National League team-by-team notebook -- Thursday, September 27, 2012

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Arizona: SS Willie Bloomquist (back) will be shut down for the rest of the season, manager Kirk Gibson said. "He's just become pain-free. He has not done baseball activities in two weeks. There's nothing to gain from trying to crank him back up," manager Kirk Gibson said. ... The D-backs finished 40-41 on the road, losing the final two games of the San Francisco series to keep them from a second consecutive winning record on the road. They were 43-38 on the road last season and 41-40 in 2005, their only winning records away from home in the last 10 seasons.

Atlanta: CF Michael Bourn (left thumb) missed his fourth straight game. He said it's getting better, but the training staff doesn't want to chance anything. If there's a target date for him to return he isn't saying, but when asked about starting tonight's game, he grinned and said, "Not out of the question." ... C Brian McCann played in his 1,000th career game Wednesday. Since the start of the 2006 season, McCann was leading all major league catchers in home runs (151), extra-base hits (360), RBI (247), game-winning RBI (73) and games played at catcher (940).

Chicago: 2B Darwin Barney tied the single-season major league record for a second baseman with his 141st consecutive errorless game, joining Placido Polanco (Detroit, 2007). Barney has not committed an error since April 17. ... 1B Anthony Rizzo's home run, his 15th, was his first since Sept. 16. He entered the game 0-for-11 over his previous three games.

Cincinnati: LF Ryan Ludwick (left groin) said he felt fine after doing the full array of baseball activities, but it will be at least a day or two before Ludwick plays. Thursday's game was the seventh he has missed. ... SS Zack Cozart has had a hit in all four games since returning from a strained side muscle. He's 6-for-15 (.400) in that span.

Colorado: SS Troy Tulowitzki (groin surgery) will play in an instructional league game Sunday at Scottsdale, Ariz. If he feels good, Tulowitzki said he might play at Arizona, where the Rockies close the season with a three-game series starting Monday. ... 1B Jordan Pacheco's three-run homer in the first inning was the first of his career with more than one runner on base. His previous four homers this season included three with the bases empty and one with one man on.

Houston: 3B Matt Dominguez, who has been out this week because of flu symptoms, hopes to be able to play this weekend. "It's been tough because you can't really eat and have no energy," he said. "I just feel drained."... RH reliever Wilton Lopez has allowed only three walks in 36 1/3 innings since June 1. Overall, he has the best walk rate among all major league relievers with seven walks in 64 innings.

Los Angeles: C A.J. Ellis is the 2012 recipient of the Roy Campanella Award, given annually to the Dodger who most exemplifies the spirit and leadership of the Hall of Fame catcher. "I think he kind of exemplifies it (the award). He's a guy who's had to work really hard and just battle and battle and battle," manager Don Mattingly said. Ellis, 31, is a regular for the first time in his career. ... IF Nick Punto on Wednesday became the first Dodger to score four runs in a game since RF Andre Ethier did so on Aug. 10, 2010.

Miami: Seven years after he was struck in the head by a pitch during his first major league plate appearance, Adam Greenberg will get another chance. The Marlins signed him to a one-day contract, effective Tuesday, and guaranteed he will get one at-bat next Tuesday in a game against the Mets. Greenberg never played in the majors again after Marlins pitcher Valerio de los Santos plunked him in 2005 while Greenberg was with the Chicago Cubs. Greenberg has experienced vertigo, vision problems and post-concussion syndrome since then. ... RHP Josh Johnson is 8-14, his first losing season since he went 0-3 in 2007, but manager Ozzie Guillen said, "He is pitching well. He doesn't have that many wins, but he has kept his team in the game."

Milwaukee: RHP Wily Peralta left his start because of biceps tightness that he began experiencing earlier in the game. The rookie had allowed only two hits and no runs while striking out six before departing. ... LF Ryan Braun batted .421 (16-for-38) on the Brewers' 10-game road trip. He continues to lead the league in many offensive categories in his bid for a second consecutive MVP award.

New York: RH closer Frank Francisco was unavailable to close out Thursday's game due to his ongoing bout with right elbow tendinitis. The Mets have yet to officially shut Francisco down for the season, but with just six games remaining, it has become increasingly unlikely that he will pitch again in 2012. ... 1B Ike Davis' career-high 31st homer gave him 19 home runs since the All-Star break. That ranks second in the NL and tied for fourth in the majors. Davis has four home runs over his last seven games.

Philadelphia: RHP Kyle Kendrick has held the opposition to two runs or fewer in 16 of his 24 starts this season and has a 1.85 ERA in those outings. But in the other eight starts, he's 0-7 with a 10.40 ERA. Kendrick went 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA in his first eight starts after replacing RHP Joe Blanton in the rotation but is 1-2 with a 6.59 ERA in his last three. ... RH reliever B.J. Rosenberg pitched three more shutout innings Wednesday and hadn't allowed a run since Sept. 1, a span of seven games and 10 innings. He also picked up his first big-league hit and RBI with a single.

Pittsburgh: 2B Neil Walker is scheduled to visit a back specialist today in Pittsburgh. Walker has already consulted with two other specialists, who have said they do not believe his condition will be chronic. ... C Rod Barajas, who can become a free agent if the Pirates don't pick up his $3.5 million club option for 2013, continued a late season mini-surge by going 2-for-4 with a double and a home run. Barajas has reached base in nine straight games, going 8-for-25 (.320) with six walks.

St. Louis: RHP Kyle Lohse, expected to start the wild-card game if the Cardinals are playing in it, is scheduled to make his final regular-season start Saturday. If Lohse wins and hikes his record to 17-3, it will be the highest percentage for any starter with that many wins in Cardinals history. RHP Chris Carpenter was 17-4 in 2009. ... 3B David Freese, one game shy of his first 140-game season in the majors, should be able to reach that plateau sometime this weekend. Freese sprained his right ankle in a freak accident in the indoor batting cage Monday and is day-to-day.

San Diego: 3B Chase Headley drove in his 109th run of the season Wednesday with his 29th double. That's the 10th-highest single-season total in Padres history. He didn't reach base in only 15 of his first 153 games. ... RH reliever Nick Vincent worked 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief Wednesday to push his ERA back under two at 1.93. Since the All-Star break, Vincent had allowed one run on 10 hits and four walks in 17 1/3 innings over 18 appearances. He had 17 strikeouts.

San Francisco: RHP Matt Cain and LHP Madison Bumgarner are the Giants' first tandem since Billy Swift and John Burkett in 1993 to win as many as 16 games. That year, Swift and Burkett both topped 20. ... The Giants exceeded three million in attendance for the 11th time in their 13 seasons at AT&T Park. They sold out every game and finished at nearly 3.78 million.

Washington: RH reliever Tyler Clippard again struggled in the late innings Wednesday, allowing one run but coming within 10 feet of allowing the go-ahead three-run shot that would have given the Phillies a 6-5 lead. Manager Davey Johnson said that RH Drew Storen would be used in the closer's role going forward. ... CF Bryce Harper went into Thursday leading the Nationals and NL rookies in runs scored at 93. One more homer in the next seven games would put him at 20.

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