Stammen wins 'pen spot on Padres' roster

San Diego selects right-hander's contract; club also puts Erlin on 60-day DL

Stammen wins 'pen spot on Padres' roster

Nearing a finalized Opening Day roster, the Padres announced Thursday that they have selected the contract of right-hander Craig Stammen, who entered camp as one of a handful of long shots to make the big league club.

In 10 Cactus League outings of relief, Stammen has given up just one earned run in 11 2/3 innings (0.77 ERA) and nine hits, with 12 strikeouts and a 1.20 WHIP.

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Margot, Renfroe to vie for Rookie of the Year

Margot, Renfroe to vie for Rookie of the Year

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Wil Myers knows a thing or two about what a Rookie of the Year Award winner looks like. He took home that very hardware with Tampa Bay in 2013, after all.

To his left in the Padres' clubhouse, Myers sees two prime candidates: Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe.

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Hedges homers twice with 4 RBIs in tie

Hedges homers twice with 4 RBIs in tie

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Home runs were the name of the game during a 9-9 tie between the Padres and White Sox on Wednesday in the final game at Camelback Ranch this spring. The White Sox Jake Peter hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the eighth that knotted the score. It was the eighth dinger of the afternoon.

Hitters took good cuts on both sides, but the fly balls were aided by a strong wind and the warm, dry Arizona air. Wil Myers launched a mammoth two-run homer to center in the first off of White Sox starter Dylan Covey, but he slammed the bat to the ground when he made contact thinking it was a fly ball. The teams combined for seven of the eight home runs in the first four innings.

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Padres send 5 to Minors, near OD roster

Quackenbush, Wallace among those sent down Wednesday

Padres send 5 to Minors, near OD roster

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres trimmed their roster by five players on Wednesday, their penultimate series of moves before the Opening Day squad is set over the weekend.

Right-handed reliever Kevin Quackenbush was optioned to Minor League camp, the most noteworthy of five unsurprising decisions. Quackenbush entered the spring with a shot at one of the final bullpen spots, but he posted a 9.58 Cactus League ERA in 11 appearances.

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Capps to start regular season on DL

Right-handed reliever is working his way back from Tommy John

Capps to start regular season on DL

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Twelve and a half months after he underwent Tommy John surgery, Carter Capps made his return to a big league mound this week, putting him well ahead of schedule in his recovery. Evidently, however, the flame-throwing right-hander isn't quite far enough along to crack the Padres' Opening Day roster.

Padres manager Andy Green announced Wednesday that Capps has been ruled out for Opening Day and is slated to begin the season on the disabled list. Capps will make his second appearance in Thursday's Cactus League finale, but he will need a few more days of rehab work before he's ready to join the big league club.

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McKeon named to Padres' Hall of Fame

McKeon named to Padres' Hall of Fame

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Former Padres manager and general manager Jack McKeon, the architect of San Diego's 1984 National League pennant-winning squad, has been elected to the team's Hall of Fame.

"Trader Jack," as he is fondly referred to by Padres fans, spent 11 years with the organization, serving as general manager from 1980-90. In the last three of those seasons, McKeon was also the 12th manager in Padres history, going 193-164.

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Padres tab Chacin for Opening Day start

Veteran righty set to take on Kershaw at Dodger Stadium

Padres tab Chacin for Opening Day start

PEORIA, Ariz. -- In more ways than one, this spring has begun to resemble 2013 for Padres right-hander Jhoulys Chacin. If the rest of the season continues that way, San Diego's newly minted Opening Day starter could surprise a few people.

Chacin, who signed a one-year deal with the Padres during the offseason, will get the ball for Monday's season opener in Los Angeles. It will mark the second Opening Day start of Chacin's career and his first since 2013 with the Rockies.

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Inbox: Will Margot break camp with Padres?

Inbox: Will Margot break camp with Padres?

PEORIA, Ariz. -- With less than a week remaining until the Padres open their 2017 campaign at Dodger Stadium, a handful of roster questions remain unanswered.

Where do Manuel Margot and Luis Perdomo start the year? How many catchers are feasible for the Opening Day roster? How many Rule 5ers?

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Aybar wins Padres' shortstop job

Aybar wins Padres' shortstop job

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres made their plans for Erick Aybar official on Tuesday: the 11-year-veteran has been added to the 40-man roster and will start at shortstop on Opening Day.

Aybar's status with the Padres has become increasingly clear over the past month, as he outperformed Luis Sardinas in the battle for the starting job.

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Perdomo pads case for rotation spot

Perdomo pads case for rotation spot

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Bobby Wilson made a loud case for his inclusion in the Dodgers' Opening Day roster with the decisive two-run homer in Los Angeles' 3-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Tuesday.

The veteran non-roster invitee is competing with Austin Barnes to be the backup catcher, and he's been solid this spring, hitting .275 with four homers -- including his fourth-inning moonshot off Padres bullpen candidate Phil Maton.

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Hedges wears Kentucky gear after losing bet

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Hedges wears Kentucky gear after losing bet

Padres catcher Austin Hedges has been a UCLA basketball fan his entire life. His manager, Andy Green, bleeds Kentucky blue (and still holds his alma mater's all-time hits record).

Those two schools met Friday in the NCAA men's basketball tournament with an Elite Eight berth on the line. And Green's Wildcats came away victorious, 86-75.

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'Trader Jack' is 14th member of Padres' HOF

Former general manager was architect of 1984 NL championship team

'Trader Jack' is 14th member of Padres' HOF

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

Jack McKeon believed in himself to the point of and not being afraid to make a mistake.

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Fans will get 15 Seconds of Fame at ballpark

New technology enables downloads of video clips from live telecasts

Fans will get 15 Seconds of Fame at ballpark

Brett and Chad Joshpe can still see the baseball coming down from the heavens one sublime day at Shea Stadium, closer and closer toward the brothers' seats down the right-field line.

If only they had a way back then to preserve their precious moment, like Major League Baseball fans of all 30 clubs are about to enjoy starting Opening Day for the first time in broadcast history. Imagine watching that play again and again, sharing the video clip on the other person's social media page and laughing together about the result.

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Myers goes deep as Padres rout Mariners

Myers goes deep as Padres rout Mariners

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The Padres treated fans on the right-center-field berm to a quartet of souvenirs during Monday's 12-2 victory over the Mariners. Wil Myers and Ryan Schimpf went deep in the first, before Jabari Blash and Luis Sardinas tacked on a pair of two-run shots later on.

Myers, who is hitting .385 this spring, is clearly ready to start the regular season. So is Blash, whose seven dingers are tied for the Cactus League lead. Schimpf, meanwhile, is getting there after missing time with left oblique tightness earlier this month. He is competing for the Padres' starting third-base job, going 4-for-10 with three walks over his past four games.

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Capps returns from Tommy John surgery

Capps returns from Tommy John surgery

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Padres flamethrower Carter Capps felt the nerves during the seventh inning of Monday afternoon's 12-2 victory over the Mariners. It had been a while since he took a Major League mound, after all.

How long exactly? Well, the last out he recorded in a big league game came on Aug. 2, 2015. Capps, then with the Marlins, struck out Padres center fielder Will Venable, before exiting that outing two batters later with elbow stiffness.

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Winner of Schimpf-Spangenberg to man 3B

Winner of Schimpf-Spangenberg to man 3B

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Does it really count as a spring position battle if the players involved aren't entirely sure which position they're fighting for?

In the case of Yangervis Solarte, Ryan Schimpf and Cory Spangenberg, it does.

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Padres likely to remain youth-driven at Deadline

Padres likely to remain youth-driven at Deadline

PEORIA, Ariz. -- It wasn't a particularly busy winter for the Padres. For the most part, they stayed put during the offseason after making a flurry of deals before the 2016 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

General manager A.J. Preller has fully embraced the club's youth movement. He traded seven veterans -- Matt Kemp, Melvin Upton Jr., Drew Pomeranz, James Shields, Andrew Cashner, Fernando Rodney and Derek Norris -- who were on the roster at the start of last season.

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Cordoba among top prospect performers

Mancini, Mullins combine for big day offensively

Cordoba among top prospect performers

Orioles prospects Trey Mancini and Cedric Mullins combined to go 4-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored in Baltimore's 11-9 loss to the Red Sox on Monday.

Mancini, the Orioles' No. 5 prospect, scored two runs and drove in two more, while Mullins, who replaced Mancini in the eighth inning, drove in two runs as well.

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Blash slams Cubs; Wallace, Cowgill also homer

Blash slams Cubs; Wallace, Cowgill also homer

MESA, Ariz. -- Brett Wallace and Jabari Blash powered the offense and Trevor Cahill shut down his former team for five innings to lead the Padres to a 9-4 victory against the Cubs on Sunday afternoon at Sloan Park.

Blash's fourth-inning grand slam off Jonathan Martinez gave the Padres an 8-2 lead. Wallace's three-run home run off Cubs starter Alec Mills capped off a four-run first inning that gave San Diego an advantage it would never relinquish. Colin Cowgill also hit a solo home run for San Diego's ninth run in the fifth.

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Solarte delivers RBI double in clash with Rox

Solarte delivers RBI double in clash with Rox

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Nolan Arenado hit his second home run of the Cactus League season and Mark Reynolds added his first as the Rockies went on to a 4-1 win over a Padres split squad on Sunday.

Rockies starter Tyler Chatwood looked season-ready as he logged six dominant innings with seven strikeouts. After a pair of extra-base hits led to a run in the first, Chatwood buckled down and allowed only two more hits in his final five frames. He was efficient and in command, throwing 98 pitches, 61 for strikes.

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Torrens aiming for big league jump to Padres

Torrens aiming for big league jump to Padres

PEORIA, Ariz. -- If the Padres' Opening Day roster plays out like it's penciled out to, the club could be carrying at least three players ages 22 or under who have never played above Class A ball.

Hard-throwing right-hander Miguel Diaz (22), infielder Allen Cordoba (21), and catcher Luis Torrens (20) are all trying to make a rare jump from the low-level Minors to the big leagues as Rule 5 Draft picks, and Torrens' attempt to win a backup catching job is a lot like drinking from the fire hydrant for the Venezuelan.

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Padres prospect Margot part of outfield mix

Padres prospect Margot part of outfield mix

PEORIA, Ariz. -- The door is open for Padres prospect Manuel Margot to make the Opening Day roster as part of the outfield mix. Margot played in his third game in four days on Sunday after missing two and a half weeks with a sore knee, and if he can get up to speed in the final week, there's likely a spot for him.

Margot is hitting .208 (5-for-24) with a double and a triple in nine Cactus League games after going 0-for-3 in Sunday's 4-1 loss to the Rockies.

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Spangenberg goes 3-for-4 with home run

Spangenberg goes 3-for-4 with home run

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After Padres reliever Carlos Fisher loaded the bases in the ninth, first baseman Jae-gyun Hwang hit a walk-off single to give the Giants an 8-7 victory over the Padres in a Cactus League game Saturday at Scottsdale Stadium.

San Francisco set up Hwang's game-winner without hitting a ball out of the infield. Justin Ruggiano walked, Rando Moreno reached first base on a sacrifice bunt attempt and Austin Slater was hit by a pitch. Hwang blooped his hit into right-center field, giving the Giants their fifth victory in their last six Cactus League games.

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Catcher-reliever Bethancourt proving himself

Versatile player could fill multiple roles for Padres

Catcher-reliever Bethancourt proving himself

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- One of the Padres' most interesting roster questions comes in three parts, involving the bullpen, the backup catcher and the bench. The answer could come in one package.

Right-hander Christian Bethancourt took a step closer to securing a spot on the Padres' roster as a catcher-turned-reliever. He pitched the eighth inning against the Giants Saturday, allowing one run to tie the game on one hit and a walk in a game the Giants went on to win 8-7.

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Infielder Sardinas in mix for utility role

Aybar likely to be named Padres' Opening Day shortstop

Infielder Sardinas in mix for utility role

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Late in the 2016 season, Luis Sardinas looked like the Padres' shortstop of the future. He came over from Seattle in an Aug. 14 trade, and after an Aug. 22 callup, he hit .287 (31-for-108) and started 33 of San Diego's remaining 38 games, including 32 at shortstop.

On Friday, manager Andy Green had a conversation with Sardinas to let the 23-year-old know that he would "start bouncing all over the field" for the remainder of Spring Training. The message was that Sardinas is out of the shortstop competition, with Erick Aybar emerging as the likely Opening Day starter. Sardinas is now battling for a utility role.

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Myers, Romak support Chacin's solid start

Myers, Romak support Chacin's solid start

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Martin Perez had the upper hand over Jhoulys Chacin in the battle of Venezuelan starters as the Rangers held on to defeat the Padres, 4-3, at Surprise Stadium on Friday. Perez followed up his two starts for Team Venezuela in the World Baseball Classic by holding the Padres scoreless over five innings. He allowed three hits and one walk, striking out six while throwing 80 pitches.

"It was a good game," Perez said. "It's close to the season and I want to do what I have been doing. It's great for me. I'm trying to build myself up for the regular season."

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Friedrich officially ruled out for Opening Day

Friedrich officially ruled out for Opening Day

PEORIA, Ariz. -- Padres left-hander Christian Friedrich has been diagnosed with a mild left lat strain, ruling him out for the Opening Day roster.

The 29-year-old southpaw, who led the team in starts last season, hasn't pitched since March 17 and won't resume throwing for another week or two, according to manager Andy Green.

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