Shields does his part with 12 strikeouts against Astros

Shields does his part with 12 strikeouts against Astros

SAN DIEGO -- James Shields wasn't impressed much with the season-high 12 strikeouts he compiled in six innings Monday night against the Astros.

"I'm not too worried about strikeouts in my game, I'm worried about winning," he said. "It's my job to keep us in a game and give us a chance to win every night."

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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.

Padres' bullpen 'not hitting on all cylinders'

Padres' bullpen 'not hitting on all cylinders'

SAN DIEGO -- If there has been one staple, one measure of certainty, in Bud Black's first eight seasons managing the Padres, it's that his team has had one of the best bullpens in the big leagues.

That may well end up the case again in 2015, though this group has a rut to get out of after 21 games.

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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.

Padres pay for mistakes against Astros

Padres pay for mistakes against Astros

SAN DIEGO -- The Astros scored six runs over the final three innings Monday night, breaking away for a 9-4 victory over the Padres before a crowd of 19,532 at Petco Park for their eighth win in nine games.

Jed Lowrie, Jason Castro and Colby Rasmus each hit home runs as the Astros (12-7) pulled away late after squandering two leads behind a solid Collin McHugh, who struck out five in six innings while dueling with Padres ace James Shields.

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Corey Brock and Brian McTaggart are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ross gets the call as Padres take on Astros

Ross gets the call as Padres take on Astros

When the Astros face Tyson Ross and the Padres on Tuesday night at Petco Park, they'll try to do something they haven't done this year: win a game started by Roberto Hernandez.

Hernandez (0-2, 3.57 ERA) hasn't pitched poorly with two consecutive quality starts to his name. In fact, his ERA is his best through three starts since 2008. Meanwhile, Ross makes his fifth start of the season and first in his career against Houston. He's been very good at times but has scuffled with his command.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres seeking relief from the bullpen

Padres seeking relief from the bullpen

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

Bud Black admits the Padres' bullpen isn't where it needs to be.

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Prospect Renfroe finding stroke at Double-A

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Hunter Renfroe's bat has come alive the past two games at Double-A San Antonio. The right fielder was 3-for-5 Monday night, with a double and three RBIs. The Padres' first-round pick in the 2013 Draft is 7-for-21 over the past four games, with four RBIs. Renfroe is hitting .188 on the season, with 23 strikeouts in 69 at-bats.

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Gregerson, Thatcher have fond memories of time with Padres

Gregerson, Thatcher have fond memories of time with Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Luke Gregerson and Joe Thatcher weren't original Padres, but their time playing for the organization will always resonate in a special way as long as they continue to play.

"They were probably the best seven years of my life," Thatcher said Monday. "… The staff over there, the guys I played with, we had a lot of fun together."

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Kelley faces hitters 5 days into DL stint

Kelley faces hitters 5 days into DL stint

SAN DIEGO -- Shawn Kelley had a good idea when he landed on the disabled list a week ago that his strained left calf wouldn't keep him sidelined long.

As it turns out, the right-handed reliever was right, as he threw a 30-pitch batting-practice session Monday afternoon, facing hitters.

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

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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