Spangenberg goes 3-for-4 with home run

Spangenberg goes 3-for-4 with home run

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After Padres reliever Carlos Fisher loaded the bases in the ninth, first baseman Jae-gyun Hwang hit a walk-off single to give the Giants an 8-7 victory over the Padres in a Cactus League game Saturday at Scottsdale Stadium.

San Francisco set up Hwang's game-winner without hitting a ball out of the infield. Justin Ruggiano walked, Rando Moreno reached first base on a sacrifice bunt attempt and Austin Slater was hit by a pitch. Hwang blooped his hit into right-center field, giving the Giants their fifth victory in their last six Cactus League games.

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Non-roster invitee Aybar likely to land SS job

Green anticipates pairing veteran with Solarte as double-play combo

Non-roster invitee Aybar likely to land SS job

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Though manager Andy Green is still a formal declaration away from making it official, the Padres have their double-play combination all but set for Opening Day.

Before Saturday's game against the Giants, Green acknowledged the likelihood of non-roster invitee Erick Aybar landing the shortstop job and pairing with Yangervis Solarte at second.

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Catcher-reliever Bethancourt proving himself

Versatile player could fill multiple roles for Padres

Catcher-reliever Bethancourt proving himself

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- One of the Padres' most interesting roster questions comes in three parts, involving the bullpen, the backup catcher and the bench. The answer could come in one package.

Right-hander Christian Bethancourt took a step closer to securing a spot on the Padres' roster as a catcher-turned-reliever. He pitched the eighth inning against the Giants Saturday, allowing one run to tie the game on one hit and a walk in a game the Giants went on to win 8-7.

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Infielder Sardinas in mix for utility role

Aybar likely to be named Padres' Opening Day shortstop

Infielder Sardinas in mix for utility role

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Late in the 2016 season, Luis Sardinas looked like the Padres' shortstop of the future. He came over from Seattle in an Aug. 14 trade, and after an Aug. 22 callup, he hit .287 (31-for-108) and started 33 of San Diego's remaining 38 games, including 32 at shortstop.

On Friday, manager Andy Green had a conversation with Sardinas to let the 23-year-old know that he would "start bouncing all over the field" for the remainder of Spring Training. The message was that Sardinas is out of the shortstop competition, with Erick Aybar emerging as the likely Opening Day starter. Sardinas is now battling for a utility role.

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Myers, Romak support Chacin's solid start

Myers, Romak support Chacin's solid start

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Martin Perez had the upper hand over Jhoulys Chacin in the battle of Venezuelan starters as the Rangers held on to defeat the Padres, 4-3, at Surprise Stadium on Friday. Perez followed up his two starts for Team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic by holding the Padres scoreless over five innings. He allowed three hits and one walk, striking out six while throwing 80 pitches.

"It was a good game," Perez said. "It's close to the season and I want to do what I have been doing. It's great for me. I'm trying to build myself up for the regular season."

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Strong arms force Friars to make tough call

Strong arms force Friars to make tough call

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Entering camp, the Padres figured their bullpen might be a strength in 2017. Now -- with strong spring performances from several fringe candidates -- the Friars face some difficult decisions over the next 10 days.

"They're making it really tough," Padres manager Andy Green said of his relief corps. "All those guys are throwing the ball really well. ... It's going to be tough. They are going to be last-minute decisions for those last couple spots."

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Friedrich officially ruled out for Opening Day

Friedrich officially ruled out for Opening Day

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Padres left-hander Christian Friedrich has been diagnosed with a mild left lat strain, ruling him out for the Opening Day roster.

The 29-year-old southpaw, who led the team in starts last season, hasn't pitched since March 17 and won't resume throwing for another week or two, according to manager Andy Green.

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Cordoba's versatility leaves Padres with options

Cordoba's versatility leaves Padres with options

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres selected Allen Cordoba in December's Rule 5 Draft for his talent and his potential. At 21, Cordoba already has the body of a big leaguer, and he's coming off back-to-back batting titles in the Gulf Coast League and the Appalachian League, respectively.

Ultimately, however, it's Cordoba's versatility that could be his biggest asset -- at least in terms of his long-term chances to stick with the club.

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Perdomo solid, Schimpf goes deep vs. Halos

Perdomo solid, Schimpf goes deep vs. Halos

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Jamie Romak and Hunter Renfroe capped a late rally with back-to-back doubles, as the Padres -- who used a go-ahead balk to take their first lead -- came from behind to beat the Angels, 6-2, on Thursday.

With the score knotted at 2 in the eighth, Angels reliever Jose Valdez balked home the go-ahead run, before Romak plated a pair with a laser off the center-field wall. Renfroe, who finished 2-for-4 to boost his Cactus League average to .298, followed by driving Romak home.

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Margot puts sore left knee to test

Margot puts sore left knee to test

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Manuel Margot has spent the past couple of weeks insisting that his sore left knee felt fine. On Thursday, he proved it.

Making his first appearance since March 5, Margot showcased his other-worldly wheels, beating out a routine grounder to shortstop for an infield hit during the Padres' 6-2 victory over the Angels. He went 1-for-3 and tracked down a tricky fly ball in center field, before being lifted for a pinch-runner in the sixth.

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Jones energized by arrival at Padres' camp

1976 NL Cy Young Award winner is battling throat cancer

Jones energized by arrival at Padres' camp

PEORIA, Ariz. -- When news broke that former Padres pitcher Randy Jones was battling throat cancer, the legendary lefty made a promise -- to himself as much as anyone else:

He would find a way to be at Padres Spring Training this year.

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Members of 2016 Triple-A title team get rings

Members of 2016 Triple-A title team get rings

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres spent Thursday morning doling out some serious hardware.

With the entire organization gathered behind the Peoria Sports Complex, the 2016 El Paso Chihuahuas received their Pacific Coast League championship rings one-by-one before the morning workout.

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With no roster guarantee, Aybar guides competition

Shortstop, who might not break camp with Padres, embraces veteran role

With no roster guarantee, Aybar guides competition

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Erick Aybar has a job to win.

The veteran shortstop is locked in a race for a starting job with Luis Sardinas. And given the constricts of the Padres' roster, the loser of that battle could be on the outside looking in when the 25-man squad is unveiled next week.

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Weaver out in 1st, Bethancourt sharp vs. Royals

Weaver out in 1st, Bethancourt sharp vs. Royals

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Cheslor Cuthbert hit a two-run double as well as his first spring home run, and Mike Moustakas hit his fourth as the Royals beat the Padres, 6-2, on Wednesday at Surprise Stadium.

Royals right-hander Nathan Karns, in his first start since winning the No. 5 spot in the rotation, was dominant. Karns went six innings and gave up four hits, no runs and no walks while striking out nine. He threw 72 pitches, 54 for strikes.

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Weaver dealing with typical spring 'dead arm'

Weaver dealing with typical spring 'dead arm'

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Considering that Jered Weaver's job depends on the stability of his right arm, he probably doesn't want to be comparing it to "a wet spaghetti noodle" with 12 days until the regular season begins.

Weaver, who didn't last through the first inning in Wednesday's 6-2 loss to Kansas City, says he's been "dealing with a little dead arm" since his most recent bullpen session. But the veteran right-hander was quick to note that the feeling is nothing out of the ordinary in terms of his spring progression.

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Schimpf says he'll be up to speed by opener

Son's birth, oblique injury have limited Padres' infielder to 5 Cactus League games

Schimpf says he'll be up to speed by opener

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Ryan Schimpf's name hasn't been on the lineup card often this spring. That doesn't mean he hasn't been getting adequate work on the Padres' practice fields at the Peoria Sports Complex.

Schimpf -- who missed time early in camp for the birth of his son, and later with left oblique tightness -- has played in only five Cactus League games. He's 2-for-14 and has yet to establish a rhythm at the plate.

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Cahill fires five innings, K's seven vs. Giants

Cahill fires five innings, K's seven vs. Giants

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Nick Hundley, whose hitting skills the Giants coveted, belted a pair of home runs and lifted San Francisco to a 5-3 Cactus League victory Tuesday over the San Diego Padres.

Hundley's three-run homer off Kevin Quackenbush in the seventh inning erased San Diego's 2-1 lead. Hundley also homered in the second inning for San Francisco's lone hit in five innings off Padres starter Trevor Cahill.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

After Classic, Chacin may be in line for opener

Veteran righty got the start for Venezuela at Petco Park last week

After Classic, Chacin may be in line for opener

PEORIA, Ariz. -- If he had his way, Jhoulys Chacin would still be pitching for Venezuela at the World Baseball Classic.

Instead, the veteran right-hander is back in Padres camp after a second-round exit. But he feels as though he's a few steps ahead of where he would've been otherwise.

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Bethancourt seeking to balance mound, plate reps

Hybrid player fine with offense not being his focus

Bethancourt seeking to balance mound, plate reps

PEORIA, Ariz. -- For about half of all Major Leaguers, hitting is a full-time job. For Christian Bethancourt right now, it's more of an afterthought.

The 25-year-old has been transitioning into the role of a pitcher/catcher/outfielder hybrid this spring. And considering he has spent his entire life as a hitter, Bethancourt has kept his focus, understandably, on the pitching side of things in camp.

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Bethancourt shows off power in walk-off win

Bethancourt shows off power in walk-off win

PEORIA, Ariz. -- For all the attention he's received as a pitcher this spring, Christian Bethancourt reminded the Texas Rangers he can hit, too.

Bethancourt -- who is transitioning into a pitcher/catcher/outfielder hybrid -- hit a solo homer in the ninth inning Monday night, giving the Padres a 3-2 walk-off victory over the Rangers at the Peoria Sports Complex.

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Trio of long shots making case for Padres roster

Blash, Sanchez, Stammen enjoying strong springs

Trio of long shots making case for Padres roster

PEORIA, Ariz. -- When it comes to roster competitions, Spring Training results generally don't hold much weight. If an organization wants an indication of a player's skill set, it is probably best served to dig into past numbers and performance.

That doesn't mean it's impossible for a player to earn his way onto a big league roster with an impressive spring.

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Padres could go with three backup backstops

Though unlikely, Bethancourt, Torrens, Sanchez all may make roster

Padres could go with three backup backstops

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Four catchers on an Opening Day roster? Even Andy Green would've found the idea nonsensical a month ago.

"If you had ever asked me that in a vacuum, I would've laughed at you," the Padres manager said. "But, yeah, I think it's possible at this point in time. I don't think any team goes into spring saying we're going to carry four catchers. But it's a unique set of circumstances."

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Solarte returns from positive Classic experience

Padres infielder goes 1-for-3 while starting in left for Venezuela

Solarte returns from positive Classic experience

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Yangervis Solarte was proud to play for Venezuela and happy to start the last game of his country's stay in the World Baseball Classic.

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Padres trim roster, narrow battle for rotation spots

Padres trim roster, narrow battle for rotation spots

PEORIA, Ariz. -- With two weeks until Opening Day, the Padres' once-cluttered rotation race finally looks clear following a series of roster moves: Three pitchers are competing for two spots.

The Friars released Paul Clemens on Monday, when it became evident the out-of-options righty would not make the roster. Long-shot candidates Zach Lee and Tyrell Jenkins were optioned to the Minors as well.

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Renfroe homers; Cosart allows 2 runs vs. Reds

Renfroe homers; Cosart allows 2 runs vs. Reds

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Scott Schebler sparked a late-inning power surge for the Reds, as they slugged their way to a 9-4 victory over the Padres on Sunday at the Peoria Sports Complex. Schebler broke a sixth-inning tie with a three-run blast, before Patrick Kivlehan and Jesse Winker tacked on back-to-back shots in the eighth.

The homers helped make a winner out of Reds prospect Amir Garrett, who made his fifth outing of spring in his quest for a rotation spot. Garrett threw five innings and allowed three earned runs on eight hits with one walk and one strikeout.

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Spangenberg, Padres eye spring action in OF

Injuries have Green looking to add 26-year-old to outfield mix

Spangenberg, Padres eye spring action in OF

PEORIA, Ariz. -- After spending most of 2016 watching from the sidelines, Cory Spangenberg just wants to see his name back on the lineup card. It doesn't matter where he plays.

A year ago, Spangenberg was locked into the second base job in San Diego before tearing his left quad in April. He played in only 14 games. This spring, he's played second and third base, and he will soon see time in the Padres' outfield -- which has been battered by injuries.

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Renfroe's focus: Improving his outfield defense

Padres' young slugger still learning how to play right field

Renfroe's focus: Improving his outfield defense

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Hunter Renfroe played well after a September call-up last year and appears very much in line to start the season in right field for the Padres, but his journey to become the best he can be is far from over.

It might be a bit much to say that he's still developing at the Major League level, but the power-hitting outfielder has work to do both at the plate and especially in the field. Having converted to outfield his sophomore year of college after playing catcher his whole life, Renfroe is doing what he needs to do to become the type of high-end right fielder the Padres believe he can be.

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