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CHC@MIA: Sanabia hurls 6 2/3 solid frames vs. Cubs

Marlins right-hander Alex Sanabia has been counting down the days until his start against the Padres at Petco Park.

That's because Sanabia is a San Diego native who grew up just 15 minutes from the ballpark.

He'll take the mound on Tuesday with over 30 friends and family on hand ready to cheer him on.

"I'm definitely excited being back home," Sanabia said. "I think we were into three or four starts in, and I was counting the days, every five days, and I was like, 'Sweet.'"

Sanabia will look to snap a career-long three-game losing streak after allowing four runs (two earned) in five innings in a loss to the Phillies on Thursday.

While this will be his first career start against the Padres, the right-hander is 3-2 with a 3.34 ERA in 14 career appearances on the road.

Sanabia will face a Padres lineup that is finally starting to get healthy. With Chase Headley and Carlos Quentin back, the team has managed to win nine of its last 12 games.

"Everybody goes through injuries," Headley said. "Each and every team has to deal with them. Unfortunately, we didn't necessarily handle them at the beginning of the year as well as we could have. But we're playing better now, and hopefully at the end of the season, we'll look back at that 15-game stretch and forget about it because we played well the rest of the year."

Left-hander Eric Stults gets the nod for the Padres after taking the no-decision his last time out against the Cubs.

He allowed just two runs on seven hits in 6 2/3 innings in what was easily one of his best starts of the season. He also struck out four and walk two in a 4-2 Padres win.

While Stults hasn't won since April 15, the Padres have won each of his last two starts.

Marlins: Solano headed to DL
• Still experiencing discomfort in his left side, Marlins second baseman Donovan Solano is headed to the disabled list.

Solano was scratched from the lineup on Saturday night at Philadelphia, and he has missed three straight starts.

"He's no better. He's the same," manager Mike Redmond said.

Utility infielder Nick Green will have his contract selected from Triple-A New Orleans, and he will join the team on Tuesday. The Marlins will announce a corresponding 40-man roster move then.

Padres: Black outlines plan for Richard
• Left-hander Clayton Richard made a trip to the gastroenterologist Monday morning and is still awaiting test results for the intestinal virus that landed him on the 15-day disabled list.

Richard will throw a series of bullpen sessions, during which the club will try and straighten out his mechanics. Once he's feeling up to full strength, Richard will likely head out for a rehab assignment in the Minors before returning to the big league club.

"First of all, get healthy," manager Bud Black said. "Today was a day where the doctors are going to try and get a handle on what's going to happen the next couple of weeks. His arm feels good. He's still a little weak. His strength has been depleted. But he feels good enough to throw."

Worth noting
• The Padres were 1-5 in 2012 against Miami, including 0-3 at Petco Park.

• Recovering from right knee surgery, Logan Morrison will start off playing in extended spring training games on Tuesday. The Marlins first baseman opened the season on the 60-day disabled list, and the earliest he is eligible to be reinstated is May 30.

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