BOSTON -- Padres manager Bud Black and Red Sox manager John Farrell, friends and former teammates from their playing days with the Indians, met for the first time in their current roles on Tuesday.
Black and Farrell are the only two current former Major League pitchers who are managers. They played together with the Indians from 1988-90, where they became friends. In 1989, the two combined to go 21-25 with a 3.49 ERA in 64 games, 63 starts.
It came as no surprise to Black that Farrell ended up as a manager.
"He's a good baseball man. He knows baseball. He thinks like a player. He's got a great feel for the game, a great feel for his players," Black said.
Black was asked why baseball has been resistant to this point in hiring former pitchers as managers. He said there's no real easy answer to that question.
"I can't answer that in two minutes," Black said during his pregame gathering in the visiting dugout. "… I think, for me, it's not so much about the position the guy played but more the person and what it takes to manage or any leadership position."
Roberts checks out his feet at Fenway Park
BOSTON -- Five dollars will get you more than just a hot Fenway Frank on the right-field concourse of this venerable ballpark -- it will also afford you a chance to taste some Red Sox history.
This is where Padres first-base coach Dave Roberts - who stole that famous base for the Red Sox in the 2004 American League Championship Series against the Yankees -- will forever be immortalized.
Or, at least his feet will.
Roberts and several other Red Sox greats have had their hands and, in Roberts' case, his feet set in stone among the brick area near Gates B and C at Fenway Park.
"It was pretty surreal," Roberts said of seeing his feet.
In Spring Training, sculptor Douglas Borkman of the Rhode Island School of Design came to the Padres' Spring Training facility in Arizona to collect Roberts' footprints for an exhibit that will be on display this season at Fenway Park.
Roberts dropped his feet into a body casting mix called Alja-Safe. On Tuesday, as the Padres opened a three-game series against the Red Sox, Roberts got to see his feet again.
"The only thing I've ever had molded was my teeth," Roberts said, joking. "I've got small feet [size 9] … but they were used for a pretty good purpose."
That stolen base helped propel the Red Sox out of a 0-3 hole in the ALCS and on to the World Series, where they swept the Cardinals for their first title since 1918.
This is Roberts' second trip back to Fenway Park with the Padres. They took two of three games in a series here in 2011. As he was then, Roberts was peppered with questions by Padres players about that particular stolen base and the wild ride of 2004.
"It's such a special place," Roberts said. "My perspective has changed. I want our players to appreciate and understand how special this place is."
Padres add two on first day of international signing period
BOSTON -- The Padres signed two players on Tuesday, the first day of the international signing period.
The Padres signed shortstop Ruddy Giron for $600,000. They have been following him since January and he has worked out at the team's facility in the Dominican Republic with Padres staff. Giron is 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds.
"It's not just his tools, but his aptitude was off the charts," said Randy Smith, the Padres vice president of player development and international scouting. "He picks up things quickly. He's as close to a five-tool middle infielder as you'll find. He hits the ball really hard on a line. He's built a little like Brandon Phillips."
The Padres also signed right-hander Jaimito Lebron, who. like Giron, is a 16-year-old from the Dominican Republic. Lebron signed for $410,000. Lebron is 6-foot-2 and 170 pounds.
"He has long arms and long legs with plenty of room to grow. It's a loose, clean arm action," Smith said. "He progressively got better. We saw him in October and he was 85-87 mph, and then in April when he was 88-91 mph. He's easy to project."
Both players have had their age and identification cleared by Major League Baseball. Giron and Lebron are not eligible to play professionally until 2014, but can work out at the Dominican Republic complex and compete in instructional league there as well.
Prospect Fuentes added to Futures roster
BOSTON -- As it turns out, the Padres will have three representatives playing in the Futures Game at Citi Field on July 14.
Outfielder Reymond Fuentes was added to the World roster on Tuesday as an injury replacement for Cubs outfield prospect Jorge Soler, who is on the disabled list with a stress fracture in his shin.
Fuentes is in the midst of his best season as a professional and will hope to improve on his previous Futures Game showing. He is hitting .332 with a .419 on-base percentage at Double-A San Antonio.
Fuentes, who grew up in Puerto Rico, will be making his second appearance in the Futures Game. He also appeared in the 2011 event, going 0-for-2 in the World team's 6-4 loss.
Fuentes joins fellow San Antonio outfielder Yeison Asencio on the World team, while catcher Austin Hedges is on the U.S. team.
The 15th annual SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game takes place at 2 p.m. ET on All-Star Sunday, July 14, at Citi Field in New York and can be seen live on MLB.com, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com's Gameday. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio XM 89. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game. Fans can stay updated by following @MLBFutures on Twitter and can send/receive tweets to/from the U.S. and World Team dugouts during the game by tagging tweets with the hashtags #USDugout and #WorldDugout.
• Three Padres players have been elected or selected to play for the Pacific Coast League in the Triple-A All-Star Game on July 17 in Reno. Catcher Rene Rivera was elected by fans to the team, while reliever Colt Hynes and infielder Dean Anna were selected by PCL managers and officials. Rivera (.338) and Anna (.351) are off to fast starts offensively for Triple-A Tucson. Hynes has a 1.73 ERA in 37 games between Double-A San Antonio and Tucson.
• The Padres have signed left-hander Clay Zavada to a Minor League contract and assigned him to San Antonio. Zavada had a 1.65 ERA this season with the independent Gary South Shore RailCats. Zavada, 29, posted a 3.35 ERA in his rookie season with the D-backs in 2009. He hasn't pitched in the Major Leagues since.
• Shortstop Everth Cabrera, playing in his first Minor League rehabilitation game for Class A Fort Wayne, was 0-for-3 with a strikeout on Tuesday against South Bend. He played six innings in the field. He'll play another game there Wednesday before the team makes a decision on if he needs more time in the Minors to test his strained left hamstring or if he's ready to rejoin the big league team.