Padres derail Dodgers on Renfroe's 2 HRs, 7 RBIs

Padres derail Dodgers on Renfroe's 2 HRs, 7 RBIs

SAN DIEGO -- The National League West-champion Dodgers resumed play Tuesday night and ran into Padres rookie Hunter Renfroe, who homered twice and drove in all the runs in a 7-1 loss that diminished the Dodgers' chances of securing the home-field advantage over the Nationals in the NL Division Series.

"[Renfroe] was going against matchups that didn't really favor him today," said Padres manager Andy Green, who talked about how Dodgers starter Kenta Maeda would be a challenge for Renfroe before the game. "He hit two home runs and drove in seven, so it was a pretty spectacular day."

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Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo.

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

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Renfroe makes Padres history with 7 RBIs

Renfroe makes Padres history with 7 RBIs

SAN DIEGO -- Padres manager Andy Green said before Tuesday night's 7-1 win over the Dodgers that Los Angeles starter Kenta Maeda would provide a unique challenge for his hitters. Particularly Hunter Renfroe, who has had a tendency to expand the strike zone.

After a night that saw the rookie outfielder hit a three-run homer and an eighth-inning grand slam -- to drive in each and every run the Padres put on the scoreboard -- it's safe to say Renfroe met that challenge, becoming the first Padres rookie in history to drive in seven runs in a game.

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Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Perdomo eyes strong finish to rookie season

Perdomo eyes strong finish to rookie season

With the Dodgers still vying for home-field advantage in the National League Division Series vs. the Nationals, Jose De Leon starts against Padres Rule 5 Draft pick Luis Perdomo in a matchup of rookie pitchers on Wednesday night.

Los Angeles is two games behind Washington with five games to play.

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Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ross hopes to decide next step by end of season

Ross hopes to decide next step by end of season

SAN DIEGO -- The rehab process for Padres righty Tyson Ross has continued into the final weeks of the season, with Ross now getting multiple opinions this week to figure out the best course of action.

Padres manager Andy Green put to bed the idea that Ross would pitch for the team again this season and said that surgery is a possibility, but one that the 29-year-old Ross wanted to avoid.

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Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Margot wasting little time showing off talent

Margot wasting little time showing off talent

SAN DIEGO -- Standing in the clubhouse after the Padres' 4-3 win over the Giants on Sunday, Manuel Margot was asked who he thought was faster: himself or fellow San Diego speedster Travis Jankowski.

The 20-year-old rookie shook his head and laughed: "Travis."

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Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sinker set Perdomo straight after early struggles

Padres' Rule 5 Draft pick had double-digit ERA before learning new pitch in May

Sinker set Perdomo straight after early struggles

SAN DIEGO -- A month and a half into his big league career, Luis Perdomo was pitching like he belonged in Double-A, completely overmatched by the Major League hitters he was facing for the first time with San Diego.

To be fair, Perdomo probably did belong in Double-A. The 23-year-old right-hander had never pitched above Class A Advanced before he was selected in the Rule 5 Draft last December. But because of his Rule 5 status, the Padres had to keep him on their active roster for the entire season or surrender him back to the Cardinals.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rosales again pushes Padres to home run record

Club has hit franchise record 173 homers this season

Rosales again pushes Padres to home run record

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres. career.

Adam Rosales' second homer in as many games Sunday allowed the Padres to break their single-season home run record.

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Padres make things tough on Giants with comeback

Padres make things tough on Giants with comeback

SAN DIEGO -- The Giants still can qualify for the postseason, though their 4-3 loss Sunday to the San Diego Padres captured many of their second-half woes.

San Francisco generated a fraction of the offense it produced Saturday, when the club amassed nine runs and 12 hits. This time, the Giants mustered seven hits and scored only in the third inning.

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Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres players remember Fernandez's joy

Padres players remember Fernandez's joy

SAN DIEGO -- Padres reliever Brad Hand woke up to texts offering condolences about his former Miami teammate, and one of the young stars of baseball, Jose Fernandez, who passed away Sunday morning. Hand didn't know what had happened, so he turned on the news.

"I looked on the news and saw it, and it was just very sad," said Hand, who played with Fernandez in South Beach from 2013-2015. "Feel for all those guys in Miami. Can't imagine what they're going through right now. Just a tough day."

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Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

First impressions of Padres' top prospects

Margot, Renfroe and Asuaje made debuts vs. Giants

First impressions of Padres' top prospects

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

The San Francisco series was big for the Padres. Not because they split the four games at Petco Park over the weekend to complete their strong (8-2) second half against the Giants.

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Rookies fuel Padres' big rally before loss in extras

Rookies fuel Padres' big rally before loss in extras

SAN DIEGO -- The Giants won a game in which Madison Bumgarner allowed three home runs and the bullpen blew a save.

However, San Francisco did enough things right to claim a 9-6 victory and a share of the lead in the National League's crowded Wild Card race Saturday, as Denard Span's two-run homer punctuated a three-run, tiebreaking outburst in the 10th inning.

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Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cosart departs after one inning with elbow pain

Cosart departs after one inning with elbow pain

SAN DIEGO -- Padres right-hander Jarred Cosart left Saturday's 9-6 loss to the Giants with right elbow inflammation after throwing just one inning and 33 pitches.

After the game, Cosart said he has been battling a bone spur in the back of his right elbow for about a month now, and the pain became too much Saturday.

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Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Solarte has emotional return to Padres

Solarte has emotional return to Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Padres third baseman Yangervis Solarte is back with the team after missing about a week when his wife, Yuliett Pimentel Solarte, passed away due to complications from her fight with cancer.

Padres manager Andy Green called on him off the bench in the seventh inning of the Padres' 9-6 loss to the Giants, and the 29-year-old infielder came through with a single after a warm reception from the Petco Park crowd.

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Carlos Collazo is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Adam Rosales and the all-out home run trot sprint

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Adam Rosales and the all-out home run trot sprint

Adam Rosales has a default setting that is really his only setting: 100 percent, all the time. The scrappy utility man has made a name for himself out on the field thanks to his commitment to the hustle -- so much so that he posted the second-fastest home run trot of the Statcast™ era earlier this season.

Well, he connected on a Madison Bumgarner offering in Saturday night's 9-6 loss to the Giants at Petco Park, launching a two-run shot to left that directly led to a solid impression of the Flash as he blitzed around the bases. 

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Padres pull away, drop Giants behind Mets

Padres pull away, drop Giants behind Mets

SAN DIEGO -- While interested observers were dwelling on the San Francisco Giants' faulty relief pitching, their offense was starting to go bad. Now it's downright sour, as Friday night's 7-2 loss to the San Diego Padres demonstrated.

Facing erratic right-hander Edwin Jackson, who at times possesses superlative stuff yet entered the game with a 6.00 ERA in 19 appearances, the Giants mustered four hits and both of their runs off him in six innings. San Francisco has scored 12 runs in its past seven games and ranks last in the National League with 23 runs in September.

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Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Asuaje all smiles after first two big league hits

Asuaje all smiles after first two big league hits

SAN DIEGO -- On the inside, Carlos Asuaje beamed from ear to ear.

But, standing on second base after his first Major League hit, his body language told another story. Asuaje -- who went 2-for-4 and played a pivotal role in two Padres rallies during Friday night's 7-2 win over San Francisco -- simply removed his elbow guard. He then adjusted his helmet and trotted toward first-base coach Tarrik Brock to drop off the protective padding.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Renfroe, Padres prospects put right 'in the fire'

Renfroe, Padres prospects put right 'in the fire'

SAN DIEGO -- Presented with a fresh crop of September callups on Wednesday afternoon, Padres manager Andy Green announced his intention to "put 'em in the fire."

He wasn't kidding.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Petco Park has never seen a season like Myers'

First baseman has already set three marks a Padres' home park

Petco Park has never seen a season like Myers'

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres. career.

First baseman Wil Myers is having one of the greatest seasons ever by a Padre at Petco Park.

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Friedrich takes tough-luck loss against Giants

Friedrich takes tough-luck loss against Giants

SAN DIEGO -- The Giants finally benefited from those lucky breaks they've claimed to be missing in recent weeks, as Angel Pagan's eighth-inning bloop single broke a scoreless tie Thursday and propelled San Francisco to a 2-1 victory over the Padres at Petco Park.

The win moved the Giants one-half game ahead of the idle Cardinals and kept them tied with the Mets in the National League Wild Card spots. San Francisco and New York -- which beat Philadelphia in 11 innings Thursday -- are both 81-72 with nine regular-season games left to play.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres set deadline for Rea's rehab program

Padres set deadline for Rea's rehab program

SAN DIEGO -- Padres right-hander Colin Rea, who suffered a partially torn UCL in his right elbow in July, has resumed throwing with the hope that he'll be back to full strength by the beginning of December.

The Padres have set a Dec. 1 deadline for Rea's return to health. If he doesn't meet it, Tommy John surgery appears to be the most likely course of action.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Projecting performance from El Paso not easy

Margot, Renfroe, Hedges, Asuaje set to start Thursday

Projecting performance from El Paso not easy

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

For the Padres, it's the big question.

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Padres prospects hope to get leg up on 2017

Padres prospects hope to get leg up on 2017

SAN DIEGO -- With the Triple-A playoffs in the rearview mirror, Padres manager Andy Green has a handful of highly-anticipated prospects sitting in front of lockers in the Petco Park clubhouse.

And he plans on throwing each of the four new position players into the fray on Thursday against the Giants, with outfielders Manuel Margot, Hunter Renfroe, infielder Carlos Asuaje and catcher Austin Hedges expected to be in the starting lineup.

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Could relief prospects be next joining Padres?

Torres makes debut, others made big jumps in 2016

Could relief prospects be next joining Padres?

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

In addition to the "core four" making their first Major League starts Thursday night at Petco Park, there was a hint of what the next wave of arriving prospects might be.

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Barry M. Bloom

Great lengths: Hoffman honors British ties as coach

Great lengths: Hoffman honors British ties as coach

NEW YORK -- Trevor Hoffman popped out of the Great Britain dugout on Thursday wearing his familiar No. 51, but the digits were set on a sea of navy blue donned by the British during this World Baseball Classic qualifier at MCU Park.

Great Britain played the nightcap against Israel at the back end of a first-day doubleheader in the modified double-elimination bracket. Brazil thumped Pakistan in the early game.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Myers' HR not enough as Padres fall

Myers' HR not enough as Padres fall

SAN DIEGO -- A pair of All-Star first basemen put on a power show Wednesday night at Petco Park, where Paul Goldschmidt's two homers paced the D-backs to a 3-2 victory over the Padres.

Goldschmidt opened the scoring in the first with a solo homer, before Wil Myers one-upped him with a two-run blast in the third. But Goldschmidt would get the last laugh, as his two-run sixth-inning moonshot into the Padres' bullpen proved to be the difference.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Margot among Padres prospects called up

Margot among Padres prospects called up

SAN DIEGO -- The future is quickly becoming the present for the San Diego Padres, as the organization promoted four highly touted young hitters from Triple-A El Paso on Wednesday.

Outfielders Hunter Renfroe and Manuel Margot, second baseman Carlos Asuaje and catcher Austin Hedges arrived in San Diego before Wednesday's game against Arizona. So, too, did a pair of lefty relief arms in Buddy Baumann and Jose Torres.

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AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rosales knocks in 4 as Padres top D-backs

Rosales knocks in 4 as Padres top D-backs

SAN DIEGO -- Adam Rosales' two-run sixth-inning homer was the decisive blow Tuesday night, as the Padres withstood a 70-minute Petco Park rain delay before the game to notch their second consecutive victory over the D-backs, 5-2.

"I threw pretty good pitches, he hit a pretty good pitch," D-backs reliever Zack Godley said of the Rosales homer. "I thought he didn't get a good swing on it initially and it carried out, but other than that I'm not overly disappointed with my outing."

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001 This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres' roster bolstered after El Paso's season ends

Myers, Rosales reach new milestones with San Diego

Padres' roster bolstered after El Paso's season ends

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Shortly after El Paso's season ended Tuesday night in a 3-1 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the Triple-A Championship Game, six members of the Pacific Coast League champion Chihuahuas were rerouted to San Diego.

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All this baby needed to enjoy the game was a hat

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All this baby needed to enjoy the game was a hat

Sometimes it's the little things. Baseball is nothing if not littered with small pleasures to enjoy: the green grass, the crack of the bat, or even your dad's baseball cap.

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