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Headley closing in on team home run milestone

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--3B Chase Headley hit a solo homer Friday, giving him 29 homers and 106 RBI. The RBI ties Fred McGriff (1991) for the 11th most in a Padres season. Headley, who entered the season with 36 career homers in 529 games, is one home run shy of joining Adrian Gonzalez as only the second Padre to have a 30-homer season since Petco Park opened in 2004. Gonzalez had at least 30 homers in four consecutive seasons from 2007-2010.

--INF-OF Alexi Amarista flew out as a pinch-hitter Friday. Since going 5-for-5 game against the Rockies on Sept. 2, Amarista has one hit in his last 26 at-bats. That hit was a decisive two-run triple on Sept. 11 against the Cardinals. His on-base percentage equals his batting average during the slump -- .038.

--RHP Anthony Bass has made five appearances since returning from the disabled list and everyone has been against the Rockies or Diamondbacks. Thursday marked the third time he faced Arizona and he picked up his first career save by striking out Aaron Hill to end the 6-5 win with the bases loaded. Since he returned, Bass has allowed one run on three hits and three walks over 6 1/3 innings in five relief appearances. With Andrew Cashner out, the Padres are considering giving Bass at least one start over the final 11 games.

--RHP Brad Brach is tied for the National League lead in appearances by a rookie pitcher with 62. Brach has given up 11 homers in 62 innings with five coming in his last 12 outings.

--LF Jesus Guzman hit a three-run homer Thursday. In his last four starts in left field for the injured Carlos Quentin, Guzman is 4-for-14 with two homers and six RBI.

--INF Andy Parrino is 7-for-13 with a double, two walks and three RBI since returning to the Padres as a September call-up.

BY THE NUMBERS
4 -- Walks by Casey Kelly Friday night, equaling the total he had issued in his first four starts.

QUOTE TO NOTE
"It's hard to reflect on something that isn't finished." -- LHP Clayton Richard talking about his 2012 season.

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