Rafael Furcal making progress

Rafael Furcal showed progress while running today, Joe Torre told reporters this afternoon, giving the team hope that the shortstop could be activated next week. Torre also said that Vicente Padilla threw 40 long tosses today and will throw on the mound Thursday.

Russell Martin has been the best at his approach that Torre has observed since he became Dodger manager — both at the plate and in the clubhouse. Martin, strangely, is now hitless in 12 at-bats leading off a game but has a hit in every one of those games. He has reached base 21 times in his career-high 13-game hitting streak.

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Paul DePodesta, writing at It Might Be Dangerous … You Go First, thinks there are signs the Padres can sustain their surprising start to the 2010 season.

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