Sardinas' career night comes in front of family

Sardinas' career night comes in front of family

MIAMI -- Luis Sardinas has only played in four games, but San Diego's shortstop is already fitting in nicely. Despite a disappointing 7-6 loss to Miami in the series opener on Friday at Marlins Park, the Padres' newcomer tied a career high with four RBIs on a 2-for-3 night that included a solo homer and a three-run double.

Sardinas' bases-loaded two-bagger erased a 2-0 deficit in the fourth inning to cap a 13-pitch at-bat, and he slugged a solo shot in the sixth that upped the lead to 6-2.

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Cosart solid in return but bullpen can't hold lead

Cosart solid in return but bullpen can't hold lead

MIAMI -- For most of Friday night, the Marlins didn't have much bounce in their step. But after a frantic rally, they celebrated a 7-6 walk-off win on Chris Johnson's ground-rule double in the ninth inning.

Johnson's second career walk-off moment capped a four-run, late-inning comeback, and prevented the Marlins from losing ground in the National League Wild Card standings. It was Miami's third walk-off win of the season.

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Glenn Sattell is a contributor to MLB.com based in Miami and covered the Padres on Friday.

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Friedrich to skip start, be used out of bullpen

Lefty has already set career highs in innings, starts

Friedrich to skip start, be used out of bullpen

MIAMI -- Padres left-hander Christian Friedrich will skip his next scheduled start but is available to come out of the bullpen, according to San Diego manager Andy Green.

Friedrich took his eighth consecutive loss on Tuesday and hasn't won since June 23 in Cincinnati. Friedrich is 4-10 with a 4.89 ERA this season, and he is tied with Colin Rea for most starts (18) -- a career high -- on the Padres' staff. Friedrich started 16 games in his rookie season (2012) with Colorado.

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Hedges, Maton lead Triple-A El Paso to victory

Right-handers Huffman, Quantrill have sharp starts

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

Catcher Austin Hedges had a double and his 19th homer for three RBIs and right-handed reliever Phil Maton shut down an Albuquerque rally in the bottom of the sixth Friday night as Triple-A El Paso came from behind to defeat the Isotopes 10-4 and reduce their magic number to six. El Paso's victory widened their lead over Albuquerque to 5 ½ games with 10 games to play.

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Padres recall Baumann, place Morrow on paternity list

Padres recall Baumann, place Morrow on paternity list

MIAMI -- The Padres recalled left-hander Buddy Baumann from Triple-A El Paso for his third stint in the Majors prior to Friday's 7-6 loss to the Marlins. He takes the roster spot of righty Brandon Morrow, who was placed on the paternity leave list. Morrow and his wife, Lily, are expecting their first child.

But Baumann hopes the third time is the charm. He isn't looking at this opportunity as a temporary one.

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Ross sees first game action since opener

Right-hander lasts just two-thirds of an inning in rehab outing

Ross sees first game action since opener

Padres right-hander Tyson Ross saw his first game action since the Padres' season opener on April 4, but his Minor League rehab appearance was short-lived.

Pitching for Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore on Thursday, Ross lasted just two-thirds of an inning against Rancho Cucamonga, allowing four earned runs on three hits and a pair of walks. He threw 27 pitches.

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Petco Park will host 2017 World Baseball Classic games

San Diego, Miami and Guadalajara, Mexico, announced as other North American sites

Petco Park will host 2017 World Baseball Classic games

The North American venues for the 2017 World Baseball Classic were announced on Thursday, with host cities including Los Angeles, San Diego, Miami and Guadalajara, Mexico.

Dodger Stadium will host the WBC semifinals and final, which will take place on March 20-22, 2017. It will be the second time the Dodgers' ballpark plays host to the tournament's final rounds, the first having been in 2009.

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Pipeline preview: Lamet to make Triple-A debut

Pipeline preview: Lamet to make Triple-A debut

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in Saturday's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Mauricio Dubon (Red Sox's No. 12), Portland vs. Trenton (6 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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With goal to pitch in, Friedrich plays soccer

Padres left-hander leans on foot-based sport to warm up for day job

With goal to pitch in, Friedrich plays soccer

SAN DIEGO -- If only for a few minutes during gameday afternoons, Christian Friedrich has turned various Major League outfields into his own personal soccer fields.

It's not uncommon to see the Padres left-hander chasing after his soccer ball on the outfield grass, four or five hours before first pitch. Sometimes he's alone -- surrounded only by the grounds crew -- kicking his ball 50 yards away and chasing it down. Sometimes, his teammates join in.

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Keel, Cordero lead Missions to win in first Double-A start

Ross gives up 4 runs in first in rehab start at Class A Lake Elsinore

Keel, Cordero lead Missions to win in first Double-A start

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

Left-handed starter Jerry Keel allowed three runs (one earned) in his first start with Double-A San Antonio and center fielder Franchy Cordero went 3-for-5 with a triple, a steal and two runs scored as the Missions continued their second-half surge with a 4-3, 10-inning win over Frisco in San Antonio.

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Jankowski proving to be on-base ace

Rookie especially successful in leadoff role, hopes to bring that mentality when runners on bags

Jankowski proving to be on-base ace

SAN DIEGO -- Travis Jankowski extended his on-base streak to 23 games during Wednesday's 6-3 loss to the Cubs, thanks in part to his continued success leading off games.

Jankowski started things off for the Padres with a double to left field, improving his on-base percentage to .531 in the first at-bat of San Diego's games -- the best mark of any player in the Majors.

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Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Here's a Padres lineup idea for 2017

Could be best defensive outfield in the Major Leagues

Here's a Padres lineup idea for 2017

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

This is nothing I've discussed with anyone in the know.

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Padres can't keep up with Cubs in finale

Padres can't keep up with Cubs in finale

SAN DIEGO -- Remember Ray Prim? The left-hander won 13 games for the Cubs in 1945, the last time they played in the World Series. Prim was the last Cubs pitcher to lead the National League in ERA. Kyle Hendricks could change that.

Hendricks got a big boost from the offense before he took the mound, thanks to a three-run first, as the Cubs beat the Padres, 6-3, on Wednesday at Petco Park to sweep the series and improve to 36 games over .500 for the first time since 1945, when they finished that season at 98-56.

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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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Urias wins California League MVP, Rookie of Year Awards

Triple-A El Paso wins, nears PCL division title

Urias wins California League MVP, Rookie of Year Awards

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

Second baseman Luis Urias Wednesday won the duel honors of being named the Most Valuable Player and Rookie of the Year in the Advanced Class A California League, while Triple-A El Paso scored twice in the top of the 10th to score a 4-2 win at Albuquerque and reduce their magic number to eight to win their second straight Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern Division title.

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Padres' 2nd-base job wide open for 2017

Green encouraging players to 'keep fighting' for spot

Padres' 2nd-base job wide open for 2017

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres' second-base job is one of many positions that will be wide open heading into next season, according to manager Andy Green.

Despite the play of rookie Ryan Schimpf, who had hit 14 home runs with an .887 OPS through 57 games entering Wednesday, both Cory Spangenberg and Carlos Asuaje will be competing for the job.

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Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Handful of Padres set for Miami homecoming

Cosart, Hand among group to return during weekend series

Handful of Padres set for Miami homecoming

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres' upcoming weekend series in Miami doesn't just signify the start of a road trip. For a handful of players in San Diego's clubhouse, it's more like a homecoming.

Take Jarred Cosart, the starter for Game 1 of the three-game series, which begins Friday. He was acquired by the Padres just before the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline, and he didn't have time to move out. He'll be saving room in his suitcase for some of the belongings that he had to leave behind in Miami last month.

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Padres' late rally comes up short vs. Cubs

Padres' late rally comes up short vs. Cubs

SAN DIEGO -- Kris Bryant and Addison Russell each homered to help Jake Arrieta become the National League's first and lead the Cubs to a 5-3 victory Tuesday night over the Padres for their 21st win in the last 26 games.

Now 80-45, Chicago is the first team in the Majors to win 80 games, and is 35 games over .500 for the first time since Sept. 25, 2008 (96-61). This is the quickest the Cubs have reached 80 wins since 1929, and that team won an NL pennant.

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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.

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Quintana has HR, 6 RBIs on notable night in Padres' system

Allen named to Class A Midwest League All-Star team

Quintana has HR, 6 RBIs on notable night in Padres' system

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

Gabriel Quintana homered and drove in all six runs and right-hander Daniel McCutchen and two relievers combined on a three-hit shutout Tuesday night as Double-A San Antonio scored a 6-0 win over Frisco in San Antonio.

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Arlin was dynamic pitcher in Padres' early days

He came within one out of a no-hitter in 1972

Arlin was dynamic pitcher in Padres' early days

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

Contrary to modern popular belief, the fastball is not a creation of the radar gun.

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Padres always looking to gain edge on bases

'It changes games,' Green says of team's aggressive approach

Padres always looking to gain edge on bases

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres have ruled the basepaths this season, thanks to a mindset handed down from the coaching staff to the players that emphasizes aggression.

It might be easy to look at the stolen-base leaders this season and argue that the Brewers -- who lead the Majors with 136 stolen bases -- have been superior in this facet of the game. The Padres are third in baseball with 103 stolen bases, while the Indians and the Red Sox top the list in stolen-base success rates, at 82 and 81 percent respectively, compared to San Diego's 76 percent rate -- fifth in baseball.

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Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Sardinas shines with defense in Padres debut

Sardinas shines with defense in Padres debut

SAN DIEGO -- Luis Sardinas showcased some of the defensive prowess that originally made him one of the top prospects in baseball during his Padres debut Monday night in San Diego's 5-1 loss to the Cubs.

Sardinas showed excellent range and athleticism at second base, including an impressive catch in the fourth inning while falling over a sliding Patrick Kivlehan right-field foul ground.

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Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Thompson, Weeks pace Arizona Rookie Padres

Second baseman makes first rehab start

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

Second baseman Jemile Weeks made his rehab debut with the Arizona Rookie Padres Monday night and right-hander Mason Thompson pitched three scoreless innings as the Arizona Rookie Padres defeated the Texas Rangers 4-3 in 11 innings.

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Jackson stung by HRs as Cubs take opener

Jackson stung by HRs as Cubs take opener

SAN DIEGO -- The last time Addison Russell and Kris Bryant played at Petco Park was in July when they started for the National League All-Star team. On Monday night, they showed why they deserved those honors.

Russell hit a solo homer and sacrifice fly, Bryant added his 32nd homer and Jason Heyward smacked a two-run homer in his return to the lineup to back Jon Lester and lift the Cubs to a 5-1 victory over the Padres. Lester, also named to the NL All-Star team, picked up his 10th win in his last 11 decisions, dating to May 27.

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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.

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Perdomo's rapid improvement surprises Friars

Rule 5 acquisition cementing place in 2017 rotation

Perdomo's rapid improvement surprises Friars

SAN DIEGO -- When the Padres nabbed Luis Perdomo in the Rule 5 Draft last offseason, they envisioned performances like the one he put forth in Sunday's 9-1 victory over the D-backs.

Thing is, they didn't exactly envision those performances coming in 2016.

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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.

Former Padres pitcher Arlin dies at 70

Former Padres pitcher Arlin dies at 70

SAN DIEGO -- Former Padres and Indians pitcher Steve Arlin has passed away at age 70, according to a release from Ohio State athletics. The right-hander died Wednesday of undisclosed causes.

Arlin is perhaps best known as the Padres pitcher to have come the closest to throwing a no-hitter. On July 18, 1972, Arlin was one out shy of a no-no against Philadelphia, before Denny Doyle's chopper bounced over the glove of Padres third baseman Dave Roberts for a single. No Padres pitcher has come as close to recording a no-hitter since.

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Kivlehan shows debut was no fluke in second game

Padres' rookie has multi-hit performances in first two MLB games

Kivlehan shows debut was no fluke in second game

SAN DIEGO -- After making a splash by homering in his Major League debut Saturday night, Padres rookie Patrick Kivlehan kept things going during Sunday's 9-1 win over the D-backs.

Kivlehan was responsible for San Diego's first hit -- for the second straight game -- in the third inning, singled again in the sixth, drew two walks, scored three runs and tacked on an RBI for good measure.

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Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rookie talent on display in rout of D-backs

Rookie talent on display in rout of D-backs

SAN DIEGO -- The way Luis Perdomo was dealing Sunday afternoon at Petco Park, the rookie right-hander didn't need much run support.

The Padres' bats gave it to him anyway.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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