Padres avoid perfect game; win streak snapped

Venable spoils Syndergaard's bid, but San Diego manages just four hits

Padres avoid perfect game; win streak snapped

NEW YORK -- At no point during Tuesday's eventual 4-0 loss to the Mets at Citi Field did this particular Padres team feel destined for dubious history. No team in San Diego's history has even fallen victim to a perfect game, and that's still the case after Will Venable foiled Noah Syndergaard's attempt at perfection with a seventh-inning single.

But it was interesting for a while, as Syndergaard powered through the middle innings of an outing not unlike Clayton Kershaw's on this same field less than a week ago, collecting his 16th, 17th and 18th consecutive outs without a hiccup while most of the 26,034 present stood, cheered and tried not to jinx it.

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Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres' offense can't back Shields in tough loss

Padres' offense can't back Shields in tough loss

NEW YORK -- Noah Syndergaard took a perfect game into the seventh inning Tuesday at Citi Field, continuing his emergence as one of the game's brightest young pitchers in a 4-0 win over the Padres. Combined with a Nationals loss, the win moved the Mets within a game of first place for the first time since June 20.

Dominant from the start, Syndergaard struck out six of the first 13 batters he faced, keeping the basepaths clean until Will Venable and Yangervis Solarte led off the seventh with consecutive singles. The rookie improved to 5-1 with a 1.46 ERA in seven starts at Citi Field, beating a Padres team that handed him his worst loss of the season earlier this year in San Diego.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

J. Upton ignores speculation, focuses on Padres

J. Upton ignores speculation, focuses on Padres

NEW YORK -- Justin Upton hit his 16th home run on Sunday in front of a slew of scouts employed by teams that are actively seeking his services. In the 48 hours since, the Royals acquired an ace, the Mets added an All-Star reliever and the Blue Jays, well, they made a Rocky Mountain-sized splash.

Now with the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline approaching, Upton's name once again tops many lists counting down those next to go. It has been the case for much of his career.

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Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

With Deadline looming, Ross ready for key start

With Deadline looming, Ross ready for key start

Mets general manager Sandy Alderson said the team is still exploring its options before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. The Padres are doing the same, but are likely sellers. Each club is at a tipping point that will affect its future both this season and beyond. But first, they'll have to decide this series in Queens.

The Mets will send veteran right-hander Bartolo Colon to the mound against Padres righty Tyson Ross in the second of a three-game series.

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Alden Woods is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

SS Van Gansen, LHP Liriano named Northwest League All-Stars

Giron has four hits for low Single-A Fort Wayne

SS Van Gansen, LHP Liriano named Northwest League All-Stars

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

Shortstop Peter Van Gansen and left-handed reliever Elvin Liriano of the Padres short-season Single-A Tri-City affiliate have been named to the Northwest League All-Star team.

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ICYMI: Shields solid, offense struggles in opener

ICYMI: Shields solid, offense struggles in opener

The Padres were riding high as they rolled into New York with a three-game winning streak and an 8-3 record in their last 11 games on Monday, but Tuesday night would throw a wrench in the equation for the Swinging Friars. Despite coming into the series opener on a hot streak the Friars offense struggled as the Mets took the first of a three-game set by a score of 4-0 at Citi Field. James Shields made very few mistakes on the evening and pitched seven strong innings to keep his team in the mix, but Shield's start simply wouldn't pan out as San Diego could not solve Mets' starter Noah Syndergaard.

Whereas Syndergaard was nearly perfect on Tuesday, Shields was not far behind him - save for a mistake or two - as he surrendered only three earned runs on seven hits with four strike outs. Shields surrendered an early two-run home run in the bottom of the first inning, but after that he would get into a comfortable groove where he retired 11-straight batters at one point between the third and sixth innings.

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Pitching behind Padres' 8-3 surge

Upton (HRs), Kemp (RBIs) top 2014 leaders

Pitching behind Padres' 8-3 surge

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

In case you haven't noticed, the Padres have been getting some solid pitching recently. Ditto, for the most part, for the defense behind that pitching.

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Myers to avoid swinging due to soreness

Padres outfielder to be re-examined next week after rehab shut down

Myers to avoid swinging due to soreness

NEW YORK -- Shut down from a rehab program that saw him hitting off the tee as recently as Friday, outfielder Wil Myers won't swing for five or six days after an examination of his injured left wrist revealed little more than "general soreness," assistant general manager Fred Uhlman Jr. said Tuesday.

Myers will continue therapy and be re-examined early next week, after which it will be determined if he can resume baseball activities. The Padres were hopeful Myers could rejoin the team on this current 10-game road trip, which began Tuesday against the Mets at Citi Field. That looks unlikely now, as San Diego pledged to be careful with Myers following this minor setback from June wrist surgery.

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Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

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.