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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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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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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Ross looks to repeat success vs. Rangers

Ross looks to repeat success vs. Rangers

Colby Lewis will usher in the Rangers' longest road trip of the season as they open in San Diego on Monday, while vying for his 15th win, which would be a career high for the 36-year-old right-hander.

The Padres will counter with righty Tyson Ross, who has the lowest ERA in San Diego's rotation (3.42) and did not allow an earned run in a July victory over the Rangers in Arlington.

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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

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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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ICYMI: Phils win opener despite Kennedy's quality start

ICYMI: Phils win opener despite Kennedy's quality start

Starter Ian Kennedy finished out the month of August with his third-straight quality start on Friday, surrendering only two earned runs on two hits and five walks, while also striking out seven Phillies. Unfortunately for Kennedy, who saw his ERA drop from 4.01 to 3.94 after 6 2/3 innings of work, his quality start would not be enough, as the Padres dropped the first of a three-game set by a score of 7-1 on Friday evening at Citizens Bank Park.

Kennedy was absolutely solid in Friday's pitcher's duel -- the Phillies broke open a 2-1 game in the eighth inning after Kennedy had departed -- and despite posting a 2.29 ERA in five starts over the month of August, Kennedy was served with his third loss of the month and 12th loss of the season. Kennedy required 118 pitches -- 71 of which were strikes.

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RHP Smith allows one run in seven innings in Triple-A El Paso win

SS Hector Gomez has 3 hits, 2 RBIs for Chihuahuas

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

Right-hander Chris Smith allowed one run on four hits over seven innings Friday night as Triple-A El Paso (71-62) scored a 7-1 win over Oklahoma City in Texas to move to within 2 1Ž2 games of division-leading Las Vegas in the Pacific Coast League's Pacific Southern race.

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M. Upton puts on a show for Padres in OF

Center fielder makes three tremendous plays to help keep game close

M. Upton puts on a show for Padres in OF

WASHINGTON -- If you've seen Nationals Park, you know that it's not a symmetrical ballpark, which actually served Padres center fielder Melvin Upton Jr. well Thursday during a 4-2 loss in his pursuit of a long fly ball off the bat of Ryan Zimmerman.

With two on and two outs in the first inning, Zimmerman jumped on a pitch from Andrew Cashner, sending it toward where the wall meets in an apex at 402 feet, its furthest point from home plate.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Offense held in check as Padres fall to Nats

Offense held in check as Padres fall to Nats

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals, who are chasing the Mets in the National League East race, got a much-needed win on Thursday night against the Padres. Right-hander Joe Ross pitched six strong innings in a 4-2 victory at Nationals Park. Washington remains 6 1/2 games back of the Mets, who topped the Phillies.

"We need to win series. We can't worry about anything else or anybody else. We have to take care of our business. It was a good win tonight," Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth said.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

ICYMI: Friars rally late, fall short in finale

ICYMI: Friars rally late, fall short in finale

For the second day in a row at Nationals park a pitcher named Ross was given the "W" after a hard-fought win at the ballyard, but unfortunately for the Padres that Ross brother played for the wrong team. Joe Ross - the younger brother of yesterday's winning pitcher Tyson Ross -- lifted the Nationals to a 4-2 victory over the Padres on Thursday and stole a series victory away from San Diego before their trip to Philadelphia. Ross, a former first-round draft pick and top prospect for the Padres organization, was masterful in his outing over his former club after holding San Diego to only one hit and one unearned run over six innings of work.

Andrew Cashner was also able to deliver a solid performance on Thursday although a lack of run support proved to be his undoing after keeping the Friars within striking distance over five-plus innings. Cashner surrendered only three earned runs on nine hits while also striking out six over 5 and 2/3rds innings of work. The ever-unlucky Cashner was pegged with his 13th loss of the season despite coming one out shy of delivering a quality start for the Padres in their finale against Washington.

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Johnson feels good following simulated game

Right-hander hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2013

Johnson feels good following simulated game

WASHINGTON -- Nearly four months to the day of his last simulated game, Padres pitcher Josh Johnson went through the paces of doing the same again at Nationals Park on Thursday afternoon.

Johnson, working his way back from Tommy John surgery in 2014 in addition to a big setback earlier this season, threw 16 pitches to teammates off the mound and came out of it feeling good.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

OF Asencio, RHP Rea, coach Jones honored by Texas League

LHP Dorminy leads shutout as A-Fort Wayne keeps winning

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

Left-hander Thomas Dorminy and two relievers combined on a five-hit shutout to move low Single-A Fort Wayne to the brink of a Midwest League playoff berth and two members of Double-A San Antonio were named to the post-season Texas League All-Star team Thursday.

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Renfroe continues torrid stretch at Triple-A El Paso

Padres top prospect records his fourth homer in nine contests for Chihuahuas

Renfroe continues torrid stretch at Triple-A El Paso

It's safe to say that Hunter Renfroe likes hitting in the Pacific Coast League.

The Padres' No. 1 prospect (No. 79 overall) had another big game Thursday, going 3-for-5 with a home run, double and three RBIs in Triple-A El Paso's 9-7 loss to Oklahoma City.

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El Paso wins key game, to play Padres next March

Low Class A Fort Wayne score record 16th straight win at home

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

Wednesday was a big day for the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas.

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2 home runs from J-Up lead Padres past Nats

2 home runs from J-Up lead Padres past Nats

WASHINGTON -- The Padres watched a late lead dwindle on Wednesday night as the Nationals scored one run in the sixth and three more in the seventh. The Padres never lost the lead, though, and evened the series with a 6-5 win at Nationals Park.

Justin Upton paced the Padres' offensive effort with a pair of home runs, including a solo shot in the seventh off right-handed reliever Doug Fister that served as the game's winning run. Wednesday marked the third time this season -- and second time against the Nationals -- that Upton has hit two home runs in a game. He leads the team with 22 home runs.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Myers takes BP for first time since surgery

Padres outfielder/first baseman had bone spur removed from wrist in June

Myers takes BP for first time since surgery

WASHINGTON -- Padres outfielder/first baseman Wil Myers, who had surgery on June 18 to remove a bone spur from his left wrist, took batting practice for the first time on Wednesday.

Myers took 40 swings (two sets of 20) at normal intensity in the indoor cage outside the visitors' clubhouse at Nationals Park.

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Padres pull escape act with DP on 3-0 pitch

Rzepczynski benefits from aggressive approach of Nationals' Escobar

Padres pull escape act with DP on 3-0 pitch

WASHINGTON -- It was a mostly forgettable seventh inning for the Padres on Wednesday at Nationals Park. They allowed three runs on two hits, two walks and a hit batter. One of the walks forced in a run. They used three pitchers in the inning.

Yet, for all their shortcomings, one pitch -- with a major assist from the Nationals' Yunel Escobar -- bailed them out in a big way and helped the Padres preserve their 6-5 victory.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

J-Up, Kemp turning it on in second half

Duo drives in five of the Padres' six runs during win vs. Nationals

J-Up, Kemp turning it on in second half

WASHINGTON -- It was certainly a Matt Kemp and Justin Upton kind of night on Wednesday at Nationals Park, as the Nos. 3 and 4 hitters in the Padres' lineup combined to knock in five of the team's six runs. Just what the team had in mind when San Diego acquired both players in December -- getting Kemp from the Dodgers and Upton from the Braves.

But while there were lean times early in the season, these two have produced a lot more in the second half, and the Padres' 6-5 victory over the Nationals was a prime example of that.

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ICYMI: Padres even series behind J-Up's 3 RBIs

ICYMI: Padres even series behind J-Up's 3 RBIs

Just as Jedd Gyorko did the night before, Justin Upton hit a pair of home runs against the Nationals on Wednesday night to follow suit and lift the Friars to a close 6-5 victory over Washington in game two of a three-game set. Upton collected three RBI in total on Wednesday to also assist a solid start from starter Tyson Ross to even up the series and ultimately force a deciding rubber match between the two clubs on Thursday night.

Ross surrendered four earned runs on six hits with two walks over 6 and 1/3rd of an inning while also striking out nine Nationals batters on Wednesday night. The nine batters struck out matched a season-high for Ross - having also collected nine strikeouts on three separate occasions this season - and ultimately helped him along the way to his ninth win of the season.

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Benoit-Kimbrel form imposing late-inning tandem

Notes on Ross, Hedges, Upton, Kemp, Gyorko

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

The Padres Wednesday night ran their record to 46-0 when leading after eight innings.

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