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Slumping Wells will keep job

ST. LOUIS - David Wells' latest poor start will not cost him a spot in the San Diego Padres' rotation.

Manager Bud Black said Tuesday that the 44-year-old Wells, victimized Monday night when the St. Louis Cardinals tied a major league record with 10 consecutive hits in a 10-run fifth inning, remained the scheduled starter Saturday at Cincinnati.

Wells is 0-3 with a 14.33 ERA in his last four starts. He gave up seven runs and 11 hits in four-plus innings on Monday.

"Anything could change," Black said. "As of right now, yeah, he's scheduled to start."

Wells, who had allowed four hits in four scoreless innings, gave up six straight singles to start the fifth.

Black removed Wells after the seventh straight hit, a three-run home run by Scott Rolen that put the Cardinals ahead 7-3.

Black noted that the first few singles weren't hit hard, although Wells was pounded later in the inning.

"He's had a few of these in a row, I guess similar type games where things sort of gained momentum for the opposition," Black said. "I guess you can call it a snowball game."

It's possible that Wells wilted in the heat. It was 96 degrees with high humidity at game time.

"He didn't talk about it, and I didn't ask him," Black said. "It might have been a factor, might not."

n Yankees make moves: Joba Chamberlain joined the New York Yankees' bullpen on Tuesday, adding a hard-throwing pitcher to a bullpen that has struggled.

The 21-year-old from Lincoln, Nebraska, was taken by the Yankees with the 41st pick in last year's amateur draft and sped through their minor league system.

n Guardado, Majewski back in Reds bullpen: Eleven months after he got his pitching elbow rebuilt, veteran lefty Eddie Guardado is back in the Cincinnati Reds bullpen.

The former closer was activated Tuesday as part of the team's latest move to improve the NL's worst bullpen. The Reds also recalled right-hander Gary Majewski from the minors.

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