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SD@CIN: Kennedy dazzles over eight strong frames

While Ian Kennedy has made only two starts for the Padres since being acquired from the D-backs on July 31, the team likes what it has seen.

Since putting on a San Diego uniform, the right-hander is 1-0 with a 2.63 ERA in 13 2/3 innings.

He tossed a season-high eight innings in his last start against the Reds, allowing two runs on three hits for a no-decision. Throwing his changeup for strikes, Kennedy also did a great job of working the strike zone.

He'll look to have that type of success on Friday as the Padres take on the Mets at Petco Park. In five career starts against New York, Kennedy is 4-0 with a 3.45 ERA.

"I think everyone knows he has a good fastball," Padres pitching coach Darren Balsley said. "But it's explosive. He throws 90 mph, but it plays like it's 93 or 94 mph. The high fastball is one of his strengths."

Meanwhile, Mets left-hander Jon Niese is hoping to have another strong outing as he makes his way back from a partially torn rotator cuff.

After a two-month stint on the disabled list, Niese, who had last pitched on June 20, held the D-backs to four runs on seven hits in six innings of work for the win on Sunday.

"There's nothing like pitching in the big leagues," Niese said after the start. "It's just good to get back out there with all the guys. I'm glad it went well."

Mets: Flores misses third straight start
Third baseman Wilmer Flores was held out of the Mets' starting lineup on Thursday for a third straight game.

Flores pinch-hit in Wednesday night's loss to the Dodgers, but limped to first base and was removed for a pinch-runner.

"Did you see him run down to first? Are you comfortable with that?" Mets manager Terry Collins said. "I don't think he's ready to run the bases. I saw him come out of the batter's box. He told me he could pinch-hit. I mean, I knew we were going to have to run. When I saw him come out of the batter's box, I thought they might throw him out at first.

"The fact that it is his back foot and not his landing foot, his stride foot, probably helped a little bit."

Padres: Quentin gets second opinion
Outfielder Carlos Quentin got a second opinion on his injured right knee on Thursday at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic in Los Angeles.

Quentin, who had surgery on the knee in October and was limited in Spring Training, tested his knee over the weekend in Cincinnati and reported soreness.

"Carlos is in a situation where for him to do any baseball activities, it's painful, especially the defensive or on the running side," Padres manager Bud Black said. "He can get into his stance and hit, but we're staying away from it just to let the knee heal. He's feeling better but not to the extent where he can get on the field."

Worth noting
• Padres catcher Nick Hundley became a dad on Thursday when wife Amy gave birth to a girl. She weighed in at seven pounds, 12 ounces.

• Mets third baseman David Wright remains in New York City, where he is undergoing physical therapy for his strained right hamstring. The club will not have a timetable for his return until he flies to Florida to begin running and baseball activities. Comments