Keith Law checks in from Vegas and SoCal, where he's scouting prospects. Among 'em: Sammy Solis, Kyle Blair and Cory Vaughn. The latter is former Padres slugger Greg Vaughn's son. He's a little far away from dominance, but has ability.
Ramon Hernandez capped a six-run fifth inning with a two-run single in his first game back from the disabled list, and the San Diego Padres beat the Houston Astros 7-5 Thursday night to end a three-game losing streak.