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.

The game was tied at 6 when the Padres scored the go-ahead run in the ninth off closer Jonathan Papelbon. After Wil Myers walked, Matt Kemp struck out, while Myers advanced to second on a wild pitch by Papelbon. Yangervis Solarte came to plate and singled to center, scoring Myers and giving the Padres a 7-6 lead. The Padres then broke the game open on Alexei Ramirez's three-run double. Manager Dusty Baker then took Papelbon out of the game in favor of Yusmeiro Petit, who managed to escape the inning.

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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 sets Padres' rookie mark with 9th July HR

Club also extends team-record HR streak to 22 games

Schimpf sets Padres' rookie mark with 9th July HR

WASHINGTON -- Padres second baseman Ryan Schimpf has set a franchise rookie record with nine home runs in a single calendar month during Sunday's 10-6 win over the Nationals.

Schimpf sent an 0-1 offering from Nationals reliever Shawn Kelly over the center-field fence with none out in the eighth inning to tie the game, 6-6. Schimpf's homer came one batter after Alex Dickerson hit a solo shot over the right-field wall, which extended the Padres' franchise-record streak of 22 consecutive games with a homer. It also marked the sixth time this season that the Padres have hit back-to-back home runs.

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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.

Padres set to make first-ever trip to Toronto

Padres set to make first-ever trip to Toronto

It took 20 seasons of Interleague play, but with the Padres making their first trip to Toronto to begin a three-game series on Monday at Rogers Centre, every existing franchise will have visited every Major League city at least once.

The Padres send Colin Rea (5-4, 5.01 ERA) to the mound for the series opener, with the right-hander looking to rebound after allowing eight hits and four runs in six innings in a 4-2 loss in St. Louis July 20.

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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.

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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Padres have homered in 21 straight games

Perdomo, Jackson sharp in back-to-back starts

Padres have homered in 21 straight games

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

Ryan Schimpf's two-run homer off Max Scherzer on Saturday night extended the Padres' streak of games with at least one home run to 21 straight games.

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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.

Padres' home run streak at 19 games

Solarte, Schimpf tops in extra-base hits in July

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

The Padres extended their franchise record of homering in consecutive games to 19 on Thursday night when Yangervis Solarte connected in St. Louis.

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Padres extend HR streak to 18, fall to Cards

Padres extend HR streak to 18, fall to Cards

ST. LOUIS -- Since he was traded in December, Jedd Gyorko has done nothing but rake against his former team, and his mastery of the Padres continued on Wednesday.

The Cardinals third baseman launched a pair of homers and drove in all three runs in a 3-2 victory over San Diego, as St. Louis completed a doubleheader sweep. Gyorko, who also homered in Game 1, has now gone deep in five straight games against the Padres -- joining an elite group consisting of Barry Bonds, Chipper Jones, Sammy Sosa and Albert Pujols.

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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 and covered the Cardinals on Wednesday.

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Schimpf pulls double HR duty in twin bill

Rookie is 12th Padre to homer in both doubleheader games

Schimpf pulls double HR duty in twin bill

ST. LOUIS -- Sure, Jedd Gyorko has done everything in his power to torment his former team this week. But Ryan Schimpf has done everything in his power to remind the Padres that they've got a pretty darn good slugger of their own at second base.

Schimpf launched a two-run shot in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader -- a 4-2 loss to the Cardinals -- before smacking a solo shot in a 3-2 defeat in the nightcap. He became just the 12th player in Padres history to go deep in both games of a twin bill -- and the first since Ruben Rivera in 1999.

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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 homers but Rea gives up 3 in Game 1 loss

Schimpf homers but Rea gives up 3 in Game 1 loss

ST. LOUIS -- Carlos Martinez's afternoon got off to a shaky start, but the Cardinals right-hander picked himself up -- quite literally -- and bounced back with seven strong innings in Game 1 of Wednesday's twin bill -- a 4-2 St. Louis victory at Busch Stadium.

In the top of the second, Martinez suffered a nosebleed and spent about 10 minutes on the grass behind the pitcher's mound while being tended to by team trainers. But he stayed in the game and allowed just one hit to the final 22 batters he faced.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

'Pen trio flourishing since Rodney trade

Hand, Buchter, Maurer nearly spotless after closer dealt

'Pen trio flourishing since Rodney trade

ST. LOUIS -- Fernando Rodney's imaginary arrows are no longer flying in San Diego, but the back end of the Padres' bullpen has been strong as ever, nonetheless.

In Rodney's absence, Brad Hand, Ryan Buchter and Brandon Maurer have assumed the seventh, eighth and ninth-inning roles, respectively. And entering play Wednesday, they had allowed just one run in 21 1/3 combined innings since the trade.

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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.

RHP Lloyd sharp, RHP Espinoza debuts

CF Cordero has four hits in Double-A San Antonio win

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

Right-hander Kyle Lloyd pitched seven shutout innings for Double-A San Antonio Wednesday night and 18-year-old right-hander Anderson Espinoza made his debut in the Padres' system with Class A Fort Wayne.

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Padres to rest regulars during lengthy trip

Ramirez was out of Tuesday lineup before postponement

Padres to rest regulars during lengthy trip

ST. LOUIS -- In the midst of his team's most brutal road trip of the season, Padres manager Andy Green wants to make sure the effects don't linger through the remainder of the season.

Green said he plans to give each of his regulars at least one day off during the Padres' 10-game trek through St. Louis, Washington and Toronto in the July heat.

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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.