The Padres' bullpen gave up two runs in Tuesday's game, but a handful of relievers have emerged as dependable options to get the ball to All-Star closer Huston Street. Brad Brach got Starlin Castro to strike out to end the top of the seventh on Tuesday, and Luke Gregerson turned in a perfect eighth to run his scoreless-innings streak to 15 1/3, setting up Street's 20th save in 20 chances this season. Cubs: Soriano day to day with swollen hand
Alfonso Soriano was out of the lineup in Tuesday's game after injuring his hand while sliding into second base during Monday's game. Manager Dale Sveum said before Tuesday's game that Soriano tried to swing a bat and wasn't able to. "I don't feel comfortable holding the bat," Soriano said. Lefty Brooks Raley, who allowed seven runs in four innings in his Major League debut on Tuesday, is expected to remain in the rotation. He takes the spot of Matt Garza, who was placed on the disabled list with a right elbow stress reaction. "He's a guy who can do things with a baseball with command and a four-pitch guy who you have to give a look at for the last seven weeks of the season," Sveum said of Raley. Worth noting
The Padres have won nine of their last 11 games at Petco Park, while the Cubs have a 16-41 home record. Darwin Barney is in the midst of a Cubs-record 94 straight error-free games at second base.