Myers sees success with patience at plate

Padres center fielder's two walks lead to runs in win

Myers sees success with patience at plate

SAN DIEGO -- After walking twice in his first 23 games with the Padres, center fielder and leadoff hitter Wil Myers has suddenly morphed into the … master of the free pass?

Myers walked twice Friday and did so again in Saturday's 4-2 victory over the Rockies, with both walks leading to runs.

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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.

Myers, Upton back Morrow to take series vs. Rox

Myers, Upton back Morrow to take series vs. Rox

SAN DIEGO -- Justin Upton's two-run single in the fifth inning put the Padres on top for good and Brandon Morrow allowed two runs in six innings Saturday as San Diego edged the Rockies, 4-2, at Petco Park.

Upton's two-run, two-out single came off Rockies pitcher Jorge De La Rosa (0-2), who pitched well. He allowed three runs on five hits in five innings with three walks and nine strikeouts.

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Kelley making steady progress in Minors rehab

Reliever on DL since April 24 with strained left calf

Kelley making steady progress in Minors rehab

SAN DIEGO -- Shawn Kelley's Minor League rehab stint on Friday at High-A Lake Elsinore included a little of everything, which is what the Padres' reliever was actually hoping for.

In this case, the more work, the better.

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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.

Shields goes for series sweep vs. Kendrick, Rox

Shields goes for series sweep vs. Kendrick, Rox

SAN DIEGO -- James Shields has lived up to the largest contract in Padres history (four years, $75 million) by delivering a quality start in each of his first five outings. He'll try to make it a quality half-dozen Sunday against the Rockies in the finale of a three-game series at Petco Park.

Shields has held opponents to a .227 batting average, hasn't given up more than one run in any of his three home starts, and in his last start he fanned 12 in six innings against the free-swinging Astros.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Benoit dealing with dead arm, hopes to avoid DL

Padres reliever last pitched April 27 vs. Astros

Benoit dealing with dead arm, hopes to avoid DL

SAN DIEGO -- Reliever Joaquin Benoit is fighting through a case of dead arm, manager Bud Black said Saturday.

The right-hander has not pitched since April 27, a game where he allowed three earned runs against the Astros while not recording an out.

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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.

Kennedy finds his groove in bounceback start

Padres starter fans 6 over 6 innings in rout of Rox

Kennedy finds his groove in bounceback start

SAN DIEGO -- After a rough first month of the season, Ian Kennedy kicked off May with a strong start on Friday, tossing six innings and allowing two runs to earn the victory in San Diego's 14-3 win over the Rockies in the opener of a three-game series at Petco Park.

The win snapped a three-game losing streak for the Padres (12-12), who had lost seven of eight.

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

Kennedy, offense come up big vs. Rox to snap skid

Kennedy, offense come up big vs. Rox to snap skid

SAN DIEGO -- Ian Kennedy struck out six in six innings and the Padres offense unloaded 14 hits and took advantage of four Rockies errors en route to a 14-3 victory at Petco Park on Friday night in front of 30,186.

After giving up eight runs in 4 1/3 innings to the Dodgers in his last start, Kennedy (1-1) held the Rockies to two runs on four hits in six innings, and struck out six in the Padres second victory in the last nine games. In addition to the four errors, the Padres benefited from the bats of Derek Norris and Yangervis Solarte, who combined for seven RBIs.

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Situational hitting boosting Padres

Situational hitting boosting Padres

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

One of the Padres biggest improvements over the 2014 edition is situational hitting. Last season, for example, the Padres hit .220 with runners in scoring position.

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Padres back on track with victory over Rockies

Padres back on track with victory over Rockies

In conjunction with a tradition of recognizing those who serve, the Padres held their "First-Responders Opening Night" game on Friday evening in an effort to honor San Diego's first-responders from throughout the county. Members of 14 first-responder agencies were recognized in a touching pregame ceremony that was capped off with a police helicopter flyover.

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Minors Report: Goebbert hits game-winner in 13th

Almonte goes 3-for-6, homers in Triple-A El Paso's victory at Sacramento

Minors Report: Goebbert hits game-winner in 13th

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

Jake Goebbert hit a three-run double in the top of the 13th inning Friday night to lead Triple-A El Paso to a 7-6 Pacific Coast League win at Sacramento.

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Padres Minors Report: May 1

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

Ryan Butler didn't allow a run over six innings Thursday night to lower
his earned run average to under 1.00 and two other pitchers in the
Padres system didn't allow a run.

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Barry M. Bloom

Kennedy provides spark Padres needed

San Diego hopes rough patch in rearview after blowout win

Kennedy provides spark Padres needed

SAN DIEGO -- It's not as if the Padres weren't going to win another game this season. Sometimes all it takes is a standout performance by one player to turn things around. And on Friday night that player was right-hander Ian Kennedy.

Kennedy -- missing in action so far this seasons because of a hamstring injury and poor performance -- held the Rockies scoreless just long enough for the Padres to generate some offense. The Rockies also helped the swinging Friars by making four errors.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter.

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Padres recall Vincent from Minors to bolster 'pen

Mazzoni optioned to Triple-A in corresponding move

Padres recall Vincent from Minors to bolster 'pen

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres on Friday recalled right-handed pitcher Nick Vincent from Triple-A El Paso, returning the reliever to the Majors after sending him down in the season's first week.

Vincent, 28, started the season with the Padres and pitched in three games, allowing three runs -- two earned -- over 3 1/3 innings, before the club opted to send him to the Minors.

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

Padres have work to do after uneven April

Padres have work to do after uneven April

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

After a 10-5 start, a fifth straight losing record in April is not what Padres fans expected. The Padres dropped seven of their last eight games to finish the season's first month with an 11-12 record.

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Jim Callis

MLB, MLBPA agree to PTBNL rule change

Drafted players can be dealt after World Series rather than a year after signing

MLB, MLBPA agree to PTBNL rule change

To avoid a repeat of Trea Turner's awkward situation, Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association have agreed to change the rules governing when players signed out of the First-Year Player Draft can be traded.

MLB emailed all 30 teams Friday, informing them that starting with the 2015 Draft, players can be dealt the day after the World Series ends. Previously, they had to wait until the one-year anniversary of signing their first pro contact.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com and writes a blog, Callis' Corner. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Former All-Star Quentin announces retirement

Former All-Star Quentin announces retirement

HOUSTON -- Two-time American League All-Star Carlos Quentin asked for his release from the Mariners after five games with Triple-A Tacoma and announced his retirement from baseball on Friday.

"Over the past several days, it became clear to me that my injuries have taken too great of a physical toll for me to be able to perform at the level I expect from myself," said Quentin. "As a result, I believe it is the right time for me to walk away and to refocus my energy on the next chapter of my life with my family."

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Greg Johns is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB as well as his Mariners Musings blog. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres RBI program aims to expand, draw in youth

Executive chairman Fowler would like to see participation grow to 1,000 children

Padres RBI program aims to expand, draw in youth

SAN DIEGO -- A year ago, the Padres RBI program for youth baseball and softball experienced a big leap in participation, as the numbers doubled to more than 800. This year, the club, in conjunction with the San Diego Hall of Champions, wants to grow that number of participants to nearly 1,000 children.

This program resonates deeply with Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler, who would like to see more youth come back to baseball and softball.

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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.

Cashner sets Padres record with six K's to open game

Righty shatters an MLB mark too, extending streak of two or fewer earned runs at home to 21 starts

Cashner sets Padres record with six K's to open game

SAN DIEGO -- Andrew Cashner started Wednesday's game against the Astros at Petco Park with a bang.

Or maybe it was more of a whiff.

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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 need to cash in runs for Cashner

Padres need to cash in runs for Cashner

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

Andrew Cashner isn't having much luck … again.

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Padres Minor League Report: April 30

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

Center fielders are the hot topic in the Padres farm system at the moment.

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Offense can't help as Cashner misses bats in record fashion

Offense can't help as Cashner misses bats in record fashion

SAN DIEGO -- Colby Rasmus hit a two-run home run and Dallas Keuchel allowed one run over eight innings Wednesday as the Astros finished a three-game sweep of the Padres with a 7-2 victory before a crowd of 21,824 at Petco Park. Houston has won six in a row and 10 of its last 11 games.

Keuchel (3-0) retired 23 of the final 24 hitters he faced. He allowed three hits, no walks and had four strikeouts, inducing a lot of weak contact. Keuchel's 0.73 ERA is the lowest in Astros history for a starting pitcher through five starts in a season.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. 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.

After rough stretch, Padres looking ahead to May

Wednesday's loss drops San Diego below .500, but Kemp and Co. remain optimistic

After rough stretch, Padres looking ahead to May

SAN DIEGO -- The first month of the season has, really, almost felt like two different months for Padres right fielder Matt Kemp.

"In the beginning, it was good; we were playing really good baseball. Toward the end of the month, we got a little lackadaisical, started not playing good baseball," Kemp said. "I think we are pretty much even."

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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.

Newcomers highlight Padres' All-Star Game ballot

Norris, Middlebrooks, Myers, Upton and Kemp hope to represent San Diego

Newcomers highlight Padres' All-Star Game ballot

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres are well-represented on the first All-Star Game ballot, especially the newcomers that first-year general manager A.J. Preller brought in to bolster the team's offense from a year ago.

Eight Padres are on the All-Star ballot, including newcomers catcher Derek Norris, third baseman Will Middlebrooks and outfielders Justin Upton, Wil Myers and Matt Kemp.

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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 cautious with Norris following ankle injury

After missing just one game this season, catcher rests prior to Thursday's off-day

Padres cautious with Norris following ankle injury

SAN DIEGO -- Catcher Derek Norris got a break on Wednesday for the Padres, though it had as much to do with the team playing a day game after a night game as it did with him taking a foul ball off his right ankle on Tuesday.

Veteran Wil Nieves got the start behind the plate in the series finale against the Astros at Petco Park.

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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.

Successful 'pen session prepares Kelley for rehab stint

Right-handed reliever to begin with Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore

Successful 'pen session prepares Kelley for rehab stint

SAN DIEGO -- Shawn Kelley threw a bullpen session before Wednesday's game against the Astros, which went well enough that the Padres are prepared to send the right-handed relief pitcher out on a Minor League rehab stint beginning Friday.

Kelley, on the disabled list since April 23 with a strained left calf, said he threw 25 pitches in front of manager Bud Black and pitching coach Darren Balsley. This followed another bullpen session on Monday where he "got after it pretty good."

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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 seeing Gyorko as part of a platoon, for now

Second baseman likely to see more action vs. lefties, with Solarte, Spangenberg facing righties

Padres seeing Gyorko as part of a platoon, for now

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

My guess is that Jedd Gyorko won't be seeing much action soon against right-handed pitchers.

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