Rookies power Padres in finale win over Mets

Rookies power Padres in finale win over Mets

SAN DIEGO -- By definition, Manuel Margot and Dusty Coleman are both rookies. And so, it was a pair of rookies who powered the Padres to a 7-5 victory over the Mets in Thursday night's series finale.

The similarities end there. Margot -- 22 years old and the Padres' top prospect before the season, per MLBPipeline.com -- went 3-for-4 with a homer, knocking in three runs in the first two innings. Then, Coleman -- a 30-year-old journeyman who spent nine seasons in the Minors -- launched a three-run blast in the fifth, his first career big league homer.

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

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook.

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Slide of Hand: SD reliever could be in demand

Lefty's powerful pitch, versatility may prove valuable to contenders

Slide of Hand: SD reliever could be in demand

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres don't appear ready to back down from their lofty price tag on lefty reliever Brad Hand.

"We have a pitcher we value a ton," one member of the team's front office said over the weekend. "... Of course we're going to ask for what we think is a fair return."

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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.

Solarte could return at shortstop for Padres

Infielder has been out since June 20 with oblique strain

Solarte could return at shortstop for Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Padres infielder Yangervis Solarte is nearing a return, and there's a possibility it will come at a position he hasn't played since 2014.

Solarte, out since June 20 with a strained left oblique, begins a rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso on Thursday, and will play five-to-seven innings at second base, manager Andy Green said. But the Padres have had internal discussions of having Solarte, who has played mostly second and third, play shortstop in his second rehab game.

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Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Leather and pace: Friars set tone with D, homer

Leather and pace: Friars set tone with D, homer

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres' outfielders set an early tone Wednesday night at Petco Park, providing first-inning defense and offense to jump-start San Diego's 6-3 victory over the Mets, as Jhoulys Chacin improved to 4-0 in July.

The game began with what appeared to be a casual fly ball in foul territory beyond the left-field line. Padres left fielder Jabari Blash raced to the ball, sliding prematurely before making the catch on his back. The play prompted applause from Chacin, who benefited again from his outfield defense when right fielder Hunter Renfroe ended the first with a diving catch. Manuel Margot, the center fielder, hit a two-run home run off Mets left-hander Steven Matz in the bottom of the inning.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook.

Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego.

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High fives: Cordoba, Torrens make key plays

Rule 5 Draft picks have game to remember vs. Mets

High fives: Cordoba, Torrens make key plays

SAN DIEGO -- Precisely a year ago, Allen Cordoba was in Johnson City, Tenn., playing shortstop for the Rookie-level affiliate in the Cardinals organization. Luis Torrens, meanwhile, was catching for Staten Island, NY, the Class A short-season club in the Yankees' system.

On Wednesday night, Cordoba and Torrens -- Padres selections in December's Rule 5 Draft -- provided the decisive moments in a 6-3 victory over the Mets. Not bad for a pair of 21-year-old rookies, who had never played above Class A before this year.

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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.

Blash slides early, makes catch on his back

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Blash slides early, makes catch on his back

I've never been to San Diego, but when I picture it, I just imagine people lounging around everywhere. At the beach, in parks, in the office, while eating dinner, everywhere. And during the Mets-Padres game on Wednesday night, Jabari Blash proved the baseball field is also a good place for lounging.

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Myers, Renfroe are Padres' new power couple

First baseman, rookie outfielder in friendly home run competition

Myers, Renfroe are Padres' new power couple

SAN DIEGO -- With two of his young Padres sitting on 20 home runs, manager Andy Green won't handicap the race between Wil Myers and Hunter Renfroe for the team lead.

"That's like asking me to pick between my kids," Green said.

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Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Short outing doesn't ruin Lloyd's debut

Rookie allows four runs in four-plus innings vs. Mets

Short outing doesn't ruin Lloyd's debut

SAN DIEGO -- Kyle Lloyd views his journey to the Majors as a long and difficult one. Even his Tuesday morning trip to San Diego was not without its hurdles.

Before Lloyd stepped on a Major League mound for the first time as the Padres' starter in Tuesday's 6-5 loss to the Mets, his 8:30 a.m. flight from El Paso, Texas, to Phoenix was delayed half an hour. He wasn't concerned until he spent three extra hours in Arizona. Initially expecting to land before noon, Lloyd instead arrived in San Diego about four hours before he was scheduled to deliver his first pitch.

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Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Homers not enough as Padres fall to Mets

Homers not enough as Padres fall to Mets

SAN DIEGO -- Yoenis Cespedes didn't even need a full swing to set the Mets on course for a 6-5 victory over the Padres on Tuesday night. Instead, his check-swing triple into the right-field corner plated the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh inning, and he'd tack on a pivotal insurance run himself when Wil Myers' throw to third base sailed to the wall.

Cespedes finished 3-for-4, complementing his "Little League home run" with a big league home run off Padres rookie Kyle Lloyd in the first. Cespedes, whose big night made a winner out of Mets starter Seth Lugo, wouldn't get a chance at the cycle, however. The Mets removed Cespedes in the middle of the seventh inning due to leg fatigue.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook.

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Hand gets save in revamped Padres bullpen

Green says individual roles will evolve

Hand gets save in revamped Padres bullpen

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

Brad Hand pitched a perfect ninth inning Wednesday night to get a save during the Padres' first save opportunity since closer Brandon Maurer was traded to Kansas City on Monday.

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Gore leads 6 Padres on Top 100 Prospects list

Gore leads 6 Padres on Top 100 Prospects list

SAN DIEGO -- Perhaps best known for its depth, the Padres' farm system is beginning to receive accolades for its talent at the top as well.

MLBPipeline.com unveiled its midseason prospect rankings on Tuesday, and six Padres are ranked among the Top 100 overall, tied for the fourth-most in baseball.

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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.

Wood ends up with the Padres after all

Veteran pitcher nearly signed with San Diego in winter

Wood ends up with the Padres after all

SAN DIEGO -- During the offseason, Travis Wood and the Padres were on the fringe of a deal that would've brought left-hander to San Diego. He opted for Kansas City instead.

Four months later, Wood arrived in the Padres' clubhouse one day after the six-player swap that sent Trevor Cahill, Ryan Buchter and Brandon Maurer to Kansas City.

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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 get Strahm, Wood, prospect from KC

San Diego sends Cahill, Maurer, Buchter to Royals in deal

Padres get Strahm, Wood, prospect from KC

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres were expected to move pitching before the non-waiver Trade Deadline on July 31, and they began that process on Monday afternoon, shipping three arms to the Royals.

Right-hander Trevor Cahill, along with relievers Brandon Maurer and Ryan Buchter went to Kansas City in exchange for lefties Matt Strahm and Travis Wood, infielder Esteury Ruiz and cash.

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Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Aybar could be biggest loss suffered Monday

Shortstop's improved offense and defense key to Padres' surge

Aybar could be biggest loss suffered Monday

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

Everyone was focused Monday afternoon on the trade that sent starting pitcher Trevor Cahill and relievers Brandon Maurer and Ryan Buchter to the Kansas City Royals.   

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Renfroe's 2 jacks, catch unable to slow Mets

Renfroe's 2 jacks, catch unable to slow Mets

SAN DIEGO -- Jacob deGrom fired eight innings of two-run ball with eight strikeouts in leading the Mets to a 5-3 victory over the Padres on Monday night at Petco Park, while becoming the first Mets pitcher to win eight straight starts since 1997.

deGrom's outing nearly went for naught as the Padres rallied in the ninth against closer Addison Reed. After Hunter Renfroe hit his second home run of the game, Manuel Margot and Hector Sanchez hit one-out singles off Reed. Pinch-hitter Jabari Blash smacked a Reed fastball down the right-field line, seemingly heading over the fence for would-be walk-off homer. But the ball curled just foul. A crew-chief review confirmed the call.

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Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego and covered the Padres on Monday.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook.

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Notes on home run distances, Pirela's streak

Clayton gave Padres relievers much needed relief

Notes on home run distances, Pirela's streak

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

I tipped my cap to Clayton Richard Monday night.
     
Yes, he lost the game. And his outing wasn't great - five runs allowed on 12 hits and two walks over eight innings.
     
And there's the needed-to-be-emphasized bottom line Monday night - eight innings.
     
The Padres desperately needed those eight innings. Well, the bullpen certainly did.
     
Hours before Monday's first pitch, the Padres sent two quality relievers - Brandon Maurer and Ryan Buchter - to Kansas City in a trade. This following a seven-game road trip during which the bullpen worked 32 innings.
     
And the Padres were short more than two relievers. Craig Stammen was still down Monday with a tender hamstring.
     
Everyone in the bullpen needed a day. To plug the hole, the Padres summoned catcher-turned-relief-pitcher Jose Ruiz, who had three things going for him - he was durable, he was close (Lake Elsinore) and he was on the 40-man roster.
    
Eventually Monday night, Ruiz did make his Major League debut. But he wasn't needed until the ninth. And no one else was needed because Clayton Richard owned it.
     
I've been around baseball a long time. I've known a lot of starters who would have opted out of that game around the fifth inning.
     
Richard went eight innings and 123 pitches. He gave the bullpen the break it needed.
     
Last week, members of the Padres alumni voted Clayton Richard their team's nominee for Major League Baseball's Heart and Hustle Award.
     
If you didn't understand why then - and if you know anything about Richard you should have - you certainly know why now.
     
NOTE WORTHY:
     
--How can the same monumental homer - Hunter Renfroe's launch onto the roof of the Western Metal Building -- be measured at 462 feet by one measurer (Statcast™) and 431 feet by another (the Padres' staff)? Well, I can explain it, although there shouldn't be that kind of discrepancy. Statcast™ which has been around since 2015, computes distance by exit speed and launch angle - estimating how far the ball might have traveled had not grandstands (or a building) got in the way. The Padres use a chart that measures the actual distance to points of impact at various points of Petco Park. There should be some meeting of the minds here. Personally, I favor Statcast™. Certainly Renfroe's blast was one of the longest ever at Petco Park. But the chart doesn't list it among the top 20. But you can be sure it would have travelled another 30 feet as it descended from orbit.
     
--Speaking of Renfroe, according to Jeff Praught - the keeper of all home run history at Petco Park - Renfroe is the only rookie to record two multi-homer games at Petco Park. The 12 multi-homer games at Petco Park after 48 home games this season ties the most in a single season (2006). There are 33 home games to be played. Even using the conservative chart - again, measures to point of impact - Renfroe's 13 homers at Petco Park average 405 feet with eight travelling farther than 400 feet.
     
--LF Jose Pirela stretched his hitting streak to 11 straight games Monday night, tying Will Myers for the longest streak by a Padre this season. Pirela is 15-for-47 (.319) during the streak. Monday's game was just the second multi-hit game in the streak, which includes five doubles and a triple.
     
--Correction: It was an eight-game hitting streak that ended for Cory Spangenberg Monday night, not nine as reported yesterday.
     
--Catcher Austin Allen, the Padres' fourth-round pick in the 2015 draft, was named the California League Player of the Week Monday for the second straight week. Allen was 14-for-27 for Advanced Single-A Lake Elsinore last week with a double, a triple and three home runs for six RBIs and eight runs scored. He is hitting .394 (37-for-94) in July with five doubles, a triple, eight home runs, 26 RBIs and 24 runs scored.

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Renfroe HRs onto Western Metal Supply building

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Renfroe HRs onto Western Metal Supply building

Hunter Renfroe had 16 homers on the season for the Padres before hitting the DL on July 8. Since returning to the team, though, he hasn't skipped a beat.

In Renfroe's first game back on July 20, he went deep, and he was still in the swing of things on Monday night against the Mets. Although the Padres fell, 5-3, he homered twice, and he absolutely clobbered his first shot.

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Aybar may miss rest of season with broken foot

Padres promote shortstop Coleman from Triple-A El Paso

Aybar may miss rest of season with broken foot

SAN DIEGO -- Foul balls have not been kind to the Padres in recent weeks.

Shortstop Erick Aybar, already on the disabled list with what was thought to be a right foot contusion, actually sustained a broken foot on Friday, manager Andy Green said before Monday night's game against the Mets.

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Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gore fans six in AZL action

Gore fans six in AZL action

In many ways, Monday belonged to Ronald Acuna.

Acuna made the largest jump of any player in MLB Pipeline's freshly revamped Top 100 Prospects list, going from No. 86 all the way up to No. 8, as well as from No. 7 to No. 1 on the Braves' new Top 30 list.

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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.

Statcast of the Day: Myers' HR away from home

Statcast of the Day: Myers' HR away from home

SAN FRANCISCO -- Wil Myers never enjoyed hitting at AT&T Park before 2017. In this certified pitchers' paradise, few hitters do.

But with Myers locked in as a fixture in the National League West for years to come, something needed to change. In April, Myers -- who homered again in the Padres' 5-2 victory over the Giants on Sunday -- made certain it would.

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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 ride 4-run 4th, Lamet to series win in SF

Padres ride 4-run 4th, Lamet to series win in SF

SAN FRANCISCO -- Continuing to show they have the Giants' number in 2017, the San Diego Padres rode starter Dinelson Lamet to a 5-2 win Sunday at AT&T Park. The Padres have won seven of their last nine games against their National League West neighbors, and they've taken all four series this season.

"For some reason, our starters have just not had very many good starts against these guys," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "They have a little power. They've hit their share of home runs."

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Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area who covered the Giants on Sunday.

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

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Jonathan Mayo

Allen makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Allen makes Pipeline Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances in the Minor Leagues from the previous seven days. Any player on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

This week's Prospect Team of the Week contains some familiar faces and some new faces in new places.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Torrens, Cordoba prepare for summer grind

Torrens, Cordoba prepare for summer grind

SAN FRANCISCO -- Even among the most experienced players, there's little reprieve from the grind of a long baseball season. For Luis Torrens and Allen Cordoba, it's a marathon the likes of which they've never seen.

Torrens and Cordoba didn't become Padres until December, when they were selected with the second and third picks, respectively, in the Rule 5 Draft. Torrens spent 2016 at Class A in the Yankees system, where he played 52 games. Cordoba, meanwhile, played 50 games of rookie ball in the Cardinals organization. Entering this year, neither had played more than 62 games in a season.

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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.

Perdomo ties Padres record with 3rd triple

Green on right-hander's athleticism: 'He can fly'

Perdomo ties Padres record with 3rd triple

SAN FRANCISCO -- No one doubts Luis Perdomo's status as a pitcher who rakes. But, offensively, he does more than just hit. Perdomo has wheels, too, and he's showing them off quite frequently this season.

With his fourth-inning triple in the Padres' 5-4, 12-inning loss to the Giants on Saturday afternoon, Perdomo became the seventh pitcher in history with three triples in a single season. In the process, he's already tied Tim Lollar for the Padres' all-time triples record by a pitcher.

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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.

Spangenberg, Myers, Pirela on streaks

Notes on Blash, Sanchez, Cordero, Asuaje

Spangenberg, Myers, Pirela on streaks

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

Cory Spangenberg's streak within the teams streak ended Sunday in San Francisco. The third baseman's hitting streak ended at nine straight games.

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Padres fall to Giants in 12th after early rally

Padres fall to Giants in 12th after early rally

SAN FRANCISCO -- Starting in place of All-Star catcher Buster Posey certainly comes with expectations. Nick Hundley met those -- and then some -- when he looped a single to the left-field wall Saturday afternoon, giving the Giants a 5-4 walk-off win over the Padres in 12 innings.

San Francisco's fifth walk-off win of the season resulted in an enthusiastic infield celebration. It was Hundley's first walk-off hit since joining the organization this season.

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Jonathan Hawthorne is a reporter for MLB.com based in the Bay Area.

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

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Tracy Ringolsby

Q&A: McGwire on second career in dugout

Q&A: McGwire on second career in dugout

Mark McGwire reached 500 home runs faster than any player in history. He broke Roger Maris' single-season home run record of 61 with 70 home runs in 1998, three years ahead of Barry Bonds hitting 73.

And to think, had Marcel Lachemann not resigned as the pitching coach at USC to become the farm director for the Angels in 1982, McGwire would have been a pitcher, not a power-hitting first baseman. But then McGwire is one of those guys who is far from predictable. He is one of those rare star-caliber players who actually decided to stay in the game after his playing days were done, enjoying the challenges of being a coach. First with the Cardinals then the Dodgers as a hitting coach, he is now the bench coach with the Padres.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lucchesi goes eight strong for San Antonio

Lucchesi goes eight strong for San Antonio

The Braves' farm system is loaded with talented young arms, and that was easily apparent on Saturday as Luiz Gohara and Lucas Sims led Double-A Mississippi and Triple-A Gwinnett to wins with dominating performances on the mound.

The duo combined for 20 strikeouts over 13 scoreless frames as Mississippi topped Blioxi, 8-0, and Gwinnett held off Indianapolis, 2-1. Whats more, these impressive outings come just a day after Braves No. 11 prospect Touki Toussaint struck out 11 with Class A Advanced Florida

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres reverse the score on Giants

Three players just miss cycle in extra-inning win Friday

Padres reverse the score on Giants

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

I remember the middle of the 2016 season, when the Giants defeated the Padres for a ninth straight time.

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