ST. LOUIS -- Nothing wrong with being repetitive, especially when it comes to finding a swing that works.
That's how Padres catcher Nick Hundley is looking at things, after working all spring to find a swing he could stick with and carry into the regular season.
"From the first day of spring, I've had a plan and I've been able to stick with it," Hundley said. "I've taken the same swing, over and over again."
That 'same' swing has led Hundley to a 4-for-8 start in the first two games of the season, with a double and triple. This success comes on the heels of a big spring, where Hundley hit .439 in 41 at-bats in Cactus League play.
"I've been a little looser with my hands at the plate, not being so mechanical," Hundley said of the changes he's made since last season. "Also, the calmer I can be up there, the better."
In a small sample size, Hundley's revamped swing has led him to use the entire field, as he had two singles up the middle, a double off the left-field fence, as well as a triple off the right-field fence.
"I've put in a lot of time with [hitting coach Randy Ready], and I've found a routine that allows me to put more quality swings on more pitches," Hundley said.
Hundley was in the lineup on Sunday. If this were deeper in the regular season and if the Padres didn't have an off-day on Monday, reserve Rob Johnson might have gotten the start against the Cardinals.
But with the season still new and with the way Hundley is swinging the bat, it was easy to pencil him in the lineup, especially against Cardinals left-handed pitcher Jaime Garcia.
Black mixes lineup on Sunday
ST. LOUIS -- After not altering his lineup, one through eight, for the first two games of the season, Padres manager Bud Black made a few changes for Sunday's opening-series finale against the Cardinals.
With a left-handed pitcher going for St. Louis (Jaime Garcia), Black put right-handers Chris Denorfia and Jorge Cantu in the lineup -- Denorfia in right field for Will Venable, with Cantu getting the start at first base for Brad Hawpe.
Venable and Hawpe are left-handed hitters.
Cantu has some history with Garcia, going 2-for 3 against him a year ago. But Black said the moves weren't just made for strategical reasons.
"You want to get your players involved as quickly as possible," Black said. "This is an opportunity to get Jorge and Deeno a start against a tough, left-handed pitcher."
Entering Sunday, Cantu has one hit in his only at-bat this season. Denorfia is 0-for-2.
Black said fans can expect to see more of Cantu as the team moves deeper into the season, either at first base or spelling Chase Headley at third base.
"We think Jorge can be a big part of the middle of the order moving forward," Black said.
Padres expand broadcast package
ST. LOUIS -- The Padres have announced their plans to expand their broadcasts this season, with up to 81 regular-season games being shown on Uniradio's Channel 47 on the Cablemas Cable Network in Tijuana.
The telecasts will feature video from COX/Channel 4 San Diego and audio provided by the Uniradio team broadcasters Eduardo Ortega and Juan Angel Avila.
The full schedule of televised games can be found at padresbeisbol.com and uniradio.com.
The team also said that other games would be made available on Padres.com, free to fans residing in the team's home broadcast territory.
The live video stream will be available exclusively at Padres.com for up to 17 games, and will feature audio from the Padres' XX1090 radio broadcast and video from the opposing team's television broadcast.
"Increasing access to Padres games for our fans remains a top priority for our organization," Padres president and COO Tom Garfinkel said in a statement. "We received overwhelmingly positive feedback last year in response to both our Spanish TV partnership and our online streaming.
"We are happy to offer even more options to Padres fans in 2011, and we'd like to thank our partners at Uniradio TV and MLB Advanced Media for working with us to make this happen in time for the start of the season."