LOS ANGELES (AP) -
regrets not having spent more time talking shop with
at the five All-Star games when they were in opposing dugouts.
Maddux tied Clemens for eighth place on the career list with his 354th victory on Monday night, leading the
Los Angeles Dodgers
to a 5-2 win over the
San Diego Padres
''I didn't talk about pitching as much as I would have liked to, I know that, but I've always respected what he's done,''
Maddux said. ''He did it in the American League, and that's a lot tougher over there. I think everybody knows that. But I've
always considered him the best in the game because of the way he threw a baseball, how he set up hitters and how he competed.''
Maddux (7-11) allowed two runs and six hits, struck out four and walked none. It was the four-time
winner's third start with the Dodgers since the Padres traded him back to Los Angeles on Aug. 19, after
went on the disabled list with a shoulder injury.
Maddux, an eight-time All-Star, has made 736 starts compared to 707 by Clemens - a seven-time
winner and 11-time All-Star - and his 225 losses are 41 more than the Rocket had during his 24-year career.
''I know when interleague first started, I made sure I watched his games,'' said Maddux, who has spent his entire career in
the NL. ''I think we pitch a lot alike. He just did it a lot faster and at higher speeds. For the most part, we do a lot of
things the same. He just did it at 95 (mph), while I've been doing it at 85.''
The 42-year-old Maddux has 109 complete games, 35 shutouts, 3,361 strikeouts and a 3.15 career ERA over 23 seasons. Clemens
had a 3.12 lifetime ERA with 118 complete games, 46 shutouts and 4,672 strikeouts, which is third on the all-time list.
''Roger obviously was blessed with more explosive stuff,'' said
, the only man to manage both Maddux and Clemens. ''When I came up as a 20-year-old kid with the Braves and
was in his 40s, he told me: 'Hitting is timing, and a pitcher's job is to upset that timing.' And that's what Greg's all about.
He just seems to never beat himself.
''Watching him pitch, I've admired what he's done,'' Torre added. ''He has never been overpowering, but he's always managed
to keep the game at a manageable speed for himself. And when other guys maybe rear back and throw harder, he goes the other
way. He tries to do it with finesse and feel, really plays on the hitter's emotion.''
Maddux was 6-9 with a 3.99 ERA in 26 starts for San Diego this season, including a 14-game winless streak in which he was
0-5 with a a 4.48 ERA.
''I think more than anything, it was probably run support. He was pitching on the wrong nights,'' Padres manager
said. ''We just didn't score a lot of runs when he was out there, but he pitched well enough to win the majority of those
games for us. I think I can echo what every other manager who's had him has probably said about him: He was great when he
In his first two starts after returning to the Dodgers, Maddux gave up nine runs and 17 hits in road losses to Philadelphia
Hong-Chih Kuo pitched two perfect innings, striking out three, and
got three outs for his 11th save.
(4-5) gave up four runs and six hits in five innings after being activated from the disabled list. The right-hander hadn't
pitched since Aug. 10 at Colorado, when he left after four innings with a strain in his forearm.
''It was really nice to be back out there. I missed it,'' Young said. ''Even though we didn't win, it was still fun going
out there and competing. I was a little bit rusty.''
The Dodgers, who trail Arizona by 2 1/2 games in the NL West, took a 3-1 lead in the second on a bloop RBI double by
and a run-scoring single by Maddux - his 84th career RBI and third this season.
made it 4-1 in the third with his 18th homer and seventh since coming to the Dodgers in a trade with Cleveland on July 26.
added a sacrifice fly in the seventh for his 26th RBI in 30 games with Los Angeles.
San Diego second baseman
, recalled from Triple-A Portland on Monday, started and went 1-for-4 in his major league debut with a single in his first
Notes: Maddux, just 15 2-3 innings shy of 5,000, is one of five pitchers with more than 3,000 strikeouts and fewer than 1,000
walks (997). The others are Ferguson Jenkins,
. ... LHP Wade LeBlanc will make his big league debut Wednesday night, becoming the 13th Padre to do so - three fewer than
the club record set in 2002, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. ... Padres CF
missed his fourth straight game. He took swings in the cage for the first time since last Wednesday, when he sprained the
middle finger on his left hand while stealing a base and finished the game.