Padres hold public memorial service for Tony Gwynn

SAN DIEGO -- Several members of the D-backs organization, including chief baseball officer Tony La Russa, general manager Kevin Towers, manager Kirk Gibson and closer Addison Reed, attended a memorial service for Padres Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn on Thursday night at Petco Park.

"It's nice to see people in attendance from Major League Baseball, the Hall of Famers, the incredible fan base that they have here to have 20,000-plus out here on a Thursday night to give back their thanks for what he did for them for those 20 years that he donned a Padre uniform," said Towers, whose time as GM in San Diego overlapped with Gwynn's playing days. "Everything that was said was accurate. I've always said he was probably a greater guy than he was a ballplayer, and that's saying a lot because I'd probably put him in the top five hitters of all time."

The D-backs had an off-day Thursday and traveled to San Diego following their Wednesday night game against Cleveland.

That left them with the opportunity to attend the memorial and it was one that Reed, who pitched for Gwynn at San Diego State University, made sure he took advantage of.

"It was amazing," Reed said. "It was a great turnout. There was a big group of us from San Diego State and the speeches were unbelievable. Everyone had the same message about how good of a guy he was, how he was an even better person off the field than on the field and just all the time and effort he gave to the community."

Gwynn, who passed away due to complications from his battle with salivary gland cancer that he blamed in part on the use of smokeless tobacco, had a big impact on Reed. In Gwynn's honor, Reed quit using smokeless tobacco on the day Gwynn passed away.

"Everyone that spoke really hit him right on the head," Reed said of the memorial service. "It was never about him, he was always focused on others and helping in any way he could."

Evans earns second callup as D-backs option Spruill

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SAN DIEGO -- The D-backs on Friday selected the contract of utility man Nick Evans from Triple-A Reno and optioned right-hander Zeke Spruill to Reno.

This is Evans' second stint with the D-backs this year after he appeared in eight games between May 28 and June 12.

Evans gives the D-backs some protection at first base as they don't have a true backup to Paul Goldschmidt with Eric Chavez on the disabled list.

Spruill was brought up from Reno on Wednesday after the D-backs played 14 innings Tuesday and depleted their pitching. Spruill threw four innings of relief Wednesday against the Indians.

Owings scratched from lineup with ailing shoulder

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SAN DIEGO -- D-backs shortstop Chris Owings was scratched from the starting lineup Friday as a precautionary measure due to a lingering issue with his left shoulder.

Owings initially jammed the shoulder last Friday on a play at home plate and he did not return to the lineup until Wednesday.

"Just thought it would be smarter to get him out of there and let him be able to work at his own pace and not force him into the game tonight," D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "I'm hoping and think that he'll probably be ready to go tomorrow."

Didi Gregorius got the start at shortstop in place of Owings.