Murphy hopes Padres 'flush' offensive woes

Murphy hopes Padres 'flush' offensive woes

SAN DIEGO -- While nearly all of the Padres were getting their first look at Mainers pitcher Mike Montgomery in Tuesday's 5-0 loss at Petco Park, the team's interim manager, Pat Murphy, already had a good idea of what to expect.

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Padres lack punch, held to 1 hit vs. Mariners

Padres lack punch, held to 1 hit vs. Mariners

SAN DIEGO -- Mike Montgomery didn't allow a hit until the seventh inning on Tuesday and finished with a shutout as the Mariners topped the Padres, 5-0, at Petco Park.

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Gyorko returns to Padres with confidence

Second baseman back from Triple-A stint after Spangenberg goes on DL

Gyorko returns to Padres with confidence

SAN DIEGO -- When the Padres placed infielder Cory Spangenberg on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday with a left knee contusion, they reached to their Triple-A roster for a familiar face.

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Shields, Walker square off in Petco matinee

Shields, Walker square off in Petco matinee

Pitcher James Shields will look to bounce back after a poor performance in his last start, as San Diego faces the Mariners for the second game of a two-game series at Petco Park on Wednesday. Shields will go up against the 22-year-old Taijuan Walker (6-6, 4.64 ERA), who has had a solid June.

Shields faced the Giants in his last start on Thursday, when he lasted four innings, giving up nine hits and seven runs in a 13-8 loss.

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Jankowski has HR, 3B in Texas League ASG

Luebke pitches scoreless inning as rehab shifts to Triple-A El Paso

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Center fielder Travis Jankowski opened the Double-A Texas League All-Star Game with a home run Tuesday night.

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Luebke projected to rejoin Padres after All-Star break

Two-thirds of runs allowed by Kennedy in '15 have come on homers

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The left-hander has had two "Tommy John" elbow reconstruction surgeries since he last appeared in a Major League game on April 27, 2012.

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Venable saddened by ballpark fire in Eugene

Padres outfielder played at historic Civic Stadium to begin pro career

Venable saddened by ballpark fire in Eugene

SAN DIEGO -- Padres outfielder Will Venable arrived at Petco Park on Tuesday unaware that historic Civic Stadium in Eugene, Ore., where he played in summer 2005, was destroyed by a fire on Monday.

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Murphy learning on the fly at helm of Padres

Murphy learning on the fly at helm of Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Last week, four hours before first pitch for a game in San Francisco, Pat Murphy followed his 14-year-old son, Kai, up the steps of the lower seating bowl at AT&T Park.

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Padres seeking final push in All-Star voting

Padres seeking final push in All-Star voting

SAN DIEGO -- It's not too late for Padres fans to make a statement in terms of voting for their favorite players.

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Dickerson hits first homer since June 2 for Triple-A El Paso

Padres' No. 13 prospect ends dinger drought with first multi-homer game of the year

Dickerson hits first homer since June 2 for Triple-A El Paso

Alex Dickerson ended a lengthy home run drought in style.

The Padres' No. 13 prospect went 4-for-5 with two dingers and four RBIs in Triple-A El Paso's 14-1 win over Tacoma on Monday night. The homers came in back-to-back innings - - the fourth and fifth - - during which El Paso scored a dozen runs to blow the game open.

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Homers by Dickerson, McElroy pace El Paso

Jankowski, Rea, Hancock, Guerrero in Texas League All-Star Game

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Alex Dickerson hit two homers and Casey McElroy hit a grand slam on his return to Triple-A El Paso on Monday night as the 39-38 Chihuahuas took a 14-1 win at Tacoma.

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Gyorko returns as Spangenberg goes on disabled list

Jedd was hitting .279 with 4 HRs at Triple-A El Paso

Gyorko returns as Spangenberg goes on disabled list

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After infielder Cory Spangenberg left Saturday night's game with a bone bruise to his left knee, the Padres adopted a wait-and-see position. They could go two or three days a player short while determining whether or not Spangenberg needed to go on the disabled list with his injury.

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Norris, Kemp combine for three homers in loss

Norris, Kemp combine for three homers in loss

SAN DIEGO -- Welington Castillo, David Peralta and Jake Lamb hit home runs Sunday as the D-backs salvaged one game in their series with San Diego, defeating the Padres, 6-4, at Petco Park.

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Middlebrooks exits game after rolling ankle

Padres second baseman will be reevaluated on off-day

Middlebrooks exits game after rolling ankle

SAN DIEGO -- If the Padres were thinking of adding an infielder after Cory Spangenberg sustained a bone contusion to his left knee Saturday, they're certainly doing so after Sunday's 6-4 loss to the D-backs.

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Offense perking up with Kemp in leadoff spot

Padres right fielder homers again in Sunday's loss

Offense perking up with Kemp in leadoff spot

SAN DIEGO -- The sample size is stunningly small, but Padres interim manager Pat Murphy likes Matt Kemp in the leadoff spot.

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Not time to move Kemp from leadoff slot

Outfielder is 7-for-20 with two HRs in 5 games at top of order

Not time to move Kemp from leadoff slot

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Already, the tweets and emails are flowing.

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Rea allows one earned run over seven innings in AA-San Antonio win

Texas League All-Star has 1.08 ERA at the break

Rea allows one earned run over seven innings in AA-San Antonio win

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Right-hander Colin Rea continued his domination of the Double-AA Texas League Sunday afternoon as he held Midland to two runs (one earned) over seven innings in host San Antonio's 7-2 win.

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Cashner looks to build off impressive outing

Cashner looks to build off impressive outing

SAN DIEGO -- The month of June wasn't kind to Andrew Cashner, who went into Saturday's start against the D-backs with a 7.62 ERA to show for his five previous starts this month.

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Padres' bats back sharp Cashner in series win

Padres' bats back sharp Cashner in series win

SAN DIEGO -- Justin Upton hit a two-run home run and Andrew Cashner won for the first time since May 27 as the Padres topped the D-backs, 7-2, Saturday at Petco Park.

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Ross, Cashner notch back-to-back wins for first time in '15

Padres 12-20 in games started by their Nos. 2-3 starters

Ross, Cashner notch back-to-back wins for first time in '15

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Over the past two nights, Padres starting pitchers Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner allowed four runs on 10 hits and five walks with 13 strikeouts in 13 innings.

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Decker, Renfroe, Tate homer on Padres' farm

Lefty Wieck 2-0 in two starts at Class A Fort Wayne

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Cody Decker and Hunter Renfroe homered and both Padres' full-season Class A affiliates got strong pitching in wins Saturday night.

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Myers 4-6 weeks away from baseball activities

Outfielder feels optimistic after having soft cast on wrist removed

Myers 4-6 weeks away from baseball activities

SAN DIEGO -- Outfielder Wil Myers received promising news on Saturday about the progress of his left wrist following surgery earlier this month.

Myers wasn't sure of his exact timeline for when he can begin baseball activities, but said it should be from four to six weeks. Interim manager Pat Murphy said that he plans to meet with trainers to get the exact schedule for Myers' recovery.

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ICYMI: Plentiful offense helps 'Cash' in series win

ICYMI: Plentiful offense helps 'Cash' in series win

Everything seemed to go the Padres way on Saturday, and that's perfectly fine for the Friar Faithful who were in attendance for Baseball Night in San Diego. The Padres offense had a veritable knockout performance on Saturday after the Friars drove in seven runs on 15 hits in their 7-2 victory over the Diamondbacks at Petco Park. Seven of the Padres starting nine collected base hits, while six of those starting nine also enjoyed a multi-hit game on the day. Additionally, the pitching was on point as starter Andrew Cashner earned the victory after allowing only two earned runs on eight hits and six strikeouts in seven innings of solid work. All of this, of course, was the perfect combination for success in San Diego.

Cashner's record improved to 3-9 on the season while also lowering his ERA to 4.22 thanks to a very efficient and well-tuned offense on Saturday. Much like he did in Friday's series opener against the D-backs, Yonder Alonso opened the scoring with an RBI base knock in the first inning to give the Padres an early 1-0 lead. Alonso went 2-for-5 on the day and was joined by Matt Kemp, Yangervis Solarte, Justin Upton, Will Venable and Clint Barmes as the six Padres who enjoyed two or more hits on the evening. Solarte had a standout performance as well, as he went 3-for-5 with an RBI.

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Johnson remains upbeat after latest setback

Right-hander hopes to return to throwing program next week

Johnson remains upbeat after latest setback

SAN DIEGO -- Pitcher Josh Johnson sounded upbeat on Saturday that his latest setback following a simulated game won't keep him too long from resuming his throwing program.

Johnson, working his way back from Tommy John surgery a year ago, had to stop a simulated game on June 15 after feeling tingling in the fingers of his right hand.

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Padres edge D-backs with speed, small ball

Padres edge D-backs with speed, small ball

SAN DIEGO -- Tyson Ross overcame command issues and a shaky start Friday night as the Padres edged the D-backs, 4-2, at Petco Park.

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Ross shakes off early troubles to finish strong

Padres starter walks five, but retires nine of last 10 batters he faces

Ross shakes off early troubles to finish strong

SAN DIEGO -- It certainly wasn't the smoothest of starts Friday for Padres' pitcher Tyson Ross.

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Spangenberg manufactures runs with wheels

Padres second baseman legs out two infield hits, steals two bases

Spangenberg manufactures runs with wheels

SAN DIEGO -- Cory Spangenberg possess the one skillset the Padres don't have an abundance of -- speed.

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