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LAD@CHC: Capuano strikes out five over 6 1/3 innings

Cruising right along, the Dodgers are winning with the greatest of ease. After a 9-2 victory over the Padres Friday night, the team now holds a 10 1/2-game lead over the D-backs in the National League West.

Los Angeles will look to keep rolling as it continues its series with San Diego on Saturday at Dodger Stadium with lefty Chris Capuano squaring off with the Padres' Andrew Cashner.

Capuano has had a rough season overall, going 4-7 with a 4.87 ERA in 18 starts, but he's lost just once since July 4. That defeat came in his last start, in which he allowed three runs on six hits in five innings against the Red Sox.

The left-hander has faced the Padres twice this season, allowing five runs in two innings for the loss on April 16 and firing five scoreless innings on three days' rest on June 23.

Cashner has had a successful second half of the season, going 3-3 with a 3.00 ERA. He's also held opponents to a .206 batting average in that span.

Cashner allowed just two hits in seven innings on Sunday to the Cubs, his third straight quality start, but he still took the no-decision. He threw 78 of his 108 pitches for strikes.

"Today has really been the first day that I had three pitches working throughout the entire game," Cashner said after the start. "My sinker was really good today, and pitching my fastball to both sides of the plate allowed my slider and changeup to be so good."

Padres: Maybin to avoid surgery
After Cameron Maybin received a second opinion on his injured left knee, the Padres were told that he won't need surgery.

Maybin, who tore his posterior cruciate ligament, was given the news by Reds team doctor Timothy Kremchek in Cincinnati.

"We'll try to get him ready for a possible winter-ball situation," said Padres manager Bud Black. "... But getting him ready for this season is a little bit of a reach.

"He'll continue with the plan our medical staff has in place. But I think that [news of no surgery] was reassurance for Cam. With the PCL, it just takes time."

Dodgers: Volquez signed
The Dodgers signed free-agent pitcher Edinson Volquez on Friday to a contract for the rest of the season, which will provide the club an additional candidate to use as a sixth starter in September.

The 30-year-old right-hander, released earlier in the week by San Diego, was 9-10 with a 6.01 ERA in 27 starts. His best season was with Cincinnati in 2008, when he went 17-6 with a 3.21 ERA and was a National League All-Star.

"He's an accomplished guy, so we'll see," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said. "He will probably get some starts in."

Volquez came out of the bullpen in Friday's game, tossing one scoreless inning while allowing one hit.

Worth noting
• Colletti said he would be surprised if he adds a player in a waiver trade before Saturday's deadline, though he expects the Dodgers to call up five to seven Minor Leaguers after rosters expand on Sunday.

• Outfielder Kyle Blanks, who has missed the last 41 games with a left Achilles injury, could rejoin the Padres for Sunday's series finale against the Dodgers. Comments