OAKLAND -- Carlos Quentin hasn't just kick-started the Padres' offense since coming off the disabled list on May 28, he's also turned into a target of sorts for opposing pitchers.
Going into Sunday's game against the A's, Quentin has been hit by pitches five times in his first 61 plate appearances. He was hit by a pitch in Saturday's 6-4 loss to the A's. He also hit a two-run home run, his sixth with the team in the 15 games in which he's played.
Getting plunked by pitches isn't anything new to Quentin, who was hit 23 times in 2011 with the White Sox -- the most in the American League a year ago. On two other occasions with the White Sox, Quentin has finished second in the AL in hit-by-pitches.
"Early on, you saw what he did ... he made a lot of teams pay for poor pitches over the plate," said San Diego manager Bud Black. "But he's not on the plate. And part of what makes him good is that he stays in there and sees the ball."
Quentin has 11 extra-base hits, six home runs, 13 RBIs, a .417 average and a .541 on-base percentage since missing the first 49 games of the season while working his way back from March knee surgery.