Jackson's solid start not enough vs. Nats

Jackson's solid start not enough vs. Nats

WASHINGTON -- Stephen Drew, who had not had an at-bat for six days after coming down with an illness, roped a walk-off, pinch-hit triple in the ninth inning to lead the Nationals to a 3-2 victory over the Padres on Saturday night at Nationals Park.

The hit came off Kevin Quackenbush and broke a 2-2 tie in the ninth inning to drive in Anthony Rendon, who began the inning with a single.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

Alex Putterman is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Padres on Saturday

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Ankle keeping recovering Ross off mound

Vargas (right elbow flexor strain) also not ready to begin throwing

Ankle keeping recovering Ross off mound

WASHINGTON -- Three weeks after tripping while doing exercises in his hotel room, Padres ace Tyson Ross still has not thrown off a mound.

Manager Andy Green said Ross, who is currently in San Diego, played catch from 250 feet but is not yet ready to throw a bullpen.

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Alex Putterman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kemp's 2 HRs back Perdomo in win over Nats

Kemp's 2 HRs back Perdomo in win over Nats

WASHINGTON -- During the past week, Matt Kemp has been one of the hottest hitters in baseball. He launched a pair of homers and drove in four runs Friday night at Nationals Park to help lead the Padres to a 5-3 victory over the Nationals, who have lost four of their last five.

Kemp got the Padres on the board with a solo homer in the first inning off right-hander Tanner Roark, and increased San Diego's streak of consecutive games with a homer to 20, extending a franchise record. It was the first homer Roark had surrendered since June 21, a streak of 32 innings.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

Alex Putterman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington. He covered the Padres on Friday

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Red-hot Kemp extends Padres' HR streak to 20

Outfielder goes deep twice in victory over Nationals

Red-hot Kemp extends Padres' HR streak to 20

WASHINGTON -- The Padres did not waste much time Friday in extending their franchise-record run to 20 straight games with a home run.

With two outs in the first inning, Matt Kemp launched a Tanner Roark two-seam fastball into the left-field seats to keep the streak alive and give San Diego an early lead on the way to a 5-3 win over the Nationals.

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Alex Putterman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Adding changeup shows Perdomo's 'exponential' growth

23-year-old righty allows 2 runs over career-best 7 innings vs. Nats

Adding changeup shows Perdomo's 'exponential' growth

WASHINGTON -- Entering Friday's start against the Nationals, rookie Luis Perdomo lasted six innings in four of his past six starts, but had never gotten through the seventh.

Then on Friday, Perdomo broke through with the best start of his young career, holding the Nationals to four hits and two runs over seven innings in a 5-3 Padres win.

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Alex Putterman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

AL East clubs discussing deals for Upton, Cashner

San Diego informs teams it's close to trade involving OF; Baltimore, Toronto surface as potential partners

AL East clubs discussing deals for Upton, Cashner

Melvin Upton Jr. could soon be on the move. The Padres are reportedly informing teams that they're close to trading the veteran outfielder, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, who cautioned that the news "may ultimately be posturing" by San Diego.

The Orioles surfaced late Friday as a potential destination for Upton, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the deal is not yet close, but noted O's right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez was included in the discussions.

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Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lauer throws 3 scoreless innings after moving up

Quintana hits walk-off homer at Double-A San Antonio

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

Left-handed pitcher Eric Lauer, the Padres' third first-round pick in the June Draft, pitched three shutout innings in his debut with Class A Short-Season Tri-City on Friday night, and Gabriel Quintana homered in the bottom of the 10th to give Double-A San Antonio a 3-2 walk-off win over Midland.

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Padres officially agree with Cuban OF Ona

Padres officially agree with Cuban OF Ona

WASHINGTON -- The Padres have agreed to terms with 19-year-old Cuban outfielder Jorge Ona, the team announced Friday.

San Diego will pay Ona a $7 million signing bonus.

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Alex Putterman is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cashner solid as trade rumors swirl around him

Cashner solid as trade rumors swirl around him

ST. LOUIS -- Andrew Cashner is well aware that he's been the subject of trade speculation since the start of the season's second half, but that doesn't mean he's spending too much time dwelling on the possibilities.

"What good is worrying about it going to do?" Cashner said after tossing 5 2/3 strong innings in the Padres' 6-5 loss to the Cardinals on Thursday night. "I know I'm going to be traded. It's just part of the game, part of where the season's at."

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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 drop heartbreaker as lead gets away

Padres drop heartbreaker as lead gets away

ST. LOUIS -- Aledmys Diaz hit a rocket to left field, and the Cardinals walked off with a 6-5 win and a four-game sweep of the Padres on Thursday night at Busch Stadium.

After loading the bases with one out, Padres reliever Carlos Villanueva ran the count full before Diaz turned around a fastball, smacking a single to left for the Cardinals' fourth walk-off win of the season. Tommy Pham ignited the rally with a leadoff single before advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt, sandwiched by two intentional walks.

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Solarte swats SD's HR streak to 19 games

Solarte swats SD's HR streak to 19 games

SAN DIEGO -- The power has come from everywhere during the Padres' franchise-record 19-game homer streak.

And during Thursday night's 6-5 loss to the Cardinals, it came from a familiar source in Yangervis Solarte.

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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 homers for El Paso, Quantrill perfect over four

France, Moreno pace Class A Lake Elsinore to ninth straight win

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

Hunter Renfroe hit his fourth homer in a span of eight games to help Triple-A El Paso defeat Memphis on Thursday night, while Edwin Moreno hit a game-winning homer and Ty France had three hits to pace Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore to a ninth straight win.

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Wallace returns from paternity leave

Wallace returns from paternity leave

ST. LOUIS -- Brett Wallace had some company on Wednesday as he watched the Padres' doubleheader from San Diego. It came in the form of Beckett Alexander, his first child, born on Monday.

Wallace returned from paternity leave on Thursday, and in a corresponding move, utility infielder Alexi Amarista was optioned to Triple-A El Paso. (Lefty reliever Keith Hessler was also sent to El Paso after serving as the 26th man for the twin bill.)

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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 among top prospect performers Thursday

Marlins prospect continues to sizzle on mound; Padres' No. 4 keeps on slugging

Renfroe among top prospect performers Thursday

It's been a stellar month for Marlins No. 24 prospect Jeff Brigham. Pitching for Class A Advanced Jupiter, Brigham has yet to yield an earned run in July, lowering his ERA from 5.28 to 3.87 in just four starts (21 2/3 innings).

The 24-year-old righty turned in yet another impressive performance Thursday, tossing seven scoreless innings and striking out a season-best 10 batters. Brigham limited the Dunedin Blue Jays to four hits and one walk as the Hammerheads secured a 1-0 victory at Roger Dean Stadium.

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Padres' home run streak at 19 games

Solarte, Schimpf tops in extra-base hits in July

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

The Padres extended their franchise record of homering in consecutive games to 19 on Thursday night when Yangervis Solarte connected in St. Louis.

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Padres extend HR streak to 18, fall to Cards

Padres extend HR streak to 18, fall to Cards

ST. LOUIS -- Since he was traded in December, Jedd Gyorko has done nothing but rake against his former team, and his mastery of the Padres continued on Wednesday.

The Cardinals third baseman launched a pair of homers and drove in all three runs in a 3-2 victory over San Diego, as St. Louis completed a doubleheader sweep. Gyorko, who also homered in Game 1, has now gone deep in five straight games against the Padres -- joining an elite group consisting of Barry Bonds, Chipper Jones, Sammy Sosa and Albert Pujols.

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

Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis and covered the Cardinals on Wednesday.

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Schimpf pulls double HR duty in twin bill

Rookie is 12th Padre to homer in both doubleheader games

Schimpf pulls double HR duty in twin bill

ST. LOUIS -- Sure, Jedd Gyorko has done everything in his power to torment his former team this week. But Ryan Schimpf has done everything in his power to remind the Padres that they've got a pretty darn good slugger of their own at second base.

Schimpf launched a two-run shot in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader -- a 4-2 loss to the Cardinals -- before smacking a solo shot in a 3-2 defeat in the nightcap. He became just the 12th player in Padres history to go deep in both games of a twin bill -- and the first since Ruben Rivera in 1999.

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Schimpf homers but Rea gives up 3 in Game 1 loss

Schimpf homers but Rea gives up 3 in Game 1 loss

ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Martinez's afternoon got off to a shaky start, but the Cardinals right-hander picked himself up -- quite literally -- and bounced back with seven strong innings in Game 1 of Wednesday's twin bill -- a 4-2 St. Louis victory at Busch Stadium.

In the top of the second, Martinez suffered a nosebleed and spent about 10 minutes on the grass behind the pitcher's mound while being tended to by team trainers. But he stayed in the game and allowed just one hit to the final 22 batters he faced.

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

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'Pen trio flourishing since Rodney trade

Hand, Buchter, Maurer nearly spotless after closer dealt

'Pen trio flourishing since Rodney trade

ST. LOUIS -- Fernando Rodney's imaginary arrows are no longer flying in San Diego, but the back end of the Padres' bullpen has been strong as ever, nonetheless.

In Rodney's absence, Brad Hand, Ryan Buchter and Brandon Maurer have assumed the seventh, eighth and ninth-inning roles, respectively. And entering play Wednesday, they had allowed just one run in 21 1/3 combined innings since the trade.

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RHP Lloyd sharp, RHP Espinoza debuts

CF Cordero has four hits in Double-A San Antonio win

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

Right-hander Kyle Lloyd pitched seven shutout innings for Double-A San Antonio Wednesday night and 18-year-old right-hander Anderson Espinoza made his debut in the Padres' system with Class A Fort Wayne.

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Padres to rest regulars during lengthy trip

Ramirez was out of Tuesday lineup before postponement

Padres to rest regulars during lengthy trip

ST. LOUIS -- In the midst of his team's most brutal road trip of the season, Padres manager Andy Green wants to make sure the effects don't linger through the remainder of the season.

Green said he plans to give each of his regulars at least one day off during the Padres' 10-game trek through St. Louis, Washington and Toronto in the July heat.

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Lindsey, Margot, Urias lead streaking El Paso, Lake Elsinore

Northcraft throws six shutout innings for Triple-A Chihuahuas

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

Taylor Lindsey, Manuel Margot and Luis Urias paced the hitters and right-hander Aaron Northcraft pitched six shutout innings Tuesday as two of the hottest teams in the Minor Leagues continued to win in the Padres' system.

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Urias among top prospect performers Tuesday

Blue Jays' No. 3 prospect strikes out 10 in 6 one-hit frames, Nats' No. 1 wins Triple-A debut

Urias among top prospect performers Tuesday

After he gave up a season-worst six earned runs in his last start, Sean Reid-Foley returned to form Tuesday as he fired six innings of one-hit ball to lead Class A Advanced Dunedin in a 2-0 shutout over Charlotte.

Reid-Foley, the Blue Jays' No. 3 prospect, struck out the side in his first and last innings of work and fanned 10 of the 21 hitters he faced, marking his third start this season in which he's recorded double-digit strikeouts. He recorded five ground-ball outs and walked a pair, while throwing 57 of his 90 pitches for strikes.

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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.

Jay returns to city he once called home

Jay returns to city he once called home

ST. LOUIS -- Jon Jay made his return to St. Louis on Monday, though he'll have to wait to get on the field against his former team in the city he once called home.

The ex-Cardinals center fielder is still in a cast as his broken right forearm continues to heal. The Padres expect that the cast will be removed in about 10 days.

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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.

Jay named Padres' Heart and Hustle winner

Award recognizes passion, desire and work ethic

Jay named Padres' Heart and Hustle winner

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) announced the 30 preliminary winners of the 2016 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday, honoring one player from each of the 30 Major League teams.

The Heart and Hustle Award, given annually, celebrates active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. It's the only award in the Majors that is voted on by former players, and voting is conducted prior to the All-Star break.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

The taters just keep coming for Padres

The taters just keep coming for Padres

ST. LOUIS -- Over the past decade, the Padres have rarely found themselves defined by their power. But since the start of June, the long ball has been arguably their greatest asset.

With Matt Kemp's solo shot during the fourth inning of a 10-2 loss to the Cardinals on Monday night, the Padres extended their franchise-record homer streak to 16 games. That's the longest such stretch by a National League team since the Brewers did so in 2010. (In the American League, Texas and Boston have already exceeded that mark this 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.

Sanchez, Hedges, Renfroe homer for Triple-A El Paso

Right-hander Paddack pitches 5 scoreless innings for Fort Wayne

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

First baseman Hector Sanchez hit two home runs and catcher Austin Hedges and right fielder Hunter Renfroe also homered Monday night as Triple-A El Paso defeated Memphis, 11-5, in the West Texas city.

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