Padres hit three homers, but 'pen gets pounded

Padres hit three homers, but 'pen gets pounded

SAN DIEGO -- The Home Run Derby comes to Petco Park next July, but the Dodgers staged their own edition Friday night. In an 8-4 victory over the Padres, Los Angeles launched five home runs, including three taters in a decisive five-run sixth inning.

The win, coupled with a Giants loss, gives the Dodgers a season-high 7 1/2-game lead in the National League West, putting a third straight division title squarely on the horizon. Justin Ruggiano's pinch-hit, two-run shot in the sixth gave L.A. a 5-3 lead before Adrian Gonzalez and Chase Utley went back-to-back later in the frame.

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

Padres depleted 'pen can't keep it in the yard

With Kelley and Maurer sidelined, trio of relievers struggles vs. Dodgers

Padres depleted 'pen can't keep it in the yard

SAN DIEGO -- Padres relievers allowed five runs in the sixth inning for the second straight day, but this time the outcome would not go in their favor, as they fell, 8-4, to the Dodgers on Friday night.

San Diego pitchers allowed five home runs, the second most they have given up in a game this season. On May 12 against Seattle, the Padres allowed six. Friday marked the first time the Dodgers have ever homered five times at Petco.

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'Ferrell Takes the Field' premieres tonight at Petco

Actor expected to be in attendance in San Diego

'Ferrell Takes the Field' premieres tonight at Petco

When Ron Burgundy burst onto the scene as America's most beloved fictional news anchor, a love affair formed between the somewhat inappropriate, mustachioed protagonist and one of the most beautiful cities in America.

So it should come as no surprise that the actor who made Burgundy kind of a big deal in San Diego more than a decade ago would premiere his first baseball movie in a ballpark located in the very city that he implored to "stay classy" in the cult classic "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy."

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Alyson Footer is a national correspondent for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @alysonfooter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Myers activated from 60-day DL

Padres youngster says he's fully recovered from wrist surgery

Myers activated from 60-day DL

SAN DIEGO -- WIl Myers was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list Friday and was in the lineup for the Padres for the first time since June 13.

Myers started at first base and batted sixth, going 0-for-4, but reaching base on a dropped third strike and stealing a base in the second inning of the 8-4 loss to the Dodgers. He moved to center field in the ninth.

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Johnson faces just one batter in rehab start

Padres pitcher was scheduled to pitch one inning

Johnson faces just one batter in rehab start

SAN DIEGO -- Josh Johnson's made his first rehab appearance since undergoing Tommy John surgery, starting Friday for Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore. He faced one batter, threw four pitches and gave up a hit before exiting the game. Johnson was scheduled to pitch one inning.

The Padres didn't have an update on Johnson Friday night.

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Ross takes on Dodgers, seeking 11th win

Ross takes on Dodgers, seeking 11th win

Tyson Ross and Alex Wood will face off as the Padres and Dodgers play the penultimate game of a four-game series at Petco Park on Saturday.

Ross (10-9 , 3.27 ERA) earned his 10th win in his last outing, allowing three hits in seven scoreless innings. The right-hander last faced the Dodgers on April 7, when he took a no-decision, allowing two runs on six hits in six innings.

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Solarte serves as catalyst, flirts with cycle

Solarte serves as catalyst, flirts with cycle

SAN DIEGO -- Yangervis Solarte was a triple shy of the cycle on Thursday night, as the Padres had a come-from-behind, 10-7 win in the first of a four-game series against the Dodgers at Petco Park.

In his last at-bat of the game, Solarte hit the ball down the left field-line, which looked like it maybe could have clinched him the cycle.

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Padres ride 15-hit parade, rally past Dodgers

Padres ride 15-hit parade, rally past Dodgers

SAN DIEGO -- Jedd Gyorko's go-ahead home run sparked a Padres' four-run rally in the eighth inning, as San Diego beat the Dodgers, 10-7, on Thursday night at Petco Park.

Dodgers reliever Jim Johnson allowed a leadoff walk to Justin Upton before Gyorko smashed a 380-foot, two-run homer to center field. Juan Nicasio later allowed a triple to Melvin Upton Jr. , which scored Derek Norris. Yangervis Solarte, who went 4-for-5, added an RBI double.

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Gale excited to join Padres after journey in Minors

Edwards, acquired in Venable trade, also joins San Diego

Gale excited to join Padres after journey in Minors

SAN DIEGO -- Two new faces in the Padres' clubhouse, catcher Rocky Gale and pitcher Jon Edwards, have both endured different, but rewarding journeys to land in sunny San Diego.

Both Gale and Edwards were called up on Wednesday, along with outfielder Alex Dickerson, as Yonder Alonso, Shawn Kelley and Derek Norris all left Tuesday's 8-6 loss with injuries.

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ICYMI: Padres take down LA with late rally

ICYMI: Padres take down LA with late rally

The Swinging Friars lived up to their nickname as San Diego pounded out 15 hits in a thrilling 10-7 comeback victory over the Dodgers in the series opener down at Petco Park. Thursday's win was a hard-fought oneafter the Friars saw an early 4-0 lead slip away in a five-run sixth inning for the Dodgers. With a three-run deficit before them in the sixth, the Padres manufactured six runs in the final three home frames to rally and secure the first game of a four-game set.

Rookie Colin Rea recorded a career-high six strikeouts over five innings, surpassing his previous mark of four K's in a single game. Rea surrendered only two earned runs on four hits while limiting the Dodgers to two walks on 76 pitches. Rea's efforts would only garner him a no-decision as the Padres' bullpen failed to hold on to a two-run lead.

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Gyorko coming up tall at short

Notes on Solarte, Kemp, J. Upton, Benoit

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

The sample size is small, but it appears Jedd Gyorko can play shortstop -- at least better than most expected.

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El Paso wins, takes lead in PCL division

Middlebrooks, Liriano, Goebbert homer in rout of Las Vegas

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

First baseman Will Middlebrooks, center fielder Rymer Liriano and left fielder Jake Goebbert all homered Thursday night as Triple-A El Paso took a 10-1 win at Las Vegas to take the lead in the Pacific Coast League Pacific South Division from the 51s.

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Kennedy's solid start spoiled in extras

Padres starter struck out 12, but Norris gave up game-winner

Kennedy's solid start spoiled in extras

SAN DIEGO -- Ian Kennedy's solid start was spoiled Wednesday night, when the Padres dropped the series finale against the Rangers, losing, 4-3, in 10 innings.

"It goes unnoticed how great [Kennedy] was," interim manager Pat Murphy said. "I thought it was a great performance, battling their No. 1. He made great pitches, he pitched out of trouble when he needed to, whether he created it or not. I really thought that was as good as a starting pitching performance as you could see."

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Reinforcements called in for injured players

Padres add OF Dickerson, RHP Edwards and catcher Gale to roster

Reinforcements called in for injured players

SAN DIEGO -- With Derek Norris, Shawn Kelley and Yonder Alonso exiting with injuries in Tuesday's 8-6 loss, the Padres recalled outfielder Alex Dickerson and right-hander Jon Edwards from Triple-A El Paso, and selected the contract of catcher Rocky Gale.

Left-hander Chris Rearick was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.

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Padres edged in 10 by Rangers

Padres edged in 10 by Rangers

SAN DIEGO -- Mitch Moreland doubled home Elvis Andrus in the top of the 10th inning and the Rangers held on for a 4-3 victory over the Padres on Wednesday night.

The victory moved the Rangers within two games of the Astros in the American League West, and they maintain a one-game lead over the Twins for the second Wild Card spot.

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Beth Maiman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kennedy creating interesting dilemma for Padres

Right-hander has 6.64 ERA since start of June

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

The Padres are facing a difficult decision this off-season when it comes to right-handed starter Ian Kennedy.

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Hagerty homers to give Triple-A El Paso important win

Chihuahuas 1/2-game behind in PCL division with 5 to play

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

Jason Hagerty, who became Triple-A El Paso's regular catcher earlier in the day when Rocky Gale was promoted to the Padres, homered in the top of the 11th Wednesday night to lead the Chihuahuas to a 2-1 victory at Las Vegas.

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ICYMI: Kennedy K's 12, Friars fall in 10

ICYMI: Kennedy K's 12, Friars fall in 10

Wednesday night's finale between the Rangers and Padres went a bit longer than San Diego's Friar Faithful might have hoped. Despite a solid gem of a start from Ian Kennedy through seven strong innings, Texas pulled off a 4-3 come-from-behind win in the 10th frame of Wednesday's contest. Reliever Bud Norris was charged with the loss after surrendering the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th, while a clutch performance from veteran Clint Barmes carried the Padres offense.

Kennedy started September right where he had left off with August, surrendering only two earned runs on seven innings and 100 pitches in the final game of a three-game set with Texas. Kennedy was efficient with his pitches, walking only two batters while also striking out 12 on the night - tying a career-high feat that he has now accomplished five times in his career. Over his last four starts, Kennedy has posted a 2.05 ERA while posting an even more impressive 2.49 ERA over his last 14 starts.

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Kemp flirts with cycle, but wild inning sinks Padres

Kemp flirts with cycle, but wild inning sinks Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Elvis Andrus' stunning steal of home finished off a four-run rally in the top of the seventh and the Rangers defeated the Padres, 8-6, at Petco Park on Tuesday night. The Rangers, with their eighth win in 11 games, are now three games behind the Astros in the American League West, while maintaining a one-game lead over the Twins for the second Wild Card spot.

"Right now every game means something so it's really intense," first baseman Prince Fielder said. "That's what makes it fun."

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Padres lose Norris, Kelley in painful 7th inning

Catcher hyperextends elbow on play at plate; reliever strains forearm

Padres lose Norris, Kelley in painful 7th inning

SAN DIEGO -- It was a night that interim manager Pat Murphy called very unusual, with three different Padre players sustaining in-game injuries, as San Diego fell to Texas 8-6 on Tuesday night.

First, Yonder Alonso exited in the third inning with lower-back tightness.

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Alonso exits with lower-back tightness in third

Padres first baseman expects to be ready to play soon

Alonso exits with lower-back tightness in third

SAN DIEGO -- Yonder Alonso left Tuesday's 8-6 loss to the Rangers in the third inning with lower-back tightness.

"Alonso looks like it's going to be a couple of days, Padres interim manager Pat Murphy said. "He has some back tightness, has been nursing it for a couple of days. It got real bad during the game ... it really tightened up on him there, he bent over for a ball and had to get up quickly."

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ICYMI: Kemp's 4 RBIs, late rally not enough

ICYMI: Kemp's 4 RBIs, late rally not enough

San Diego staged an exciting two-run rally in the ninth inning of Tuesday's game against the Rangers at Petco Park, but Texas took an 8-6 victory. The three-hour, 40-minute contest certainly took a toll on the home team as three Padres players would leave the game with apparent injuries or discomfort.

Starter Andrew Cashner provided a decent performance in his first career appearance against Texas as he surrendered four earned runs on eight hits. Cashner did not issue a walk while also striking out four for a no-decision.

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Injuries could force Padres to seek help from El Paso

Chihuahuas remain in Pacific Coast League playoff race

Injuries could force Padres to seek help from El Paso

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

Sept. 1 is usually the date Major League teams expand their rosters.

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Dickerson gets second PCL honor; AFL rosters set

Fort Wayne closes in on title; El Paso loses game for 1st-place

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

Tuesday was another busy day in the Padres farm system.

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Padres bolster 'pen with Mateo, Vincent

Club makes moves as rosters expand; Myers set for rehab assignment

Padres bolster 'pen with Mateo, Vincent

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres have called up right-hander Nick Vincent from Triple-A El Paso and reinstated Marcos Mateo from the disabled list Tuesday.

Vincent has been up and down with the Padres this season, with this marking his fourth stint in San Diego. The Poway, Calif., native was last called up June 10 before being optioned back to El Paso on June 24. The 29-year-old pitched 12 2/3 innings, allowing 17 hits and six runs in the Majors this season.

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Jankowski among Padres headed to Arizona Fall League

Jankowski among Padres headed to Arizona Fall League

SAN DIEGO -- Outfielder Travis Jankowski, the Padres' No. 5 prospect, according to MLB.com, will headline the group of Padres prospects headed to the Arizona Fall League in Scottsdale, Ariz., this offseason.

Jankowski, along with right-handed pitchers Ryan Butler, Michael Dimock, Elliot Morris and Eric Yardley; and infielders Fernando Perez and Gabriel Quintana, will represent the Padres and play for the Peoria Javelinas.

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Jankowski halts slump with pair of firsts

Padres rookie outfielder notches first steal, triple in win

Jankowski halts slump with pair of firsts

SAN DIEGO -- After going 0-for-15 on the road trip, rookie outfielder Travis Jankowski recorded his first stolen base in the third inning and later scored to give the Padres their first run in a 7-0 victory over the Rangers on Monday night at Petco Park.

But that was not the only career first Jankowski would achieve. In the eighth, he recorded his first extra-base hit with a triple down the right-field line.

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Ross sharp as Padres blank Rangers

Ross sharp as Padres blank Rangers

SAN DIEGO -- Tyson Ross held the Rangers scoreless through seven innings and helped pitch the Padres to a 7-0 victory on Monday night at Petco Park. The loss snapped the Rangers' four-game winning streak and dropped them to four games behind the Astros in the American League West.

Ross allowed three hits, walked two and struck out seven as he improved to 4-1 with a 2.76 ERA in his past seven starts. He is 10-9 with a 3.27 ERA, marking the first time he has had a winning record or an ERA that low since April.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and listen to his podcast. Beth Maiman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.