The results aren't showing it, but Padres third baseman Chase Headley believes he's close to regaining his swing and putting up numbers similar to those he did last year.
"I had a week where I didn't feel great about it," Headley said of his swing. "But both games in Seattle and a couple in Arizona, I felt like I was swinging pretty well. I just wasn't getting the results."
After going 1-for-4 in Thursday's 7-1 loss to the Mariners, Headley will continue to search for better results this weekend as the Padres face the Blue Jays on Friday to open a three-game series at Petco Park.
Headley has hit safely in 11 of his last 15 games but is batting only .218 in that stretch. Still, a homer on Wednesday night -- his fifth of the season -- and Thursday's hit have him thinking the end of his slump is near.
"I was jumpy, especially from the left side, trying to go get the ball," said Headley, who is batting .259. "I just didn't have the feel I wanted. But really, the last couple of series, I've been happier with my swings."
Headley and the Padres open the series by facing right-hander Chad Jenkins, Toronto's first-round Draft pick in 2009. Friday will be Jenkins' third start of the season and first outside the American League East. He pitched well in his previous outings, giving up two runs while working at least five innings in each.
Jenkins will be opposed by right-hander Jason Marquis, who was roughed up by the D-backs in his previous start, lasting only 3 1/3 innings -- his shortest outing of the season. Despite the loss, the Padres are 5-1 in Marquis' last six starts, during which he has a 3.09 ERA.
The Blue Jays have won 10 of their last 17 games.
Blue Jays: Bautista hot
Jose Bautista has been impressive this month, hitting .360 in 27 games. He also leads the AL in walks (22), on-base percentage and times on base (57) this month.
Closer Casey Janssen is 11-for-11 in save situations.
Padres: One more try for Gyorko
Second baseman Jedd Gyorko's six homers in May are tied for the Padres' rookie record for most in a single month. Including Gyorko, only 28 National League rookies have hit at least six homers in May.
• Outfielder Will Venable is batting .396 lifetime with the bases loaded. The only Padres with better averages in that situation, with a minimum of 30 at-bats, are Phil Nevin (.506) and Tony Gwynn (.444).
• Toronto's Edwin Encarnacion is a .500 career hitter with one double and two home runs against Marquis.
• San Diego's 41 steals this season lead the NL and are tied atop the Majors with Baltimore.
• Toronto's Melky Cabrera has a team-leading 16 multihit games.