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HOU@CHC: Wood dominates on mound, scores winning run

Anthony Rizzo's numbers in the Majors so far -- a .310 batting average with nine homers and 23 RBIs in 129 at-bats -- are what many expected from the prized prospect who was acquired by San Diego in the December 2010 Adrian Gonzalez trade.

The problem for the Padres: The first baseman wears a Cubs uniform now.

Rizzo, who was traded to the Cubs this past offseason, returns to Petco Park with the North Siders as the reigning National League Rookie of the Month.

In 2011, Padres fans watched Rizzo dominate in their organization at Triple-A Tucson. He hit 26 homers and drove in 101 runs, meriting a midseason callup. After joining the Major League club in June, he struggled, batting .141 in 128 at-bats.

On Jan. 6, the Padres sent Rizzo, along with Minor Leaguer Zach Cates, to the Cubs for pitcher Andrew Cashner and Minor Leaguer Kyung-Min Na.

Neither team will make the postseason, but fans and analysts for years to come will evaluate the trade that sent Rizzo to the Cubs and the hard-throwing Cashner to San Diego.

On the disabled list since July 4 with a strained right lat muscle, Cashner came out of the bullpen for the Padres earlier in the season but made three starts before the injury. He tossed 6 1/3 hitless innings against the Astros on June 28 and struck out nine.

The Padres' starter on Monday, left-hander Eric Stults, had his own stint on the DL this season with a strained lat muscle.

Stults came off the shelf on July 22 and has made four appearances out of the bullpen. He replaces Kip Wells, who was designated for assignment last week, in the rotation. In five starts this season -- four with the Padres, one with the White Sox -- Stults is 1-2 with a 3.26 ERA.

He will be making his fourth career start against the Cubs and is 0-3 with a 7.24 ERA in 13.2 innings against them.

The Cubs counter with left-hander Travis Wood, who's allowed 24 earned runs over his past 20 2/3 innings (10.45 ERA), a span of four starts. His last outing was better, though, as he allowed two runs over five innings against the Pirates.

After four straight wins, Wood has taken the loss in each of his last four starts. His ERA sits at 4.90.

Cubs: Campana optioned, replaced by Jackson
To make room on the roster for top prospect Brett Jackson, the Cubs sent outfielder Tony Campana to Triple-A Iowa on Sunday.

Hitless in his last five games, Campana was batting .259 with 26 stolen bases.

"It'll be nice to get some at-bats every day," Campana said.

Jackson went 2-for-4 with a walk in Sunday's game.

Padres: Cabrera swiping bags efficiently
Infielder Everth Cabrera is 19-for-19 in stolen-base attempts this season, the Padres' longest streak to start a season.

He was 15-for-15 in the Minors this season, making him perfect in 34 attempts so far in 2012.

Since Sept. 17, 2010, Cabrera has stolen 23 bases in a row in the Major Leagues without being caught.

• With a perfect ninth inning on Sunday, closer Huston Street has thrown 18 1/3 straight scoreless innings, the longest streak by a Padres pitcher this season. He is 18-for-18 in save opportunities.

Worth noting
• Edinson Volquez, who was dealing with a blister on his thumb in his start rough outing on Saturday, is expected to make his next start, according to manager Bud Black.

• The Cubs swept the Padres in a three-game series at Wrigley Field in late May.

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