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Padilla solid in Triple-A start for Dodgers

Padilla solid in Triple-A outing

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LOS ANGELES -- Newly acquired right-hander Vicente Padilla threw five innings Saturday in a start for Triple-A Albuquerque, and everything looks to be in order for his expected start Thursday in Colorado against the Rockies.

Padilla gave up a two-run home run in the fifth inning, but he seemed to avoid any negative signs that would prevent his callup to the Majors.

In all, he gave up three hits, two runs, struck out five batters and walked three in his first start since he threw 5 2/3 innings and gave up six runs in a loss with the Texas Rangers on Aug. 5.

"Everything seemed to go well," manager Joe Torre said.

While Torre cannot speak definitively on whether Padilla will start Thursday because Padilla is not on the Dodgers' 40-man roster, he hinted that everything is in order.

"The non-schedule hasn't changed," Torre said.

In 18 starts for the Rangers this season, Padilla compiled an 8-6 record with a 4.92 ERA.

Padilla was designated for assignment by the Rangers after his relationship with the club soured. The Dodgers signed Padilla off waivers Wednesday.

David Ely is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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