Dickerson's blast puts SD's HR streak at 23

Outfielder just 3rd player to launch homer into 5th deck in Rogers Centre's RF

Dickerson's blast puts SD's HR streak at 23

TORONTO -- Alex Dickerson pushed the Padres one game closer to home run history Monday night.

And he left no doubt about 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.

Late offense not enough as Padres fall in Toronto

Late offense not enough as Padres fall in Toronto

TORONTO -- Aaron Sanchez will not be moving to the bullpen without a fight. At least that's what his continued dominance on the mound would suggest.

Sanchez struck out seven and tossed seven scoreless innings in the Blue Jays' 4-2 victory over the Padres on Monday night at Rogers Centre, San Diego's first ever game in Toronto. He scattered three hits and has allowed two earned runs or fewer in all but one of his 10 starts since the beginning of June.

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Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Padres not ignoring rumors as Deadline nears

Cashner scenario most pressing, but Green says expectation is for righty to pitch Tuesday

Padres not ignoring rumors as Deadline nears

TORONTO -- With various big names being reported as potential trade chips, the Padres aren't ignoring the pre-Deadline rumors.

Right-hander Andrew Cashner, left fielder Melvin Upton Jr. and catcher Derek Norris have reportedly been discussed in trade talks. And with one week remaining until the non-waiver Aug. 1 Trade Deadline, manager Andy Green has had conversations with all three, simply to address the possibility.

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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.

Schimpf makes long-awaited Rogers Centre debut

After 7 years in Blue Jays' system, Padres' 2nd baseman appreciates opportunity

Schimpf makes long-awaited Rogers Centre debut

TORONTO -- During his seven years in the Blue Jays' system, Ryan Schimpf often dreamed about his Rogers Centre debut.

That day finally came Monday night -- although it wasn't exactly the scenario he had envisioned. When the 28-year-old second baseman finally stepped onto the Rogers Centre turf for the first time, he did so wearing a Padres road jersey.

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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.

Amid trade talks, Cashner set to face Stroman

Amid trade talks, Cashner set to face Stroman

Andrew Cashner's name has been recently mentioned in trade rumors regarding the Blue Jays, but he'll look to go out and beat them on Tuesday evening at Rogers Centre.

Cashner will match up against fellow right-hander Marcus Stroman in the second game of San Diego's three-game series in Toronto.

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Alykhan Ravjiani is a reporter for MLB.com based in Toronto. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres storm past Nats with late surge

Padres storm past Nats with late surge

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals and Padres found themselves in a slugfest on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park. When it was over, the Padres outslugged the Nationals, 10-6.

Tied 6-6 after eight innings, the Padres scored four runs in the ninth off Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon. Yangervis Solarte broke the tie with an RBI single, and Alexei Ramirez broke the game open with a three-run double.

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Bill Ladson has covered the Nationals/Expos for MLB.com since 2002 and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He can also be found on Twitter @WashingNats.

Ben Raby is a contributor to MLB.com. He covered the Padres on Sunday.

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Schimpf rewrites record books with 9th July HR

Club also extends team-record HR streak to 22 games

Schimpf rewrites record books with 9th July HR

WASHINGTON -- Padres second baseman Ryan Schimpf insists that he's not thinking about hitting home runs every time he steps up to the plate.

"Honestly, I can't ever recall trying to hit a homer and then hitting one," he said. "It just happens."

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Ben Raby is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Piazza played 'impactful' role on '06 Padres

HOF catcher hit 22 HRs for San Diego's division-winning club

Piazza played 'impactful' role on '06 Padres

WASHINGTON -- While Mike Piazza is most often associated for his time with the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets, Padres third base coach Glenn Hoffman still has fond memories of Piazza's one year in San Diego.

"That bat in the middle of the lineup helped us out tremendously to win the division in '06," Hoffman said hours before Piazza was officially inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. "Just to see the way the ball still jumped off the bat, the home runs that he hit and then his presence of being around other players was very impactful. [Manager Bruce] Bochy used him well."

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Ben Raby is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Villanueva fools Werth with 55-mph eephus pitch

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Villanueva fools Werth with 55-mph eephus pitch

Nearly three years ago, the Cubs' Carlos Villanueva froze Jayson Werth on the 57-mph eephus pitch heard 'round the world. It was beautiful for Cubs/eephus fans, but terrifying for Werth. 

Pitching for the Padres during their 10-6 win over the Nationals on Sunday, Villanueva and Werth squared off yet again. And in the bottom of the fifth inning, the right-hander unleashed the floater again -- this time at 55 mph -- leaving Werth with a "C'mon man, really?" type of reaction.

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Renfroe homers; Yardley, Lockett, Ramirez sharp

Double-A San Antonio pitchers combine for shutout

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

Hunter Renfroe hit his 25th home run Sunday, and right-handed pitchers Eric Yardley, Walker Lockett and Emmanuel Ramirez all had scoreless starts in the Padres' system.

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Renfroe among top prospect performers Sunday

Nationals' No. 5 prospect hurls his first shutout following big league debt

Renfroe among top prospect performers Sunday

Reynaldo Lopez is eager to get back to the big leagues.

In his first start since debuting with the Nationals on July 19, Lopez recorded his first shutout on Sunday as Triple-A Syracuse defeated Rochester, 6-0. The Nationals' No. 5 prospect scattered four hits and struck out seven in nine dominant innings, throwing 69 of his 99 pitches for strikes.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres' homer streak reaches 22 games

Dickerson, Schimpf had career-high three-hit games on Sunday

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

Alex Dickerson and Ryan Schimpf not only homered Sunday to extend the Padres' streak of games with at least one homer to a franchise-record 22 straight games, but each also had the first three-hit game of their Major League career.

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Schimpf's moonshot sends SD's HR streak to 21 games

Rookie third baseman swats 8th homer in July

Schimpf's moonshot sends SD's HR streak to 21 games

WASHINGTON -- The Padres' franchise-record home run streak is still alive.

Ryan Schimpf's thunderous long ball in the second inning of San Diego's 3-2 loss to the Nationals on Saturday gave the Padres their 21st consecutive game with a homer. The streak is now the longest in the National League since the Braves homered in 23 straight games in 2006.

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Alex Putterman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jackson's solid start not enough vs. Nats

Jackson's solid start not enough vs. Nats

WASHINGTON -- Stephen Drew had been battling an illness that prevented him from taking an at-bat since Sunday before he roped a walk-off, pinch-hit triple in the ninth inning to lead the Nationals to a 3-2 victory over the Padres on Saturday night at Nationals Park.

It capped off a week where Drew dropped at least seven pounds and received IV fluids earlier in the day Saturday before coming through with Washington's sixth walk-off hit of the season off Padres right-hander Kevin Quackenbush.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

Alex Putterman is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Padres on Saturday

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Ankle keeping recovering Ross off mound

Vargas (right elbow flexor strain) also not ready to begin throwing

Ankle keeping recovering Ross off mound

WASHINGTON -- Three weeks after tripping while doing exercises in his hotel room, Padres ace Tyson Ross still has not thrown off a mound.

Manager Andy Green said Ross, who is currently in San Diego, played catch from 250 feet but is not yet ready to throw a bullpen.

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Alex Putterman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Red-hot Kemp extends Padres' HR streak to 20

Outfielder goes deep twice in victory over Nationals

Red-hot Kemp extends Padres' HR streak to 20

WASHINGTON -- The Padres did not waste much time Friday in extending their franchise-record run to 20 straight games with a home run.

With two outs in the first inning, Matt Kemp launched a Tanner Roark two-seam fastball into the left-field seats to keep the streak alive and give San Diego an early lead on the way to a 5-3 win over the Nationals.

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

Quintana scores 2nd straight walk-off run

RHP Huffman leads streaking Lake Elsinore to win

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

Gabriel Quintana scored a walk-off run for the second time in as many extra-inning wins for Double-A San Antonio on Saturday night and right-hander Chris Huffman allowed one earned run in five innings for Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore as the Missions as the Storm continued its strong second half start.

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Adding changeup shows Perdomo's 'exponential' growth

23-year-old righty allows 2 runs over career-best 7 innings vs. Nats

Adding changeup shows Perdomo's 'exponential' growth

WASHINGTON -- Entering Friday's start against the Nationals, rookie Luis Perdomo lasted six innings in four of his past six starts, but had never gotten through the seventh.

Then on Friday, Perdomo broke through with the best start of his young career, holding the Nationals to four hits and two runs over seven innings in a 5-3 Padres win.

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

AL East clubs discussing deals for Upton, Cashner

San Diego informs teams it's close to trade involving OF; Baltimore, Toronto surface as potential partners

AL East clubs discussing deals for Upton, Cashner

Melvin Upton Jr. could soon be on the move. The Padres are reportedly informing teams that they're close to trading the veteran outfielder, according to Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, who cautioned that the news "may ultimately be posturing" by San Diego.

The Orioles surfaced late Friday as a potential destination for Upton, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reported that the deal is not yet close, but noted O's right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez was included in the discussions.

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

Lauer throws 3 scoreless innings after moving up

Quintana hits walk-off homer at Double-A San Antonio

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

Left-handed pitcher Eric Lauer, the Padres' third first-round pick in the June Draft, pitched three shutout innings in his debut with Class A Short-Season Tri-City on Friday night, and Gabriel Quintana homered in the bottom of the 10th to give Double-A San Antonio a 3-2 walk-off win over Midland.

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Padres officially agree with Cuban OF Ona

Padres officially agree with Cuban OF Ona

WASHINGTON -- The Padres have agreed to terms with 19-year-old Cuban outfielder Jorge Ona, the team announced Friday.

San Diego will pay Ona a $7 million signing bonus.

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

Cashner solid as trade rumors swirl around him

Cashner solid as trade rumors swirl around him

ST. LOUIS -- Andrew Cashner is well aware that he's been the subject of trade speculation since the start of the season's second half, but that doesn't mean he's spending too much time dwelling on the possibilities.

"What good is worrying about it going to do?" Cashner said after tossing 5 2/3 strong innings in the Padres' 6-5 loss to the Cardinals on Thursday night. "I know I'm going to be traded. It's just part of the game, part of where the season's at."

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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 drop heartbreaker as lead gets away

Padres drop heartbreaker as lead gets away

ST. LOUIS -- Aledmys Diaz hit a rocket to left field, and the Cardinals walked off with a 6-5 win and a four-game sweep of the Padres on Thursday night at Busch Stadium.

After loading the bases with one out, Padres reliever Carlos Villanueva ran the count full before Diaz turned around a fastball, smacking a single to left for the Cardinals' fourth walk-off win of the season. Tommy Pham ignited the rally with a leadoff single before advancing to third on a sacrifice bunt, sandwiched by two intentional walks.

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

Nick Krueger is a reporter for MLB.com based in St. Louis.

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Solarte swats SD's HR streak to 19 games

Solarte swats SD's HR streak to 19 games

SAN DIEGO -- The power has come from everywhere during the Padres' franchise-record 19-game homer streak.

And during Thursday night's 6-5 loss to the Cardinals, it came from a familiar source in Yangervis Solarte.

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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.

Renfroe homers for El Paso, Quantrill perfect over four

France, Moreno pace Class A Lake Elsinore to ninth straight win

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

Hunter Renfroe hit his fourth homer in a span of eight games to help Triple-A El Paso defeat Memphis on Thursday night, while Edwin Moreno hit a game-winning homer and Ty France had three hits to pace Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore to a ninth straight win.

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Wallace returns from paternity leave

Wallace returns from paternity leave

ST. LOUIS -- Brett Wallace had some company on Wednesday as he watched the Padres' doubleheader from San Diego. It came in the form of Beckett Alexander, his first child, born on Monday.

Wallace returned from paternity leave on Thursday, and in a corresponding move, utility infielder Alexi Amarista was optioned to Triple-A El Paso. (Lefty reliever Keith Hessler was also sent to El Paso after serving as the 26th man for the twin bill.)

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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.

Renfroe among top prospect performers Thursday

Marlins prospect continues to sizzle on mound; Padres' No. 4 keeps on slugging

Renfroe among top prospect performers Thursday

It's been a stellar month for Marlins No. 24 prospect Jeff Brigham. Pitching for Class A Advanced Jupiter, Brigham has yet to yield an earned run in July, lowering his ERA from 5.28 to 3.87 in just four starts (21 2/3 innings).

The 24-year-old righty turned in yet another impressive performance Thursday, tossing seven scoreless innings and striking out a season-best 10 batters. Brigham limited the Dunedin Blue Jays to four hits and one walk as the Hammerheads secured a 1-0 victory at Roger Dean Stadium.

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