Showdown at-bat proves critical in Padres' win over Dodgers

Showdown at-bat proves critical in Padres' win over Dodgers

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

I love long battles between pitchers and hitters -- single at-bats that become showdowns.

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

Morrow pitches Padres to win in series finale

Morrow pitches Padres to win in series finale

SAN DIEGO -- Solo home runs by Alexi Amarista and Derek Norris powered the Padres to a 3-1 win over the Dodgers Sunday to avoid being swept in their three-game series at Petco Park and end a four-game losing streak. Norris also doubled in a run for the Padres.

Brandon Morrow allowed a solo home run to Alex Guerrero in the fifth inning for the only Dodgers run of the game. He pitched seven innings, allowing five hits to earn his first win since April 9, 2014 against Houston as a member of the Blue Jays.

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Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. Tim Powers is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Victory long time coming for right-hander Morrow

Padres starter allows one run over seven; earns 1st win since April 2014

Victory long time coming for right-hander Morrow

SAN DIEGO -- Brandon Morrow turned in another solid effort for the Padres on Sunday, earning his first win in over a year as San Diego defeated the Dodgers, 3-1, in the series finale.

In helping the Padres avoid a sweep, Morrow pitched seven innings while allowing one run, a solo homer by Alex Guerrero in the fifth, and notched his first victory since April 9, 2014 against Houston while with the Blue Jays. Having missed most of last season due to injury, and also battling injuries a year earlier, Morrow's stretch of four consecutive starts of more than six innings to start this season marks the first time he has accomplished that feat since 2012.

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Padres recall RHP Mazzoni, option LHP Rearick

Padres recall RHP Mazzoni, option LHP Rearick

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres on Sunday recalled right-hander Cory Mazzoni from Triple-A El Paso and optioned left-hander Chris Rearick to El Paso as well.

Mazzoni came to the organization when the Padres traded Alex Torres to the New York Mets in March. The 25-year-old Mazzoni has never pitched in the Majors, and got the call that he was joining the Padres late Saturday night from El Paso manager Pat Murphy, then caught an early flight to San Diego to be ready for the series finale against the Dodgers on Sunday.

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Shields, Padres begin Interleague slate vs. McHugh, Astros

Shields, Padres begin Interleague slate vs. McHugh, Astros

The Padres and Astros face off on Monday night for the first Interleague series of the season for both clubs, a three-game set at Petco Park.

The Padres will send James Shields (2-0) to the mound to face Collin McHugh (3-0), as both pitchers look to remain undefeated. Shields did not factor in the decision in his last outing, allowing three runs over six innings in Colorado. McHugh got the win in Seattle after going seven innings and giving up three runs.

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Padres Minor League Report: April 27

Padres Minor League Report: April 27

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

Former Padres starter Robbie Erlin allowed one run on seven hits and a walk over six innings Sunday to pick up his third win for Triple-A El Paso, and catcher Griff Erickson continued his hot hitting for Double-A San Antonio.

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Padres are exciting, even in a losing effort

Padres are exciting, even in a losing effort

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

One thing the Padres aren't this season is boring. And that hasn't been the case in recent seasons. Even in Saturday night's 11-8 loss to the Dodgers at Petco Park, the Padres made it interesting -- and more than once.

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Padres Minor League Report: April 26

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

Westview High grad Griff Erickson was 2-for-4 on Saturday night with three RBIs to lead Double-A San Antonio to an 8-7 Texas League win at Midland.

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J-Up homers twice as Padres fall to Dodgers

J-Up homers twice as Padres fall to Dodgers

SAN DIEGO -- The Dodgers clubbed four home runs, with Adrian Gonzalez continuing to torment his former team, in an 11-8 victory over the Padres on Saturday night before a sellout crowd of 44,454 at Petco Park.

Gonzalez had two hits, including a three-run homer, his sixth against the Padres this season and Juan Uribe, Andre Ethier and Howie Kendrick also added long balls for the Dodgers.

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Kennedy misses mark in return against Dodgers

Kennedy misses mark in return against Dodgers

SAN DIEGO -- If there was an upshot to his worst start in nearly two seasons, it's that Padres right-hander Ian Kennedy left Petco Park on Saturday with a good understanding of where things exactly went awry for him against the Dodgers.

"At the end of the game, I was really frustrated, trying to figure out why my pitches were up," Kennedy said after allowing eight earned runs, including three home runs, in 4 1/3 innings in an 11-8 loss.

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Silver Slugger: J-Up keeps swinging hot bat

Silver Slugger: J-Up keeps swinging hot bat

SAN DIEGO -- About 20 minutes before the start of Saturday's game against the Dodgers, Padres' left fielder Justin Upton stood at home plate next to the man responsible for bringing him to San Diego -- first-year general manager, A.J. Preller.

Preller presented Upton with a Silver Slugger Award from the offensive damage he created with his mighty right-handed swing last season with the Braves.

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Fowler pleased with Padres' early progress

Fowler pleased with Padres' early progress

SAN DIEGO -- Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler was watching Friday night's game against the Dodgers from a suite at Petco Park when San Diego fell behind, 1-0, in the second inning.

Fowler hardly batted an eye. That wouldn't have been the case a year ago.

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Kennedy activated from DL, Garces optioned

Kennedy activated from DL, Garces optioned

SAN DIEGO -- As expected, the Padres reinstated right-handed pitcher Ian Kennedy from the disabled list on Saturday, in time for him to make a start against the Dodgers at Petco Park.

In order to make room for Kennedy on the team's 25-man roster, the Padres optioned one of their two left-handed relievers, Frank Garces, to Triple-A El Paso.

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Ozzie, Rickey, Jenkins and Tiant enter Hall of Game

Talented class of players embody passion of Negro Leagues

Ozzie, Rickey, Jenkins and Tiant enter Hall of Game

KANSAS CITY -- Ozzie Smith's patented backflip was the perfect maneuver to help him stick the landing in the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum's "Hall of Game" class of 2015.

Now in its second year, the Hall of Game is for former Major League players who not only did great things on the field, but also exhibited the flair and passion reminiscent of the Negro Leagues players. Joining Smith on Saturday in the Hall of Game induction class were Rickey Henderson, Ferguson Jenkins and Luis Tiant.

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Cashner's dominant stretch continues in losing cause

Cashner's dominant stretch continues in losing cause

SAN DIEGO -- With each passing start he makes, Padres pitcher Andrew Cashner continues to put some distance between himself and his miserable outing against these same Dodgers on April 8.

The chasm is getting wider and wider and can be measured, it seems, in five-day increments.

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Padres get rug pulled out from under them by Greinke

Poised to strike in second inning, blown chance with bases loaded sums up loss to Dodgers

Padres get rug pulled out from under them by Greinke

SAN DIEGO -- For a team that has essentially no luck against Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke the last two-plus seasons, the Padres managed to load the bases against him with no outs in the second inning on Friday night.

That was the good news. What happened shortly thereafter, though, rated as a nightmare.

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Padres can't Cash in against Dodgers

Padres can't Cash in against Dodgers

SAN DIEGO -- Zack Greinke continued his mastery of the Padres on Friday night at Petco Park, allowing four hits in seven innings as the Dodgers picked up a 3-0 victory in an early season showdown between the top two teams in the National League West.

Greinke (3-0), who struck out seven while walking three, is 4-0 with 1.41 ERA against the Padres dating back to 2013.

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Five thoughts: Cashner, Kemp enjoying Petco

Five thoughts: Cashner, Kemp enjoying Petco

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

Clearly, Andrew Cashner and Matt Kemp love working at Petco Park.

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Padres Minor League Report: April 25

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

Three pitching prospects and a veteran converted outfielder turned in strong starting pitching performances Friday night in the Padres' farm system.

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Quackenbush gets call as Kelley lands on disabled list

Quackenbush gets call as Kelley lands on disabled list

SAN DIEGO -- When Padres reliever Shawn Kelley strained his left calf during his outing in Denver on Wednesday, the team didn't need much time to contemplate a replacement.

On Friday, Kelley landed on the 15-day disabled list and the Padres recalled reliever Kevin Quackenbush from Triple-A El Paso.

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Federowicz continues long road back from knee surgery

Federowicz continues long road back from knee surgery

SAN DIEGO -- Tim Federowicz never planned on pushing his way into the home clubhouse at Petco Park for the first time on Friday.

In an ideal world, the Padres' catcher would have done so before now, as he was expected to make the team as the backup to Derek Norris before knee surgery waylaid him last month.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ross battles after rough first inning

Righty allows bases-loaded walk but rebounds to finish five frames

Ross battles after rough first inning

DENVER -- There have been 1,619 games played at Coors Field in its 20-year history, and a mere 25 of those have resulted in a 2-1 final score. Giving up two runs in Colorado is usually plenty good enough for a win, but for Tyson Ross, who was on the wrong side of Thursday's pitchers' duel that the Padres lost, 2-1, it added up to disappointment and his first loss of the season.

Most of the damage for Ross came in the first inning, when he loaded the bases and walked in a run without a ball leaving the infield. After retiring the first two batters, he walked one, allowed an infield hit and walked two more to force in a run, and his pitch count was up to 37 by the end of the inning.

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Padres fall to Rockies, settle for series split

Padres fall to Rockies, settle for series split

DENVER -- Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson homered for the third time in the past two games and right-hander Jordan Lyles forced 10 outs along the ground in a season-high 6 2/3 innings as the Rockies beat the Padres, 2-1, at Coors Field on Thursday in front of 31,676 to earn a split of the four-game series.

"We got the last two games of the series, and that was huge," said Lyles, who held the Padres to six hits -- all singles -- and one run. "We fought back."

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Padres bring positive buzz into weekend clash

Padres bring positive buzz into weekend clash

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

The Padres are hosting the Dodgers at Petco Park the next three days with first place in the National League West on the line.

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Yonder paces Padres through NL West

Despite last two losses, San Diego performing well in division

Yonder paces Padres through NL West

DENVER -- The Padres head home after completing their first tour through the National League West, and they're stacking up pretty well so far.

Their eight wins in the division are more than any other team, and they sit atop the standings in a virtual tie with the Dodgers.

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

Liriano hits pair of homers for El Paso

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

Rymer Liriano hit his first two Triple-A homers Thursday night, leading El Paso to a 7-3 victory over Sacramento in the west Texas city.
    
Liriano, 23, was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Hitting in the leadoff slot, Liriano opened the Chihuahuas' first with a home run. He raised his season batting average to .288.
    
The Chihuahuas' third straight win boosted El Paso (10-5) into first place in the Pacific Coast League's Pacific Southern division.
    
Right-handed starter Bryce Morrow (2-1, 2.16 ERA) allowed Sacramento two runs on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings. Righty Cory Mazzoni (1.03 ERA) allowed a run on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in two-thirds of an inning.
    
Right-hander Marcos Mateo (1.04 ERA) struck out one in 1 2/3 perfect innings to pick up his fourth save.
    
Left fielder Tommy Medica (.351) was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Second baseman Taylor Lindsey was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Catcher Austin Hedges (.359) was 2-for-4 with a double.
    
AROUND THE FARM:
    
DOUBLE-A SAN ANTONIO (5-8): MIDLAND 8, Missions 4 -- Starting RHP Bryan Rodriguez (0-3, 8.36 ERA) allowed five runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts in five innings. LHP Chris Nunn allowed a hit and a walk in a scoreless inning, RHP Casey Kelly allowed a hit with a strikeout in a scoreless inning and RHP Michael Dimock (0.00 ERA) struck out the side in a perfect inning. 1B Luis Domoromo was 2-for-4.
    
HIGH SINGLE-A LAKE ELSINORE (5-10): Rancho Cucamonga 11, STORM 1 -- It was a stormy night for Lake Elsinore at the Diamond. The Storm had more errors (six) than hits (five). Starting RHP Justin Livengood (0-3, 6.75 ERA) was victimized by the defense -- and he committed two of the errors -- allowing nine runs (but only one earned run) on eight hits and a walk with two strikeouts in three innings. RHP Walker Weickel (4.50 ERA) allowed a run on two hits and two walks with three strikeouts in three innings.
    
LOW SINGLE-A FORT WAYNE (4-8): LANSING 3, TinCaps 2 -- CF Michael Gettys was 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and a RBI. C Miguel Del Castillo was 2-for-4 with a double. Each scored a run. Starting RHP Walker Lockett (0-2, 5.65 ERA) allowed all three Lansing runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. LHP Payton Baskette (5.14 ERA) allowed two hits and a walk with a strikeout in 2 1/3 scoreless innings. RHP Wilson Santos (1.04 ERA) gave up two hits and two walks with two strikeouts in two scoreless innings.

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