Jankowski halts slump with pair of firsts

Padres rookie outfielder notches first steal, triple in win

Jankowski halts slump with pair of firsts

SAN DIEGO -- After going 0-for-15 on the road trip, rookie outfielder Travis Jankowski recorded his first stolen base in the third inning and later scored to give the Padres their first run in a 7-0 victory over the Rangers on Monday night at Petco Park.

But that was not the only career first Jankowski would achieve. In the eighth, he recorded his first extra-base hit with a triple down the right-field line.

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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.

Ross sharp as Padres blank Rangers

Ross sharp as Padres blank Rangers

SAN DIEGO -- Tyson Ross held the Rangers scoreless through seven innings and helped pitch the Padres to a 7-0 victory on Monday night at Petco Park. The loss snapped the Rangers' four-game winning streak and dropped them to four games behind the Astros in the American League West.

Ross allowed three hits, walked two and struck out seven as he improved to 4-1 with a 2.76 ERA in his past seven starts. He is 10-9 with a 3.27 ERA, marking the first time he has had a winning record or an ERA that low since April.

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T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields, follow him on Twitter @Sullivan_Ranger and 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.

Rangers' Venable happy to return to SD

Former Padres outfielder reunites with players, coaches

Rangers' Venable happy to return to SD

SAN DIEGO -- Will Venable said it was not as weird as he thought it would be to stand on the field at Petco Park before his new club, the Rangers, opened a three-game series with the Padres on Monday night.

"I think I have gotten comfortable with the fact that I am no longer a Padre," said Venable, who received a warm ovation before his first at-bat Monday in the Rangers' 7-0 loss. "It was probably two days where it hadn't set in really. ... But now being around all these guys, the coaching staff, the training staff, the city of Arlington, I am comfortable over here now -- and I'm a Ranger."

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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.

Kemp's belt comes undone while mom is in attendance

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Kemp's belt comes undone while mom is in attendance

Padres outfielder Matt Kemp was playing some baseball on Monday night against the Rangers. And in attendance to watch her son hit a home run, make a diving catch or just be a really cool, smooth guy, was Kemp's mom, Judy Henderson. But instead, in the sixth inning, Mrs. Henderson watched her son have a mid at-bat belt malfunction.

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El Paso's playoff chase may stagger callups

Padres' Murphy says new faces bring 'bit of fresh air'

El Paso's playoff chase may stagger callups

SAN DIEGO -- With Triple-A El Paso in the race for postseason play in the Pacific Coast League, September callups might come staggered for the Padres.

"I like this time of year, but it's challenging, too," interim manager Pat Murphy said on the eve of the 40-man roster expansion. "Your scouting report meetings and days get a little longer because of the players. But I think it is an exciting time. It brings a bit of fresh air to all the clubs and gives you some different options."

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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.

Cashner seeks return to win column vs. Rangers

Cashner seeks return to win column vs. Rangers

Andrew Cashner and Yovani Gallardo will face off as the Padres and Rangers play their second game of a three-game series at Petco Park on Tuesday night.

Cashner lost for the 13th time in his last outing, allowing nine hits and three runs in 5 2/3 innings against the Nationals on Aug. 26. He has had bad luck, allowing 22 unearned runs. Tuesday marks Cashner's first career start against Texas.

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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.

Kemp, Upton's bats help to carry Padres

Kemp, Upton's bats help to carry Padres

PHILADELPHIA -- The numbers are significant enough to put credence in the fact that Matt Kemp and Justin Upton drive the Padres offense.

On Sunday, the two came through again as they both homered in a 9-4 win over the Phillies on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Citizens Bank Park. Only 10 teams in baseball have two run producers that have more than 70 RBIs this season and in Kemp (80) and Upton (72) the Padres are one of those teams.

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Michael Radano is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kemp still has one season-long streak alive

Right fielder has reached base in 19 straight games

Kemp still has one season-long streak alive

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

Matt Kemp's 15-game hitting streak -- the longest run by a Padres hitter this season -- ended last week. But another season-long streak remains active.

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Shields, Kemp lead Padres past Phillies

Shields, Kemp lead Padres past Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- The Padres avoided a season sweep to the Phillies on Sunday, thanks to a little star power.

Matt Kemp and Justin Upton homered while James Shields allowed just one run in seven innings in a 9-4 victory at Citizens Bank Park. It was the Padres' only victory in six games this season against the Phillies.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Michael Radano is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

El Paso wins to set up showdown series for division lead

Class A Fort Wayne loses but clinches Midwest League playoff berth

El Paso wins to set up showdown series for division lead

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

Triple-A El Paso closed perhaps its last homestand of the season Sunday by scoring a 4-2 victory over Oklahoma City, to close to within 1 1/2 games of Pacific Coast League Pacific Southern Division-leading Las Vegas going into a four-game series at Las Vegas starting Monday.

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ICYMI: Friars take finale behind Shields, HRs

ICYMI: Friars take finale behind Shields, HRs

The Padres secured a happy flight home on Sunday afternoon after taking the series finale from the Phillies, 9-4, at Citizens Bank Park. After an almost "lights-out" outing from James Shields and a 16-hit performance by the offense, the Swinging Friars improved to 63-67 on the year, with Shields collecting his 10th victory of the season.

Shields showed great dominance over the Phillies' bats, throwing seven innings of one-run baseball on only six hits and one walk. Shields' lone mistake came via a Cameron Rupp solo home run in the second inning, but outside of that hiccup, the right-hander struck out eight and needed only 108 pitches to earn the "W."

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Jankowski getting comfortable at MLB level

Jankowski getting comfortable at MLB level

PHILADELPHIA -- Padres outfielder Travis Jankowski had heard the stories about rookie hazing. The Padres rookie was familiar with the stories about rookie pitchers having to carry a Dora the Explorer backpack to the bullpen, arriving in the clubhouse with your street clothes missing and a Batman costume hanging in your locker and countless other discomforts.

That is until he arrived at Citizens Bank Park and his family came to town.

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Michael Radano is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Renfroe (.348) has two more hits for Triple-A El Paso

Chihuahuas, Fort Wayne lose in races for playoff berths

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

Right fielder Hunter Renfroe, the Padres first-round pick (13th overall) had two more hits at Triple-A El Paso Saturday night.

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Rea still learning from his mistakes for Padres

Rea still learning from his mistakes for Padres

PHILADELPHIA -- It's one of those time honored baseball clichés that you never really know how good a player is until he faces some adversity.

No matter how much talent a rookie has, no matter how hard he has worked, and no matter how well he has pitched through the Minor Leagues, at some point the key will be the ability to handle adversity.

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Michael Radano is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres rally, but come up short vs. Phillies

Padres rally, but come up short vs. Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- If only the Phillies could play the Padres more frequently.

They beat San Diego on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park, 4-3. It is their fifth straight win over the Padres this season and seventh consecutive victory against San Diego in Philadelphia, their longest home winning streak against the Padres since a seven-game streak from July 1976 to May 1977.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Michael Radano is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Myers close to starting a rehab assignment

Myers close to starting a rehab assignment

PHILADELPHIA -- Early Saturday afternoon, Wil Myers took part in some early batting practice at Citizens Bank Park. The Padres' outfielder has been sidelined due to right wrist surgery to remove bone spurs since June 13, and along with another session Sunday morning, he'll begin a rehab assignment later this week with his destination most likely Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore.

Myers, acquired from Tampa Bay in December in a three-team trade, played in just 35 games this season hitting .277 with five home runs and 19 RBIs. While the 24-year old has played most of his career in center field, he may be a long-term first baseman when he returns.

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Michael Radano is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

ICYMI: Padres unable to complete comeback vs. Phillies

ICYMI: Padres unable to complete comeback vs. Phillies

Despite a 3-for-10 showing at the plate with runners in scoring position on Saturday, the Friars dropped Game 2 of a three-game set against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Padres were able to outhit the Phils on Saturday, pounding out eighth hits to the Phillies' six, but they were unable to capitalize on their opportunities, falling by a score of 4-3.

Rookie Colin Rea delivered a decent start for the Padres, after surrendering only four earned runs on six hits over five innings of work. Rea also limited the Phillies to only two walks, while striking out four, in the fourth start of his Major League career. With Saturday's loss, Rea's record dropped to an even 2-2 with a 5.95 ERA. But he still shows signs of promise.

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Kennedy one of NL's most improved pitchers in 2nd half

ERA since All-Star break is 2.32

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

Although he suffered the loss Friday night, Padres right-handed starter Ian Kennedy turned in his fifth straight quality start and his sixth in the last seven games.

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Kennedy frustrated by run-scoring wild pitch

Kennedy frustrated by run-scoring wild pitch

PHILADELPHIA -- Over the course of 6 2/3 innings of work on Friday, Ian Kennedy found himself in a pair of tough situations.

The first, he escaped with the help of third baseman Yangervis Solarte and a spectacular play. The second, he pushed the envelope just a bit too far and in a tough game, that was the difference.

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Michael Radano is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Upton homers, but Padres fall to Phillies

Upton homers, but Padres fall to Phillies

PHILADELPHIA -- Phillies rookie Aaron Nola looks like the real deal.

He allowed two hits, one run, two walks and struck out six in seven innings on Friday night in a 7-1 victory over the Padres at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies' first-round pick in the 2014 MLB Draft improved to 5-1 with a 3.26 ERA in eight big league starts.

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Todd Zolecki is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his Phillies blog The Zo Zone, follow him on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Michael Radano is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

ICYMI: Phils win opener despite Kennedy's quality start

ICYMI: Phils win opener despite Kennedy's quality start

Starter Ian Kennedy finished out the month of August with his third-straight quality start on Friday, surrendering only two earned runs on two hits and five walks, while also striking out seven Phillies. Unfortunately for Kennedy, who saw his ERA drop from 4.01 to 3.94 after 6 2/3 innings of work, his quality start would not be enough, as the Padres dropped the first of a three-game set by a score of 7-1 on Friday evening at Citizens Bank Park.

Kennedy was absolutely solid in Friday's pitcher's duel -- the Phillies broke open a 2-1 game in the eighth inning after Kennedy had departed -- and despite posting a 2.29 ERA in five starts over the month of August, Kennedy was served with his third loss of the month and 12th loss of the season. Kennedy required 118 pitches -- 71 of which were strikes.

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RHP Smith allows one run in seven innings in Triple-A El Paso win

SS Hector Gomez has 3 hits, 2 RBIs for Chihuahuas

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

Right-hander Chris Smith allowed one run on four hits over seven innings Friday night as Triple-A El Paso (71-62) scored a 7-1 win over Oklahoma City in Texas to move to within 2 1Ž2 games of division-leading Las Vegas in the Pacific Coast League's Pacific Southern race.

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M. Upton puts on a show for Padres in OF

Center fielder makes three tremendous plays to help keep game close

M. Upton puts on a show for Padres in OF

WASHINGTON -- If you've seen Nationals Park, you know that it's not a symmetrical ballpark, which actually served Padres center fielder Melvin Upton Jr. well Thursday during a 4-2 loss in his pursuit of a long fly ball off the bat of Ryan Zimmerman.

With two on and two outs in the first inning, Zimmerman jumped on a pitch from Andrew Cashner, sending it toward where the wall meets in an apex at 402 feet, its furthest point from home plate.

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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.

Offense held in check as Padres fall to Nats

Offense held in check as Padres fall to Nats

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals, who are chasing the Mets in the National League East race, got a much-needed win on Thursday night against the Padres. Right-hander Joe Ross pitched six strong innings in a 4-2 victory at Nationals Park. Washington remains 6 1/2 games back of the Mets, who topped the Phillies.

"We need to win series. We can't worry about anything else or anybody else. We have to take care of our business. It was a good win tonight," Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth said.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

ICYMI: Friars rally late, fall short in finale

ICYMI: Friars rally late, fall short in finale

For the second day in a row at Nationals park a pitcher named Ross was given the "W" after a hard-fought win at the ballyard, but unfortunately for the Padres that Ross brother played for the wrong team. Joe Ross - the younger brother of yesterday's winning pitcher Tyson Ross -- lifted the Nationals to a 4-2 victory over the Padres on Thursday and stole a series victory away from San Diego before their trip to Philadelphia. Ross, a former first-round draft pick and top prospect for the Padres organization, was masterful in his outing over his former club after holding San Diego to only one hit and one unearned run over six innings of work.

Andrew Cashner was also able to deliver a solid performance on Thursday although a lack of run support proved to be his undoing after keeping the Friars within striking distance over five-plus innings. Cashner surrendered only three earned runs on nine hits while also striking out six over 5 and 2/3rds innings of work. The ever-unlucky Cashner was pegged with his 13th loss of the season despite coming one out shy of delivering a quality start for the Padres in their finale against Washington.

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Johnson feels good following simulated game

Right-hander hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2013

Johnson feels good following simulated game

WASHINGTON -- Nearly four months to the day of his last simulated game, Padres pitcher Josh Johnson went through the paces of doing the same again at Nationals Park on Thursday afternoon.

Johnson, working his way back from Tommy John surgery in 2014 in addition to a big setback earlier this season, threw 16 pitches to teammates off the mound and came out of it feeling good.

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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.

OF Asencio, RHP Rea, coach Jones honored by Texas League

LHP Dorminy leads shutout as A-Fort Wayne keeps winning

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

Left-hander Thomas Dorminy and two relievers combined on a five-hit shutout to move low Single-A Fort Wayne to the brink of a Midwest League playoff berth and two members of Double-A San Antonio were named to the post-season Texas League All-Star team Thursday.

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Renfroe continues torrid stretch at Triple-A El Paso

Padres top prospect records his fourth homer in nine contests for Chihuahuas

Renfroe continues torrid stretch at Triple-A El Paso

It's safe to say that Hunter Renfroe likes hitting in the Pacific Coast League.

The Padres' No. 1 prospect (No. 79 overall) had another big game Thursday, going 3-for-5 with a home run, double and three RBIs in Triple-A El Paso's 9-7 loss to Oklahoma City.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.