(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By BERNIE WILSON AP Sports Writer At first, Chase Headley's power surge seemed like a mirage.
He was going to cool off, right?
As summer dragged on, Headley only got hotter.
The San Diego Padres' third baseman has 27 homers and an NL-leading 102 RBIs, extending his career bests in both categories and breathing some life into a team that's out of contention but is playing much better than during its dismal 19-40 start.
In past seasons, Headley was criticized for not putting up the kind of numbers expected of a third baseman. His previous bests were 12 homers and 64 RBIs in 2009, his first full big league season.
The switch-hitter seems to be making up for lost time with a more aggressive approach and adjustments to his swing that are helping him cope with spacious Petco Park.