Padres edged in 10 by Rangers

Padres edged in 10 by Rangers

SAN DIEGO -- Mitch Moreland doubled home Elvis Andrus in the top of the 10th inning and the Rangers held on for a 4-3 victory over the Padres on Wednesday night.

The victory moved the Rangers within two games of the Astros in the American League West, and they maintain a one-game lead over the Twins for the second Wild Card spot.

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Beth Maiman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kennedy's solid start spoiled in extras

Padres starter struck out 12, but Norris gave up game-winner

Kennedy's solid start spoiled in extras

SAN DIEGO -- Ian Kennedy's solid start was spoiled Wednesday night, when the Padres dropped the series finale against the Rangers, losing, 4-3, in 10 innings.

"It goes unnoticed how great [Kennedy] was," interim manager Pat Murphy said. "I thought it was a great performance, battling their No. 1. He made great pitches, he pitched out of trouble when he needed to, whether he created it or not. I really thought that was as good as a starting pitching performance as you could see."

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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.

Kennedy creating interesting dilemma for Padres

Right-hander has 6.64 ERA since start of June

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

The Padres are facing a difficult decision this off-season when it comes to right-handed starter Ian Kennedy.

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Reinforcements called in for injured players

Padres add OF Dickerson, RHP Edwards and catcher Gale to roster

Reinforcements called in for injured players

SAN DIEGO -- With Derek Norris, Shawn Kelley and Yonder Alonso exiting with injuries in Tuesday's 8-6 loss, the Padres recalled outfielder Alex Dickerson and right-hander Jon Edwards from Triple-A El Paso, and selected the contract of catcher Rocky Gale.

Left-hander Chris Rearick was designated for assignment to make room on the 40-man roster.

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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.

ICYMI: Kennedy K's 12, Friars fall in 10

ICYMI: Kennedy K's 12, Friars fall in 10

Wednesday night's finale between the Rangers and Padres went a bit longer than San Diego's Friar Faithful might have hoped. Despite a solid gem of a start from Ian Kennedy through seven strong innings, Texas pulled off a 4-3 come-from-behind win in the 10th frame of Wednesday's contest. Reliever Bud Norris was charged with the loss after surrendering the go-ahead run in the top of the 10th, while a clutch performance from veteran Clint Barmes carried the Padres offense.

Kennedy started September right where he had left off with August, surrendering only two earned runs on seven innings and 100 pitches in the final game of a three-game set with Texas. Kennedy was efficient with his pitches, walking only two batters while also striking out 12 on the night - tying a career-high feat that he has now accomplished five times in his career. Over his last four starts, Kennedy has posted a 2.05 ERA while posting an even more impressive 2.49 ERA over his last 14 starts.

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Rea set to lead Padres against Dodgers' Latos

Rea set to lead Padres against Dodgers' Latos

Mat Latos and Colin Rea, a pair of pitchers looking for consistency, will take the mound as the Dodgers and Padres open a four-game series at Petco Park on Thursday.

Latos has struggled since joining the Dodgers in a Trade Deadline deal with the Marlins. He's 0-2 with a 6.05 ERA in four starts with Los Angeles and was moved to the bullpen for 16 days before his previous start. Latos hasn't made it through the fifth inning in any of his last three starts -- throwing no more than 86 pitches.

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Steve Bourbon is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hagerty homers to give Triple-A El Paso important win

Chihuahuas 1/2-game behind in PCL division with 5 to play

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

Jason Hagerty, who became Triple-A El Paso's regular catcher earlier in the day when Rocky Gale was promoted to the Padres, homered in the top of the 11th Wednesday night to lead the Chihuahuas to a 2-1 victory at Las Vegas.

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Kemp flirts with cycle, but wild inning sinks Padres

Kemp flirts with cycle, but wild inning sinks Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Elvis Andrus' stunning steal of home finished off a four-run rally in the top of the seventh and the Rangers defeated the Padres, 8-6, at Petco Park on Tuesday night. The Rangers, with their eighth win in 11 games, are now three games behind the Astros in the American League West, while maintaining a one-game lead over the Twins for the second Wild Card spot.

"Right now every game means something so it's really intense," first baseman Prince Fielder said. "That's what makes it fun."

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Beth Maiman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. T.R. Sullivan is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Postcards from Elysian Fields and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres lose Norris, Kelley in painful 7th inning

Catcher hyperextends elbow on play at plate; reliever strains forearm

Padres lose Norris, Kelley in painful 7th inning

SAN DIEGO -- It was a night that interim manager Pat Murphy called very unusual, with three different Padre players sustaining in-game injuries, as San Diego fell to Texas 8-6 on Tuesday night.

First, Yonder Alonso exited in the third inning with lower-back tightness.

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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.

Alonso exits with lower-back tightness in third

Padres first baseman expects to be ready to play soon

Alonso exits with lower-back tightness in third

SAN DIEGO -- Yonder Alonso left Tuesday's 8-6 loss to the Rangers in the third inning with lower-back tightness.

"Alonso looks like it's going to be a couple of days, Padres interim manager Pat Murphy said. "He has some back tightness, has been nursing it for a couple of days. It got real bad during the game ... it really tightened up on him there, he bent over for a ball and had to get up quickly."

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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.

ICYMI: Kemp's 4 RBIs, late rally not enough

ICYMI: Kemp's 4 RBIs, late rally not enough

San Diego staged an exciting two-run rally in the ninth inning of Tuesday's game against the Rangers at Petco Park, but Texas took an 8-6 victory. The three-hour, 40-minute contest certainly took a toll on the home team as three Padres players would leave the game with apparent injuries or discomfort.

Starter Andrew Cashner provided a decent performance in his first career appearance against Texas as he surrendered four earned runs on eight hits. Cashner did not issue a walk while also striking out four for a no-decision.

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Injuries could force Padres to seek help from El Paso

Chihuahuas remain in Pacific Coast League playoff race

Injuries could force Padres to seek help from El Paso

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

Sept. 1 is usually the date Major League teams expand their rosters.

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Dickerson gets second PCL honor; AFL rosters set

Fort Wayne closes in on title; El Paso loses game for 1st-place

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

Tuesday was another busy day in the Padres farm system.

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Padres bolster 'pen with Mateo, Vincent

Club makes moves as rosters expand; Myers set for rehab assignment

Padres bolster 'pen with Mateo, Vincent

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres have called up right-hander Nick Vincent from Triple-A El Paso and reinstated Marcos Mateo from the disabled list Tuesday.

Vincent has been up and down with the Padres this season, with this marking his fourth stint in San Diego. The Poway, Calif., native was last called up June 10 before being optioned back to El Paso on June 24. The 29-year-old pitched 12 2/3 innings, allowing 17 hits and six runs in the Majors this season.

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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.

Jankowski among Padres headed to Arizona Fall League

Jankowski among Padres headed to Arizona Fall League

SAN DIEGO -- Outfielder Travis Jankowski, the Padres' No. 5 prospect, according to MLB.com, will headline the group of Padres prospects headed to the Arizona Fall League in Scottsdale, Ariz., this offseason.

Jankowski, along with right-handed pitchers Ryan Butler, Michael Dimock, Elliot Morris and Eric Yardley; and infielders Fernando Perez and Gabriel Quintana, will represent the Padres and play for the Peoria Javelinas.

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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.

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.

ICYMI: Ross rules over Rangers in shutout

ICYMI: Ross rules over Rangers in shutout

Monday night's series opener against the Rangers marked the first game of an 11-game homestand for the Padres. Thanks to a shutdown performance by Tyson Ross and a 12-hit offensive showing, the Friars kept their recent success at Petco Park going with a 7-0 win over Texas. The Padres improved to an 8-2 record (.800) in their last 10 games at home while also finishing the month of August with an even 14-14 record (.500) in 28 games.

Ross collected his 10th win of the year, throwing seven innings of shutout baseball on 104 pitches. Ross limited the Rangers to just two walks and three hits while striking out seven.

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Ross the emerging ace of the Padres staff

Notes on Kemp, Alonso, Spangenberg, Jankowski

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

In my mind, Tyson Ross has become the ace of the Padres rotation.

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Gomez (El Paso), Tejada (Fort Wayne) pace key wins

Renfroe hits 5th HR in 13 games in Triple-A

Gomez (El Paso), Tejada (Fort Wayne) pace key wins

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

Infielders Hector Gomez and Luis Tejada each drove in four runs Monday night to, respectively, lead playoff contenders El Paso and Fort Wayne to important victories as the minor league seasons entered their final week.

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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.

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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