Padres' prolific offense hitting a rut in San Francisco

Padres' prolific offense hitting a rut in San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO -- The most productive offense in the National League has hit the skids again at the hands of Giants' pitching.

The Padres were shut out for the second time in as many days -- and for the fourth time in 2015 -- on Tuesday, falling, 6-0, at AT&T Park, as their bats fell silent.

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Padres' bats stymied again by Giants pitching

Padres' bats stymied again by Giants pitching

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ryan Vogelsong worked seven shutout innings and received ample offensive support Tuesday night as the San Francisco Giants lengthened their three winning streaks to five overall, eight at home and three via the shutout, with a 6-0 victory over the San Diego Padres.

Having allowed four homers and six runs in three innings against the Dodgers in his start last Wednesday, Vogelsong (1-2) underwent a complete reversal. He surrendered three hits, all singles, to the National League's highest scoring team, which left the bases loaded in the sixth inning. That occurred after Matt Kemp's bid for a three-run homer died in the glove of left fielder Nori Aoki, who made a leaping catch a couple steps in front of the wall.

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Cashner can't find a groove in loss to Giants

Cashner can't find a groove in loss to Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- It's been nearly a month since Andrew Cashner's rough first start of the season against the Dodgers, where three Adrian Gonzalez home runs ruined the Padres pitcher's night.

Since then, Cashner has settled back into form more fitting the pitcher who has thrown some of the most dominant games for the franchise in recent memory.

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Morrow heads to DL with shoulder inflammation

Padres recall Garces; Despaigne will return to starting rotation

Morrow heads to DL with shoulder inflammation

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Padres placed starting pitcher Brandon Morrow on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday with inflammation of his right shoulder, though Morrow and the team both felt this could actually be helpful for him in the future.

Come again?

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Kennedy eyes better outcome in second start vs. Giants

Kennedy eyes better outcome in second start vs. Giants

Chances are that Ian Kennedy's start on Wednesday in the series finale against the Giants will last longer than when he faced them on April 9.

Kennedy suffered a strained left hamstring in the second inning of that start -- his first of the season -- and exited in the third. He completed 2 1/3 scoreless innings, walking two and allowing two hits.

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Norris could see pregame reps at first base

Norris could see pregame reps at first base

SAN FRANCISCO -- Padres manager Bud Black said Tuesday that catcher Derek Norris could begin taking ground balls at first base during pregame drills with hopes that Norris could see time there this season.

Black was quick to point out that this isn't a position change, but more a move to add to Norris' versatility and an opportunity to spell him from the rigors of catching, while still keeping his bat in the lineup.

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Solarte's versatility in high demand by Padres

Infielder called on to play multiple positions

Solarte's versatility in high demand by Padres

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

SAN DIEGO -- Yangervis Solarte can't play everywhere at once, which creates a problem for the Padres. He is hitting .301 with four doubles, two home runs and 17 RBIs. Solarte has started games at every infield position except shortstop.

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Padres fall to dominant Bumgarner

Padres fall to dominant Bumgarner

SAN FRANCISCO -- Madison Bumgarner took a no-hitter into the seventh inning Monday before allowing a hit to Justin Upton, one of the few blights in a dominant start as the Giants defeated the Padres, 2-0, at AT&T Park.

Bumgarner (3-1) allowed consecutive singles to Upton and Yangervis Solarte to begin the seventh inning but little else. He allowed one walk and had six strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings.

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Padres promote No. 2 prospect Hedges

Catcher joins club prior to series vs. Giants, will serve as backup

Padres promote No. 2 prospect Hedges

SAN FRANCISCO -- No sooner had Austin Hedges settled into his seat on the El Paso team bus Sunday afternoon, with a three-hour ride to Fresno awaiting him and his teammates, when he was approached by athletic trainer Nate Stewart.

"He came up and asked if I got into trouble last night," said Hedges, who was preparing for a round of trivia hosted by teammate Cody Decker when Stewart approached him. "I told him I was asleep. Then I saw [manager Pat Murphy] outside talking to some guys I'd never seen.

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Addition of Hedges takes pressure off Norris

Padres prospect deepens catching position, lessens workload on starter

Addition of Hedges takes pressure off Norris

SAN FRANCISCO -- The promotion of 22-year-old catching prospect Austin Hedges on Monday from Triple-A El Paso was by no means an indication of how the Padres feel about starting catcher Derek Norris.

But adding Hedges, the organization's No. 2 prospect according to MLB.com, could certainly affect Norris' workload moving forward.

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Padres can't repeat success vs. Bumgarner

San Diego musters no hits in first six innings against Giants ace

Padres can't repeat success vs. Bumgarner

SAN FRANCISCO -- A little over three weeks ago, Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner struggled through a rough start against the Padres at Petco Park, allowing five earned runs on 10 hits in three innings before getting an early hook.

It was a far different story Monday, as Bumgarner handcuffed the Padres, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning in what became a 2-0 victory by the Giants at AT&T Park.

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Nothing more for Hedges to prove in Minors

Nothing more for Hedges to prove in Minors

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

The Padres' decision to promote catcher Austin Hedges to the Major Leagues is an interesting one. Clearly, they believe the 22-year-old Hedges, ranked as San Diego's No. 2 prospect and No. 50 overall, had nothing more to gain in the Minor Leagues.

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MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

MLB reveals 30 Honorary Bat Girl winners

Mother's Day is Sunday, and for Melissa Rupert of Liberty Township, Ohio, it will be the first one to celebrate as the mother of a baby boy named Noah.

"He's my entire world," Rupert said. "Every day, I hold my baby boy as tightly as he'll let me and remind myself that he is my rock and my joy, and I barely think about ... breast cancer."

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Gyorko hopes to turn page from rough April

Padres second baseman slugs first homer in win over Rox

Gyorko hopes to turn page from rough April

SAN DIEGO -- Jedd Gyorko can't pinpoint why the opening month of the season has typically been so troubling for him. But the Padres' second baseman is certain of one thing.

"I definitely like May more than April. My whole career has been like that," Gyorko said.

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Padres Minor League Report: May 4

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

Right-hander Bryan Rodriguez continued a hot streak by Double-A San Antonio pitchers with eight shutout innings in the Missions' 6-0 win at Midland on Sunday. It was San Antonio's second straight shutout and the 10-13 Missions' third shutout in the past four games.

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Upton talks shop on Padres Social Hour

Outfielder discusses length of season, bumps in the road and growing as a team

Upton talks shop on Padres Social Hour

Baseball has the longest season in professional sports, and that can be a tiring exercise for some. For outfielder Justin Upton, however, that marathon provides great perspective.

"It's a long season," Upton said. "That's just a part of baseball."

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Jonathan Mayo

Transition should be smooth for Hedges

Padres promoting No. 2 prospect primarily for prowess behind plate

Transition should be smooth for Hedges

Ever since he was one of the best catching prospects in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, people have been talking about Austin Hedges' defense. It still is calling card, and it will continue to be now that he's been called up to the big leagues by the Padres.

Hedges' scouting report back from the Draft doesn't look a whole lot different than it does now. Here's his entry on Prospect Watch from 2011, where he was ranked No. 31 on MLB.com's Draft Top 50:

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres outslug Rox to pick up Shields and sweep

Padres outslug Rox to pick up Shields and sweep

SAN DIEGO -- Justin Upton, Jedd Gyorko and Derek Norris each drilled home runs on Sunday to overcome four home runs by the Rockies as San Diego held on for an 8-6 victory at Petco Park, securing a three-game series sweep.

Upton hit a two-run home run in the first inning and later added an RBI double in the fifth inning to give the Padres (14-12) the lead for good. Gyorko's pinch-hit, two-run homer in the sixth gave San Diego a three-run lead.

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Benoit returns with scoreless frame vs. Rox

Padres reliever had been sidelined with dead arm

Benoit returns with scoreless frame vs. Rox

SAN DIEGO -- Late Sunday morning, Padres manager Bud Black said he wouldn't rule out the possibility of reliever Joaquin Benoit landing on the disabled list due to a dead arm.

But when the eighth inning rolled around hours later, Benoit trotted in from the bullpen and tossed a scoreless inning in the Padres' 8-6 victory over the Rockies.

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Barry M. Bloom

Padres face big decision on Black's future

Skipper widely respected in San Diego's clubhouse, throughout the league

Padres face big decision on Black's future

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres have a major decision to make whether tomorrow, next week or at the end of the season, regarding the future of Bud Black, the veteran manager in the final year of his contract.

General manager A.J. Preller has been entrusted with making the decision of whether to extend Black, in his ninth season as San Diego's manager, and Preller said earlier in the season that the decision largely would be based on the club's performance.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Butler's power arm has stock rising fast

Butler's power arm has stock rising fast

SAN DIEGO -- Ryan Butler hasn't been in the Padres' organization for a full year yet, though he is already moving fast.

Not just through the system, but in terms of the velocity the 23-year-old right-hander offers to opposing hitters.

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Emerging Morrow, returning JJ key to Padres

Emerging Morrow, returning JJ key to Padres

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

As I looked over the Padres roster just before Spring Training, two starting pitchers intrigued me.

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ICYMI: Resilience secures series victory

ICYMI: Resilience secures series victory

The Padres were back to their winning ways Friday night with a 14-3 victory over the Rockies, and outfielder Justin Upton was quite pleased with the team's turnaround.

Upton stopped by Padres Social Hour before Saturday's game and discussed how his team could grow from their struggles and how the long baseball season gives him a great perspective during the occasional losing streak.

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Minors Report: Rea, Erlin shine on the mound

Minors Report: Rea, Erlin shine on the mound

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

Right-hander Colin Rea pitched the best game of his professional career for Double-A San Antonio Saturday night and left-hander Robbie Erlin picked up his fourth win of season for Triple-A El Paso.

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Myers sees success with patience at plate

Padres center fielder's two walks lead to runs in win

Myers sees success with patience at plate

SAN DIEGO -- After walking twice in his first 23 games with the Padres, center fielder and leadoff hitter Wil Myers has suddenly morphed into the … master of the free pass?

Myers walked twice Friday and did so again in Saturday's 4-2 victory over the Rockies, with both walks leading to runs.

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Myers, Upton back Morrow to take series vs. Rox

Myers, Upton back Morrow to take series vs. Rox

SAN DIEGO -- Justin Upton's two-run single in the fifth inning put the Padres on top for good and Brandon Morrow allowed two runs in six innings Saturday as San Diego edged the Rockies, 4-2, at Petco Park.

Upton's two-run, two-out single came off Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa (0-2), who pitched well. He allowed three runs on five hits in five innings with three walks and nine strikeouts.

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Kelley making steady progress in Minors rehab

Reliever on DL since April 24 with strained left calf

Kelley making steady progress in Minors rehab

SAN DIEGO -- Shawn Kelley's Minor League rehab stint on Friday at High-A Lake Elsinore included a little of everything, which is what the Padres' reliever was actually hoping for.

In this case, the more work, the better.

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Kennedy finds his groove in bounceback start

Padres starter fans 6 over 6 innings in rout of Rox

Kennedy finds his groove in bounceback start

SAN DIEGO -- After a rough first month of the season, Ian Kennedy kicked off May with a strong start on Friday, tossing six innings and allowing two runs to earn the victory in San Diego's 14-3 win over the Rockies in the opener of a three-game series at Petco Park.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Padres (12-12), who had lost seven of eight.

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Kennedy, offense come up big vs. Rox to snap skid

Kennedy, offense come up big vs. Rox to snap skid

SAN DIEGO -- Ian Kennedy struck out six in six innings and the Padres offense unloaded 14 hits and took advantage of four Rockies errors en route to a 14-3 victory at Petco Park on Friday night in front of 30,186.

After giving up eight runs in 4 1/3 innings to the Dodgers in his last start, Kennedy (1-1) held the Rockies to two runs on four hits in six innings, and struck out six in the Padres second victory in the last nine games. In addition to the four errors, the Padres benefited from the bats of Derek Norris and Yangervis Solarte, who combined for seven RBIs.

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Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. Tim Powers is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Situational hitting boosting Padres

Situational hitting boosting Padres

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

One of the Padres biggest improvements over the 2014 edition is situational hitting. Last season, for example, the Padres hit .220 with runners in scoring position.

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