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Chase Headley says talks regarding a potential contract extension with the San Diego Padres were becoming a distraction, so he's decided to wait until the offseason to focus on the negotiations.

He hasn't seemed too distracted at the plate, though.

San Diego seeks a sixth consecutive home victory Saturday night as it faces the Arizona Diamondbacks, who have lost four straight.

Headley had one of the best seasons in Padres history in 2012, hitting 31 homers with an NL-best 115 RBIs while also winning a Gold Glove at third base. The sides couldn't work out a long-term deal in the offseason, though, and Headley signed a one-year, $8.575 million contract.

Discussions have continued, but Headley has seemed to grow tired of those talks taking his focus off the field, not because he's frustrated with the negotiations.

"The reasoning for my wanting to do this in the offseason is because I know me better than anybody else," Headley said. "For me to go out and play the best that I can, I need to be completely focused on the field. That's the sole and only purpose behind it."

He hasn't seemed too bothered while batting .364 during his current hitting streak, which reached eight with an RBI double in the eighth inning of Friday's 7-6 win over Arizona. Headley drove in a run for the fourth straight game after having four RBIs through his first 11.

The switch hitter has four homers and 16 RBIs in his last 12 games versus the Diamondbacks.

San Diego (12-17), which hasn't won six straight at home since Aug. 1-25, 2010, has won seven of nine overall. The Padres have averaged 6.1 runs in the last seven with 31 extra-base hits, including six Friday as part of a 14-hit attack.

"I've sensed us starting to swing the bats better the last couple weeks," manager Bud Black said. "It showed again with double-digit hits, some good at-bats, some hard contact along the way."

The Padres will seek to win for the 11th time in 13 meetings with the Diamondbacks (15-14), who have lost each of Clayton Richard's last six starts against them.

He's 5-0 with a 2.85 ERA in that span, but Richard (0-3, 7.94 ERA) enters his start Saturday in a funk. The left-hander allowed five runs in 5 2-3 innings of a 5-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Monday, six days after giving up six runs in 1 2-3 innings of a 6-3 loss to Milwaukee.

"I wish I could have put us in a better position to win a baseball game. That's all that really matters," Richard said.

He's looking to avoid going winless in a career-high eight straight starts dating back to last season, having allowed at least five runs in five of his last seven.

Arizona scheduled starter Patrick Corbin (3-0, 1.91) is off to a significantly better start, allowing seven runs in 33 innings over five outings. He hasn't walked a batter in either of his last two, including giving up two runs in 6 2-3 innings of Sunday's 4-2 win over Colorado.

"He just competes," manager Kirk Gibson told the team's official website. "He understands the tools he possesses and he has utilized them."

The left-hander faced San Diego three times as a rookie last season, losing both starts and posting a 5.27 ERA as the Padres hit .358 against him. Chris Denorfia went 3 for 6 with a pair of solo homers off Corbin.

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Probable Starters

Patrick Corbin, LHP
2013 stats
33.0 Innings Pitched 22.2
3-0 Wins-Losses 0-3
1.91 Earned Run Average 7.94
7 Walks 13
25 Strikeouts 10
98 Pitches Per Start 84
Career vs. opponent
13.2 Innings Pitched 51.0
0-2 Wins-Losses 6-0
5.27 Earned Run Average 4.06

Clayton Richard, LHP
Weather
weather image  High level clouds. Cool.
Hi TempLo TempWindHumidityPrecip %
69°F57°F9mph/S55%5%
Standings
TeamStandingsWLPct.GBL 10Strk
Arizona3rd NL West3941.4885 ½ 5-5 W 2
San Diego4th NL West3944.47074-6 L 1
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Clayton Richard
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Kennedy110001.000
Ross53011.600
Nieves21000.500
Goldschmidt105022.500
Miley31001.333
 
BATTER VS. PITCHER (Career)
vs Patrick Corbin
PlayerABHHRBBSOAVG
Stults220001.000
Guzman221101.000
Alonso32010.667
Amarista21001.500
Denorfia63200.500
 

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Game Odds
AwayLineHomeLine
Arizona -120 San Diego 110
Injuries
Arizona
PlayerInjury
A. BradleyShoulder
P. CorbinElbow
T. GosewischKnee
P. GosselinThumb
O. HernandezWrist
E. InciarteHamstring
G. LairdBack
San Diego
PlayerInjury
T. FederowiczKnee
J. JohnsonElbow
C. LuebkeElbow
W. MiddlebrooksAnkle
B. MorrowShoulder
W. MyersWrist
C. SpangenbergKnee
D. ThayerShoulder
 
Series Game Log
DateatResult/TimeWinnerLoser
Jul 2STLSD 5-3Kelley Villanueva 
Jul 3STLSD 2-1Benoit Rosenthal 
Jul 4STLSTL 2-1  
Jul 5STL 2:15 PM EDT  
Aug 21SD10:10 PM EDT  
Aug 22SD 8:40 PM EDT  
Aug 23SD 4:10 PM EDT