Padres seek leadoff hitter with Myers out

Padres seek leadoff hitter with Myers out

LOS ANGELES -- The Padres continue to audition leadoff hitters as they attempt to fill the void left when Wil Myers landed on the disabled list last week with tendinitis in his left wrist.

On Friday, the first game of a three-game series against the Dodgers, first baseman Yangervis Solarte got his first start of the season atop the lineup.

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Despaigne's rotation spot appears to be safe

Despaigne's rotation spot appears to be safe

LOS ANGELES -- Before Thursday's game against the Cubs, Padres manager Bud Black said pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne "needs a good one."

Black intended for the comment to be more about Despaigne's confidence level, although his standing in the team's rotation was probably tenuous after two rough outings.

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Pitching improves as offense hits the skids

Padres had three quality starts this week against Cubs

Pitching improves as offense hits the skids

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

A step forward, a step back.

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Giron hits 3-run HR in TinCaps' victory

De Paula K's 8 in 5 innings in start for Lake Elsinore

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

Shortstop Ruddy Giron continued his dramatic first week with a full-season team in the Padres' farm system Thursday, hitting a three-run homer in the top of the 14th inning to cap Class A Fort Wayne's 9-5 Midwest League win at Lake County.

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Padres confident offense will turn things around

Padres confident offense will turn things around

SAN DIEGO -- After the Padres were was shut out for the seventh time this season on Thursday, Padres manager Bud Black was asked about the team's recent offensive woes.

"There is no one thing you can point to," Black said. "We have a number of guys, collectively, who aren't swinging well. But as fast as it can go bad, we're hoping it turns around."

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Singled out: Padres struggle in finale vs. Cubs

Singled out: Padres struggle in finale vs. Cubs

SAN DIEGO -- Kris Bryant hit a two-run home run in the first inning and Kyle Hendricks threw his first career complete game and shutout Thursday as the Cubs defeated the Padres, 3-0, before a crowd of 30,021 at Petco Park.

"When you pitch like that, you'll win a lot of baseball games," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "He was in command of himself, in command of the game. It was really fun to watch."

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ICYMI: Friars shut out in finale vs. Cubs

ICYMI: Friars shut out in finale vs. Cubs

The Padres' bats were silent on Thursday as the Cubs shut out the Friars and took the final game of a seven-game homestand in San Diego. Starter Odrisamer Despaigne took the loss despite a fine pitching performance in which he gave up only two earned runs in six innings. Despaigne settled in with five scoreless frams after giving up two runs early and showed signs of recovering from his most recent start against Washington.

While the offense struggled against Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks, who threw a shutout against the Friars, third baseman Will Middlebrooks showed signs of improvement after collecting two hits. Outfielder Justin Upton also collected a single off of Hendricks and increased his stolen-base total on the season to nine, being perfect in stolen-base attempts thus far in the season.

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Norris tearing it up on both sides of plate

Norris tearing it up on both sides of plate

SAN DIEGO -- There's no denying Justin Upton's impact on the Padres' offense to this point -- 11 home runs, including nine at Petco Park.

But the guy hitting ahead of him in the lineup more often than not -- catcher Derek Norris -- might not be able to fly under the radar if he keeps up this torrid offensive pace.

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Padres hope Ross' deep outing marks start of a trend

Hurlers work 7 innings in consecutive games for first time since April 14-15

Padres hope Ross' deep outing marks start of a trend

SAN DIEGO -- The ending certainly wasn't the desired result Padres manager Bud Black and his team wanted Wednesday, but there was a glimmer of hope in the team's 3-2 loss to the Cubs.

For the first time since April 14-15, the Padres squeezed seven innings from starting pitchers in consecutive games.

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Upton homers, but missed chances cost Padres

Upton homers, but missed chances cost Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Tsuyoshi Wada struck out nine over 4 2/3 innings on Wednesday, and Kris Bryant knocked in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth as the Cubs edged the Padres, 3-2, at Petco Park.

For the Cubs (22-17), Dexter Fowler and Bryant drove in runs in the fifth off Padres pitcher Tyson Ross (2-4), who allowed three runs in seven innings with three walks and eight strikeouts. Bryant, who singled in the first to extend his hitting streak to nine games, now has 15 RBIs in his last 16 games.

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Shields, Ross work 7 in back-to-back games

Upton, Norris continue to rank among league's offensive leaders

Shields, Ross work 7 in back-to-back games

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

Right-handers James Shields and Tyson Ross both completed seven innings for the Padres the past two nights.

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Shields on his main focus and an oversized bat

Shields on his main focus and an oversized bat

Ace pitcher James Shields stopped by Padres Social Hour before Game 2 of 3 against the Cubs, looking to talk about his recent pitching success and, oddly enough, his recent success at the plate as well.

Shields, who earned a no-decision the night before, sat down with a big smile on his face and a comically big bat on his shoulder. For Shields, It's certainly easy to grin ear-to-ear when you're feeling good and in a groove. So how good is Shields feeling right now?

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Prior relishes role as Minors pitching coordinator

Prior relishes role as Minors pitching coordinator

SAN DIEGO -- A year ago, while still an assistant in the Padres' baseball operations department, Mark Prior wasn't quite sure what to make of the Minor League pitching coordinator job.

"Last year, looking at the coordinator job from a player's perspective, I didn't truly know what was all involved," Prior said.

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Rodriguez, two relievers throw shutout for San Antonio

Turner homers for Missions, Giron 9-for-13 for Fort Wayne

Rodriguez, two relievers throw shutout for San Antonio

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

Right-hander Bryan Rodriguez and two relievers combined on a 10-hit shutout Wednesday night as Double-A San Antonio scored a 2-0, Texas League win at Corpus Christi.

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A Will and a way: Venable answers the call

Padres OF has filled in nicely for injured Myers

A Will and a way: Venable answers the call

SAN DIEGO -- When the Padres completely overhauled their outfield in the winter, adding Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers, there were many who wondered what this would mean for the longest-tenured Padre, center fielder Will Venable.

In April, it meant a lot of time on the bench.

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Despite HRs, Shields puts Padres in position to win

Despite HRs, Shields puts Padres in position to win

SAN DIEGO -- After he had thrown his 107th pitch of the game, a loud and long out to right field by Dexter Fowler, Padres starting pitcher James Shields returned to the home dugout where he gave manager Bud Black a rather blunt assessment of his night and, quite possibly, his season.

"He came after the seventh and said, 'If I quit giving up home runs, I'd be pretty good,'" Black said after the Padres rallied to top the Cubs, 4-3, at Petco Park on Tuesday.

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Shields shines, before Norris' double proves decisive

Shields shines, before Norris' double proves decisive

SAN DIEGO -- Derek Norris' two-run double in the eighth inning Tuesday helped the Padres rally for a 4-3 victory over the Cubs before a crowd of 25,917 at Petco Park.

Norris' hit came with one out against Pedro Strop after the Padres had put runners on the corners via an error and a bunt single.

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Padres not put off by missing early Draft picks

Scouting director Conner accepts challenge of selecting first at No. 51 after losing Nos. 13 and 41

Padres not put off by missing early Draft picks

SAN DIEGO -- When he was promoted to scouting director in November, Mark Conner looked at the order of the First-Year Player Draft and saw that the Padres' first two selections would fall at Nos. 13 and 41 overall.

That's before Conner's boss, first-year general manager A.J. Preller, lost the 13th overall pick to the Royals in February for signing free-agent pitcher James Shields.

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Myers heads to DL with left-wrist tendinitis

Myers heads to DL with left-wrist tendinitis

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres were hopeful with Monday's off-day that the tendinitis in Wil Myers' left wrist would have subsided enough to the point where he could get back in the lineup.

But Myers, after attempting to hit in the cage early Tuesday afternoon, said he still felt pain in the wrist, and the team opted to place him on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 11.

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Jankowski has 2 hits to raise average to .348

Butler struggles in debut with San Antonio

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

Right-hander Ryan Butler struggled in his Double-A debut Tuesday while center fielder Travis Jankowski had two hits to raise his average to .348.

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#ASGWorthy: Upton eyes return to NL lineup

Power hitter thriving since joining Padres in offseason

#ASGWorthy: Upton eyes return to NL lineup

Justin Upton is loving his change of scenery. Upton slugged two home runs in the Padres' 10-5 loss to the Nationals on Sunday, and he's making a bid to be #ASGWorthy in his first season in San Diego. Upton has 10 home runs in his first 38 games, and he's hitting .293 for the Padres.

Upton, the top overall pick in the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, seems like he's been in the league forever. But he's only 27. The power hitter made his big league debut in 2007 with the D-backs, and he went to the All-Star Game twice with his first franchise before being traded to the Braves.

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Padres need a solid turn of the rotation

Despaigne, Kennedy have back-to-back bad outings

Padres need a solid turn of the rotation

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

The Padres' starting pitching has shown some signs recently of snapping out of its early-season funk.

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ICYMI: Clutch hitting, solid Shields start series right

ICYMI: Clutch hitting, solid Shields start series right

James Shields threw an absolute gem on Tuesday evening, striking out 11 and surrendering only two earned runs in seven innings in the series opener against the visiting Cubs. Unfortunately for Shields his stellar pitching performance didn't factor into the final decision for the game, but the Friars still went on to succeed as he earned a no-decision en route to a 4-3 victory over Chicago. Reliever Joaquin Benoit earned the win, his fourth of the year, while closer Craig Kimbrel collected his 11th save of the season.

Shields and the Padres faced a capable opponent in Jason Hammel, but a series of Cubs miscues and timely hits ultimately rendered a win for the Friars. The Padres played effective small ball and took advantage of the Cubs mistakes, allowing outfielder Will Venable to tie the game at 2 with a clutch RBI single that scored infielder Yangervis Solarte. An inning later, Derek Norris sealed the deal for the Padres thanks to a late two-run double in the eighth. Norris collected his 15th double of the season while the Padres improved their record 11-10 at home and returned to the .500 mark (20-20) on the season.

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On no sleep, Giron goes 6-for-6 in Class A debut

Padres Minor Leaguer crosses country after 3 a.m. wake-up call, has perfect night for Fort Wayne

On no sleep, Giron goes 6-for-6 in Class A debut

Padres second-year pro Ruddy Giron accomplished a feat that many professional ballplayers never sniff, and he did it in his first Class A game, with little to no sleep.

The 18-year-old Dominican shortstop capped off a perfect 6-for-6 performance with a home run for Fort Wayne on Monday in his 2015 debut. And he had to overcome a middle-of-the-night wake-up call, a lack of sleep and a cross-country trip to do it.

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Versatile Spangenberg contributes in different ways

Versatile Spangenberg contributes in different ways

A complete and well-balanced baseball team is as good as the sum of its parts. It takes the entire roster to contribute to playing winning baseball. Cory Spangenberg is the type of player that strengthens and completes a solid big league roster.

Following his graduation from Abington Heights High School in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, where he led his club to a state baseball championship, Spangenberg went to Virginia Military Academy. He was named the 2010 Big South Conference Freshman of the Year. Seeking a greater concentration on his baseball life, he left VMI and transferred to Indian River Community College in Fort Pierce, Florida. It proved to be an outstanding decision for his ultimate career path.

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Bernie Pleskoff has served as a professional scout for the Houston Astros and Seattle Mariners. Follow @BerniePleskoff on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

McElroy's tiebreaking HR lifts San Antonio

Hancock allows one run over six innings in Double-A win

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

Third baseman Casey McElroy hit a tiebreaking two-run home run in the ninth inning Sunday to give Double-A San Antonio a 5-3 win at Midland.

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