Myers' go-ahead blast lifts Padres over Cubs

Myers' go-ahead blast lifts Padres over Cubs

CHICAGO -- In a game that featured the highly anticipated Major League debut of Cubs rookie Kris Bryant, San Diego's Wil Myers stole the show with a go-ahead three-run home run in the seventh inning as the Padres topped the Cubs, 5-4, on Friday afternoon before a crowd of 32,138 at Wrigley Field.

Bryant, promoted Friday from Triple-A Iowa, went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. The third baseman started a double play and possibly saved a run by snagging a line drive with a runner on first base in the fifth inning. Bryant also grounded out to end the seventh with two on. More >

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Taking advantage of opportunity, Myers stays hot

Padres leadoff hitter takes close ball in seventh, launches go-ahead homer

Taking advantage of opportunity, Myers stays hot

CHICAGO -- Wil Myers saw four pitches in his seventh inning at-bat against Cubs reliever Brian Schlitter, and all four came with a high heat warning.

First, there was a 96-mph swinging strike, followed by a 95-mph heater than Myers looked at for a strike. Then came another fastball, this one 96 mph that was close, a pitch Myers laid off.

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Without sharpest stuff, Shields aids winning effort

Padres ace allows four runs (three earned), strikes out nine over six frames

Without sharpest stuff, Shields aids winning effort

CHICAGO -- There were a few lamentable moments for Padres pitcher James Shields to sort through in his first start at Wrigley Field on Friday.

"I didn't have the greatest stuff today. I wasn't locating as well as I wanted to; I was behind in the count all day," Shields said.

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Kennedy improving in recovery from hamstring injury

Padres starter eligible to return from disabled list on April 25

Kennedy improving in recovery from hamstring injury

CHICAGO -- Pitcher Ian Kennedy cleared another hurdle in his recovery from a strained left hamstring on Friday, as he threw between 25-30 pitches in a bullpen session at Wrigley Field.

Kennedy, who threw a similar session on Wednesday in San Diego, will head to Arizona for a Minor League rehab start on Monday with the expectation that if all goes well, the team will activate him from the disabled list when he's eligible on April 25.

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Padres call Ross to take on Cubs at Wrigley Field

Padres call Ross to take on Cubs at Wrigley Field

CHICAGO -- If making his first start in the cozy confines of Wrigley Field seemed daunting, Tyson Ross didn't show it. Ross struck out 11 and allowed one run in six innings in a Padres' 13-3 victory over the Cubs on July 24, which was the only time last season he reached double digits in strikeouts on his way to striking out a career-high 195 batters.

Ross, the Padres' No. 2 starter, will see a much better lineup on Saturday when he faces Chicago, especially with rookie third baseman Kris Bryant in the big leagues. The Cubs purchased his contract from Triple-A Iowa before Friday's 5-4 loss.

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Shift doing little to slow down Alonso

Padres first baseman off to hot start despite opponents' defensive measures

Shift doing little to slow down Alonso

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

All three of the Padres' opponents this season have employed a defensive shift against Yonder Alonso, positioning three infielders on the right side.

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Hedges, Wallace and Almonte lead way for El Paso

Hedges, Wallace and Almonte lead way for El Paso

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

Austin Hedges, Brett Wallace and Abraham Almonte continued their hot hitting Thursday night, leading Triple-A El Paso to a 10-4 win over Reno in a Pacific Coast League game at Southwest University Park.

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Venable not quick to give up on old glove

Padres outfielder received mitt from Roberts, who first used the glove in '05

Venable not quick to give up on old glove

SAN DIEGO -- When Will Venable peers into his trusted glove, a Rawlings PROS601KB that has seen better days, he doesn't see the tear in the pocket staring back at him, the replacement laces, restrung many times over, or the well-worn cracks that suggest his glove is ready to be put out to pasture.

He sees an old friend.

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Padres aim to carry momentum on to seven-game trek

Padres aim to carry momentum on to seven-game trek

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

The Padres have passed the first tests of the season.

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J-Uptown funk: Red-hot Upton proving his worth in San Diego

J-Uptown funk: Red-hot Upton proving his worth in San Diego

SAN DIEGO -- Since playing his last season for the D-backs in 2012, Justin Upton has tormented his old team, though the Padres' left fielder was quick to point out Wednesday that despite appearances, it's not anything personal.

"I'm trying to torment every team we play," Upton said, smiling.

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Padres top D-backs on Upton's late homer

Padres top D-backs on Upton's late homer

SAN DIEGO -- Justin Upton homered with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning Wednesday night, putting the Padres on top for good in a 3-2 victory over the D-backs at Petco Park.

Upton's home run, his third of the season, came on the first pitch he saw from D-backs relief pitcher Randall Delgado.

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Hedges has homer, three hits at Triple-A

Hedges has homer, three hits at Triple-A

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

Catcher Austin Hedges and center fielder Michael Gettys, two of the Padres' top prospects, had three hits apiece Wednesday night for their respective clubs.

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Ross, Padres honor Jackie's immense legacy

Ross, Padres honor Jackie's immense legacy

SAN DIEGO -- Pitcher Tyson Ross got a head start on celebrating Jackie Robinson Day, as he made a stop at the nearby Monarch School on Tuesday.

This wasn't Ross' first trip to the Monarch School, a school for children affected by homelessness. But it was his first chance to speak to students about Robinson's legacy, accomplishments and values.

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Kennedy inching closer to Minor League rehab start

Kennedy inching closer to Minor League rehab start

SAN DIEGO -- Ian Kennedy, six days removed from suffering a left hamstring strain in his first start, got back on a mound on Wednesday, throwing a bullpen session at Petco Park.

Kennedy, currently on the 15-day disabled list, will throw another bullpen on Friday at Wrigley Field, as the Padres prepare for a three-game series against the Cubs.

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Gyorko uses time off to tinker with swing mechanics

Gyorko uses time off to tinker with swing mechanics

SAN DIEGO -- After getting three consecutive days off to clear his head and work on swing mechanics, Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko was back in the lineup Wednesday against the D-backs.

Gyorko, who has three hits in his first 21 at-bats of the season entering Wednesday's game, has worked closely during pregame sessions with hitting coach Mark Kotsay and assistant hitting coach Alonzo Powell since his last start on Saturday.

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Padres about to have wealth of rotation options

With Kennedy, JJ on the mend, manager Black faces tough decisions

Padres about to have wealth of rotation options

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

Bud Black has a way of dealing with questions pertaining to future roster decisions. When asked about where Melvin Upton Jr. will play when he is ready to return from a foot injury sometime next month, Black said: "These things have a way of working themselves out."

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Despaigne making the most of his rotation stint

Despaigne making the most of his rotation stint

SAN DIEGO -- Shortly after the Padres broke camp in Arizona, and before the regular season, San Diego manager Bud Black called Odrisamer Despaigne into his office to inform him he wouldn't be the team's fifth starter.

"He took it fine. He's a competitor," Black recalled. "We explained it to him that this is a long season, and we're going to need contributions from everybody at some point along the way."

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Hancock pairs with relief for Double-A shutout

Hancock pairs with relief for Double-A shutout

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

Right-hander Justin Hancock and two relievers combined on a seven-hit shutout Tuesday night for Double-A San Antonio's 3-0 win at Springfield.

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J-Up and away: Padres even series behind Upton, Despaigne

J-Up and away: Padres even series behind Upton, Despaigne

SAN DIEGO -- Odrisamer Despaigne, filling in for an injured Ian Kennedy, allowed one run over seven innings Tuesday as the Padres defeated the D-backs, 5-1, at Petco Park.

Despaigne has stepped into Kennedy's spot in the rotation since Kennedy suffered a strain of his left hamstring last Thursday. In 11 2/3 innings this season -- all innings he took over from the injured Kennedy -- Despaigne has allowed just one run.

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MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

LOS ANGELES -- Tony Reagins has spent decades in the game of baseball, and he's worked in everything from marketing to baseball operations. Reagins, formerly the general manager of the Angels, has taken on a new assignment with Major League Baseball as the senior vice president of youth programs, and he took some time Tuesday to discuss his plans for the future.

Reagins, under new Commissioner Rob Manfred, will be in charge of consolidating the league's relationships with youth, high school and college baseball organizations around the country. Reagins attended the Civil Rights Game instructional clinic Tuesday at Rancho Cienega Recreation Center, and he spoke a bit about Jackie Robinson, the Urban Youth Academies and the future of the game.

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By their lofty standards, Padres' bullpen off to a slow start

By their lofty standards, Padres' bullpen off to a slow start

SAN DIEGO -- A year ago, while the offense sputtered, the Padres ranked second in baseball in reliever ERA (2.73), as the bullpen was one of the few highlights of a lost season.

The Padres added to that bullpen this winter, acquiring Shawn Kelley (from the Yankees) and Brandon Maurer (Mariners). Then, less than 24 hours before Opening Day, general manager A.J. Preller traded for Braves closer Craig Kimbrel.

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'Padre for life' LaChappa hosted by club at Petco Park

Former Minor Leaguer who had heart attack in A ball takes in BP, game vs. D-backs

'Padre for life' LaChappa hosted by club at Petco Park

SAN DIEGO -- It took a little help, with his dad under his left arm and his nurse under his right, but Matt LaChappa ditched his wheelchair for a few precious moments on Monday, as he stood and watched the Padres taking batting practice at Petco Park.

LaChappa beamed as Padres players wandered by to shake his hand or stop to talk to him, and he kept his wide smile even as he watched the team work on infield ground balls, the most mundane drill of all.

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Myers learning to take charge in center field

Myers learning to take charge in center field

SAN DIEGO -- On Tuesday, Wil Myers played in just his 17th career game in center field, which means he is still getting used to the position -- the routes, the angles, how the ball comes off the bat, etc.

Myers, 24, is still getting accustomed to working next to veteran Justin Upton (left field) and Matt Kemp (right field), including knowing when to take charge and when to defer to them.

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Padres' late innings written by a shaky 'pen

Padres' late innings written by a shaky 'pen

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

Eight games is a small sample size, but it is safe to say the bullpen is not off to the start the Padres wanted.

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Cashner: Start against D-backs 'positive outing'

Cashner: Start against D-backs 'positive outing'

SAN DIEGO -- Coming off a start where he was victimized by three Adrian Gonzalez home runs in a loss to the Dodgers, Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner was determined to pitch better against the D-backs on Monday.

And, it seems, determined to keep the ball in the yard.

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Cashner fans nine, but Padres' miscue costly in loss

Cashner fans nine, but Padres' miscue costly in loss

SAN DIEGO -- Ender Inciarte had two doubles and a triple and knocked in four runs on Monday as the D-backs defeated the Padres, 8-4, before a crowd of 19,538 at Petco Park.

San Diego starting pitcher Andrew Cashner (0-2) struck out nine and allowed four runs, all unearned, over six innings. He was hurt by a throwing error in the D-backs' four-run second inning.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.