Revitalized Volquez ready to write next chapter

By any measure, right-hander Edinson Volquez has been Pittsburgh's best pitcher early on, and his April output could be an indication that pitching coach Ray Searage and special assistant to the general manager Jim Benedict have worked their magic with yet another reclamation project, a la Francisco Liriano and A.J. Burnett, among others.

K-Rod, bullpen fuel win, recent Brewers’ run

Wily Peralta was solid, giving up two earned runs in 6 1/3 innings, and Will Smith, Tyler Thornburg and Francisco Rodriguez -- notching his fourth save in as many days -- held on to the Brewers' one-run lead for their Major League-leading 15th win of the season, as the Brewers beat the Padres, 4-3, on Monday at Miller Park.

Padres tab Kennedy to cool down Brewers

Ian Kennedy's last time out, he opened his start with five no-hit innings against the Rockies. On Tuesday, he'll need that kind of stuff against the team with the best record in baseball. Kennedy makes his fourth start of the season when the Padres face the Brewers and ace Yovani Gallardo at Miller Park.