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After poor start, Padres rally seeking respectability

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The Padres have been playing better over the last two weeks.

But is the 2012 season already a lost cause.

By winning six of their last 11 games on three, two-game winning streaks, the Padres have improved to 9-17 for the season.

By their most optimistic estimates going into the season, the Padres were hoping to break even in 2012. To reach .500 now, the Padres would have to go 73-65 over the final five-sixths of the season. Possible?

However, there are some good signs for the Padres.

Right-handed starter Tim Stauffer and left fielder Carlos Quentin are rehabbing with Triple-A Tucson and could be ready to return in a week. And the pitching and defense seem to be improving.

During their 6-5 run, the Padres have out-scored the opposition, 35-30. The Padres' pitchers have a 2.41 ERA and opposing hitters have a .198 average (70-for-153), with 85 strikeouts against 33 walks.

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