Padres outslug Rox to pick up Shields and sweep

Padres outslug Rox to pick up Shields and sweep

SAN DIEGO -- Justin Upton, Jedd Gyorko and Derek Norris each drilled home runs on Sunday to overcome four home runs by the Rockies as San Diego held on for an 8-6 victory at Petco Park, securing a three-game series sweep.

Upton hit a two-run home run in the first inning and later added an RBI double in the fifth inning to give the Padres (14-12) the lead for good. Gyorko's pinch-hit, two-run homer in the sixth gave San Diego a three-run lead.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Barry M. Bloom

Padres face big decision on Black's future

Skipper widely respected in clubhouse, league

Padres face big decision on Black's future

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres have a major decision to make whether tomorrow, next week or at the end of the season, regarding the future of Bud Black, the veteran manager in the final year of his contract.

General manager A.J. Preller has been entrusted with making the decision of whether to extend Black, in his ninth season as Padres manager, and Preller said earlier in the season that the decision largely would be based on the club's performance.

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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.

Butler's power arm has stock rising fast

Butler's power arm has stock rising fast

SAN DIEGO -- Ryan Butler hasn't been in the Padres' organization for a full year yet, though he is already moving fast.

Not just through the system, but in terms of the velocity the 23-year-old right-hander offers to opposing hitters.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Maurer's long relief 'critical' for Padres in win

Reliever provides bridge to Kimbrel with 2 scoreless innings

Maurer's long relief 'critical' for Padres in win

SAN DIEGO -- Chances are that Padres' reliever Brandon Maurer will remain planted on the bench in the home bullpen at Petco Park on Sunday, but that doesn't mean he wouldn't have contributed to the greater good of the team.

In fact, Maurer essentially saved the bullpen in Saturday's 4-2 victory over the Rockies, when he tossed two scoreless innings in relief, providing more than a capable bridge between starter Brandon Morrow and closer Craig Kimbrel.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Emerging Morrow, returning JJ key to Padres

Emerging Morrow, returning JJ key to Padres

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

As I looked over the Padres roster just before Spring Training, two starting pitchers intrigued me.

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ICYMI: Resilience secures series victory

ICYMI: Resilience secures series victory

The Padres were back to their winning ways Friday night with a 14-3 victory over the Rockies, and outfielder Justin Upton was quite pleased with the team's turnaround.

Upton stopped by Padres Social Hour before Saturday's game and discussed how his team could grow from their struggles and how the long baseball season gives him a great perspective during the occasional losing streak.

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Minors Report: Rea, Erlin shine on the mound

Minors Report: Rea, Erlin shine on the mound

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

Right-hander Colin Rea pitched the best game of his professional career for Double-A San Antonio Saturday night and left-hander Robbie Erlin picked up his fourth win of season for Triple-A El Paso.

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Myers sees success with patience at plate

Padres center fielder's two walks lead to runs in win

Myers sees success with patience at plate

SAN DIEGO -- After walking twice in his first 23 games with the Padres, center fielder and leadoff hitter Wil Myers has suddenly morphed into the … master of the free pass?

Myers walked twice Friday and did so again in Saturday's 4-2 victory over the Rockies, with both walks leading to runs.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Myers, Upton back Morrow to take series vs. Rox

Myers, Upton back Morrow to take series vs. Rox

SAN DIEGO -- Justin Upton's two-run single in the fifth inning put the Padres on top for good and Brandon Morrow allowed two runs in six innings Saturday as San Diego edged the Rockies, 4-2, at Petco Park.

Upton's two-run, two-out single came off Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa (0-2), who pitched well. He allowed three runs on five hits in five innings with three walks and nine strikeouts.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kelley making steady progress in Minors rehab

Reliever on DL since April 24 with strained left calf

Kelley making steady progress in Minors rehab

SAN DIEGO -- Shawn Kelley's Minor League rehab stint on Friday at High-A Lake Elsinore included a little of everything, which is what the Padres' reliever was actually hoping for.

In this case, the more work, the better.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Benoit dealing with dead arm, hopes to avoid DL

Padres reliever last pitched April 27 vs. Astros

Benoit dealing with dead arm, hopes to avoid DL

SAN DIEGO -- Reliever Joaquin Benoit is fighting through a case of dead arm, manager Bud Black said Saturday.

The right-hander has not pitched since April 27, a game where he allowed three earned runs against the Astros while not recording an out.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kennedy finds his groove in bounceback start

Padres starter fans 6 over 6 innings in rout of Rox

Kennedy finds his groove in bounceback start

SAN DIEGO -- After a rough first month of the season, Ian Kennedy kicked off May with a strong start on Friday, tossing six innings and allowing two runs to earn the victory in San Diego's 14-3 win over the Rockies in the opener of a three-game series at Petco Park.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Padres (12-12), who had lost seven of eight.

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Tim Powers is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kennedy, offense come up big vs. Rox to snap skid

Kennedy, offense come up big vs. Rox to snap skid

SAN DIEGO -- Ian Kennedy struck out six in six innings and the Padres offense unloaded 14 hits and took advantage of four Rockies errors en route to a 14-3 victory at Petco Park on Friday night in front of 30,186.

After giving up eight runs in 4 1/3 innings to the Dodgers in his last start, Kennedy (1-1) held the Rockies to two runs on four hits in six innings, and struck out six in the Padres second victory in the last nine games. In addition to the four errors, the Padres benefited from the bats of Derek Norris and Yangervis Solarte, who combined for seven RBIs.

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Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. Tim Powers is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Situational hitting boosting Padres

Situational hitting boosting Padres

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

One of the Padres biggest improvements over the 2014 edition is situational hitting. Last season, for example, the Padres hit .220 with runners in scoring position.

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Padres back on track with victory over Rockies

Padres back on track with victory over Rockies

In conjunction with a tradition of recognizing those who serve, the Padres held their "First-Responders Opening Night" game on Friday evening in an effort to honor San Diego's first-responders from throughout the county. Members of 14 first-responder agencies were recognized in a touching pregame ceremony that was capped off with a police helicopter flyover.

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Minors Report: Goebbert hits game-winner in 13th

Almonte goes 3-for-6, homers in Triple-A El Paso's victory at Sacramento

Minors Report: Goebbert hits game-winner in 13th

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

Jake Goebbert hit a three-run double in the top of the 13th inning Friday night to lead Triple-A El Paso to a 7-6 Pacific Coast League win at Sacramento.

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Padres Minors Report: May 1

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

Ryan Butler didn't allow a run over six innings Thursday night to lower
his earned run average to under 1.00 and two other pitchers in the
Padres system didn't allow a run.

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Barry M. Bloom

Kennedy provides spark Padres needed

San Diego hopes rough patch in rearview after blowout win

Kennedy provides spark Padres needed

SAN DIEGO -- It's not as if the Padres weren't going to win another game this season. Sometimes all it takes is a standout performance by one player to turn things around. And on Friday night that player was right-hander Ian Kennedy.

Kennedy -- missing in action so far this seasons because of a hamstring injury and poor performance -- held the Rockies scoreless just long enough for the Padres to generate some offense. The Rockies also helped the swinging Friars by making four errors.

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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.

Padres recall Vincent from Minors to bolster 'pen

Mazzoni optioned to Triple-A in corresponding move

Padres recall Vincent from Minors to bolster 'pen

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres on Friday recalled right-handed pitcher Nick Vincent from Triple-A El Paso, returning the reliever to the Majors after sending him down in the season's first week.

Vincent, 28, started the season with the Padres and pitched in three games, allowing three runs -- two earned -- over 3 1/3 innings, before the club opted to send him to the Minors.

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Tim Powers is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres have work to do after uneven April

Padres have work to do after uneven April

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

After a 10-5 start, a fifth straight losing record in April is not what Padres fans expected. The Padres dropped seven of their last eight games to finish the season's first month with an 11-12 record.

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Jim Callis

MLB, MLBPA agree to PTBNL rule change

Drafted players can be dealt after World Series rather than a year after signing

MLB, MLBPA agree to PTBNL rule change

To avoid a repeat of Trea Turner's awkward situation, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have agreed to change the rules governing when players signed out of the First-Year Player Draft can be traded.

MLB emailed all 30 teams Friday, informing them that starting with the 2015 Draft, players can be dealt the day after the World Series ends. Previously, they had to wait until the one-year anniversary of signing their first pro contact.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Former All-Star Quentin announces retirement

Former All-Star Quentin announces retirement

HOUSTON -- Two-time American League All-Star Carlos Quentin asked for his release from the Mariners after five games with Triple-A Tacoma and announced his retirement from baseball on Friday.

"Over the past several days, it became clear to me that my injuries have taken too great of a physical toll for me to be able to perform at the level I expect from myself," said Quentin. "As a result, I believe it is the right time for me to walk away and to refocus my energy on the next chapter of my life with my family."

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres RBI program aims to expand, draw in youth

Executive chairman Fowler would like to see participation grow to 1,000 children

Padres RBI program aims to expand, draw in youth

SAN DIEGO -- A year ago, the Padres RBI program for youth baseball and softball experienced a big leap in participation, as the numbers doubled to more than 800. This year, the club, in conjunction with the San Diego Hall of Champions, wants to grow that number of participants to nearly 1,000 children.

This program resonates deeply with Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler, who would like to see more youth come back to baseball and softball.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cashner sets Padres record with six K's to open game

Righty shatters an MLB mark too, extending streak of two or fewer earned runs at home to 21 starts

Cashner sets Padres record with six K's to open game

SAN DIEGO -- Andrew Cashner started Wednesday's game against the Astros at Petco Park with a bang.

Or maybe it was more of a whiff.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres need to cash in runs for Cashner

Padres need to cash in runs for Cashner

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

Andrew Cashner isn't having much luck … again.

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Padres Minor League Report: April 30

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

Center fielders are the hot topic in the Padres farm system at the moment.

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