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Worth noting

• Black will not be in the dugout for Thursday's series opener against the Cubs. He planned to leave Petco Park in the late innings of Wednesday's series finale with the Twins to catch a flight to see his daughter, Jessie, graduate from the University of Maryland. Bench coach Dave Roberts and pitching coach Darren Balsley will lead the coaching staff in running the games in Black's absence.

• The Padres are eager to see old friend Rick Renteria, their former bench coach and the first-year Cubs manager, when Chicago arrives for a four-game weekend series.

"We've texted," Black said. "We've talked. Just like I talk with Joe [Maddon], Ron [Roenicke] and Mike [Scioscia]."

The latter three worked together on Angels staffs -- Black, Maddon and Roenicke all having served as coaches under manager Scioscia.

Carlos Quentin, nursing a strained right groin, was not in the lineup again Wednesday and was not expected to be available to pinch-hit. The Padres still hope to avoid placing him on the disabled list for a second time.

Scott Miller is a contributor to
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