Box Score Bits: Blanks breaks out

Updated: April 13, 2010, 11:58 AM ET
By Eric Karabell
• This is why we preach patience. San Diego Padres outfielder Kyle Blanks entered Monday's game against Jair Jurrjens and the Atlanta Braves hitting .158 with one RBI. Then he homered among three hits and knocked in five runs, raising his batting average to .240. The Padres, with 19 runs in six games, erupted for 17 against the Braves.

• As for Jurrjens, one certainly doesn't expect a pitcher coming off a 2.60 ERA in 2009 to allow eight earned runs over 3 1/3 innings at Petco Park. Jurrjens did have shoulder issues early in spring training, and his velocity was reportedly down Monday. His next start, against the Rockies, should be interesting, although it will be back home in Atlanta.