In a battle for the NL West, Peavy offers to face D-backs on three days' rest

PHOENIX -- With San Diego wrapping up its season series with
Arizona this week, Jake Peavy went to manager Bud Black and offered
to face the Diamondbacks on three days rest.

Black took him up on it, and the right-hander will pitch
Wednesday night on three days rest for the second time in his
five-year career. The first time came on Sept. 26, 2004, when he
allowed one run in six innings to beat the Diamondbacks.

"I just threw it out there," Peavy said before the Padres met
Arizona on Tuesday night. "I said, 'Listen, I feel good, and I
don't think it's that big of a deal. I would love to be
considered.' And obviously it worked out."

Peavy, a leading candidate for the NL Cy Young Award, is 16-5
with a 2.10 ERA. He leads the league in ERA, victories and
strikeouts (206).

Peavy is 3-0 with a 1.71 ERA against Arizona this year, with 45
strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings. He matched his career high by
striking out 16 Diamondbacks on April 25. Peavy struck out nine in
a row that night, falling one shy of Tom Seaver's major league

The Diamondbacks defeated San Diego 9-1 on Tuesday night to pull within .001 of the division-leading Padres.

In other moves Tuesday, the Padres signed veteran right-hander Brett Tomko.

Tomko went 2-11 with a 5.80 ERA in 33 games, including 15
starts, for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The club designated him for
assignment on Aug. 24 to make room in the rotation for David Wells.

The Padres don't need a fifth starter until Sept. 15 against San
Francisco. Tomko will be considered for the assignment, but manager
Bud Black said he'll use Tomko primarily in relief.

"He can fulfill a lot of different roles," Black said. "He
has a resilient arm. I think he can help us."

San Diego also recalled right-hander Clay Hensley from Triple-A
Portland. Hensley is 2-3 with a 6.43 ERA in 12 games, including
nine starts, with San Diego this season.

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this story.