Rea flirts with no-hitter as Padres topple Mets

Rea flirts with no-hitter as Padres topple Mets

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres' 48-year, 7,519-game flirtation with their first no-hitter will continue indefinitely. But Colin Rea did his best in an effort to land the franchise its white whale Thursday night, tossing eight brilliant innings, as the Padres beat the Mets, 5-3.

New York didn't get into the hits column until two outs into the top of the seventh inning, when Yoenis Cespedes hit a grounder to the right side. The Padres -- playing with three infielders to the left of second base against the pull-happy Cespedes -- could only watch as it trickled through to right field for the game's first hit.

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Shift backfires on Padres in seventh inning

Rea loses no-hit bid when Cespedes hits to right side of infield

Shift backfires on Padres in seventh inning

SAN DIEGO -- For 6 2/3 innings during Thursday night's 5-3 victory over the Mets, the Padres' defense was right where it needed to be, positioned perfectly to turn would-be singles into easy groundouts behind a history-chasing Colin Rea.

Then, in the seventh, Yoenis Cespedes hit a slow bouncer to the right side -- routine for any second baseman playing in his usual position.

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Rea of hope: Righty aims for Padres' history

Green praises young pitcher after one-run effort

Rea of hope: Righty aims for Padres' history

SAN DIEGO -- Colin Rea couldn't quite finish off his bid at Padres no-hit history Thursday night. But, if anything, Rea's outing in a 5-3 victory over the Mets reinforced the notion that the future is very bright for the 25-year-old right-hander.

Rea turned in the best start of his young career, holding the Mets to one run on three hits over a personal-best eight-plus innings. He didn't allow a hit until Yoenis Cespedes bounced a shift-beating grounder to the right side with two outs in the seventh.

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Pomeranz finds motivation facing aces

Padres lefty not intimidated by high-pressure matchups

Pomeranz finds motivation facing aces

SAN DIEGO -- Drew Pomeranz isn't taking his foot off the gas. He can't afford to.

The Padres left-hander has been a revelation this season, having posted a 2.48 ERA, with opponents hitting .194 against him. He's also been matched up with an opposing ace practically every time he's taken the hill.

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Jay raced across America to make this catch

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Jay raced across America to make this catch

One day after racing back to the wall to make a great leaping catch that stole extra bases from Nolan Arenado , Padres center fielder Jon Jay was back at it again on Thursday. When the Mets' Curtis Granderson hit a deep fly ball to left-center in the top of the third inning, Jay had to run for days to make the grab.

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Pomeranz set for showdown with Syndergaard

Pomeranz set for showdown with Syndergaard

Two of baseball's top strikeout artists will face a collection of the league's most strikeout-prone hitters when the Mets and Padres meet again Friday, for the second installment of their four-game series at Petco Park.

Expect some breezes when Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard clashes with lefty Drew Pomeranz, and not simply because of the less-than-perfect weather floating off the Pacific: Going into Thursday's action, Syndergaard and Pomeranz ranked second and eighth in baseball, respectively, in strikeouts per nine innings. The former will face a Padres offense that had whiffed at a higher rate than any other National League club heading into Thursday's play, while the latter will take on a Mets offense fifth from the bottom in that category.

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Padres scouts to attend Lincecum's showcase

Padres scouts to attend Lincecum's showcase

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres will have multiple experienced scouts at Tim Lincecum's showcase in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Friday afternoon.

In the words of manager Andy Green, "We'll be well represented any time there's a potential pitcher who could affect our big league club."

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Williams, Caminiti to be inducted to Padres Hall of Fame

Legendary hitter a member of Pacific Coast League Padres

Williams, Caminiti to be inducted to Padres Hall of Fame

Ted Williams and Ken Caminiti will be inducted posthumously into the Padres Hall of Fame this summer, the club revealed on Thursday.

Williams, a Baseball Hall of Famer, was a San Diego native who played with the Pacific Coast League Padres before making it to the Red Sox. He will be inducted on July 1, in conjunction with the grand opening of the new Padres Hall of Fame, which will debut that day behind the left-field seating area at Petco Park.

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Blash's mom pushed rookie in right direction

Padres outfielder gives 'perfect person' credit for getting him to Majors

Blash's mom pushed rookie in right direction

SAN DIEGO -- Growing up in St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, young Jabari Blash was the mischievous type.

There were days when Blash did everything he could to find a way out of baseball practice after school. His favorite strategy was to purposely leave his equipment bag at home.

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Vargas cements spot in Padres' rotation

Rookie righty allows one run or fewer in first three career starts

Vargas cements spot in Padres' rotation

SAN DIEGO -- Cesar Vargas spent last May struggling as a Double-A reliever in the Yankees organization. A year later, the rookie right-hander could very well have found himself a long-term place in a big league rotation.

The 24-year-old Padres youngster continued to make that case with another impressive outing during Wednesday's 2-0 loss to Colorado. He tossed six innings of one-run ball, with the lone Rockies run off him scoring on an infield grounder.

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Lamet now 4-1 with 1.41 ERA for Lake Elsinore

Triple-A El Paso sets offensive records in 17-6 win

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Right-hander Dinelson Lamet lowered his earned run average to 1.41 with six scoreless innings for Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore Wednesday night, and Triple-A El Paso set two scoring records while raising their Pacific coast League-leading team batting average to .303.

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Vargas turns in solid outing, but Padres fall short

Vargas turns in solid outing, but Padres fall short

SAN DIEGO -- Evidently, Tyler Chatwood feels right at home when he's pitching on the road.

The Colorado right-hander tossed eight scoreless frames against the Padres at Petco Park on Wednesday, running his road shutout streak to 24 2/3 innings. Jake McGee took care of the ninth for the Rockies, who won 2-0 after scoring twice on balls that were hit less than 90 feet -- a Cristhian Adames RBI groundout in the fifth and a DJ LeMahieu safety squeeze in the ninth.

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SD has wasted strong pitching in recent shutouts

Starters have 1.98 ERA in six straight quality starts

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The Padres were shut out for an eighth time Wednesday afternoon.

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Myers, Kemp proving a potent combination

Padres first baseman, right fielder finding success batting 2-3

Myers, Kemp proving a potent combination

SAN DIEGO -- Wil Myers has taken off since he was moved to the second spot in the Padres' batting order. He's hitting .371/.416/.586 since manager Andy Green made the change in mid-April.

In Myers' eyes, that recent run of success has little to do with his position in the lineup and a whole lot to do with the guy hitting behind him, Matt Kemp.

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Ross progressing, but not ready to throw

Padres have no timetable for starter's return

Ross progressing, but not ready to throw

SAN DIEGO -- Right-hander Tyson Ross has moved to the next step in his rehab process as he continues to recover from a strained right shoulder that he suffered during the season's first week. But Ross has not begun throwing, and manager Andy Green says there's still no timetable for a return.

According to Green, Ross recently completed his first set of stabilization exercises. He's moved onto another phase of his recovery, in which he'll strengthen the entire arm.

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Wallace leads way as Padres stun Rockies

Wallace leads way as Padres stun Rockies

SAN DIEGO -- Brett Wallace's big night helped the Padres overcome a shaky start Tuesday, as San Diego scored six unanswered runs to rally for a 6-3 win and another series victory over the Rockies at Petco Park.

"Hitting's contagious," said Padres first baseman Wil Myers, who tied the game, 3-3, in the sixth with a double. "It was like we knew something was going to happen. We stayed in there, and we kept battling."

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Cashner's grit paves way for Padres' comeback

Cashner's grit paves way for Padres' comeback

SAN DIEGO -- Padres starter Andrew Cashner found himself in a familiar spot during the early stages of Tuesday night's 6-3 victory over the Rockies at Petco Park.

Two inefficient innings had put the flamethrowing right-hander in a bind. His pitch count was rising, and he was fighting to keep his team within striking distance. It was precisely the situation Cashner had faced last Wednesday in San Francisco, when he turned in his shortest outing in nearly three years.

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Wallace's approach finally translates to production

Wallace's approach finally translates to production

SAN DIEGO -- Padres manager Andy Green has long spoken about his desire to find ways to get Brett Wallace's potent lefty bat into the lineup against right-handed pitching.

During Tuesday night's 6-3 victory over the Rockies at Petco Park, it was easy to see why.

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Erlin needs Tommy John surgery

Erlin needs Tommy John surgery

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres' worst fears regarding left-hander Robbie Erlin were realized on Tuesday, when an MRI exam on his left elbow revealed a partial tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. Erlin will undergo Tommy John surgery and miss the remainder of the 2016 season, along with, most likely, the start of '17.

The 25-year-old southpaw had experienced elbow trouble in the past. He missed four months in 2014 with a similar injury that did not require surgery. But this MRI exam showed a "substantial tear," according to Padres manager Andy Green. At that point, the ball was in Erlin's court.

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Padres' Caminiti homered in 1996 ASG

9 NL pitchers combined for 6-0 shutout

Padres' Caminiti homered in 1996 ASG

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

Third baseman Ken Caminiti hit the first All-Star Game home run ever by a Padres player in the 1996 game in Philadelphia.

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Lockett, Gettys lead Fort Wayne to win

McElroy has 3 hits, pitches for El Paso

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

Right-handed starter Walker Lockett and three relievers combined on a five-hitter Tuesday as Class A Fort Wayne scored a 4-2 win at Clinton, Iowa.

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Wallace will see more time at third base

Wallace will see more time at third base

SAN DIEGO -- Until Yangervis Solarte returns from a right hamstring injury, Brett Wallace will continue to receive time at third base, Padres manager Andy Green said Tuesday.

Wallace, primarily a pinch-hitter/first baseman has made five starts at third this season -- including both Monday and Tuesday nights against the Rockies at Petco Park.

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Two-run first all Padres need to edge Rockies

Two-run first all Padres need to edge Rockies

SAN DIEGO -- Padres starter James Shields held down a hot Rockies offense by forcing three key double-play grounders over six solid innings to make a two-run first inning stand in a 2-1 victory at Petco Park on Monday night.

"It was a good win overall,'' Shields said. "Our defense today was impeccable. I got the ground balls I needed when I needed to and we turned the double plays that got me out of a couple of innings.''

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page.

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Shields stays aggressive, cools off Rockies

Shields stays aggressive, cools off Rockies

SAN DIEGO -- James Shields pitched effectively on Monday night, and the offense finally rewarded him with a win as the Padres edged the Rockies, 2-1, at Petco Park.

In Shields' five starts leading into this series opener, he had turned in four quality performances. But the Padres had supplied just five runs of support, a big reason why the veteran right-hander had dropped his first four decisions for the only time in his career.

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

Trio of double plays instrumental in win

Trio of double plays instrumental in win

SAN DIEGO -- Three-in-four help James Shields get No. 1.

Shields pitched the Padres past the Rockies, 2-1, on Monday, thanks to three nifty double plays in the opening four innings.

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

Padres recall Dickerson, designate Kirkman

Padres recall Dickerson, designate Kirkman

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres recalled outfielder Alex Dickerson and designated left-hander Michael Kirkman for assignment on Monday.

The move gives the club six outfielders on its 25-man roster, while trimming the bullpen down to seven.

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Trimble named Padres' Honorary Bat Girl

SAN DIEGO -- Major League Baseball announced Christine Trimble as the Padres' winner of the 2016 Honorary Bat Girl contest Monday -- a contest which recognizes fans who have been affected by breast cancer and who have committed themselves to fighting the disease.

Nobody represents those qualities better than Trimble, who was diagnosed in 2014.

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