Cahill out to replicate success of last start

Cahill out to replicate success of last start

The D-backs will activate right-hander Zack Godley to start Wednesday night's game at Chase Field against former Arizona right-hander Trevor Cahill.

It'll be Cahill's first start in Phoenix since Sept. 26, 2014, a loss for the D-backs to the Cardinals. Since then, the road has taken Cahill to the Braves, Cubs and now to the Padres. He mostly pitched out the bullpen for the Cubs and this season has reclaimed a spot as a starter. He's 1-2 with a 3.44 ERA.

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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.

Margot's defensive gem impresses Padres

Margot's defensive gem impresses Padres

PHOENIX -- It was one of those superlative five-star catches on Tuesday night and Statcast™ noted that Padres center fielder Manuel Margot had only an 18 percent chance of making it. But make it he did.

"It looked like less than that to me, but Statcast™ is smarter than me," Padres manager Andy Green said after his club lost to the D-backs, 9-3.

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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.

Solarte's three hits not enough in loss

Solarte's three hits not enough in loss

PHOENIX -- The D-backs offense continued rolling, pounding out 16 hits in support of Patrick Corbin, who pitched seven quality innings, as Arizona beat the Padres for the second night in a row, 9-3, at Chase Field on Tuesday night.

Corbin (2-3) scattered eight hits and allowed two runs while throwing a season-high 105 pitches.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Chacin's sore foot won't keep him from start

Chacin's sore foot won't keep him from start

PHOENIX -- Padres right-hander Jhoulys Chacin said he awoke on Tuesday morning with his left foot sore and swollen. He was optimistic, but just a tad worried, hoping precautionary X-rays taken at Chase Field prior to his club's 9-3 loss to the D-backs would offer only good news.

It turned out to be the best news of a long night.

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Lamet fans nine over seven scoreless

Lamet fans nine over seven scoreless

Class A Advanced Florida's offense was shut out on Sunday for the first time this season. That was anything but the case on Tuesday, however, as the Fire Frogs erupted for 10 runs in the first inning before defeating Palm Beach, 22-2. Florida pounded out 18 hits including four home runs in the victory, with each starter collecting at least one hit and scoring one run.

Braves No. 7 prospect Ronald Acuna (No. 96 overall) established season highs with three hits and five RBIs, three of which came on his three-run triple in the first inning. The 19-year-old center fielder later added his second home run of the season, a two-run shot to center field in the eighth inning, to finish 3-for-5 at the plate.

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Spangenberg recalled; Bethancourt outrighted

Spangenberg recalled; Bethancourt outrighted

PHOENIX -- The Padres recalled infielder Cory Spangenberg from Triple-A El Paso on Tuesday prior to their game against the D-backs at Chase Field. In a corresponding move, San Diego outrighted catcher/pitcher Christian Bethancourt to El Paso.

Spangenberg was in the starting lineup, batting second and playing third base on Tuesday. He went 1-for-5 with three strikeouts in a 9-3 loss to the D-backs.

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Friars don't wilt, show 'fight' with comeback

'This team doesn't quit,' Green says of team's rally in 7-6 loss

Friars don't wilt, show 'fight' with comeback

PHOENIX -- It was a building block game for the young Padres, but at this point almost every game is. The final score says the Padres lost, 7-6, to the D-backs at Chase Field on Monday night, but that's not the whole of it.

Trailing, 7-1, when Zack Greinke came out of the game after six innings, the Padres could have easily faded away, packing it in for another night.

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Myers' big blast not enough to pick up Chacin

Myers' big blast not enough to pick up Chacin

PHOENIX -- Chris Owings' first career grand slam helped give Zack Greinke a win and propelled the D-backs past the Padres, 7-6, on Monday night in the first of a four-game set at Chase Field.

With the D-backs leading, 2-0, and with two outs in the fifth, Owings smacked a first-pitch fastball from Jhoulys Chacin (2-3) into the overhang in center to give Arizona a 6-0 lead.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jankowski (foot) on DL; Blash called up

Jankowski (foot) on DL; Blash called up

PHOENIX -- The Padres placed outfielder Travis Jankowski on the 10-day disabled list before Monday night's opener of a four-game series against the division-rival D-backs with a deep bone bruise in his right foot.

At this point, Jankowski is out indefinitely, Padres manager Andy Green said.

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Now hot, Hedges unchanged behind plate

Chacin's home-road splits; notes on Myers, Margot

Now hot, Hedges unchanged behind plate

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

Now that Austin Hedges is hitting, it's good to check back on what Padres manager Andy Green was saying about the catcher when he was off to that 0-for-24 start.   

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Energetic Margot doing his job at leadoff

Energetic Margot doing his job at leadoff

SAN DIEGO -- Opposing pitchers better get used to seeing Manuel Margot's name atop the Padres' lineup card. If the first three weeks of the season are any indication, it could be there for a long time.

Margot, again, served as the sparkplug for the Padres' offense Sunday, though they fell to the Marlins, 7-3, after Miami's six-run, sixth-inning outburst.

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Urias makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Urias makes Pipeline Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

The latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week (April 17-23) is led by an all Milwaukee Brewers outfield, with Lewis Brinson, Monte Harrison and Demi Orimoloye all earning a spot. This marks the first time one team has accounted for all three outfield spots on the Team of the Week.

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Padres rave about Hedges' work behind plate

Padres rave about Hedges' work behind plate

SAN DIEGO -- For the first week and a half of the season, Austin Hedges didn't hit much of anything. For the last week and a half, he's hit just about everything.

Through his early struggles -- and now his recent hot streak -- Hedges hasn't wavered behind the plate. In the long term, there are still plenty of questions about Hedges' impact at the dish. There are significantly fewer questions about his impact behind it.

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Sixth inning turns sour for Padres in loss

Sixth inning turns sour for Padres in loss

SAN DIEGO -- Stifled through five innings, the Marlins offense came alive quickly during a six-run sixth inning that sent Miami to a 7-3 series-clinching victory over the Padres on Sunday.

Each of Miami's first six hitters reached base in the fateful frame, and each of them came around to score -- the final three on Justin Bour's no-doubter into the right-field seats. Padres reliever Craig Stammen left a changeup over the heart of the plate, and Bour crushed it -- 403 feet with a 111 mph exit velocity, according to Statcast™.

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Jay Paris is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Marlins on Sunday.

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Investment in Weaver paying off for Padres

San Diego's four free-agent starters performing well

Investment in Weaver paying off for Padres

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres spent $8.25 million on four-fifths of their starting rotation during the offseason. So far, it's been money well spent.

Their four free-agent signings have turned in four very impressive starts in the past four nights. Jered Weaver's quality outing during Saturday's 6-3 loss to Miami in 11 innings was merely the latest.

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Are Schimpf, Jankowski slumps a concern?

Spangenberg off to .371 start at Triple-A El Paso

Are Schimpf, Jankowski slumps a concern?

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

There comes a point when baseball's early-season "small sample size" tilts toward becoming a trend.   

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Error in 11th proves costly in Padres loss

Error in 11th proves costly in Padres loss

SAN DIEGO -- The Marlins plated two runs in the 11th inning on Dee Gordon's "little-league home run" and two more on Giancarlo Stanton's big league home run en route to a 6-3 victory over the Padres on Saturday night. In the process, they made certain Dan Straily's career night wouldn't go to waste.

With one on in the 11th, Gordon hit a slow roller in front of the mound, which Padres reliever Jose Torres promptly threw into the right-field corner. Hunter Renfroe couldn't dig the ball out, and the Marlins speedster came all the way around to score on an infield single and a pair of Padres errors. More >>

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Spangenberg knocking on big league door

Infielder is hitting .382 in Triple-A, playing solid defense

Spangenberg knocking on big league door

SAN DIEGO -- When the Padres made the surprise decision to leave Cory Spangenberg off the Opening Day roster, they did so with the caveat that he needed to receive everyday at-bats and perform consistently when he got them.

Spangenberg has done just that at Triple-A El Paso. He's hitting .382/.433/.491, while reportedly playing a stellar defensive third base.

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Fast games not always good for Padres

Notes on Sundays, Hedges, Weaver, Margot

Fast games not always good for Padres

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

Commissioner Rob Manfred has to be happy with the Padres' pace of play this week.

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Myers honored for hitting for the cycle

Padres, Bikes for Kids Foundation donate bikes to students

Myers honored for hitting for the cycle

SAN DIEGO -- Wil Myers hit for one cycle on the field last week in Colorado. In doing so, the Padres first baseman hit for 50 cycles off of it.

Before Saturday's game against the Marlins, the Padres honored Myers for becoming the second player in team history to hit for the cycle on April 10. They presented him with a display case commemorating the occasion and unveiled plans for a Wil Myers bobblehead giveaway in honor of the achievement.

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Cahill's first Padres start at Petco 'special'

Padres starting pitcher grew up in northwestern San Diego

Cahill's first Padres start at Petco 'special'

SAN DIEGO -- A decade and a half before his seven brilliant innings in Friday's 5-3 victory over the Marlins, Trevor Cahill was a student at Vista High School watching Padres games from his home in northwestern San Diego county.

"I literally watched every single Padre game on TV throughout high school, just doing homework," Cahill said.

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Small swing fix has Hedges in a good place

Padres catcher has four home runs in last seven games

Small swing fix has Hedges in a good place

SAN DIEGO -- To the untrained eye, it's practically indiscernible, but Austin Hedges' current swing is not the same one he used when he started the season 0-for-24.

About a week ago, the Padres noticed Hedges' hands moving a split second later than they had in the past -- and after the rest of his body loaded to swing.

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Homecoming king: Cahill rolls in Petco debut

Homecoming king: Cahill rolls in Petco debut

SAN DIEGO -- Austin Hedges capped a four-run seventh inning with a three-run home run off the third deck of the Western Metal Building Friday night. That was enough to make a winner out of Vista High School graduate Trevor Cahill in his first home start at Petco Park, as the Padres beat the Marlins, 5-3.

Both starters pitched crisp one-run ball, before the Padres' bats came alive against the Miami bullpen. Wil Myers drove in the go-ahead run with a double-play grounder, before reliever David Phelps intentionally walked Yangervis Solarte. Hedges made the Marlins pay for that decision, launching a projected 430-foot shot for his fourth homer in the past week.

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Padres reaping rewards from 4 free-agent SP

Richard, Chacin, Cahill, Weaver off to good starts

Padres reaping rewards from 4 free-agent SP

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

The Padres had a gap to bridge last winter.

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Anthem highlights Out at the Park event

Padres celebrate LGBT inclusion at Petco Park Friday

Anthem highlights Out at the Park event

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres capped their biggest Out at the Park night ever with one of the biggest national anthems to grace Petco Park.

The San Diego Gay Men's Chorus, the San Diego Women's Chorus and San Diego Pride partnered with several Padres executives to perform the anthem before Friday's game against the Marlins. In total, more than 200 people took part in the singing, including former Padre Billy Bean, now Major League Baseball's vice president for social responsibility and inclusion.

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Urias notches second straight four-hit effort

Urias notches second straight four-hit effort

No pitcher has been more dominant than Class A Columbia's Merandy Gonzalez to begin the season. That trend continued on Friday night, as the Mets' No. 14 prospect extended his scoreless innings streak to 20 2/3 by tossing seven frames in a win against Lexington.

Gonzalez allowed just three singles and struck out a season-high seven batters en route to his third win in as many starts for the Fireflies. He retired nine consecutive batters at one point before setting down the final seven he faced to finish with 88 pitches (64 strikes).

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Myers' torrid pace to start '17 is noteworthy

Padres first baseman extends hit streak to 11 games with homer

Myers' torrid pace to start '17 is noteworthy

SAN DIEGO -- In the "notes" section on his cell phone, Wil Myers keeps tabs of his performance from every game. But, in his eyes, the results aren't the best barometer of a successful at-bat. Instead, Myers uses his own metric, "quality plate appearances," to determine his night.

It's all admittedly very subjective. If Myers went 0-for-4, but -- in his mind -- felt he put forth the best at-bat possible on two of those occasions, he'll mark down 2-for-4 in his phone.

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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.