He hasn't seemed too distracted at the plate, though.
San Diego seeks a sixth consecutive home victory Saturday night as it faces the Arizona Diamondbacks , who have lost four straight.
Headley had one of the best seasons in Padres history in 2012, hitting 31 homers with an NL-best 115 RBIs while also winning a Gold Glove at third base. The sides couldn't work out a long-term deal in the offseason, though, and Headley signed a one-year, $8.575 million contract.
Discussions have continued, but Headley has seemed to grow tired of those talks taking his focus off the field, not because he's frustrated with the negotiations.
"The reasoning for my wanting to do this in the offseason is because I know me better than anybody else," Headley said. "For me to go out and play the best that I can, I need to be completely focused on the field. That's the sole and only purpose behind it."
He hasn't seemed too bothered while batting .364 during his current hitting streak, which reached eight with an RBI double in the eighth inning of Friday's 7-6 win over Arizona. Headley drove in a run for the fourth straight game after having four RBIs through his first 11.
The switch hitter has four homers and 16 RBIs in his last 12 games versus the Diamondbacks.
San Diego (12-17), which hasn't won six straight at home since Aug. 1-25, 2010, has won seven of nine overall. The Padres have averaged 6.1 runs in the last seven with 31 extra-base hits, including six Friday as part of a 14-hit attack.
"I've sensed us starting to swing the bats better the last couple weeks," manager Bud Black said. "It showed again with double-digit hits, some good at-bats, some hard contact along the way."
The Padres will seek to win for the 11th time in 13 meetings with the Diamondbacks (15-14), who have lost each of Clayton Richard 's last six starts against them.
He's 5-0 with a 2.85 ERA in that span, but Richard (0-3, 7.94 ERA) enters his start Saturday in a funk. The left-hander allowed five runs in 5 2-3 innings of a 5-3 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Monday, six days after giving up six runs in 1 2-3 innings of a 6-3 loss to Milwaukee.
"I wish I could have put us in a better position to win a baseball game. That's all that really matters," Richard said.
He's looking to avoid going winless in a career-high eight straight starts dating back to last season, having allowed at least five runs in five of his last seven.
Arizona scheduled starter Patrick Corbin (3-0, 1.91) is off to a significantly better start, allowing seven runs in 33 innings over five outings. He hasn't walked a batter in either of his last two, including giving up two runs in 6 2-3 innings of Sunday's 4-2 win over Colorado.
"He just competes," manager Kirk Gibson told the team's official website. "He understands the tools he possesses and he has utilized them."
The left-hander faced San Diego three times as a rookie last season, losing both starts and posting a 5.27 ERA as the Padres hit .358 against him. Chris Denorfia went 3 for 6 with a pair of solo homers off Corbin.
|April 27, 2013||Didi Gregorius||7-Day DL||Mild concussion|
|April 26, 2013||Didi Gregorius||Day-to-Day||Left game - right temple contusion|
|April 15, 2013||Aaron Hill||15-Day DL||Broken left hand|
|April 14, 2013||Aaron Hill||Day-to-Day||Left game - sore left hand|
|April 13, 2013||Jason Kubel||15-Day DL||Strained left quad|
|April 13, 2013||Jason Kubel||15-Day DL||Strained left quad|
|San Diego Padres|
|May 03, 2013||Carlos Quentin||Day-to-Day||Sore right knee|
|April 21, 2013||Kyle Blanks||Day-to-Day||Left game - Left shoulder injury|
|April 20, 2013||Clayton Richard||Day-to-Day||Flu|
|April 18, 2013||Tyson Ross||15-Day DL||Left shoulder subluxation|
|April 16, 2013||Cameron Maybin||15-Day DL||Right wrist impingement|
|April 09, 2013||Carlos Quentin||Day-to-Day||Left game - right wrist|
SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Patrick Corbin appears to be the perfect remedy for what ails the Arizona Diamondbacks .
The left-handed throwing Corbin pitched seven solid innings and the D-Backs snapped their season-high four-game losing streak with an 8-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night.
Corbin (4-0) gave up one run and five hits while striking out seven. He walked three while his ERA dropped to 1.80. Corbin has opened the season by pitching at least six innings and allowing two or fewer runs in his six starts - all Arizona victories.
"I felt good, it helps when you come out and put up six early on and it lets you go out and pitch your game and go after these guys," Corbin said. "It helps out a lot and I'm just glad I got through seven.
"When you have the lead you have it in the back of your head that you can go after these guys more," Corbin said. "I wanted to keep my pitch count low (97 pitches) and make sure I got deeper in the game and help the bullpen out. I felt really good with my changeup tonight."
Corbin lost his shutout bid with two out in the seventh when Chris Denorfia hit his second homer into the second deck in left field. Denorfia also had a double. The D-Backs touched up Padres starter Clayton Richard (0-4) for six runs on five hits in the second.
"It was ugly," Padres manager Bud Black said of the second inning. "They took advantage of balls that were either up or over the plate. And they strung together many hits."
Richard had been 6-0 against the Diamondbacks. He left in the fourth after giving up seven runs.
"It was a nice change of pace for us and getting everyone relaxed," Pollock said. "We enjoyed it especially the way Corbin was throwing. Winning close games is good, but sometimes you need to relax and breathe. And that was what tonight was about."
Richard didn't help himself in the second committing a throwing error on Corbin's sacrifice bunt. A.J. Pollock followed with a two-run double. He also had a solo homer.
"I don't think we've had an inning like that this season," D-Backs manager Kirk Gibson said. "We got the line going and A.J. (Pollock) had a pretty good game for us.
"Corbin could be easily 6-0 for us," Gibson said. "Tonight he made good pitches, especially the secondary stuff mixed in."
Heath Bell , the former Padres closer came on in relief of Tony Sipp in the eighth with the bases loaded to get Jedd Gyorko to ground into an inning-ending double play. Bell pitched a scoreless ninth.
Paul Goldschmidt drove in a pair of runs for the D-Backs with two sacrifice flies and also had a single and a walk.
The win was the D-Backs fourth against the Padres in 14 games. The loss was the Padres' third in their last 10 games.
NOTES: D-Backs INF Didi Gregorius , who was reinstated from the seven-day DL Saturday after sustaining a mild concussion when he was hit in the head April 26, got hit in the left leg during his rehab at extended spring training in Phoenix. "I stayed in there because I really wanted my at-bats," Gregorius said. He has hit safely in his first seven games with the D-Backs. ... D-Backs OF Alfredo Marte was optioned to Reno, where he was scheduled to play Saturday night. ... D-Backs catcher Miguel Montero , who had a home run Friday night, was given the night off Friday and replaced by Wil Nieves , but according to D-Backs manager Kirk Gibson Montero will start on Sunday. ... Padres LF Carlos Quentin was back in the starting lineup after a balky right knee sidelined him Friday. Padres Chase Headley , who had a single, extended his hitting streak to nine game. ... The official scorer changed a ruling from Friday night's game giving an error to D-Backs centerfielder Gerado Parra in the seventh inning.