CHICAGO -- Padres outfielder Matt Stairs was a tough man to find after the Padres' 5-1 win over the Cubs on Wednesday, as he was in the training room tending to his 42-year-old body after a full and gratifying day, in the field and at-bat.
Stairs, getting a rare start in left field, drove in the first two runs of the game when he hit a full-count pitch the other way, off the ivy in left field for a double. One inning later, he made a diving catch of a sinking line drive to save a run.
"It's not like I haven't played 700 or 800 games out there," Stairs joked, given he's seen plenty of time in the outfield in his career.
"But both plays were nice because the catch saved a run, but it's always nice to get a few runs early. Getting that hit ... got the momentum for us early."
Stairs has started nine games in left field this season, one in right field and one at first base.