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SD@HOU: Cashner flirts with no-no, fans nine

The Rockies and Padres get a mutual off-day Thursday before opening up a three-game series Friday night at Petco Park. Although there aren't postseason implications, it's a good chance for both clubs to continue looking at their young arms.

For the Rockies, 22-year-old right-hander Tyler Chatwood takes the mound, hoping to get his record back above .500. And to do so, he'll try to top the outing he had against the Phillies on Sunday.

Chatwood took a no-decision after allowing two runs on three hits and four walks in five innings. It wasn't officially a quality start, but it marked the fourth time in eight starts this season that he's gone at least five innings -- and he's only once gone six as Colorado continues to limit starters to around 75-80 pitches.

"My misses were a lot closer today, so it was a little easier to get back in the zone," Chatwood said after the game. "I threw a breaking ball that got my release point where it needed to be for my fastball. I felt like I threw the ball well, battled, and when I got myself in a jam, battled through."

The Padres counter with Andrew Cashner, who is a bit older at 26 but has less Major League experience as a starting pitcher than his opponent. Cashner will make his fifth start of the year and second since returning from a right lat muscle strain.

The injury sidelined Cashner after a start on July 3 and he was unable to return until last Friday against the D-backs. He maxed out at 95 mph, whereas he hit 101 mph before going on the disabled list, but the right-hander got through five innings, utilizing 68 pitches.

"I wanted to come out of it healthy and I wanted to locate my fastball," said Cashner, who accomplished his goal while allowing two runs on four hits in a no-decision. "My changeup command was really good. I had a good feel for it and got guys out in front with it."

Rockies: On the road again
After concluding a three-game homestand against the Giants on Wednesday, the Rockies are right back on the road for seven games. They're in the middle of a stint where they play 14 of 17 games from Sept. 3-20 away from Coors Field.

• For the second time in the last four seasons, the Rockies will open the year in Milwaukee. Major League Baseball released the 2013 schedule Wednesday and the Rockies will play the Brewers before coming home and reopening Coors Field vs. San Diego. The Rockies also have Interleague matchups against the Red Sox and Yankees.

• Chatwood is 0-0 with a 13.50 ERA in two career appearances against the Padres. He's yielded three runs on seven hits in two innings.

Padres: Street making progress, could return soon
Padres closer Huston Street threw a simulated game prior to Wednesday's series finale against the Cardinals and fielded ground balls on the mound to test his strained left calf, which has put him on the disabled list since Aug. 11. If the calf responds well, he could be back with the team this weekend.

• The Padres' 2013 schedule was released Wednesday and it was perhaps highlighted by a three-game series from Aug. 2-4 against the Yankees. The two clubs haven't faced each other sine 2008 in New York and the Yankees haven't been to San Diego since 2002, when the Padres still played in Qualcomm Stadium.

• Cashner has thrown three innings of relief against Colorado in his career, allowing six runs on eight hits and four walks. This will be his first career start vs. the Rockies.

Worth noting
• Entering Friday's contest, the Padres lead the Rockies, 8-7, in the season series. However, they've been outscored 76-68 in the 15-game stretch.

• Chase Headley, arguably one of the hottest hitters in the game right now, owns a .292 career batting average vs. Colorado. He has six home runs and 39 RBIs, tied for his second-most RBIs against any team.

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