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ARI@SD: Cashner holds D-backs to two runs over six

Royals pitcher James Shields is a relatively new resident of the San Diego area -- he moved to Rancho Santa Fe last winter -- so he's right at home during the Padres series at Petco Park.

"I'll tell you what, my body feels a little bit better sleeping in my own bed, for sure, instead of hotel beds all the time," he said. "But I feel real good going into this start. We had a really good bullpen [session] here. I know I'm facing a tough pitcher on the other side but I'm going to try to pitch my game and get us a 'W.' "

Perhaps Shields doesn't want to feel too much at home. After all, he's been much better on the road for the Royals. Since last June 28, he's 12-1 with a 1.88 ERA in 15 starts away from home.

The Padres are starting Andrew Cashner, a right-hander who has never faced the Royals. Shields will be in the unfamiliar role of swinging a bat against him in the Interleague match.

"I'm facing Cashner and he's a tough battle. He's throws like 95, 98 and it's going to be a tough task but I'll do my best," Shields said.

The Padres would like nothing more than to get Cashner his first victory since April 16 in the final game of this three-game series.

In order to do so, they'll have to get him something else first -- run support. The Padres haven't scored a single run for Cashner while he's been in the game in each of his last two starts -- and already four times in his first seven starts of the season.

Cashner was fine the last time out, as he allowed two runs on four hits in six innings of a 2-0 loss to the D-backs.

"I didn't think I did a very good job with a lot of stuff tonight," Cashner said after the start. "I felt tonight I had some walks and didn't pitch ahead enough. I battled my sinker and my offspeed [stuff] has to get better."

Royals: Salvador shuts the door
Catcher Salvador Perez gunned down Will Venable twice as the Padres' leadoff batter tried to steal second base in the late innings of the Royals' 11-inning, 3-1 victory Tuesday night.

"That's Sal doing what Sal does, that's why he's a Gold Glover," manager Ned Yost said.

Perez cut down Venable in the eighth inning and again in the 11th to neutralize possible scoring opportunities. That gave Perez seven runners caught in 23 attempts, a solid 30 percent.

"We have to do a better job as pitchers," starter Jeremy Guthrie said. "I hung him out to dry the last start by being slow to the plate and he asked that we do a better job. And when we do our job, he always takes care of the runners. So I'm not surprised to see him do that tonight."

Padres: Headley could arrive by Saturday
The Padres' offense could get a boost by Saturday, as the team has every intention of reinstating third baseman Chase Headley from the disabled list in time for a game that night against the Marlins.

Headley played in his second Minor League rehabilitation game Tuesday, going 1-for-3 with a single just up the road for Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore of the California League. He went 1-for-3 with a double, two RBIs and a walk on Monday.

Headley has been on the 15-day disabled list since April 25 with a strained right calf. It's the same calf he strained during Spring Training.

The Padres could also get outfielder Carlos Quentin back from the disabled list by the end of the homestand Sunday. Quentin played in his third Minor League rehab game Tuesday, going 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored, also with Lake Elsinore.

Worth noting
• Yordano Ventura's 10 strikeouts Monday were the most by a Royals rookie since Kevin Appier's 10 on Sept. 20, 1990, against the Red Sox.

• The Padres' 6-5 victory in 12 innings Monday marked their second walk-off win in as many days, as on Sunday they edged the D-backs, 4-3. This marked the first time since August 3-4, 2007 against the Giants that the Padres had consecutive victories in their final at-bat.

• In the last decade, the Padres have 78 walk-off wins, the third-most among Major League teams. They trail only the Reds (82) and Rays (79).

• Jedd Gyorko's score-tying homer in Monday night's 12-inning, 6-5 Padres victory was the 1,300th home run in Petco Park history.

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