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Chan Ho Park


Park returned from an abdominal on Friday and allowed three runs and eight hits with three strikeouts in five innings for the Padres in a 4-2 loss to the Houston Astros. It was his first start since July 25.


Park recorded his third save of the World Baseball Classic by pitching a scoreless ninth for Korea against Mexico on Sunday night.


Park, obtained Saturday from the Texas Rangers for slugger Phil Nevin, will make his first start for the Padres on Wednesday night at Pittsburgh. The 32-year-old righthander, who was 8-5 with a 5.66 ERA for Texas, will make his Padres debut after nine days of rest.


The trade became official early Saturday, as the Texas Rangers have sent Park to the San Diego Padres for first baseman-DH Phil Nevin. The Rangers also are shipping some cash to help cover the final year-and-a-half remaining on Park's five-year, $65 million contract.


Park didn't make his scheduled start for Texas on Friday night, and published reports are saying that the Rangers and Padres have a trade completed that will send Park to San Diego for Phil Nevin. The Padres' first baseman, who rejected a trade to Baltimore this week under the terms of his contract, told reporters on Friday that he was joining the Rangers. Reportedly the deal is awaiting approval from the commissioner's office.


Park turned in the shortest start of his major league career, lasting just one inning in Tuesday's loss to the Los Angeles Angels. The Rangers' righthander, who had not been tagged with a loss since April 18 (10 starts), allowed eight runs on 10 hits and a walk. With the performance, his ERA jumped from 5.15 to a season-high 6.05.


Park claimed his sixth straight win on Wednesday, limiting Atlanta to a single run over five innings to push his record to 7-1 on the season. The Texas righthander hasn't lost since April 18, his third start of 2005. He has posted a 6-0 record in 10 starts since then, though accumulating a 5.08 ERA over that stretch.


Park picked up his 100th career victory on Saturday, despite allowing six runs on 11 hits in just five innigns of work in the Rangers' 14-9 win over the Kansas City Royals. Park, who has won his last six decisions, becomes the first South Korean to win 100 games in the major leagues.


Park worked 6.2 innings, allowed three earned runs and struck out five en route to his first win of the 2005 season. His "W" in the Rangers' ninth game of the season also marked the first win by a Texas starter.

Park earned just his 15th win in three-plus seasons with Texas. Perhaps the Rangers will get some 2005 payoff on that five-year, $65 million contract they gave Park before the 2002 campaign. The 31-year-old righthander enjoyed a solid spring training and has a 4.38 ERA in two regular-season starts.