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Richard gives the Padres a quality start

A night after Josh Johnson and Anthony Bass each allowed six earned runs in the first four innings of the game, Padres lefty Clayton Richard and Marlins veteran Mark Buehrle will try to restore order on Saturday, when they meet in game two of the weekend series.

Buehrle's 1-4 record to start the season is a bit deceiving. With just four walks and 19 strikeouts in 32 1/3 innings, Buehrle boasts a 3.34 ERA.

In his four losses this year, the Marlins have scored one run or fewer three times.

"I'm not criticizing the offense, but I'm trying to figure it out," Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen said. "We can't continue relying on the pitching staff. That's hard."

Saturday's matchup will be Buehrle's second career start against the Padres. The other was at Petco Park on June 11, 2005, a no-decision in which he held San Diego scoreless over 7 2/3 innings.

The Marlins will likely be without outfielder Logan Morrison, who sat out Friday night with a sore right knee and is unlikely to return against the lefty Richard.

On the other side going for the Padres, Richard will be trying to snap a three-start losing streak. In his last outing against the Giants, Richard threw a season-high seven innings but allowed four runs on eight hits and two walks.

The 28-year-old gave up two runs in the first inning but retired 14 of the next 16 hitters he faced before exiting.

"The ball-strike ratio wasn't great early," manager Bud Black said after the game. "But then he started throwing a lot of strikes after that and he got his grounders."

Saturday will also be the second time Richard has seen his opponent. He tossed six shutout innings against the Marlins in June 2010 and earned the win.

Marlins: Bell enjoying homecoming
Heath Bell spent the last five seasons pitching for the Padres before signing with the Marlins in the offseason, and he's returned to the city where his wife and children live for the first time since changing teams.

The Marlins' closer spent some time playing catch with his son, Reece, on Friday afternoon before the team took batting practice.

"I'm on the Marlins now, and this is my team that I'm playing for, but it's great seeing my kids," Bell said. "I haven't seen them for a long time. There are a bunch of guys I want to say hi to."

Bell blew a save Friday night by giving up back-to-back doubles in the ninth, but he got out of a bases-loaded jam to end the frame and send the game into extra innings.

Padres: Luebke may be facing elbow surgery
Cory Luebke, currently on the disabled list with a strained elbow, had an MRI exam on Wednesday and could be headed toward surgery on his left elbow.

Padres general manager Josh Byrnes said on Friday that Luebke would meet with the team's doctors to get a better idea of what the next step will be.

"This one I'm cautious about," Black said. "We want to make sure we're going down the right path."

Luebke is 3-1 with a 2.61 ERA and signed a contract extension in March guaranteeing him $12 million and could keep him in San Diego through 2017.

Worth noting
• Will Venable has hit safely in 19 of his 20 starts this year.

• Emilio Bonifacio is 13-for-13 in stolen-base attempts to start the season.

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