San Diego, CA (Sports Network) - The Padres on Wednesday purchased the contract of veteran hurler Jeff Suppan from Triple-A Tucson for his first start of the year, against the Milwaukee Brewers.
San Diego inked Suppan to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training back in early February. He has made two starts with Tucson this year.
Last season, the 37-year-old right-hander went 11-8 with a 4.78 earned run average over 27 starts and one relief appearance with Kansas City's Triple-A affiliate, the Omaha Storm Chasers.
He'll make the start in place of Cory Luebke, who was placed on the 15-day DL, retroactive to April 28, with a strained left elbow. The 27-year-old was 3-1 with a 2.61 ERA in five starts.
In addition, the Pads transferred outfielder Kyle Blanks to the 60-day DL, in the wake of his season-ending left-shoulder surgery performed on April 24.More
Houston Astros infielder Jed Lowrie suffered a right ankle sprain and had to be helped off the field during the third inning of Saturday's matchup with the San Francisco Giants.
Ryan Dempster tossed six shutout innings, helping the Chicago Cubs to a 4-1 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks in the middle installment of a three-game set. Dempster (5-3) fanned five, scattered four hits and walked three for Chicago, which has won four of its last five contests. Luis Valbuena registered a pair of hits, an RBI and a run scored, while Reed Johnson and Geovany Soto each racked up two hits apiece. Joe Saunders (4-6) was charged with four runs -- three earned -- on eight hits for the D-backs, who have dropped eight of their past 11 games.
Robinson Cano and Curtis Granderson both clubbed two-run homers to lead the New York Yankees to a 5-3 win over the visiting Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Cano added an RBI single for the Yankees, who have won six of their last seven games. New York starter Freddy Garcia (4-2) gave up three runs on five hits and five walks in five innings. Rafael Soriano earned his 22nd save of the season with a 1-2-3 ninth. Jerome Williams (6-6) returned to the Halos' rotation after being activated from the 15-day disabled list. Recovered from respiratory issues, Williams made his first start in a month and allowed five runs on seven hits over six frames to absorb his fourth consecutive loss. Los Angeles will look to avoid being swept on Sunday.