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Monday, April 29th (All times eastern)

San Diego Padres (9-15) at Chicago Cubs (9-15), 8:05 p.m.

Probable Starting Pitchers: San Diego - Clayton Richard (0-2, 7.94) Chicago - Jeff Samardzija (1-4, 3.03)

(Sports Network) - They have identical records and sit last in their respective divisions. Something has to give when the Chicago Cubs and San Diego Padres open a four-game series Monday at Wrigley Field.

The Padres actually enter this series on high note with a season-high four straight wins and completed a three-game sweep of the defending World Series champion San Francisco Giants with Sunday's 6-4 win.

Chase Headley posted three hits, including a home run, and both Alexi Amarista and Nick Hundley added two-run homers. Amarista scored three times for the Padres and Jason Marquis earned the win with 6 2/3 decent innings. The right- hander gave up two runs and six hits with three K's and four walks.

"I felt like the ball came out the way I wanted," Marquis said of his outing. "A few situations I had to make some pitches and my defense did a good job of helping me out and turning some double plays."

Huston Street was the third relief pitcher used and the closer hurled a scoreless ninth for his fifth save. The Padres are last in the NL West.

Getting the pitching nod for the Friars in the Windy City Monday is Clayton Richard. Richard is winless (0-2) on the season in four starts to go along with a 7.94 earned run average. He had a miserable outing last Tuesday in a 6-3 defeat to Milwaukee and lasted only 1 2/3 innings, giving up six runs and six hits.

Richard, a lefty, was coming off six shutout innings for a no-decision versus Colorado April 14. He has won both of his career meetings with the Cubs and owns a 0.57 ERA in 15 2/3 innings pitched against them.

Meanwhile, Chicago is back home for 10 games and went 4-6 on a recent road trip, which culminated with Sunday's 6-4 loss at Miami.

The Cubs, last in the NL Central, were aiming for a four-game sweep of the Marlins, who scored the last four runs of the game to salvage the series. Carlos Villanueva was saddled with the loss and Miami reached him for four runs in six innings. He did strike out eight batters and issued three walks.

"I thought we played a good series here," Villanueva said. "Obviously we wanted to go home with a sweep, but we still feel like we're starting to play better and hopefully we can keep it going."

Dioner Navarro homered, Starlin Castro knocked in two runs and Anthony Rizzo went 2-for-3 with an RBI.

Villanueva talked about the upcoming homestand and how it could turn things around playing at Wrigley Field.

"It's always (good)," Villanueva told the club's website. "Some home cooking always helps. We'll be back there. We have San Diego coming, and I think we'll be ready to do business against them."

Chicago and San Diego split six matchups a season ago and both teams posted three-game sweeps as the host. The Cubs and Padres also split six meetings in 2011.

04/29 10:35:39 ET

  • CBB: North Carolina vs. Ohio State

    Tomorrow at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CBB: UCLA vs Kentucky

    Tomorrow at 3:30 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: San Diego at San Francisco

    Tomorrow at 8:25 pm on WRAL-TV

  • NFL: Panthers vs. Cleveland

    Monday at 1:00 pm on WRAL-TV

  • CBB: UCLA at Kentucky

    Tomorrow at 3:15 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • NFL: Philadelphia at Washington

    Tomorrow at 4:25 pm on 620am

  • NHL: Canes vs. NY Rangers

    Tomorrow at 7:00 pm on 99.9 The Fan

  • CBB: NC State at West Virginia

    Tomorrow at 9:30 pm on WRAL-FM

Scoreboard
Local
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
Final
PHI 91
CHA 109
Final
ORL 94
UTA 101
Final
CLE 95
BRK 91
Final
BOS 114
MIN 98
Final
DET 100
TOR 110
Final
MIA 103
WAS 105
Final
MEM 97
CHI 103
2nd OT
SAN 108
POR 104
 
4th
DEN 71
LAC 74
 
1st
LAL 17
OKC 7
 
Final
YOUNG 92
WILB 71
 
Final
TULA 56
JST 49
 
Final
RAD 76
SIENA 66
 
Final
BUCK 88
CASEWEST 65
 
Final
LIB 94
CPNC 65
 
Final
SCAR 68
CLEM 45
Final
CMICH 97
CONC 60
 
Final
MIAMI 44
EKENT 72
Final
GWEBB 91
HIWASSEE 71
 
Final
ODU 60
MDES 43
 
Final
BUF 88
NIAG 62
 
Final
KSU 71
NCAT 57
 
Final
FAM 65
UNF 83
 
Final
NORST 81
NARZ 62
 
Final
DART 58
NILL 55
 
Final
MORE 60
NKENTUCKY 83
 
Final
UCSB 69
SDCHR 46
 
Final
STJ 53
GAELS 47
Final
ALA 69
STILL 49
 
Final
HAMP 66
TENST 54
 
Final
TENN 61
TENT 58
Final
WMARY 86
WSHMD 46
 
Final
MERC 67
COOK 46
 
Final
FLGC 83
FUR 78
 
Final
CALST 49
SDKST 53
 
Final
MTST 68
CHAT 58
Final
NDAK 78
DICKINSON 48
 
Final
LAMON 76
LSUALEX 71
 
Final
PRIN 77
LIP 55
 
Final
LAM 80
MLGN 53
 
Final
MINN 92
SEAT 57
 
Final
LOYC 73
SUTAH 57
 
Final
SELA 81
WINT 71
 
Final
SILL 52
NO 56
 
Final
MARQ 83
ALAAM 49
 
2nd
TTU 70
ARKPB 49
 
2nd
DEN 77
COLST 84
 
Final
CREI 75
TXPA 60
 
Half
CAL 37
EWASH 26
 
Half
UTST 30
IDST 24
 
11:00pm Tonight
UTEP
ARZ
11:59pm Tonight
CHAM
HAW
 
Final
NJD 3
TAM 2
Final
OTT 6
ANA 2
Final
DET 1
NYI 2
Final
WIN 2
BOS 1
2nd Intermission
CAL 1
DAL 2