Padres' five-run third snaps Giants' streak

Padres' five-run third snaps Giants' streak

SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Diego Padres backed starter Ian Kennedy and took control with a five-run third inning Wednesday to cruise to a 9-1 victory over San Francisco at AT&T Park. The outcome averted a three-game series sweep for the Giants, whose five-game winning streak dissolved.

"We had a good run," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said.

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Hedges impressive in first start for Padres

Prospect gets first big league hit and RBI, works well with Kennedy

Hedges impressive in first start for Padres

SAN FRANCISCO -- If you know anything about Padres rookie catcher Austin Hedges, you might not be at all surprised to know he was willing to pass on talking about his first Major League hit Wednesday for a topic more near and dear to him -- his defense.

"All I cared about going into the game was that [starting pitcher Ian Kennedy] and I were on the same page and we go out and followed the game plan," Hedges said. "He made my job easy. He executed all his pitches."

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Kennedy continues upward ascent vs. Giants

Padres starter has second strong outing since rough return from DL

Kennedy continues upward ascent vs. Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- The last time Ian Kennedy faced the Giants, he felt a searing pain in his left hamstring, a strain that forced him from his first start of the season in the third inning.

On Wednesday, Kennedy proved a pain in the collective side of the Giants, as he limited San Francisco's hitters to one run in seven innings and the Padres ran away with a 9-1 victory at AT&T Park.

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Five thoughts on the Padres

Five thoughts on the Padres

Because Austin Hedges has been in the Padres' Minor League system for almost four full seasons, it's easy to forget that the young catcher is only 22 years old.

When he caught his first Major League game Wednesday afternoon in San Francisco, Hedges was 22 years and 261 days old. He was born on Aug. 18, 1992.

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Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Lyle Spencer

Potent Padres offense gets back on track

After two shutouts, San Diego cruises with five-run inning vs. Giants

Potent Padres offense gets back on track

SAN FRANCISCO -- When the Padres had their most recent postseason adventure, in 2006, their manager was Bruce Bochy, their ace was Jake Peavy and the lineup featured Adrian Gonzalez, Mike Piazza and Mike Cameron behind leadoff catalyst Dave Roberts, who hit .293 with 49 steals and 13 triples.

"We had a good lineup," said Roberts, current bench coach for manager Bud Black, "but not as good as this one. These guys are more explosive than we were."

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Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Despaigne back in rotation to face D-backs

Despaigne back in rotation to face D-backs

When Brandon Morrow landed on the disabled list Tuesday with inflammation in his right shoulder, the Padres didn't have to look far for his replacement for Thursday's game against the D-backs.

For the second time this season, Odrisamer Despaigne will move from long relief into the rotation for an injured pitcher. He gets the start Thursday as the Padres open a four-game series at Chase Field.

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ICYMI: Padres bats come alive to back Kennedy

ICYMI: Padres bats come alive to back Kennedy

The Friars came out swinging on Wednesday, pounding out 16 hits en route to a 9-1 victory in the series finale at AT&T Park. Indeed, Wednesday's game had a little bit of everything for the Padres, including a stellar pitching performance by starter Ian Kennedy, who gave up only one run and struck out five in seven innings pitched against the Giants. The game also featured rookie Austin Hedges' first Major League start, along with his first Major League hit and RBI. 

The Padres now continue their road trip and will embark on a "happy flight" out of San Francisco to start a four-game set against Arizona on Thursday. In case you missed it, here are some highlights and things you may not have seen on Wednesday:

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Upton making progress in foot rehab

Upton making progress in foot rehab

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Padres head to Arizona late Wednesday to begin a four-game series with the D-backs beginning Thursday.

They'll also get a chance to catch up with outfielder Melvin Upton Jr., who has been at the team's Spring Training facility in Peoria since April 10.

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Padres' prolific offense hitting a rut in San Francisco

Padres' prolific offense hitting a rut in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- The most productive offense in the National League has hit the skids again at the hands of Giants' pitching.

The Padres were shut out for the second time in as many days -- and for the fourth time in 2015 -- on Tuesday, falling, 6-0, at AT&T Park, as their bats fell silent.

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Padres' bats stymied again by Giants pitching

Padres' bats stymied again by Giants pitching

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ryan Vogelsong worked seven shutout innings and received ample offensive support Tuesday night as the San Francisco Giants lengthened their three winning streaks to five overall, eight at home and three via the shutout, with a 6-0 victory over the San Diego Padres.

Having allowed four homers and six runs in three innings against the Dodgers in his start last Wednesday, Vogelsong (1-2) underwent a complete reversal. He surrendered three hits, all singles, to the National League's highest scoring team, which left the bases loaded in the sixth inning. That occurred after Matt Kemp's bid for a three-run homer died in the glove of left fielder Nori Aoki, who made a leaping catch a couple steps in front of the wall.

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Padres Minor League Report: May 6

Perez, Hagerty, Lane, Dickerson harvesting on Padres' farm

Padres Minor League Report: May 6

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

Otay Ranch High product Fernando Perez continued his hitting surge for advanced Class A Lake Elsinore, and catcher Jason Hagerty hit a grand slam homer for Double-A San Antonio in Tuesday night's action in the Padres' farm system.

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ICYMI: Padres blanked in the Bay again

ICYMI: Padres blanked in the Bay again

The Padres' offense was once again nowhere to be found on Tuesday, as the Friars were shut out by the Giants for the second night in a row at AT&T Park.

With the 6-0 loss to the Giants, the Padres have extended their consecutive scoreless streak to 20 innings -- having scored their most recent run in the sixth inning of Sunday's game against the Rockies.

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Cashner can't find a groove in loss to Giants

Cashner can't find a groove in loss to Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- It's been nearly a month since Andrew Cashner's rough first start of the season against the Dodgers, where three Adrian Gonzalez home runs ruined the Padres pitcher's night.

Since then, Cashner has settled back into form more fitting the pitcher who has thrown some of the most dominant games for the franchise in recent memory.

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Morrow heads to DL with shoulder inflammation

Padres recall Garces; Despaigne will return to starting rotation

Morrow heads to DL with shoulder inflammation

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Padres placed starting pitcher Brandon Morrow on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday with inflammation of his right shoulder, though Morrow and the team both felt this could actually be helpful for him in the future.

Come again?

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Norris could see pregame reps at first base

Norris could see pregame reps at first base

SAN FRANCISCO -- Padres manager Bud Black said Tuesday that catcher Derek Norris could begin taking ground balls at first base during pregame drills with hopes that Norris could see time there this season.

Black was quick to point out that this isn't a position change, but more a move to add to Norris' versatility and an opportunity to spell him from the rigors of catching, while still keeping his bat in the lineup.

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Solarte's versatility in high demand by Padres

Infielder called on to play multiple positions

Solarte's versatility in high demand by Padres

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

SAN DIEGO -- Yangervis Solarte can't play everywhere at once, which creates a problem for the Padres. He is hitting .301 with four doubles, two home runs and 17 RBIs. Solarte has started games at every infield position except shortstop.

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Padres fall to dominant Bumgarner

Padres fall to dominant Bumgarner

SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Monday before allowing a hit to Justin Upton, one of the few blights in a dominant start as the Giants defeated the Padres, 2-0, at AT&T Park.

Bumgarner (3-1) allowed consecutive singles to Upton and Yangervis Solarte to begin the seventh inning but little else. He allowed one walk and had six strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.

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Padres promote No. 2 prospect Hedges

Catcher joins club prior to series vs. Giants, will serve as backup

Padres promote No. 2 prospect Hedges

SAN FRANCISCO -- No sooner had Austin Hedges settled into his seat on the El Paso team bus Sunday afternoon, with a three-hour ride to Fresno awaiting him and his teammates, when he was approached by athletic trainer Nate Stewart.

"He came up and asked if I got into trouble last night," said Hedges, who was preparing for a round of trivia hosted by teammate Cody Decker when Stewart approached him. "I told him I was asleep. Then I saw [manager Pat Murphy] outside talking to some guys I'd never seen.

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Addition of Hedges takes pressure off Norris

Padres prospect deepens catching position, lessens workload on starter

Addition of Hedges takes pressure off Norris

SAN FRANCISCO -- The promotion of 22-year-old catching prospect Austin Hedges on Monday from Triple-A El Paso was by no means an indication of how the Padres feel about starting catcher Derek Norris.

But adding Hedges, the organization's No. 2 prospect according to MLB.com, could certainly affect Norris' workload moving forward.

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Padres can't repeat success vs. Bumgarner

San Diego musters no hits in first six innings against Giants ace

Padres can't repeat success vs. Bumgarner

SAN FRANCISCO -- A little over three weeks ago, Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner struggled through a rough start against the Padres at Petco Park, allowing five earned runs on 10 hits in three innings before getting an early hook.

It was a far different story Monday, as Bumgarner handcuffed the Padres, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning in what became a 2-0 victory by the Giants at AT&T Park.

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Nothing more for Hedges to prove in Minors

Nothing more for Hedges to prove in Minors

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

The Padres' decision to promote catcher Austin Hedges to the Major Leagues is an interesting one. Clearly, they believe the 22-year-old Hedges, ranked as San Diego's No. 2 prospect and No. 50 overall, had nothing more to gain in the Minor Leagues.

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MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

Mother's Day is Sunday, and for Melissa Rupert of Liberty Township, Ohio, it will be the first one to celebrate as the mother of a baby boy named Noah.

"He's my entire world," Rupert said. "Every day, I hold my baby boy as tightly as he'll let me and remind myself that he is my rock and my joy, and I barely think about ... breast cancer."

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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. Read and join other baseball fans on his MLB.com community blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gyorko hopes to turn page from rough April

Padres second baseman slugs first homer in win over Rox

Gyorko hopes to turn page from rough April

SAN DIEGO -- Jedd Gyorko can't pinpoint why the opening month of the season has typically been so troubling for him. But the Padres' second baseman is certain of one thing.

"I definitely like May more than April. My whole career has been like that," Gyorko said.

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Padres Minor League Report: May 4

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

Right-hander Bryan Rodriguez continued a hot streak by Double-A San Antonio pitchers with eight shutout innings in the Missions' 6-0 win at Midland on Sunday. It was San Antonio's second straight shutout and the 10-13 Missions' third shutout in the past four games.

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Upton talks shop on Padres Social Hour

Outfielder discusses length of season, bumps in the road and growing as a team

Upton talks shop on Padres Social Hour

Baseball has the longest season in professional sports, and that can be a tiring exercise for some. For outfielder Justin Upton, however, that marathon provides great perspective.

"It's a long season," Upton said. "That's just a part of baseball."

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Jonathan Mayo

Transition should be smooth for Hedges

Padres promoting No. 2 prospect primarily for prowess behind plate

Transition should be smooth for Hedges

Ever since he was one of the best catching prospects in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, people have been talking about Austin Hedges' defense. It still is calling card, and it will continue to be now that he's been called up to the big leagues by the Padres.

Hedges' scouting report back from the Draft doesn't look a whole lot different than it does now. Here's his entry on Prospect Watch from 2011, where he was ranked No. 31 on MLB.com's Draft Top 50:

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.