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Padres icon Jones impressed by Hosmer

San Diego's new star switched from club's retired No. 35 upon arrival
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PEORIA, Ariz. -- Randy Jones wants some company among the Padres' retired numbers.

The legendary left-hander arrived in camp this week, and he introduced himself to the newest Padre, Eric Hosmer, on Tuesday. Jones came away from their first conversation as a certifiable Hosmer fan, touting his leadership qualities.

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Randy Jones wants some company among the Padres' retired numbers.

The legendary left-hander arrived in camp this week, and he introduced himself to the newest Padre, Eric Hosmer, on Tuesday. Jones came away from their first conversation as a certifiable Hosmer fan, touting his leadership qualities.

Of course, Jones' No. 35 has been retired in San Diego since 1997. Hosmer wore that same number with the Royals but switched to 30 upon his arrival in San Diego, a tribute to former teammate Yordano Ventura, who died in a car crash in January 2017.

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When the two began talking, Jones was quick to bring up No. 35.

"I said, 'You can't have 35,'" Jones said. "You've got to get your own number and build a reputation here."

Hosmer, however, already had a number in mind and was more than happy to switch.

"I told him I would not even think about taking that from him," Hosmer said. "When you're a Hall of Famer for your organization, nobody deserves to come in and try and even ask him for that. But it's been great to talk to him, get to know him."

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Jones' number is one of six retired by the Padres. He wouldn't mind seeing No. 30 grace the facing of the upper deck behind home plate one day.

"That was my whole point," Jones said. "We'd love to have your number up there, man. He's going to be a real positive for the Padres. ... He's a student of the game, and he understands the history of the game, which is good. What I really like is the way he's assumed that role of a leader."

Video: SD@SEA: Hosmer on his first ST appearance

Jones won the 1975 National League ERA title with a 2.24 mark, and he took home the NL Cy Young Award the following season, leading the league with 22 wins, 25 complete games, a 1.03 WHIP and 315 1/3 innings pitched. It's arguably the best stretch by a pitcher in Padres history. Jones spent eight years in San Diego -- also the length of Hosmer's contract -- amassing a 3.30 ERA from 1973-80.

Last offseason, Jones was diagnosed with throat cancer. He was declared cancer-free in May.

Tatis channels his dad
It wasn't quite two grand slams in the same inning, but Fernando Tatis Jr. had himself quite a frame in the top of the sixth inning of Wednesday's 10-5 victory over the Dodgers.

Tatis, the No. 8 prospect in baseball according to MLB Pipeline, opened the inning with a double to left field. The Padres would bat around, and Tatis tacked on an RBI single, plating the seventh run of the inning for San Diego.

Video: LAD@SD: Tatis Jr. puts together strong showing in win

It was Tatis' father who made baseball history for the Cardinals in April 1999 when he became the only player in history to launch two grand slams in the same inning. He also did it against the Dodgers.

At 19, Tatis is the youngest player in any Major League camp this spring. He is now 3-for-14, including an opposite-field homer in his second at-bat. He's destined to start the season in the Minors, but a late-season callup isn't out of the question.

Camp battles
• The Padres are slated for a 'B' game against the White Sox on Thursday with Colin Rea and Robbie Erlin slated to take the ball in relief of starter Luis Perdomo. For Rea and Erlin, it's their return to game action after missing all of 2017 while recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Erlin pitched a few instructional league games last fall, but hasn't faced Major League competition. Rea hasn't thrown in a competitive environment since July 2016.

Carlos Asuaje put forth another impressive display in his quest to win the starting job at second base. His three-run triple was the highlight of the Padres' seven-run sixth. He also ranged to his right to make a diving stop on a ground ball.

Video: LAD@SD: Asuaje rips a three-run triple down the line

• The Padres optioned right-hander Miguel Diaz to Minor League camp, paving the way for him to be stretched into a starting role. A Rule 5 pick last season, Diaz spent the majority of the season in the Major League bullpen, but the organization has always viewed him as a starter in the long run.

Injury updates
Cory Spangenberg participated in the full workout Wednesday morning, as he recovers from a sore left wrist. It's unclear when he'll return to game action.

• The Padres are optimistic Chase Headley will make his first Cactus League appearance on Thursday. He's been battling a bruised finger on his throwing hand.

Up next
Tyson Ross and Chris Young continue their push for a rotation place on Thursday, when the Padres head to Surprise to face a Rangers split squad at 12:10 p.m. PT (listen to an exclusive webcast live on MLB.com). Righty reliever Kazuhisa Makita -- who signed a two-year deal during the offseason -- is set for his first appearance for San Diego after spending seven seasons with the Seibu Lions in Japan. No. 2 prospect Cal Quantrill is also slated for his spring debut.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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