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• Outfielder/first baseman Kyle Blanks was out of Thursday's lineup as the team wanted to give him a day to rest his sore left heel. Will Venable returned after missing three games with a sore left hamstring.

• Asked which of his players he would endorse for a spot on the NL All-Star team, Black indicated that Cabrera was his choice.

Corey Brock is a reporter for Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter.
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