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COL@MIL: Gallardo strikes out eight in seven strong

Jeff Suppan is back in the Major Leagues, and as crazy coincidences often happen in baseball, the 37-year-old will face a few familiar faces.

The Padres are calling on Suppan to fill Cory Luebke's spot in the rotation. Suppan will make his first start with his new team Wednesday against the Brewers, a team he pitched for from 2007-10.

"We were all pretty good friends with him, but it's been long enough that it won't be too strange," Milwaukee outfielder Corey Hart said. "I've never really liked facing friends, because it has that different feeling. It's just one extra add-on to an already hard game."

"I'm trying to go about it as if it's business as usual," Suppan said. "That's probably something I will think about after."

Padres manager Bud Black said he hopes Luebke, who is dealing with left elbow soreness but was not placed on the disabled list, will only need to miss one start.

Padres: Suppan brings experience
Suppan carries a 138-143 record into Wednesday's matchup. When the right-hander takes the mound, it will mark the eighth team he's pitched for in 16 Major League seasons. Suppan pitched the entirety of 2011 for Omaha, the Royals' Triple-A affiliate.

Brewers: Gallardo takes the hill
The Brewers send Yovani Gallardo to the mound Wednesday. The right-hander will attempt to overcome a disastrous start his last time out, when he lasted just two innings, allowing eight runs on eight hits. The two innings pitched marks a career-low.

Worth noting
Mark Kotsay improved to 44-for-142 (.310) career as a pinch-hitter after an eighth-inning home run Tuesday. Kotsay is 3-for-9 this season. Comments