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RHP Tyson Ross, who starts Monday at Arizona, has been one of San Diego's most effective starters since rejoining the rotation July 23. He has gone 3-2 with a 2.01 ERA in 40 innings. However, in his last start, Ross had his worst outing of the season when he allowed four runs on six hits in 6 1/3 innings in a loss to the Pirates. He struck out six and walked two. Ross beat the Diamondbacks on July 28, when he blanked them for eight innings of three-hit ball. He had seven strikeouts and one walk.

LF Carlos Quentin has, according to Padres manager Bud Black, showed "marked improvement" over the last three days while on the treadmill. Because of the positive news, the Padres have delayed making both a final decision on Quentin's return this season. Quentin is now expected to test his right knee while the Padres are in Arizona early this week.

SS Ronny Cedeno recorded his first RBI with the Padres on a 13th-inning triple Sunday. He has nine hits since joining San Diego, two of them triples. Cedeno also scored the game-tying run in the 13th.

CF Cameron Maybin will fly to Cincinnati early this week to get a second opinion on his right knee. He has been out since mid-June due to a posterior cruciate ligament tear, and his rehab has stalled several times.

OF Will Venable has hit safely in 20 of his last 21 games, batting .368 during the stretch. He has a .365 average since the All-Star break.

RHP Andrew Cashner , facing the club that drafted him in 2008 then traded him in a deal involving 1B Anthony Rizzo before the 2012 season, gave up just two hits in seven innings against the Cubs. He retired 11 in a row until Welington Castillo singled with one out in the fifth. Cashner struck out seven, walked one and hit a batter in 108 pitches (78 strikes). The Padres have given Cashner little support in his last three starts, producing just three runs in his past 25 innings.

C Nick Hundley delivered the game-winning RBI single with two outs in the 15th inning, lifting the Padres to a 3-2 victory over the Cubs on Sunday. The Cubs intentionally walked Alexi Amarista before Hundley delivered the game-winning hit to center. "Anytime someone gets walked in front of you, it's a little extra motivation," said Hundley, who has three career walk-off hits and a club-high seven game-winning hits this season. "Whether it's part of the game strategy (that) calls for it or they think it's a better matchup, whatever the thinking is, you still want to go out there and get it done.

OF Kyle Blanks started a rehab assignment with Triple-A Tucson on Sunday night, going 0-for-3 as the designated hitter. He has been out since July 12 due to left Achilles tendinitis.

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