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MIL@SD: Ross allows one run over 6 1/3 innings

Right-hander Trevor Cahill's streak of five straight quality starts came to an end his last time out.

For most pitchers, that's a stretch to be proud of. For Padres right-hander Tyson Ross, that's chump change.

Ross enters Monday's series opener against the D-backs riding a streak of 13 consecutive quality starts. That's good for a team record and opponents are hitting .207 against him across that span.

In his last time out, Ross evened his record to .500, earning his 12th win of the season by limiting the Brewers to four hits and one run over 6 1/3 innings.

Even in another rough season for the Padres, manager Bud Black can tell Ross is earning respect throughout the league.

"He's growing into one of those pitchers in baseball where other players, managers and coaches are talking about Tyson Ross as a guy that is becoming a force in the National League," said Black. "You have to [pitch well] over a period of time to get that chatter about you, and he's gotten that this season."

Cahill, a former All-Star, seemed to be on the right track to regaining some respect before the wheels came off against the Dodgers in his last time out.

In 3 1/3 innings, Cahill was shelled for six earned runs off six hits and three walks, putting an end to a streak that saw him pitch into the seventh inning in his previous four games.

Cahill clearly had trouble locating his fastball throughout the setback of an outing. And with none of his secondary pitches fooling anybody, he had nothing to fall back on against the National League West's finest team.

"The other games if I got away from fastball command I was able to throw some offspeed for strikes to get back in the count," Cahill said afterward. "Today, just none of my offspeed was working so I had to throw a lot of fastballs and I was either wild in the zone."

D-backs: Big names expected back this week
September's roster expansion is usually a time for youngsters to prove themselves in the big leagues. In the D-backs' case, it will be about getting back some already proven commodities.

Outfielder Cody Ross and right-hander Daniel Hudson are both expected to activated from the disabled list Monday when the rosters open up to a full 40 players.

Ross has been on the shelf since mid-July with a calf sprain. Hudson is coming back from his second Tommy John surgery. He'll return as a reliever and his next appearance will be his first since in the Majors since June 26, 2012.

Outfielder A.J. Pollock (fractured right hand) resumed his rehab assignment Saturday with Triple-A Reno and shouldn't be too far behind Ross and Hudson. Neither should shortstop Chris Owings, who has been spending time at second base in his rehab assignment back from a left shoulder injury.

Padres: Cabrera's rehab assignment to begin Wednesday
Shortstop Everth Cabrera will not be rejoining the Padres when rosters expand Monday. In fact, he isn't scheduled to begin his rehab assignment back from a left hamstring injury until Wednesday.

He'll be joining Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore that day as they begin their playoff push in the California League.

Cabrera has been on the disabled list since Aug. 12. He's been jogging for almost two weeks now, which had the Padres hoping he'd be ready Sept. 1, but the team in insistent he goes on a short rehab assignment.

Cabrera has been limited to just 90 games this season while battling the hamstring injury off and on. He's batting .232 (83-for-357) with 36 runs, 13 doubles and 18 stolen bases across that span.

Worth noting
• Three days after Arizona claimed him off the waivers, outfielder Nolan Reimold hit his first home run as a member of the D-backs Sunday. The two-run shot was also the first pinch-hit home run of his career.

• Right-hander Joaquin Benoit will continue to have the next few days off to rest his sore right shoulder, but Black is confident he'll pitch again this season. Comments