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MIN@KC: Correia limits Royals to one earned over six

Twins right-hander Kevin Correia knows plenty about the Padres.

The 12-year big league veteran grew up in San Diego and played for his hometown Padres from 2009-10.

He also faced San Diego in Interleague Play earlier this season at Petco Park on May 20, allowing three runs over six innings for a quality start and a win. He'll get his second crack against the Padres on Wednesday in the final game of a two-game homestand at Target Field.

Correia bounced back in his last outing, giving up just one earned run over six innings in a no-decision against the Royals. It came after he turned in two subpar outings coming off the All-Star break.

"I felt pretty good," Correia said. "I was able to get ahead of guys. I wasn't walking guys before, but I was falling behind and giving in too much. But I was able to get ahead."

The Padres, meanwhile, are about to find out if rookie Odrisamer Despaigne's disastrous start the last time out against the Cardinals was merely a bad game or potentially a harbinger of bad things to come.

Despaigne, the 27-year-old Cuban rookie, gets the start opposite Correia on Wednesday.

After opening his big league career by allowing two or fewer runs in his first six Major League starts, Despaigne was shelled by the Cardinals on July 31 for six runs on nine hits in 5 1/3 innings.

"With Odrisamer, we saw the same sort of package of stuff, but he just couldn't seem to wiggle out of some difficulties," manager Bud Black said. "They just sort of bunched some hits together against him."

The Padres made a last-minute change in catchers when Yasmani Grandal -- who caught Despaigne in each of his first six starts -- was scratched due to a sore left knee. Rene Rivera caught instead. But Black said that wasn't the issue.

"His stuff was the same as it's been all season," Black said. "He just didn't get the results, and sometimes that happens."

Padres: Cashner ready to go
Pitcher Andrew Cashner, on the disabled list since June 21 with soreness in his right shoulder, threw a bullpen session before Tuesday's game against the Twins at Target Field with full intensity. He'll now head back to California for his first Minor League rehabilitation start with Class A Lake Elsinore on Friday.

"[Pitching coach Darren Balsley] was very pleased and Cash was very encouraged," said Black.

Cashner is expected to throw between 30-40 pitches in that game. The Padres will then figure out a plan for the right-hander, which could see him head to Triple-A El Paso. But it's clear that Cashner is on a path to return to the big league rotation. It's an almost certainty that he will be back in the Padres rotation before the end of the month. Cashner is 2-6 this season but has a 2.36 ERA in 12 starts.

Twins: Schafer officially joins Minnesota
Outfielder Jordan Schafer, who was claimed on waivers by the Twins from the Braves on Sunday, officially joined the club on Tuesday at Target Field. Schafer was thrown right into the fire, making the start in left field with Josh Willingham at designated hitter and Danny Santana in center field.

"It's exciting," Schafer said. "I had a lot of fun in Atlanta. We had a great clubhouse there and a lot of guys I'm close with. But I think a change of scenery was needed and I'm extremely excited about being here and getting a chance to play."

Schafer, 27, was hitting .163/.256/.213 with four doubles, 15 stolen bases and two RBIs in 63 games with Atlanta this season before being designated for assignment on Friday. He's a career .222/.307/.304 hitter with 88 stolen bases in 110 attempts in parts of five seasons with the Braves and Astros.

Worth noting
• Twins first baseman Joe Mauer (strained right oblique) and right-hander Ricky Nolasco (strained right elbow) both began their rehab assignments with Class A Cedar Rapids on Tuesday. Both are expected to remain through the weekend before rejoining the Twins. Nolasco is scheduled to make one more start on Sunday before being activated from the 15-day disabled list.

• The Twins and Padres played two games at Petco Park earlier this season on May 20 and 21 with Minnesota winning both games. San Diego is in town for a rare two-game homestand at Target Field for the Twins. It's the second trip to Target Field for the Padres since the ballpark opened in 2010.

• The Padres set their rotation for their weekend series against the Pirates. Right-hander Ian Kennedy will start Friday and will be followed by left-hander Eric Stults on Saturday and right-hander Tyson Ross on Sunday. Comments