Kennedy named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

Kennedy named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

The active Major League players and Hall of Famers nominated for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award were revealed Tuesday.

The award, now in its third year, honors the legacy of Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, who became the first professional athlete to enlist in the U.S. military after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. A current MLB player, a Hall of Famer and a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer are recognized each Veterans Day in a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Andrew Simon is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AndrewSimonMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres try to stop revolving door at shortstop

Padres try to stop revolving door at shortstop

SAN DIEGO -- For a five-year period from 2004-08, the Padres rarely had concerns about the shortstop position.

Only three other shortstops in the National League -- Jimmy Rollins, Jack Wilson and Jose Reyes -- logged more innings at shortstop during that five-year stretch than Khalil Greene, who played on San Diego's last two playoff teams (2005-06).

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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's homer lifts Latos as Padres take series

J-Up's homer lifts Latos as Padres take series

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres took the series after beating the Marlins, 3-2, on Sunday in San Diego. Craig Kimbrel came in for the ninth inning and earned save No. 29 of the season.

Backed by Justin Upton's 16th home run of the season, Padres starting pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne allowed one run on two hits in six innings. It was his first victory since May 31.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. 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.

Upton, Padres bracing for roster changes

Left fielder puts on show in what could be final home game at Petco

Upton, Padres bracing for roster changes

SAN DIEGO -- As the longest-tenured Padres player, Will Venable has been around for more than a few Trade Deadlines and is used to seeing teammates come and go this time of year. Venable, who broke into the big leagues with the Padres in 2008, understands this is simply a matter of doing business.

That said, after the Padres secured a series win over the Marlins on Sunday, with a 3-2 victory that was the team's eighth in the last 11 games, he's hoping this stretch of solid baseball can keep the front office from breaking up the team on or before the July 31 Trade Deadline.

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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.

Shields takes on Mets to open road trip

Shields takes on Mets to open road trip

James Shields will start for the Padres when they face the Mets on Tuesday in New York in the first game of their 10-game road trip. Noah Syndergaard (4-5, 2.97 ERA) will get the start for the Mets in the three-game series.

Shields said he had more in the tank after his last start where he pitched five scoreless innings before being taken out in the Padres' 7-1 loss to the Giants on July 22. The right-hander picked up a win in his last start against the Mets on June 3, pitching seven innings, while allowing six hits and two runs.

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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.

Myers to have wrist examined as precaution

Padres outfielder experiences discomfort after swinging bat

Myers to have wrist examined as precaution

SAN DIEGO -- Wil Myers will not travel with the Padres on their upcoming road trip, assistant general manager Fred Uhlman Jr. announced before Sunday's game against the Marlins. After experiencing discomfort in his surgically repaired left wrist, Myers will go to Arizona to have it examined.

As part of his progression coming back from surgery, Myers was scheduled to head to New York with the team, when they face the Mets on Tuesday, to continue a hitting program. Myers had surgery on June 18 to remove a bone spur that was causing him tendinitis in his wrist.

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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.

Poway High grad Dickerson paces streaking Triple-A El Paso

LF has 4 hits, HR; Middlebrooks, Liriano also homer

Poway High grad Dickerson paces streaking Triple-A El Paso

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

Poway High grad Alex Dickerson was 4-for-5 with two doubles and his eighth homer Monday night to lead Triple-A El Paso to a 4-3 win at Salt Lake. The victory was a franchise record, seventh straight win on the road for the Chihuahuas.

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ICYMI: Padres close homestand with series victory

ICYMI: Padres close homestand with series victory

Things seem to be going well for San Diego lately as the Swinging Friars won their third straight game in a row on Sunday and have gone 8-3 (.727) in their last 11 games. Starter Odrisamer Despaigne earned his fourth victory of the season as the Padres downed the Marlins, 3-2 -- their third straight game of scoring three runs against the Miami ballclub. The Padres also secured their second series victory of a 10-day, nine-game homestand. With Sunday afternoon's victory over the Fish, San Diego finished their homestand with a 6-3 record, and improved to an overall record of 47-52.

Despaigne threw six innings of one-run baseball after surrendering only two hits and three strikeouts to earn both a quality start and his fourth win of the season in what can be considered a solid "bounceback" performance for the Cuban righty.

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Jankowski stays hot, gives prospect followers a scare

Rondon has surgery, Dust Devils win title

Jankowski stays hot, gives prospect followers a scare

When one of your top prospects and lead-off candidates comes out of a tie game for a pinch-runner, alarms go off.

That is what happened Sunday with center fielder Travis Jankowski. Jankowski, the 24-year-old 44th overall selection of the 2012 draft, came out of Triple-A El Paso's game at Salt Lake on Sunday for a pinch-runner after stealing a base in the 10th inning.

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Despaigne bounces back to earn win

Padres manager credits better focus for pitcher's turnaround

Despaigne bounces back to earn win

SAN DIEGO -- After coming off a disappointing performance in his last start, allowing seven hits and six runs against the Giants on July 21, Odrisamer Despaigne earned his first win since May 31 as the Padres defeated the Marlins, 3-2, on Sunday.

Interim manager Pat Murphy criticized Despaigne's lack of focus after his last start, but on Sunday, Murphy, along with pitching coach Darren Balsley, knew even before the first pitch that the right-hander was going to have a good game.

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

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Exacting Enberg accepts Frick honor at Hall

Exacting Enberg accepts Frick honor at Hall

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- Folks in this business, members of the fraternity Kappa Delta Press Box, usually have time to gather their thoughts, second-guess themselves and maybe backspace, insert words or even phrases. And on those glorious and treasured instances when the game has been staged in daylight, they even can purge and start anew. Writing need not be an exercise without flaws until the finished product.

The demands are greater for the folks in that business, the ones armed with wires, earpieces and headphones and tethered to their ballpark surroundings. They don't have the same face-saving luxuries. Cough buttons are for congestion, not correction. Ahem.

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Marty Noble is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jankowski, Middlebrooks keep El Paso hot

Class A Tri-City climbs to top of Northwest League

Jankowski, Middlebrooks keep El Paso hot

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

Center fielder Travis Jankowski continued his torrid start with Triple-A El Paso Saturday night, going 3-for-6 with a double, two RBIs and a run scored as the Chihuahuas scored a 10-8 win at Salt Lake to extend their winning streak to five straight games (52-48).

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Three Padres drive in runs to beat Marlins

Three Padres drive in runs to beat Marlins

SAN DIEGO --The Padres had eight hits and Craig Kimbrel earned his 28th save as the Padres beat the Marlins, 3-1, Saturday night on RBIs from Yonder Alonso (sacrifice fly in the first), Will Venable (second-inning single) and Melvin Upton Jr. (pinch-hit RBI single in the seventh).

Ian Kennedy looked strong until the seventh inning, when he gave up a home run to Derek Dietrich. After the homer, J.T. Realmuto tripled and Kennedy was pulled. Kennedy went six-plus innings, allowing seven hits, one run and striking out seven.

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Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. 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.

Maurer comes through big in crucial situation

Well-rested Padres reliever escapes jam in seventh inning

Maurer comes through big in crucial situation

SAN DIEGO -- After starting pitcher Ian Kennedy gave up a home run and a triple, relief pitcher Brandon Maurer was called to the mound in the seventh with the tying run on third with no outs in Saturday's game against the Marlins.

It wasn't the most ideal situation for a relief pitcher, but Maurer was able to get three straight outs to end the inning, as the Padres defeated Miami, 3-1.

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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.

ICYMI: Friars fry Fish with second straight win

ICYMI: Friars fry Fish with second straight win

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

Sometimes history repeats itself -- in a good way, of course -- as the Padres took another 3-1 victory over the Marlins for the second night in a row down at Petco Park. While both games ended in the same exact score, there were some notable differences in the second and third meetings between San Diego and Miami during their four-game set. 

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Hedges gaining confidence at big league level

Padres rookie catcher taking every opportunity to learn

Hedges gaining confidence at big league level

SAN DIEGO -- Like many rookies, catcher Austin Hedges is taking every opportunity he can to learn.

Whether it's chatting with pitching coach Darren Balsley or picking the brain of starter James Shields, who he refers to as "a mastermind of pitch calling," the 22-year-old, who was a second-round pick in 2011, believes he is gaining something each day.

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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.

Will Padres look the same upon return to Petco?

Trade rumors grow as playoff odds grow longer by the game

Will Padres look the same upon return to Petco?

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

Sunday could be a watershed day in the Padres season.

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Alonso, Kemp hit back-to-back shots vs. Miami

Alonso, Kemp hit back-to-back shots vs. Miami

SAN DIEGO -- With the game tied, 1-1, with two outs in the bottom of the fifth Friday night, Yonder Alonso and Matt Kemp hit back-to-back home runs, sending the Padres on their way to a 3-1 win over the Marlins.

The Padres also got a strong performance from Andrew Cashner, who pitched seven innings, allowing five hits and one run, while striking out five.

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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 has 11 extra-base hits in last 12 games

Cashner has 2.60 ERA over last four starts

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

It is pretty clear now that Matt Kemp is en fuego.

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Renfroe, Jankowski, Rea have big nights on the farm

Federowicz homers in rehab game for Triple-A El Paso

Renfroe, Jankowski, Rea have big nights on the farm

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

Top Padres prospects Hunter Renfroe, Travis Jankowski and Colin Rea had big games Friday night, and rehabbing catcher Tim Federowicz hit his first homer for Triple-A El Paso.

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Competitive Cashner escapes jam in seventh

Padres starter persuades manager to let him finish inning

Competitive Cashner escapes jam in seventh

SAN DIEGO -- Andrew Cashner picked up his first win since July 3 and helped the Padres snap a three-game losing streak as they defeated the Marlins, 3-1, on Friday night.

The right-hander had a shaky first inning, walking the leadoff hitter Ichiro Suzuki, who then stole second base. After striking out the next two batters, Justin Bour hit an RBI double, the only run Cashner would allow.

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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.

Renfroe continues to mash for Double-A San Antonio

Padres No. 1 prospect goes 3-for-5 and rips his 11th and 12th roundtrippers for Missions

Renfroe continues to mash for Double-A San Antonio

Hunter Renfroe is allergic to slumps.

Entering Friday, he had failed to hit in three of four games for the first time since late May. By the end of the night, he had two homers for Double-A San Antonio in a 7-1 win over Midland.

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Shaky sixth sinks Ross and Padres

Shaky sixth sinks Ross and Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Justin Bour and J.T. Realmuto knocked in runs in the sixth inning and Tom Koehler tossed seven shutout innings Thursday night as the Marlins defeated the Padres, 4-0, at Petco Park.

San Diego starting pitcher Tyson Ross was sharp early, striking out seven in the first three innings. But he ran into trouble in the sixth when the Marlins scored four runs -- getting five consecutive two-out singles.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Listen to his podcast. Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres weighing options ahead of Deadline

Executive chairman says next few games are critical

Padres weighing options ahead of Deadline

SAN DIEGO -- Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler dismissed an online report Thursday that indicated the team has become sellers in advance of the July 31 Trade Deadline.

But following a 4-0 loss to the Marlins, a setback that left the Padres 10 1/2 games back in the NL West, Fowler acknowledged time is running short for the team to make a move with its current roster.

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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.

Ross sets franchise record, despite tough loss

Padres pitcher extends streak of starts without a homer to 16

Ross sets franchise record, despite tough loss

SAN DIEGO -- Tyson Ross looked to be en route to a strong performance against the Marlins, striking out seven batters through the first three innings and allowing only three hits and no runs through five.

However the sixth inning would take a different direction for Ross, as he gave up five consecutive two-out singles while the Marlins rallied for four runs in Thursday's 4-0 loss.

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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.

Another reminder of Tony Gwynn's brilliance

Ross sets 1 'homerless' record, approaches another

Another reminder of Tony Gwynn's brilliance

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

Frequently I am reminded just how great of a baseball player the late Tony Gwynn was.

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ICYMI: One tough inning downs Padres in opener

ICYMI: One tough inning downs Padres in opener

Through the first five innings of Thursday night's opener, starter Tyson Ross looked as solid and reliable as he has been all season. Ross held Miami scoreless through the first half of the game. His solid start would not hold up, however, as Ross was unable to get the last out of the sixth-inning and surrendered five-straight singles in that same frame.

What had been a pitching duel between Ross and Tom Koehler up to that point was quickly erased, and the 0-0 tie that kept both teams gridlocked had been washed away after a four-run inning for Miami. As it would turn out, those four runs would be all that the Marlins needed as San Diego dropped the first of a four-game set in its 4-0 loss to the Marlins.

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Gettys, Giron, Urias combine for 11 hits at Single-A Fort Wayne

RHP Nick Monroe first 2015 pick to move to full-season Single-A

Gettys, Giron, Urias combine for 11 hits at Single-A Fort Wayne

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

Right-handed reliever Nick Monroe became the first member of the Padres' 2015 draft class to be promoted to low Single-A Fort Wayne Thursday, while prospects Michael Gettys and Ruddy Giron each had four hits as the TinCaps earned a 7-1 win at Lake County.

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