Prospect Lamet set for MLB debut vs. Mets

Prospect Lamet set for MLB debut vs. Mets

Dinelson Lamet will toe the rubber of a Major League mound for the first time Thursday against the Mets as the latest arrival in a wave of prospects to buoy the struggling Padres.

Opposite Lamet will be Jacob deGrom, who will try to win his second consecutive start.

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Chris Bumbaca is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Renfroe's 440-ft HR caps Padres' comeback

Renfroe's 440-ft HR caps Padres' comeback

NEW YORK -- Given new life Wednesday, the Padres wasted little time turning what would have been their seventh loss in eight games into a much-needed win.

An inning after the Padres completed a comeback from down four runs, Hunter Renfroe smashed a go-ahead homer into the second deck at Citi Field in the eighth that had a projected distance of 440 feet, according to Statcast™. That vaulted the Padres to a 6-5 win over a Mets club that, for most of the evening, seemed to have victory firmly in its grasp.

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

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Sleight of Hand: Lefty pulls Houdini escape act

Padres lefty works out of bases-loaded, no-out jam; Green won't name him closer

Sleight of Hand: Lefty pulls Houdini escape act

NEW YORK -- Brad Hand didn't know he'd be closing Wednesday night until the bullpen phone rang in the top of the ninth inning.

The Padres left-hander certainly didn't take the easy route, loading the bases in the bottom of the frame before he recorded an out. But Hand struck out two Mets before getting Juan Lagares to fly out to right field, sealing a thrilling 6-5 victory at Citi Field.

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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.

Margot exits with tightness in right calf

Margot exits with tightness in right calf

NEW YORK -- Padres center fielder Manuel Margot exited Wednesday's 6-5 win over the Mets in the bottom of the third inning with tightness in his right calf.

The Padres don't believe it's serious, but Margot will be held out of the lineup on Thursday, mostly as a precaution. Manager Andy Green said Margot likely would've been given the day off anyway.

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Hedges' superb D goes beyond diving catch

Hedges' superb D goes beyond diving catch

NEW YORK -- Austin Hedges' brilliant diving catch Tuesday night might go down as the best defensive play made by a catcher this year. It's not often that a backstop, in full gear, engages in a face-first all-out dive. And that's not to mention the ground Hedges covered to reach the warning track in the first place.

The play will run on Padres highlight reels long after the 2017 season is over. But it's probably not fair to define Hedges' defensive prowess with a catch as aesthetically pleasing as that one. After all, the bulk of the impact Hedges makes behind the plate isn't quite so obvious.

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First inning proving to be problem for Padres

Chacin's 7-run start on Tuesday is latest example of SD starter struggling early

First inning proving to be problem for Padres

NEW YORK -- The Padres' off-day Monday came after Clayton Richard's complete game Sunday, meaning their eight-man bullpen was as fresh as it could possibly be entering play Tuesday night.

Good thing, too. Because Jhoulys Chacin quickly came unraveled, lasting two-thirds of an inning in a 9-3 loss to the Mets at Citi Field. His short start continued a worrying trend for Padres starting pitchers: In the last time through the rotation, three different hurlers have allowed five runs or more in the first, putting the Friars instantly behind the eight ball.

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Padres can't climb out of early hole vs. Mets

Padres can't climb out of early hole vs. Mets

NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey's struggles this season have been both well-documented and well-defined. And while Harvey did little to boost his fading reputation on Tuesday, his teammates boosted him plenty with a seven-run first inning in the Mets' 9-3 win over the Padres at Citi Field.

Michael Conforto homered, singled and drove in three runs in the first inning alone, finishing with his second career multi-homer game -- third, including his 2015 World Series Game 4 performance -- to pace the offense.

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

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Solarte in No. 2 slot makes a lot of sense

Statistically, it's where the switch-hitter has had most success

Solarte in No. 2 slot makes a lot of sense

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

Yangervis Solarte was in a prolonged slump Tuesday when manager Andy Green moved him from the cleanup spot to the second spot in the Padres' batting order.   

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Infield cavalry Asuaje, d'Arnaud join Padres

No. 9 prospect may have short tenure in bigs; waiver claim fills vacated utility role

Infield cavalry Asuaje, d'Arnaud join Padres

NEW YORK -- Infield reinforcements arrived for the Padres at Citi Field on Tuesday, as both Chase d'Arnaud and Carlos Asuaje joined the big league club.

d'Arnaud, who was claimed off waivers from the Red Sox on Sunday, and Asuaje, who was recalled from Triple-A El Paso, each received a pinch-hit at-bat in the Padres' 9-3 loss to the Mets at Citi Field. d'Arnaud struck out in the fifth inning, and Asuaje bounced to second in the seventh.

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Inbox: Can Schimpf cut down on strikeouts?

Beat reporter AJ Cassavell answers questions from fans

Inbox: Can Schimpf cut down on strikeouts?

SAN DIEGO -- Monday marks the Padres' first scheduled off-day since May 1 and only their third of the season.

The day off affords us some time to reflect on a few of the more pressing questions surrounding the club this month. Namely: What's next for Allen Cordoba? Does something need to be done about Ryan Schimpf's strikeouts?

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d'Arnaud expected to be 'active' in SD infield

Where and how much will utility man play?

d'Arnaud expected to be 'active' in SD infield

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

As manager Andy Green talked during his daily media session Sunday morning, you could almost anticipate a change coming in the Padres' defense, even though the acquisition of infielder Chase d'Arnaud hadn't yet been announced.

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Richard steps up when Padres need leader

Two pitching prospects promoted to Class A Fort Wayne

Richard steps up when Padres need leader

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

In the service, they call it "command presence."

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Richard's complete-game gem drops D-backs

Richard's complete-game gem drops D-backs

SAN DIEGO -- Clayton Richard allowed just one run, while tossing a complete game, as the Padres snapped a season-high five-game losing streak and avoided a sweep by beating the D-backs, 5-1, on Sunday afternoon at Petco Park.

"If anybody asks, [Richard's] probably the unquestioned leader on the team at this point in time," Padres manager Andy Green said. "He's not the 'rah-rah' or in-your-face type of guy but he does everything right. To have that model for the rest of our pitching staff is great."

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

Ryan Posner is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego. He covered the Padres on Sunday.

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Fan interference ends Padres' fifth-inning rally

Myers left standing at plate with bases loaded after call

Fan interference ends Padres' fifth-inning rally

SAN DIEGO -- Wil Myers was robbed of an at-bat and the Padres were robbed of extending their best rally in some time when a fan interfered with a foul ball on Sunday against the D-backs.

But the rally-killing interference wasn't enough to thwart the Padres' offense and left-hander Clayton Richard, as they snapped a five-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory.

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Ryan Posner is a contributor for MLB.com based in San Diego. He covered the Padres on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tatis Jr. makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Tatis Jr. 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 features our first two repeat performers, an organization hitting the list for the first time and the youngest player to make the team so far this year.

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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.

Early troubles sink Padres vs. D-backs

Early troubles sink Padres vs. D-backs

SAN DIEGO -- For the second straight night the D-backs put up a crooked number in the first inning and cruised to victory over the Padres, this time by a 9-1 score, as left-hander Robbie Ray allowed just two hits over 7 2/3 innings Saturday night at Petco Park.

The D-backs, who scored eight runs in the first inning Friday night, tagged Luis Perdomo for five first-inning runs on Saturday. Perdomo allowed eight runs and David Peralta had four hits, while Paul Goldschmidt and Yasmany Tomas drove in two runs apiece.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

Ryan Posner is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego. He covered the Padres on Saturday.

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Bullpen called upon for damage control again

For the second straight night, Padres relievers inherit big workload

Bullpen called upon for damage control again

SAN DIEGO -- Luis Perdomo put the Padres' bullpen in an awfully familiar position in Saturday night's 9-1 loss to the D-backs, as the team dropped its season-high fifth straight game.

A night after Jered Weaver lasted just two-thirds of an inning in his start, Perdomo surrendered a career-high eight runs and 11 hits in three-plus innings.

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Ryan Posner is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Overworked Padres bullpen struggling

Relievers worked 14 1/3 innings the past two games

Overworked Padres bullpen struggling

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

The Padres' bullpen, which was the team's strength at the start of the season, is struggling.

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Padres fan flubs foul ball twice with fedora

Fans attending Saturday night's D-backs-Padres game at Petco Park received a Padres Fedora, a hat that looks something like this.

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Weaver lands on DL with hip inflammation

Padres recall right-hander Valdez to fortify bullpen

Weaver lands on DL with hip inflammation

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres placed struggling right-hander Jered Weaver on the 10-day disabled list Saturday with left hip inflammation and recalled right-hander Jose Valdez from Triple-A El Paso.

Valdez took over for starter Luis Perdomo in the fourth inning of Saturday night's 9-1 loss to the D-backs and impressed in his Padres debut, allowing just two hits and striking out three over three scoreless innings.

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Ryan Posner is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego. He covered the Padres on Saturday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs score 8 in first frame, rout Padres

D-backs score 8 in first frame, rout Padres

SAN DIEGO -- The D-backs did nine innings worth of mashing in the top of the first on Friday night, as they cruised to a 10-1 victory over the Padres at Petco Park. Fourteen Arizona hitters came to the plate in the opening frame, eight of whom scored, in the most prolific road first inning in franchise history.

Jake Lamb started the barrage by launching a Jered Weaver fastball into the right-field seats for a three-run homer. He took Padres reliever Craig Stammen deep in the sixth to cap the first multi-homer game of his career. In between, Brandon Drury and David Peralta also left the yard for Arizona.

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

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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Padres asking rookies to learn on the fly

Renfroe, Margot have made adjustments at Major League level

Padres asking rookies to learn on the fly

SAN DIEGO -- Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe may be rookies. But the Padres certainly aren't treating them with kid gloves.

The outfielders have played in 44 of the club's 45 games this season, offering little respite from the grind of their first Major League season. Entering Friday night's 10-1 loss to the D-backs, Margot and Renfroe ranked first and second, respectively, among all Major League rookies in at-bats.

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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.

Weaver's decline tough to witness

Pitcher is a three-time All-Star, Cy Young runner-up

Weaver's decline tough to witness

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

I understand the booing Friday night.

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Healthy Cosart out to 'run with the opportunity'

In first start in a month, righty allows 1 run in 5 frames, could solidify rotation spot for a while

Healthy Cosart out to 'run with the opportunity'

SAN DIEGO -- Milwaukee's Eric Sogard led off the game Thursday with a flare into right field. Travis Shaw opened the following frame with a slow, shift-beating chopper through the left side. In the third, Zach Davies opened with a bouncer to short that was booted by Allen Cordoba.

They were the type of tough-luck moments that have come back to haunt Jarred Cosart in the past. But in Thursday's 4-2 loss to Milwaukee, the Padres' right-hander was masterful at escaping trouble in his return to the Major League mound after a month-long absence.

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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 HR backs solid Cosart, but Friars fall

Renfroe HR backs solid Cosart, but Friars fall

SAN DIEGO -- On Thursday, the Brewers enjoyed their first day alone atop the National League Central since August 2014. Eric Sogard made sure they stayed there.

Sogard -- who torched the Padres for nine hits in the four-game series at Petco Park -- had four more knocks on Thursday, including the go-ahead double in the top of the seventh inning that helped send Milwaukee to a 4-2 victory.

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

Tim Powers is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego who covered the Brewers on Thursday.

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After week off, Diaz thrives vs. former team

Reliever, viewed long-term by Padres as a starter, reflects on move from Brewers

After week off, Diaz thrives vs. former team

SAN DIEGO -- Miguel Diaz was still a Brewer on the morning of Dec. 8 when he headed to the local diamond in his native San Cristobal in the Dominican Republic. The 22-year-old right-hander went about his daily workout with his brother, choosing to leave his phone in the car.

It probably wasn't the best day for Diaz to be disconnected. Shortly thereafter he was taken first overall in the Rule 5 Draft by the Twins, who promptly dealt him to the Padres.

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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.

Roles growing for Padres' Rule 5 rookies

Roles growing for Padres' Rule 5 rookies

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

As the 2017 progresses, expect to see more playing time for the Padres three Rule 5 Draft rookies -- shortstop-left fielder Allen Córdoba, catcher Luis Torrens and right-handed pitcher Miguel Diaz.   

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