Kemp flirts with cycle, but wild inning sinks Padres

Kemp flirts with cycle, but wild inning sinks Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Elvis Andrus' 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.

Rangers reliever Ross Ohlendorf earned the win in relief of starter Yovani Gallardo, pitching a scoreless inning after being called up from Triple-A Round Rock earlier in the day. Gallardo allowed four runs in five innings and had his latest scoreless streak end at 16 1/3.

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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.

Norris, Kelley both exit injured in wild inning

Norris, Kelley both exit injured in wild inning

SAN DIEGO -- Derek Norris and Shawn Kelley both exited Tuesday night's game in the seventh inning.

Norris left after Adrian Beltre slid into home feet-first, running into Norris' left hand as the catcher attempted to tag Beltre.

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Alonso exits with lower-back tightness in third

Alonso exits with lower-back tightness in third

SAN DIEGO -- Yonder Alonso left Tuesday's game with lower-back tightness, the Padres announced.

Alonso appeared to struggle to pick up a ground ball in the top of the third inning.

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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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Kennedy looking for redemption vs. Rangers

Kennedy looking for redemption vs. Rangers

Ian Kennedy and Cole Hamels will take the mound Thursday for the series finale at Petco Park.

Kennedy was strong in his last outing, despite the Padres' 7-1 loss to the Phillies on Aug. 28. The right-hander went 6 2/3 innings, allowing two runs on two hits with seven strikeouts. Kennedy lost his last start against the Rangers this season on July 10. He allowed four runs, two off of homers.

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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.

ICYMI: Ross rules over Rangers in shutout

ICYMI: Ross rules over Rangers in shutout

Monday night's series opener against the Rangers marked the first game of an 11-game homestand for the Padres. Thanks to a shutdown performance by Tyson Ross and a 12-hit offensive showing, the Friars kept their recent success at Petco Park going with a 7-0 win over Texas. The Padres improved to an 8-2 record (.800) in their last 10 games at home while also finishing the month of August with an even 14-14 record (.500) in 28 games.

Ross collected his 10th win of the year, throwing seven innings of shutout baseball on 104 pitches. Ross limited the Rangers to just two walks and three hits while striking out seven.

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Ross the emerging ace of the Padres staff

Notes on Kemp, Alonso, Spangenberg, Jankowski

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

In my mind, Tyson Ross has become the ace of the Padres rotation.

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Gomez (El Paso), Tejada (Fort Wayne) pace key wins

Renfroe hits 5th HR in 13 games in Triple-A

Gomez (El Paso), Tejada (Fort Wayne) pace key wins

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

Infielders Hector Gomez and Luis Tejada each drove in four runs Monday night to, respectively, lead playoff contenders El Paso and Fort Wayne to important victories as the minor league seasons entered their final week.

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Rangers' Venable happy to return to SD

Former Padres outfielder reunites with players, coaches

Rangers' Venable happy to return to SD

SAN DIEGO -- Will Venable said it was not as weird as he thought it would be to stand on the field at Petco Park before his new club, the Rangers, opened a three-game series with the Padres on Monday night.

"I think I have gotten comfortable with the fact that I am no longer a Padre," said Venable, who received a warm ovation before his first at-bat Monday in the Rangers' 7-0 loss. "It was probably two days where it hadn't set in really. ... But now being around all these guys, the coaching staff, the training staff, the city of Arlington, I am comfortable over here now -- and I'm a Ranger."

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Beth Maiman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kemp's belt comes undone while mom is in attendance

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Kemp's belt comes undone while mom is in attendance

Padres outfielder Matt Kemp was playing some baseball on Monday night against the Rangers. And in attendance to watch her son hit a home run, make a diving catch or just be a really cool, smooth guy, was Kemp's mom, Judy Henderson. But instead, in the sixth inning, Mrs. Henderson watched her son have a mid at-bat belt malfunction.

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El Paso's playoff chase may stagger callups

Padres' Murphy says new faces bring 'bit of fresh air'

El Paso's playoff chase may stagger callups

SAN DIEGO -- With Triple-A El Paso in the race for postseason play in the Pacific Coast League, September callups might come staggered for the Padres.

"I like this time of year, but it's challenging, too," interim manager Pat Murphy said on the eve of the 40-man roster expansion. "Your scouting report meetings and days get a little longer because of the players. But I think it is an exciting time. It brings a bit of fresh air to all the clubs and gives you some different options."

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Kemp, Upton's bats help to carry Padres

Kemp, Upton's bats help to carry Padres

PHILADELPHIA -- The numbers are significant enough to put credence in the fact that Matt Kemp and Justin Upton drive the Padres offense.

On Sunday, the two came through again as they both homered in a 9-4 win over the Phillies on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. Only 10 teams in baseball have two run producers that have more than 70 RBIs this season and in Kemp (80) and Upton (72) the Padres are one of those teams.

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Kemp still has one season-long streak alive

Right fielder has reached base in 19 straight games

Kemp still has one season-long streak alive

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

Matt Kemp's 15-game hitting streak -- the longest run by a Padres hitter this season -- ended last week. But another season-long streak remains active.

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Shields, Kemp lead Padres past Phillies

Shields, Kemp lead Padres past Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- The Padres avoided a season sweep to the Phillies on Sunday, thanks to a little star power.

Matt Kemp and Justin Upton homered while James Shields allowed just one run in seven innings in a 9-4 victory at Citizens Bank Park. It was the Padres' only victory in six games this season against the Phillies.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Michael Radano is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

El Paso wins to set up showdown series for division lead

Class A Fort Wayne loses but clinches Midwest League playoff berth

El Paso wins to set up showdown series for division lead

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

Triple-A El Paso closed perhaps its last homestand of the season Sunday by scoring a 4-2 victory over Oklahoma City, to close to within 1 1/2 games of Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern Division-leading Las Vegas going into a four-game series at Las Vegas starting Monday.

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ICYMI: Friars take finale behind Shields, HRs

ICYMI: Friars take finale behind Shields, HRs

The Padres secured a happy flight home on Sunday afternoon after taking the series finale from the Phillies, 9-4, at Citizens Bank Park. After an almost "lights-out" outing from James Shields and a 16-hit performance by the offense, the Swinging Friars improved to 63-67 on the year, with Shields collecting his 10th victory of the season.

Shields showed great dominance over the Phillies' bats, throwing seven innings of one-run baseball on only six hits and one walk. Shields' lone mistake came via a Cameron Rupp solo home run in the second inning, but outside of that hiccup, the right-hander struck out eight and needed only 108 pitches to earn the "W."

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Jankowski getting comfortable at MLB level

Jankowski getting comfortable at MLB level

PHILADELPHIA -- Padres outfielder Travis Jankowski had heard the stories about rookie hazing. The Padres rookie was familiar with the stories about rookie pitchers having to carry a Dora the Explorer backpack to the bullpen, arriving in the clubhouse with your street clothes missing and a Batman costume hanging in your locker and countless other discomforts.

That is until he arrived at Citizens Bank Park and his family came to town.

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Renfroe (.348) has two more hits for Triple-A El Paso

Chihuahuas, Fort Wayne lose in races for playoff berths

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

Right fielder Hunter Renfroe, the Padres first-round pick (13th overall) had two more hits at Triple-A El Paso Saturday night.

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Rea still learning from his mistakes for Padres

Rea still learning from his mistakes for Padres

PHILADELPHIA -- It's one of those time honored baseball clichés that you never really know how good a player is until he faces some adversity.

No matter how much talent a rookie has, no matter how hard he has worked, and no matter how well he has pitched through the Minor Leagues, at some point the key will be the ability to handle adversity.

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Padres rally, but come up short vs. Phillies

Padres rally, but come up short vs. Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- If only the Phillies could play the Padres more frequently.

They beat San Diego on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park, 4-3. It is their fifth straight win over the Padres this season and seventh consecutive victory against San Diego in Philadelphia, their longest home winning streak against the Padres since a seven-game streak from July 1976 to May 1977.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Michael Radano is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Myers close to starting a rehab assignment

Myers close to starting a rehab assignment

PHILADELPHIA -- Early Saturday afternoon, Wil Myers took part in some early batting practice at Citizens Bank Park. The Padres' outfielder has been sidelined due to right wrist surgery to remove bone spurs since June 13, and along with another session Sunday morning, he'll begin a rehab assignment later this week with his destination most likely Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore.

Myers, acquired from Tampa Bay in December in a three-team trade, played in just 35 games this season hitting .277 with five home runs and 19 RBIs. While the 24-year old has played most of his career in center field, he may be a long-term first baseman when he returns.

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ICYMI: Padres unable to complete comeback vs. Phillies

ICYMI: Padres unable to complete comeback vs. Phillies

Despite a 3-for-10 showing at the plate with runners in scoring position on Saturday, the Friars dropped Game 2 of a three-game set against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Padres were able to outhit the Phils on Saturday, pounding out eighth hits to the Phillies' six, but they were unable to capitalize on their opportunities, falling by a score of 4-3.

Rookie Colin Rea delivered a decent start for the Padres, after surrendering only four earned runs on six hits over five innings of work. Rea also limited the Phillies to only two walks, while striking out four, in the fourth start of his Major League career. With Saturday's loss, Rea's record dropped to an even 2-2 with a 5.95 ERA. But he still shows signs of promise.

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Kennedy one of NL's most improved pitchers in 2nd half

ERA since All-Star break is 2.32

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

Although he suffered the loss Friday night, Padres right-handed starter Ian Kennedy turned in his fifth straight quality start and his sixth in the last seven games.

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Kennedy frustrated by run-scoring wild pitch

Kennedy frustrated by run-scoring wild pitch

PHILADELPHIA -- Over the course of 6 2/3 innings of work on Friday, Ian Kennedy found himself in a pair of tough situations.

The first, he escaped with the help of third baseman Yangervis Solarte and a spectacular play. The second, he pushed the envelope just a bit too far and in a tough game, that was the difference.

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Upton homers, but Padres fall to Phillies

Upton homers, but Padres fall to Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies rookie Aaron Nola looks like the real deal.

He allowed two hits, one run, two walks and struck out six in seven innings on Friday night in a 7-1 victory over the Padres at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies' first-round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft improved to 5-1 with a 3.26 ERA in eight big league starts.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Michael Radano is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.