Still a Padre, J-Up delivers game-winning HR

After 44-minute delay, slugger crushes three-run shot as rain hits again

Still a Padre, J-Up delivers game-winning HR

NEW YORK -- After the fake-outs and fake hugs, the only part of Justin Upton that actually left Citi Field during the Padres' 8-7 comeback win on Thursday sailed over the right-center-field wall.

With rumors still swirling that Upton could be traded, the left fielder diverted all the attention away from the "will he or won't he?" drama and onto the field. Upton blasted his second homer in two days in dramatic fashion, a go-ahead three-run shot off Jeurys Familia in the ninth inning to cap a comeback over the Mets.

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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.

Norris leads rally, tallies career-high 5 hits

Seventh-inning grand slam cuts Padres' deficit to two runs

Norris leads rally, tallies career-high 5 hits

NEW YORK -- Derek Norris' fourth start of the season at first base couldn't have begun any worse. By the end, it turned into one of the best games of his career.

In the second inning of San Diego's eventual 8-7 win, with just one single on the day, Norris allowed a runner to reach when he muffed a routine throw from third baseman Yangervis Solarte. He didn't make another mistake all day, combining an otherwise flawless game in the field with a career-high five hits, including a grand slam. Norris singled four times -- the last one sparking the Padres' inspired ninth-inning rally leading up to Justin Upton's game-winning homer -- and his slam in the seventh brought his team within two runs after facing a 7-1 deficit.

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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.

Upton's 9th-inning blast caps rain-soaked rally

Upton's 9th-inning blast caps rain-soaked rally

NEW YORK -- Carlos Gomez or no, the Mets were two strikes away from a series win over the Padres on Thursday afternoon heading into this weekend's showdown with the first-place Nationals.

Then Justin Upton squeezed a go-ahead three-run homer into the seven-minute span between ninth-inning rain delays, leading the Padres to an 8-7 victory. Jeurys Familia blew his third save in three attempts for New York since the All-Star break, after going 27-for-29 in the first half.

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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.

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Barry M. Bloom

Murphy talks 'heartfelt, difficult' trade process

During Wednesday's game, Flores' reaction to false rumors impressed Padres manager

Murphy talks 'heartfelt, difficult' trade process

NEW YORK -- With Major League Baseball's non-waiver Trade Deadline hovering ahead at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, make no mistake about it -- all of the rumors have a deleterious effect on the players. No matter what they might say.

The Padres' clubhouse has been ticking like a time bomb all week, with Justin Upton, James Shields, Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner all queried about their fate. Nothing has happened yet.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Morrow to miss rehab start due to soreness

Right-hander dealing with shoulder issues; began DL stint on May 3

Morrow to miss rehab start due to soreness

NEW YORK -- Right-hander Brandon Morrow won't make his scheduled rehab start Thursday night due to shoulder soreness that has once again flared up and signifies a second setback.

Scheduled to throw 60 pitches for Triple-A El Paso, Morrow will instead fly back to San Diego to consult a team doctor after experiencing discomfort during a bullpen session earlier this week.

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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.

Building momentum, Padres hit Miami

Building momentum, Padres hit Miami

So much for a getaway day. The Padres and Marlins started their respective series finales on Thursday at 12:10 p.m. ET, which would theoretically allow both clubs to be well rested for Friday's 7:10 p.m. series opener at Marlins Park.

But the Padres are bound to feel groggy after Thursday's 8-7 win over the Mets in New York, which was delayed by rain twice in the ninth inning. When Miami's David Phelps (4-7, 3.86 ERA) toes the rubber against San Diego righty Ian Kennedy (6-9, 4.56 ERA), he'll open the fifth game between these two teams in nine days.

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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 take charge early in win over Mets

Padres take charge early in win over Mets

NEW YORK -- The Padres got to Mets starter Bartolo Colon early, putting up six runs in the first three innings and chasing him after just 2 1/3 innings. That would prove to be more than enough, as Tyson Ross and the San Diego bullpen cruised the rest of the way to a 7-3 win.

The Padres' early runs came in pairs. A Matt Kemp single and Justin Upton's sacrifice fly scored two in the first inning, singles from Will Venable and Yangervis Solarte plated two in the second and home runs from Upton and Yonder Alonso sent home two in the third. Upton added an insurance run with an RBI single in the sixth inning. Lucas Duda was responsible for the Mets' offense with a trio of solo home runs.

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Joe Trezza and Alden Woods are associate reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

J. Upton blocks out trade noise with loud bat

J. Upton blocks out trade noise with loud bat

NEW YORK -- Justin Upton doesn't love coming to the ballpark this time of year, but he does love playing. When he's standing in the batter's box, he isn't asked about where he is or where he ought to be, who wants him and who doesn't, or how much money he's set to make in the offseason.

In the box there's just the noise Upton makes with his bat, like the sound of his solo homer in the third inning and of his RBI single in the sixth as it shot through the infield. Both were integral in San Diego's 7-3 win over the Mets on Wednesday, during which Upton drove in three runs amid the types of trade rumors that have followed him his entire 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.

Friars pull a fast one with early departures

Friars pull a fast one with early departures

SAN DIEGO -- It was quite a moment Wednesday when both Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross and left fielder Justin Upton -- the target of recent trade talks -- left San Diego's 7-3 victory over the Mets before the final pitch had been thrown.

A sign one or both were on their way out of town? Actually, as it turned out, neither was true.

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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.

ICYMI: Padres ride 15-hit performance to NY victory

ICYMI: Padres ride 15-hit performance to NY victory

One night after being shut out and nearly going hitless against the Mets in Tuesday's series opener at Citi Field, the Padres came back with a vengeance on Wednesday night, and pounded out 15 hits en route to a 7-3 victory over the Mets. The Swinging Friars certainly lived up to their nickname, as they wasted no time jumping out to 6-1 lead in the third inning after three consecutive two-run frames on 10 hits. From there, Tyson Ross and the Padres bullpen kept the Mets offense out of the equation as San Diego evened the series and forced a deciding rubber match for Thursday.

Ross earned his seventh win of the season -- improving to a 7-8 record with a 3.38 ERA -- after throwing five strong innings on 83 pitches, and surrendering only one earned run on two hits while striking out five. Ross also extended his career-high homerless streak to 100.0 consecutive innings pitched before surrendering a solo home run to Lucas Duda in the second inning. Duda would be the only part of the Mets' offense that gave the Friars any trouble. Duda homered three times off of three Padres relievers, but other than Duda, the Padres' pitching staff kept the Mets in check, surrendering only five hits on the day.

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Ross still sharp as record homerless streak ends

Duda snaps run of 100 innings without allowing a HR

Ross still sharp as record homerless streak ends

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

Tyson Ross's homerless innings streak ended on Lucas Duda's second-inning blast in New York on Wednesday night. But Ross's earned run average still dropped for the 12th time in the last 17 starts since the homerless streak began on May 4.

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CF Jankowski 2-for-4 in return to Triple-A El Paso lineup

5 TinCaps combine for 15 hits, 12 RBIs

CF Jankowski 2-for-4 in return to Triple-A El Paso lineup

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

Center fielder Travis Jankowski returned to the lineup of Triple-A El Paso Wednesday night and was 2-for-4 with a double and a walk.

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Decision looms about Federowicz's fate

Decision looms about Federowicz's fate

NEW YORK -- As if there weren't enough on the horizon over the next two days, the Padres have an internal roster decision looming regarding their catching situation.

Backup catcher Tim Federowicz is set to complete his rehab assignment at Triple-A El Paso by Friday, by which time San Diego must decide whether or not to activate him. He is out of Minor League options.

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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.

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Barry M. Bloom

Shields foresees fruitful tenure in San Diego

Though club may reload by Friday's Deadline, righty envisions bright future

Shields foresees fruitful tenure in San Diego

NEW YORK -- Padres general manager A.J. Preller may prove James Shields wrong by Friday's 1 p.m. PT non-waiver Trade Deadline, but the big right-hander doesn't believe he's going anywhere.

"As far as I'm concerned, I think I'm going to be here for a while," Shields said after he started Tuesday night's 4-0 loss to the Mets at Citi Field. "That's why I signed up to be a Padre, not only to win now, but to win in the next four years. I think we're on the right track. We've just got to keep rolling."

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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.

Kennedy's honors include being a Feller Award finalist

Act of Valor awards named for Feller, Coleman

Kennedy's honors include being a Feller Award finalist

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

Everyone remotely interested in baseball has heard of the Most Valuable Player and Cy Young awards. They annualy go to the best of the best in the game.

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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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