Padres ride 4-run 4th, Lamet to series win in SF

Padres ride 4-run 4th, Lamet to series win in SF

SAN FRANCISCO -- Continuing to show they have the Giants' number in 2017, the San Diego Padres rode starter Dinelson Lamet to a 5-2 win Sunday at AT&T Park. The Padres have won seven of their last nine games against their National League West neighbors, and they've taken all four series this season.

"For some reason, our starters have just not had very many good starts against these guys," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "They have a little power. They've hit their share of home runs."

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Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area who covered the Giants on Sunday.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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Statcast of the Day: Myers' HR away from home

Statcast of the Day: Myers' HR away from home

SAN FRANCISCO -- Wil Myers never enjoyed hitting at AT&T Park before 2017. In this certified pitchers' paradise, few hitters do.

But with Myers locked in as a fixture in the National League West for years to come, something needed to change. In April, Myers -- who homered again in the Padres' 5-2 victory over the Giants on Sunday -- made certain it would.

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Torrens, Cordoba prepare for summer grind

Torrens, Cordoba prepare for summer grind

SAN FRANCISCO -- Even among the most experienced players, there's little reprieve from the grind of a long baseball season. For Luis Torrens and Allen Cordoba, it's a marathon the likes of which they've never seen.

Torrens and Cordoba didn't become Padres until December, when they were selected with the second and third picks, respectively, in the Rule 5 Draft. Torrens spent 2016 at Class A in the Yankees system, where he played 52 games. Cordoba, meanwhile, played 50 games of rookie ball in the Cardinals organization. Entering this year, neither had played more than 62 games in a season.

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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.

Padres hoping for turnaround from Richard

Padres hoping for turnaround from Richard

The Padres return home after a seven-game road trip and the Mets will depart the confines of Citi Field for the first time since the All-Star break when the two teams open a four-game series at Petco Park on Monday night. Jacob deGrom will start for New York, and San Diego will start Clayton Richard.

deGrom (11-3, 3.37 ERA) has been dominant over his past seven starts, going 7-0 with a 1.51 ERA in that span. He has pitched 6 2/3 innings or more in all of those outings, with a total of 50 strikeouts and just 10 walks.

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Chris Bumbaca is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Perdomo ties Padres record with 3rd triple

Green on right-hander's athleticism: 'He can fly'

Perdomo ties Padres record with 3rd triple

SAN FRANCISCO -- No one doubts Luis Perdomo's status as a pitcher who rakes. But, offensively, he does more than just hit. Perdomo has wheels, too, and he's showing them off quite frequently this season.

With his fourth-inning triple in the Padres' 5-4, 12-inning loss to the Giants on Saturday afternoon, Perdomo became the seventh pitcher in history with three triples in a single season. In the process, he's already tied Tim Lollar for the Padres' all-time triples record by a pitcher.

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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.

Aybar placed on DL; Padres recall Baumann

Reliever delivers scoreless frame; Stammen day to day with tight hamstring

Aybar placed on DL; Padres recall Baumann

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Padres have picked up their fair share of bumps and bruises during a pair of extra-inning battles in San Francisco this weekend.

Before Saturday's 5-4, 12-inning loss, shortstop Erick Aybar was placed on the 10-day disabled list after fouling a ball off his left foot in the 11th on Friday night. Meanwhile, righty reliever Craig Stammen is day to day with a tight left hamstring he sustained while running from first to third in the sixth inning, also on Friday.

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Padres fall to Giants in 12th after early rally

Padres fall to Giants in 12th after early rally

SAN FRANCISCO -- Starting in place of All-Star catcher Buster Posey certainly comes with expectations. Nick Hundley met those -- and then some -- when he looped a single to the left-field wall Saturday afternoon, giving the Giants a 5-4 walk-off win over the Padres in 12 innings.

San Francisco's fifth walk-off win of the season resulted in an enthusiastic infield celebration. It was Hundley's first walk-off hit since joining the organization this season.

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Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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Q&A: McGwire on second career in dugout

Q&A: McGwire on second career in dugout

Mark McGwire reached 500 home runs faster than any player in history. He broke Roger Maris' single-season home run record of 61 with 70 home runs in 1998, three years ahead of Barry Bonds hitting 73.

And to think, had Marcel Lachemann not resigned as the pitching coach at USC to become the farm director for the Angels in 1982, McGwire would have been a pitcher, not a power-hitting first baseman. But then McGwire is one of those guys who is far from predictable. He is one of those rare star-caliber players who actually decided to stay in the game after his playing days were done, enjoying the challenges of being a coach. First with the Cardinals then the Dodgers as a hitting coach, he is now the bench coach with the Padres.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lucchesi goes eight strong for San Antonio

Lucchesi goes eight strong for San Antonio

The Braves' farm system is loaded with talented young arms, and that was easily apparent on Saturday as Luiz Gohara and Lucas Sims led Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett to wins with dominating performances on the mound.

The duo combined for 20 strikeouts over 13 scoreless frames as Mississippi topped Blioxi, 8-0, and Gwinnett held off Indianapolis, 2-1. Whats more, these impressive outings come just a day after Braves No. 11 prospect Touki Toussaint struck out 11 with Class A Advanced Florida

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres reverse the score on Giants

Three players just miss cycle in extra-inning win Friday

Padres reverse the score on Giants

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

I remember the middle of the 2016 season, when the Giants defeated the Padres for a ninth straight time.

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Padres rebound from Giants' rally, win in 11

Padres rebound from Giants' rally, win in 11

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Szczur wasn't in the San Diego Padres' starting lineup Friday night against the San Francisco Giants. But the game lasted long enough for Szczur to make an impact anyway, as the Padres captured a 12-9 decision.

Szczur's fourth hit, an 11th-inning single, broke a tie and launched the Padres on a three-run binge that finally stopped the plucky Giants. One of three Padres who finished a hit shy of the cycle, Szczur had two cracks at becoming the first substitute in history to accomplish the feat. He needed a home run, and with the Padres ahead by three in the eighth, he admitted to swinging for the fences.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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.

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Former Giant Sanchez homers on big night

Former Giant Sanchez homers on big night

SAN FRANCISCO -- Hector Sanchez insists he has nothing but love for the Giants. The Padres catcher spent five seasons with San Francisco, winning two championships along the way. He regularly keeps in touch with a number of his former teammates. And he lauds the fans for their continued support, even though he's now wearing a Padres cap.

Sanchez has a funny way of showing his affection. In the Padres' 12-9, 11-inning victory at AT&T Park on Friday night, Sanchez bedeviled his former club. He went 3-for-6 with a homer, a double and two RBIs, leading the Padres back from an early four-run deficit.

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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.

Padres defend Hand's hefty price tag

Padres defend Hand's hefty price tag

SAN FRANCISCO -- Reports from around the baseball world have claimed the Padres are asking a steep price for lefty reliever Brad Hand. Steep, but fair, say the Padres.

According to a team source, Hand has commanded the most interest of any Padres trade chip since A.J. Preller took over as general manager in 2014. "Half the league or more" has inquired about Hand, the source said.

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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.

Cahill's revival makes him intriguing trade chip

Cahill's revival makes him intriguing trade chip

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ahead of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, the likeliest Padre to be dealt probably isn't Brad Hand (or any other team-controlled reliever, for that matter).

It's Trevor Cahill, the resurgent right-hander who has re-established himself as an effective starting pitcher this season. In 10 games for San Diego -- his hometown club -- Cahill has posted a 3.14 ERA, and he's striking out hitters at a 30 percent clip, by far the best mark in his career.

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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.

Padres back Chacin with homers vs. Giants

Padres back Chacin with homers vs. Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Helped by ample offensive support, right-hander Jhoulys Chacin defeated San Francisco for the third time this season as the Padres ended a three-game losing streak Thursday with a 5-2 triumph over Madison Bumgarner and the Giants.

Chacin (9-7) improved to 8-6 lifetime against the Giants, including 4-1 at AT&T Park, which prompted Giants manager Bruce Bochy to pay him the ultimate compliment.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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.

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Spangy shows monster power vs. Bumgarner

Spangy shows monster power vs. Bumgarner

SAN FRANCISCO -- There's a 421-foot sign where the brick wall in right field meets the center-field fence at AT&T Park. On a cool night -- like Thursday -- only the mightiest of blasts escape that part of the yard.

Enter Cory Spangenberg. In the seventh inning of Thursday's 5-2 Padres victory, Spangenberg came to the plate against Madison Bumgarner with the game tied at 2. In no uncertain terms, it was a brutal matchup for San Diego's lefty-hitting third baseman. In eight career at-bats against the Giants ace, he was hitless with four strikeouts.

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Vision training helping Hedges recover

Vision training helping Hedges recover

SAN FRANCISCO -- Austin Hedges rejoined the Padres in San Francisco on Thursday with a bit more clarity regarding his concussion symptoms.

After undergoing tests in San Diego, Hedges was diagnosed with a minor concussion that affected his vision -- more specifically, his depth perception. After leaving the team Monday, he spent the past two days undergoing vision training, and he feels as though he's nearly restored to full health.

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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.

Padres step up in Solarte's absence

Spangenberg has homered in two straight games, providing a major lift with Asuaje

Padres step up in Solarte's absence

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

Yangervis Solarte's rehab from the oblique strain he suffered on June 20 is not going as quickly as expected.

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Allen notches four hits for Lake Elsinore

Allen notches four hits for Lake Elsinore

No organization currently features more high-end talent in its farm system than the White Sox. That was evident on Thursday, as a host of the South Siders' top prospects turned in big performances across three different levels.

Most notably, No. 8 overall prospect Eloy Jimenez (White Sox No. 2) went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and a pair of doubles for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. It was the 20-year-old outfielder's ninth home run this season and his first as a member of the White Sox after he was acquired from the Cubs last week in the Jose Quintana trade. No. 68 overall prospect Zack Collins (White Sox No. 7) also went deep for Winston-Salem, giving him 13 homers through 82 games in his first full season.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cordero eyes consistency in return to Padres

San Diego recalls rookie center fielder, options Valdez

Cordero eyes consistency in return to Padres

DENVER -- "Up and down," doesn't quite do justice to Franchy Cordero's first stint in the big leagues.

The rookie center fielder got off to a blazing start, batting .339/.383/.625 over his first 17 games. Then he fell off a cliff, with just one hit in 31 at-bats over his last 10 games before he was sent to Triple-A El Paso at the end of June.

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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.

Padres can't catch up to Rockies in finale

Padres can't catch up to Rockies in finale

DENVER -- Nolan Arenado was already an All-Star, but now he can stake claim to another accomplishment -- leading the Rockies to their best offensive game in five years.

Arenado slugged three home runs in an 18-4 rout of the Padres on Wednesday afternoon as the Rockies scored 18 runs for the first time since April 27, 2012. They won their fourth straight and earned their first sweep since June 18, while Arenado's five hits set a new career high. With the victory and and the D-backs' 4-3, 11-inning loss at Cincinnati, Colorado moved a half-game in front of Arizona for the top National League Wild Card position

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Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver and covered the Rockies on Wednesday.

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Homers from Myers, Asuaje not enough

Homers from Myers, Asuaje not enough

DENVER -- Mark Reynolds and Carlos Gonzalez ended long droughts, and Antonio Senzatela won in his first start in nearly four weeks, as the Rockies won their third straight, 9-7, over the Padres at Coors Field on Tuesday night.

Reynolds' first-inning homer off Padres starter Dinelson Lamet (3-4) was his 20th of the season but his first in 56 at-bats. Gonzalez ended an 11 at-bat hitless streak with a two-run double in the fifth, and added an RBI single in the sixth.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page.

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Competitive Asuaje downplays first MLB HR

Loss dampens milestone for Padres rookie second baseman

Competitive Asuaje downplays first MLB HR

DENVER -- Carlos Asuaje had just launched his first big league home run, a majestic drive into the visiting bullpen, during the Padres' 9-7 loss to the Rockies on Tuesday night.

As you'd expect, Asuaje arrived at his locker after the game to a phone that overflowed with congratulatory messages. He certainly appreciated those. But ...

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Hedges placed on 7-day concussion list

Padres call up righty reliever Valdez in corresponding move

Hedges placed on 7-day concussion list

DENVER -- The Padres placed catcher Austin Hedges on the seven-day concussion disabled list Tuesday, recalling righty reliever Jose Valdez in his place.

Hedges, who had passed his prior concussion tests, but still wasn't feeling quite right, was sent back to San Diego to escape the altitude in Denver.

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Yates' profile grows as he thrives in bullpen

Righty has found success as he puts baseball in perspective

Yates' profile grows as he thrives in bullpen

DENVER -- Two years in a row, the Padres have plucked a castoff reliever from the waiver wire in April, only to see him blossom into a bona fide bullpen weapon by midseason.

A year ago, it was Brad Hand. This season, it's Kirby Yates.

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Richard Padres' Heart and Hustle Award winner

Richard Padres' Heart and Hustle Award winner

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association revealed the 30 preliminary winners of the 2017 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday. The honor is the only one voted on by former players, and is bestowed each year upon the active player who most represents a passion for the game of baseball, and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.

Past winners of the Heart and Hustle Award include David Eckstein (2005), Hall of Famer Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012), Dustin Pedroia (2013), Josh Harrison (2014), Anthony Rizzo (2015) and Todd Frazier (2016).

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres' rally comes up short vs. Rockies

Padres' rally comes up short vs. Rockies

DENVER -- Charlie Blackmon opened the bottom of the first with a homer off the face of the third deck and right-hander German Marquez tied a career high with nine strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings as the Rockies defeated the Padres, 9-6, Monday night at Coors Field to pull to a half-game behind the D-backs for the first National League Wild Card.

Blackmon's 22nd homer of the season came off Padres starter Luis Perdomo (4-5), who yielded seven runs (five earned) on six hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings. Trevor Story drove in three runs and Gerardo Parra added his eighth homer of the season, a solo shot in the seventh, to help the Rockies to their second straight victory -- something that hadn't happened since a six-game streak from June 14-20.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.

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Blash's tear is hard to ignore

Blash's tear is hard to ignore

DENVER -- It's far too soon to draw any conclusions from Jabari Blash's numbers since his Friday callup. But they're certainly impressive.

The hulking right fielder is 6-for-15 with a pair of doubles and a pair of home runs since returning from Triple-A El Paso. One of those homers came in the second inning of Monday's 9-6 loss to the Rockies, a two-run shot beyond the right-center field bullpens at Coors Field.

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Padres happy to keep Hand if price isn't right

Padres happy to keep Hand if price isn't right

DENVER -- A fortnight ahead of the non-waiver Trade Deadline, conventional wisdom says Padres reliever Brad Hand will be on the move before July 31.

Speaking with MLB.com, however, Padres general manager A.J. Preller pumped the brakes a bit on that notion. Yes, he's fielding calls from clubs looking to acquire Hand. But if the asking price isn't met, Hand could remain a Padre through 2017 -- and possibly beyond.

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