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Stults (triceps) believes he won't miss a start

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--LHP Eric Stults is not expected to miss a start after being hit in the left triceps Thursday by a line drive. Stults is expected to face the Cubs on Wednesday in the finale of the Padres' 10-game road trip. Stults said about being hit by the line drive: "I've heard the nightmares about the injuries here, but once the swelling goes down, I'll be fine. I've got a full range of motion."

--Veteran Padres scout Van Smith died Thursday of an apparent heart attack. He was 67. Smith joined the Padres in 1991 as an area scout and was promoted to being a professional scout in the late 1990s. Smith is survived by his wife, Ann, and four children (Robin, Lindsey, Christine and Tad). A memorial service will be held at United Presbyterian Church in Belleville, Ill., on Sunday.

--LHP Cory Luebke is resting after having "Tommy John" elbow reconstruction surgery Wednesday in Los Angeles. Surgeon Lewis Yocum told the Padres that Luebke made the right decision in choosing surgery over a rehabilitation program.

--1B Yonder Alonso went 1-for-4 Friday night to extend his hitting streak to eight games. He is 11-for-29 (.379) during the streak. Alonso was 15-for-36 (.417) during a nine-game hitting streak May 2-11. He also has two five-game hitting streaks this season.

--INF Everth Cabrera went 1-for-3 Friday, making him 7-for-10 after his 0-for-19 start. His offense improved after he moved to second base.

3 -- The Padres had won three consecutive games at Citi Field before the Mets' 6-1 win Friday night.

"Baseball's meant to be taken as a large sample size, so you can't look at last night compared to tonight and say we didn't necessarily keep that momentum going. If we can come out and swing the bats well the next couple days, then you do. I think I see some confidence from guys who've maybe been struggling a little bit, guys who took good swings tonight, too." -- 3B Chase Headley, on the Padres, who went from season highs of 11 runs on 18 hits Thursday to one run on four hits Friday.

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