Portland Beavers


Next: The Beavers, who lost six consecutive games before beating Las Vegas 6-4 Sunday, continue their homestand against Oklahoma (7 tonight, 11 a.m. Wednesday and 7 p.m. Thursday). New Orleans comes to PGE Park on Friday.

• The parent San Diego Padres are struggling with offense, and General Manager Kevin Towers has contemplated promoting catcher Nick Hundley from Portland. Other possibilities would be outfielder Chase Headley and/or second baseman Matt Antonelli, although both have scuffled at the plate in Triple-A.

The Padres recently called up catcher Colt Morton from Class AA San Antonio to replace the injured Michael Barrett. Hundley (.245, four HRs) and Luke Carlin (.400) from the Beavers did not get the promotion.

Morton was on the Padres' 40-man roster and therefore easily called up.

• As Hundley's backup, Carlin, 27, hopes to continue his hot start. He batted only .220 in 98 games with the Bevos last season.

'Nickie's earned the right to play every day,' Carlin says. 'I had a bad year (in 2007). I had to do a lot of soul searching in the offseason. To hit .220 in the PCL (and not better) is hard to do.'

Carlin, by the way, looks just like Hundley, who once received some photos on which to sign autographs - and it was Carlin in the picture.

• Carlin, on the 2008 Bevos: 'Even though our record may not show it, it's one of the most talented teams I've played on. We have a lot of guys who will play in the big leagues someday. … We have something special here; I'd be very surprised if we aren't at the top (of the PCL North) or close to the top by the end of the season.'

• Infielder Marshall McDougall pitched in Saturday's game at Las Vegas.

• Major leaguer Clay Hensley has made two rehab appearances with the Bevos, coming off shoulder surgery.

- Jason Vondersmith