Black not worried about NL West race

Black not worried about NL West race

DENVER -- Padres manager Bud Black was asked if his team was "holding on" -- a reference to how its lead in the National League West has gone from 4 1/2 games on June 27 to just two entering Saturday's game against the Rockies.

"I look more at how we're playing than where we are in the standings," Black said.

The Rockies have certainly caught fire in recent weeks, trimming the Padres lead in a very competitive division to two games with two to play before the All-Star break.

That 4 1/2-game lead was the Padres' high-water mark, but it certainly wasn't commanding by any means, given how close the division has been so far.

"We're going to do everything we can to keep surprising everyone," Black said.