Five-run eighth pushes Padres past Tigers

Five-run eighth pushes Padres past Tigers

SAN DIEGO -- Hector Sanchez made good use of his first hit since returning from the disabled list, blasting a pinch-hit, two-run shot as part of a five-run eighth inning in San Diego's 7-3 victory against Detroit on Saturday. The Tigers have lost a season-high eight straight games.

Sanchez was reinstated before Friday's series opener after being out since early May with a foot contusion. After Erick Aybar walked, Sanchez sent an 0-1 fastball from Shane Greene over Petco Park's right-field fence.

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Jay Paris is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego. He covered the Tigers on Friday.

Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego.

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Padres officially sign No. 3 overall pick Gore

Padres officially sign No. 3 overall pick Gore

SAN DIEGO -- MacKenzie Gore believes he accomplished his goal of becoming the best player in the country, so he's progressed to his next one: making it to San Diego and helping the Padres to a World Series title.

On Saturday, the Padres signed Gore, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2017 Draft. He was then introduced at Petco Park, joined by general manager A.J. Preller, director of scouting Mark Conner and agent Scott Boras. The bonus for the high-school left-hander from Whiteville, N.C., is a slightly over-slot $6.7 million, a source told MLB.com's Jim Callis.

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Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bolt off the bench: Sanchez gives SD a lift

Two-run, pinch-hit home run in eighth ignites comeback

Bolt off the bench: Sanchez gives SD a lift

SAN DIEGO -- Since his return from the disabled list Friday, Hector Sanchez has tried to be the best teammate he can off the field.

He couldn't have been a much better one on it Saturday, blasting a go-ahead, two-run home run as pinch-hitter in the eighth inning of the Padres' 7-3 victory against the Tigers. It was the catcher's first hit since landing on the disabled list for a foot contusion in early May.

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Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cordoba exits with left hand contusion

Rule 5 infielder won't start series finale against Tigers

Cordoba exits with left hand contusion

SAN DIEGO -- Despite a red lump on his left hand, Allen Cordoba asked a simple question to manager Andy Green: "Play tomorrow?"

Cordoba, San Diego's shortstop, exited in the third inning of Saturday's 7-3 victory against Detroit with a left hand contusion after a 89 mph sinker from Tigers right-hander Anibal Sanchez hit him near his wrist.

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Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Richard looks to tame Tigers in finale

Richard looks to tame Tigers in finale

The Tigers' Jordan Zimmermann (5-5, 5.25 ERA) will try to continue his run of solid pitching when facing the Padres in Sunday afternoon's series-finale at Petco Park.

Zimmermann, a right-hander, has recorded four straight quality starts. This after he struggled in the season's early going, and has a 2.70 ERA in four starts this month.

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Jay Paris is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego. He covered the Tigers on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres' strong pitching ties Tigers in knots

Padres' strong pitching ties Tigers in knots

SAN DIEGO -- Luis Perdomo dodged danger, ever so slightly flirted with history and got just enough run support as the Padres downed Detroit, 1-0, on Friday night in the series opener at Petco Park.

The San Diego right-hander walked five over his first four innings, throwing more balls than strikes in the process. But he held the Tigers hitless until Andrew Romine's leadoff single in the fifth, a grounder that rolled through the right side with a 37-percent chance of being a hit, according to Statcast™. Despite Perdomo's erraticism, catcher Austin Hedges was impressed with his batterymate's arsenal.

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Jay Paris is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego. He covered the Tigers on Friday.

Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hedges gives Padres a lift in first game back

Hedges gives Padres a lift in first game back

SAN DIEGO -- Before Friday's series opener against Detroit, Austin Hedges didn't get to watch as much video on the Tigers as he normally would.

Instead, Hedges, the Padres' catcher, spent most of the afternoon on the training table, working to recover from a bruised right thigh he suffered Monday in a collision with Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo.

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Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres' offense struggles sans Solarte

Club has won 2 of 3 games despite scoring only 4 runs

Padres' offense struggles sans Solarte

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

The Padres have won two of three games since infielder Yangervis Solarte was lost to the Padres with a left oblique strain. But the Padres offense is showing the effects of being without its hottest hitter.

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Strained left oblique lands Solarte on DL

Diaz also out, leaving team with four-man rotation

Strained left oblique lands Solarte on DL

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres placed second baseman Yangervis Solarte and right-hander Miguel Diaz on the disabled list before Friday's game against the Tigers. In corresponding moves, the team activated catcher Hector Sanchez from the disabled list and recalled infielder Carlos Asuaje from Triple-A El Paso.

Solarte was scratched from Tuesday's lineup after straining his left oblique taking swings minutes before the game. Before the injury, he had homered five times in his previous seven games.

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Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres' alumni game vs. Navy a success

Softball game part of longstanding support of military

Padres' alumni game vs. Navy a success

SAN DIEGO -- Tony Gwynn Jr. wandered the turf field at Naval Base San Diego, stretching, playing catch and rocking two pairs of sunglasses.

One was for the softball game he was about to play. The second recorded what he was seeing. It was a day Gwynn wanted to remember, as he and about a dozen Padres alumni faced the U.S. Navy All-Stars on Friday.

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Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Future Padres home run king?

Beat reporter AJ Cassavell answers fans' questions

Inbox: Future Padres home run king?

Who do you think has a better chance of breaking Nate Colbert's record for home runs as a Padre -- Hunter Renfroe or Wil Myers?
-- David E., Clovis, Calif.

Love this question. And I'll start by saying that both have a very good chance to top the 163 home runs that Colbert hit with San Diego from 1969-74.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres overcome early woes to top Cubs

Padres overcome early woes to top Cubs

CHICAGO -- The Padres lost their starter in the third inning and struggled to hit in the clutch but overcame all of that on Wednesday. Erick Aybar hit a game-tying home run in the sixth inning and Luis Torrens drew a bases-loaded walk with two outs in the eighth to force in the go-ahead run and lift the Padres to a 3-2 victory over the Cubs at Wrigley Field.

With the game tied at 2 in the Padres' eighth, Wil Myers singled off Koji Uehara, and reached third one out later on Cory Spangenberg's single. Aybar was intentionally walked to load the bases. Matt Szczur popped up to first baseman Anthony Rizzo, but Uehara walked Torrens to force home Myers.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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Solarte's injury creates huge hole in offense

Padres hottest hitter suffers left oblique strain

Solarte's injury creates huge hole in offense

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

I wasn't surprised that Wil Myers drew four straight walks Tuesday and Wednesday after Yangervis Solarte was scratched from the Padres lineup with a left oblique strain that will send the infielder to the disabled list.    

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Diaz expected to miss start after early exit

Diaz expected to miss start after early exit

CHICAGO -- Padres right-hander Miguel Diaz left his Wednesday start early with a right forearm strain after tossing 2 1/3 scoreless frames in a 3-2 victory over the Cubs.

The extent of Diaz's injury remains unclear, but after the game, team trainers told manager Andy Green that there was no apparent ligament damage. Nonetheless, Diaz will undergo tests and is expected to miss his next start.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rule 5 pick Torrens making most of his chance

Young catcher seeing increased playing time due to Padres' injuries

Rule 5 pick Torrens making most of his chance

CHICAGO -- Luis Torrens was working out in his native Venezuela when he learned the Padres had traded for his rights in December's Rule 5 Draft. The 21-year-old backstop had been given a chance to learn on the fly in the Majors.

"My first reaction was just a lot of excitement and [I was] really happy," Torrens said through a team interpreter. "I told myself I was going to take advantage of the opportunity to the max and make sure I got the most out of it."

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Solarte headed to DL with oblique issue

Padres second baseman injured prior to Tuesday's game

Solarte headed to DL with oblique issue

CHICAGO -- Padres second baseman Yangervis Solarte is expected to be placed on the 10-day disabled list after sustaining a left oblique strain moments before first pitch in Tuesday night's 4-0 loss.

Solarte, who routinely takes cuts in the batting cage prior to games, felt a pop in his side Tuesday. It was later diagnosed as a strained oblique, the first such injury Solarte has sustained in his playing career. Without time to get a replacement to Chicago for Wednesday's game against the Cubs, Solarte remained active, but he will be placed on the DL before Friday's game against Detroit.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres opt to take high road with Rizzo

Cubs' leadoff man collided with, injured Hedges on Monday

Padres opt to take high road with Rizzo

CHICAGO -- The Padres took the high road Tuesday night, opting not to retaliate against Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo for his controversial slide that sidelined catcher Austin Hedges.

Manager Andy Green made it very clear he didn't see a purpose in intentionally throwing at Rizzo. He met with Tuesday's starting pitcher Jhoulys Chacin, instructing the right-hander not to plunk Rizzo, who instead homered in his first at-bat.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres' bats unable to get going for Chacin

Padres' bats unable to get going for Chacin

CHICAGO -- Anthony Rizzo smacked his third leadoff home run in the last seven games and rookie Ian Happ hit his ninth homer to back Mike Montgomery and lift the Cubs to a 4-0 victory on Tuesday night over the Padres, who lost for the fourth time in their last five games. With the win and a Brewers loss, the Cubs moved to a half-game back in the National League Central Division.

Rizzo apparently wasn't thrown off following Monday night's controversial collision with Padres catcher Austin Hedges at home plate. Earlier in the day, Rizzo talked to Major League Baseball officials and was told he'd violated Rule 6.01(c), but he wouldn't receive any further discipline from the league in the form of a fine or a suspension.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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Rizzo won't face discipline for slide into Hedges

MLB deems contact was not malicious, but violated rule

Rizzo won't face discipline for slide into Hedges

CHICAGO -- A day after his controversial collision with Padres catcher Austin Hedges, Anthony Rizzo received a call from the Commissioner's Office.

The message: He'd violated Rule 6.01(i) on Monday night's play at the plate during the Cubs' 3-2 victory . But Rizzo wouldn't receive any further discipline from the league in the form of a fine or a suspension.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres reportedly sign pair of top Draft picks

Padres reportedly sign pair of top Draft picks

The Padres agreed with a pair of catchers from their Draft class on Tuesday, inking both Luis Campusano and Blake Hunt, according to MLB.com Draft expert Jonathan Mayo. The club has not confirmed the deals.

Campusano signed for $1.3 million, below the $1,760,700 recommended bonus for the 39th overall selection in the 2017 Draft. Conversely, Hunt, a supplemental second-rounder, signed for $1.6 million, nearly double the $858,600 recommendation for the 69th pick.

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

Cahill, Richard receive WS rings from Cubs

Cahill, Richard receive WS rings from Cubs

CHICAGO -- Upon their return to Wrigley Field this week, Padres pitchers Clayton Richard and Trevor Cahill had 14 karats of white gold and 108 diamonds awaiting them.

Each pitcher played a part in the Cubs' 2016 World Series championship run and received their rings in the hours before Tuesday's game. The duo met with Cubs president Theo Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer, where they were presented with their mementos without any fanfare.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cubs reaction to Hedges play leaves me cold

Collision doesn't get any cleaner, no matter how many times you replay it

Cubs reaction to Hedges play leaves me cold

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

Truth is, had Anthony Rizzo slid straight for the plate Monday night at Wrigley Field, he might have scored.

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Padres can't turn 2 jacks into winning hand

Padres can't turn 2 jacks into winning hand

CHICAGO -- Willson Contreras belted a tying home run leading off the seventh and Javier Baez scored the go-ahead run on an error by Padres left fielder Jose Pirela to lift the Cubs to a 3-2 victory on Monday night.

There may be some bad feelings between the two teams after a play in the sixth when Anthony Rizzo collided with Padres catcher Austin Hedges at the plate. Rizzo was trying to score from third on a fly ball by Kris Bryant to center but Matt Szczur made a perfect throw home. Hedges had to leave the game with a bruised right thigh. Afterward, Padres manager Andy Green was none too pleased with what he considered "a cheap shot" on his starting catcher.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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Padres in search of All-Star voting boost

Heyward, Zobrist, Ozuna, Kemp, Stanton bunched up in balloting

Padres in search of All-Star voting boost

The Major League Baseball All-Star Game presented by MasterCard is nearly three weeks away and the race for the third outfield spot is tightening, as revealed in the fourth installment of the Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot fan voting update for National League starters released Monday.

The Marlins' Marcell Ozuna surpassed the Braves' Matt Kemp, who sits just behind the Cubs' Ben Zobrist for fourth on the outfielder leaderboard. All three players find themselves neck-and-neck with the Cubs' Jason Heyward for the final starting position while Miami slugger Giancarlo Stanton is also not far behind.

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C. Follow him on Twitter at @OMacklinMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Szczur happy to make return to Windy City

Padres outfielder faces his former club at Wrigley Field

Szczur happy to make return to Windy City

CHICAGO -- Upon his return to Chicago on Sunday, Padres outfielder Matt Szczur decided he wanted to see a bit of his former city. After all, he is returning to the Windy City for the first time since being claimed off waivers from the Cubs in May.

"I walked and got a coffee last night, and was recognized by a couple people," said Szczur, who made a fine defensive play in the Padres' 3-2 loss during Monday night's series opener. "They told me good luck with the Padres, and they told me that I was missed here. That always feels good."

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres' young trio shows potential on mound

Diaz, Lamet, Perdomo impress Brewers during series at Miller Park

Padres' young trio shows potential on mound

MILWAUKEE -- The Padres dropped their eighth road series in 11 tries this weekend, but their young rotation made a believer of Brewers manager Craig Counsell.

"They're young guys with very good arms," Counsell said. "They didn't come in with great stat lines, but they are investing in some talented, young arms and letting them kind of go through their lumps. There's Major League stuff in those arms, that's for sure."

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Carson Mason is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee and covered the Padres on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres broadcaster gets Silly String shower

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Padres broadcaster gets Silly String shower

Padres color commentator Mark Grant arrived at Miller Park for Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Brewers thinking it was just like any other baseball game on the schedule. Little did he know that, as he walked into the broadcast booth, he was actually entering the Silly String Thunderdome.

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