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Headley starts new week the way he ended the old one

The Sports Xchange
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--3B Chase Headley celebrated being named the National League Player of the Week for the first time in his career by hitting his 19th homer of the season. He was 2-for-4 with two RBI. Headley has seven homers and 21 RBI in his last 12 games while going 16-for-46 (.348).

--INF Logan Forsythe made his first major league start at short and led off for only the second time in his career. He went 2-for-4. The Padres planned to give Forsythe time at short last spring, but he missed the entire exhibition season after having surgery to repair a fracture of the sesamoid bone in his left foot. He started playing short while rehabbing at Triple-A Tucson. Since joining the Padres on June 3, Forsythe has made 40 starts at second and one at third, his natural position. "I think he feels good on the left (side) of the infield," said Padres manager Bud Black of Forsythe. "He's a really good third baseman. We just moved him over 50 feet from it."

--RHP Luke Gregerson struck out the only hitter he faced Monday night to extend his scoreless inning streak to 16 2/3 innings.

--RHP Dale Thayer picked up Monday where the injured RHP Huston Street left off and earned his sixth save of the season with a 1-2-3 inning in Atlanta. Thayer is 6-for-6 in save opportunities, the first five coming between May 7 and 19, when Street was on the disabled list with a latissimus dorsi strain.

--1B Yonder Alonso was 3-for-4 with an RBI. Since July 27, Alonso is hitting .354 (23-for-65) with eight doubles, two homers and 10 RBI in 15 games while raising his average from .255 to .274.

BY THE NUMBERS
8-2 -- Padres' record over the last 10 games, marking the first time this season that they have gone 8-2 over any 10-game span.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"You just go out there and do what you've done before. The adrenaline was really flowing, though." -- RHP Dale Thayer, who is again the Padres' temporary closer in the absence of Huston Street. Monday night, he successfully converted his first save opportunity since May 19.

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