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Jeff Suppan says he is concentrating on the now and not caught up in the resurrection

of his career.

Right.

"He's relishing every moment," Padres manager Bud Black said of Suppan Sunday afternoon

after the 37-year-old right-hander suffered the first loss in his impressive comeback.

After three starts with the Padres, Suppan is 2-1 with a 1.69 ERA. He dropped a 3-2

decision to the Phillies Sunday although he allowed only three runs (two earned) on six

hits and a walk in six innings.

"Jeff has a great perspective of what it means to be in the big leagues," Black

continued. "He's cherishing every day and not taking anything for granted. He loves the

game and enjoys being part of a team. He's competitive. He understands where he is in the

game.

"Jeff pitched well today. Six solid innings. He did his job."

It just wasn't enough, which is often the case when a Padres starter gives up three or

more runs.

Last year at this time -- in fact for the entire 2011 season -- Suppan was pitching for

Omaha of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League. Less than a month ago, Suppan was struggling

to get outs for the Padres' Tucson entry of the PCL, where his ERA after two abbreviated

starts was 12.15.

Suppan says he hasn't given much thought about what it means to him to be back in the

major leagues.

"I've always had the same foundation," he said Sunday afternoon. "Change speeds, keep

the ball down, avoid damage ... sometimes I've been successful. But I pretty much live in

the present, batter to batter, pitch to pitch. I have to think short term. After the

season is over, maybe I'll think about all the other stuff."
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