled without any hearings.

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