Richard keeps Rox off balance in strong start

Richard keeps Rox off balance in strong start

SAN DIEGO -- Padres left-hander Clayton Richard celebrated his fresh two-year, $6 million contract extension by increasing the Rockies' stress.

A day after signing his new deal, Richard struck out eight in 7 1/3 scoreless innings, and forced three double-play grounders, as the Padres sent the Rockies to their fourth straight loss, 3-0, at Petco Park on Thursday night.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page.

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Villanueva's big league dreams coming true

Padres infielder thinks of late brother after second career homer

Villanueva's big league dreams coming true

SAN DIEGO -- Christian Villanueva can't hear them, but he knows they're there.

He's too locked in, trying to make the most of the at-bats he's waited so long for, to allow the cheers of his family to crack his mind. Villanueva, a 26-year-old getting his first experience in the Major Leagues, has given them good reason to celebrate, homering in back-to-back games, including Thursday's 3-0 victory over the Rockies, four appearances into his career.

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Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lyles aims to rebound, free on Facebook

Lyles aims to rebound, free on Facebook

Rockies right-hander Jon Gray has dominated the Padres in his career. On Friday at Petco Park, he'll try to continue doing so, while keeping Colorado in playoff position.

The game will be broadcast live on the official MLB Facebook page, and include an exclusive MLB.com pregame show.

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Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Petco to expand netting for next season

Petco to expand netting for next season

SAN DIEGO -- A day after a frightening incident at Yankee Stadium saw a young girl struck by a foul ball, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred said he was encouraged by the league's "redoubled" efforts to expand netting at ballparks across the Major Leagues.

Speaking on Thursday at Petco Park -- where he addressed a number of topics ranging from pace of play to the home-run surge to a possible regular-season series in Mexico next year -- Manfred's press conference focused on additional netting being implemented to protect fans.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pirela's season ends due to finger injury

Padres left fielder motivated to earn starting role in 2018

Pirela's season ends due to finger injury

SAN DIEGO -- After telling Jose Pirela that his season is over, Padres manager Andy Green's next words were encouraging.

"Congratulations on a tremendous baseball season," Green told his left fielder. "Outstanding. You made an unbelievable impression."

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Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Three-HR game puts Renfroe in record book

Trifecta is first by Padres rookie as outfielder ties franchise season record

Three-HR game puts Renfroe in record book

SAN DIEGO -- When Hunter Renfroe was optioned to Triple-A El Paso on Aug. 19, he sat four home runs shy of the Padres' rookie home run record. With no guarantee of another callup, the right fielder seemed unlikely to reach Nate Colbert's 24.

Since his return Monday, Renfroe has eliminated almost all doubt regarding whether he will end the season with the most home runs by a San Diego rookie. After hitting a three-run blast in his first at-bat back in the big leagues, Renfroe slugged three more home runs in Wednesday's 13-7 loss to Arizona, becoming the first Padres player with a three-homer game since Phil Nevin in 2001.

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Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres pile up homers but fall to D-backs

Padres pile up homers but fall to D-backs

SAN DIEGO -- Home runs are up across the Majors this season. But even by the lofty standards set in 2017, Wednesday was a banner night for the long ball at Petco Park, as the D-backs snapped a three-game losing streak and inched closer to a postseason spot with a 13-7 victory over the Padres.

The two clubs combined for nine home runs -- three of which came off the bat of Padres rookie right fielder Hunter Renfroe -- to break the Petco Park single-game record. In the process, Arizona increased its lead over Colorado to 5 1/2 games in the race for the first Wild Card spot. After Milwaukee's loss, the D-backs' magic number to clinch a postseason spot sits at four as they head home for a six-game homestand.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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Richard's extension good for all San Diegans

Left-hander wants to be part of community ... and a winning Padres' future

Richard's extension good for all San Diegans

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

Clayton Richard had been with the Padres about two weeks in 2009 when I approached him seeking a favor.
     
A friend of mine was the youth coach of a left-handed pitcher who had suffered a broken arm. The young man was struggling, so the coach called and asked if I could get an autographed ball from a Padres' left-handed pitcher to boost his spirits.
    
I approached Clayton Richard with the story.
    
Clayton not only signed the ball, he wrote a note on the ball to the young man he didn't know.
    
Then Clayton offered five words I remember to this day.
     
"Anything else I can do?"
     
I was taken back a bit. Those are five words you don't often here from a professional athlete in the middle of his busy work day. "I don't think so," I replied somewhat in surprise.
    
Clayton then said, "Wait here, I've got an idea." He then disappeared around the corner into the players' dining room in the Padres' clubhouse at Petco Park. Two minutes later he walked past, this time headed toward the training room and weight room.
     
Richard returned five minutes later with a second ball signed by all the Padres left-handers . . . each signature below a couple words of encouragement. "Hope this helps," said Clayton.
     
I became a fan of Clayton Richard that day. Not the pitcher, the man. And my respect for Clayton and his wife Ashley has grown ever since.
     
They are more than a Padres family. They are a San Diego family . . . as well as Lafayette, Ind., family. They and their three children love it here. They love the community. And they give back to the San Diego community.
     
Clayton Richard has natural leadership qualities incomprehensible to many who believe they are leaders. Through his work ethic, personality and desire to serve, Richard sets an example that goes beyond baseball.
     
Shortly after Richard returned to the Padres 13 months ago, he discussed the hope that his second stay wouldn't be short. "We'd love to remain in San Diego for as long as possible," said Richard, the emphasis placed squarely on "We" and "San Diego."
    
So, I personally welcomed the news Wednesday that Clayton Richard and the Padres agreed to a two-year contract extension.
    
It was good news for the Padres, who retain a valuable "leadership" example for the young players scheduled to be arriving here over the next two years . . . as well an extremely competitive pitcher who eats innings.
    
It was good news for the Richards.
    
And, bigger picture, it was good news for San Diego. Here is another quality player/person who really wants to be here, be a Padre, be a San Diegan. It's not a long list, though it is top-heavy with legends Tony Gwynn and Trevor Hoffman.
     
"The people make the difference," Clayton Richard said Wednesday during the press conference called to announce his two-year extension. "The clubhouse and the community. I always wanted to be here."
     
Plus, Richard wants to be a winner here. He believes in the direction the Padres are headed. And he believes the tunnel is not as lengthy as it might appear.
     
"I'm confident," he said. "I believe in the organization and the commitment. I don't think we're that far away. I'm think we'll be winning in 2018. I'm excited."
     
And San Diegans should be excited that Clayton Richard wants to be part of the Padres . . . and us.
     
NOTE WORTHY:
     
--RF Hunter Renfroe Wednesday night recorded the seventh, three-homer game in Padres history. It was the first three-homer game by a Padre at Petco Park and the first three-homer game by a Padres rookie. Renfroe also tied the franchise season record for homers by a Padre rookie (24) established by first baseman Nate Colbert in the Padres inaugural season of 1969.
     
--C Rocky Gale and 3B Christian Villanueva each hit the first homers of their Major League careers Wednesday night. The last time two Padres hit their first Major League homers in the same game was Sept. 30, 1989, when catcher Sandy Alomar Jr. and Phil Stephenson connected.
     
--Wednesday's five home runs boosted the Padres' season total to a single-season franchise record of 181, eclipsing the old mark of 177 by the 2016 Padres. The Padres now have a Petco Park single-season record 85 homers. That is two shy of the franchise record for home runs at home set in 1992 and tied a season later.
     
--The nine combined home runs by the Diamondbacks and Padres Wednesday night is a Petco Park single-game record.
 
--RHP Dinelson Lamet allowed six runs in 5 1/3 innings Wednesday night, ending a 10-game streak in which Lamet allowed three runs of less in each start. The streak dated back to July 18.

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Padres sign Richard to 2-year extension

Padres sign Richard to 2-year extension

SAN DIEGO -- For Clayton Richard, leadership by talking might as well be mute. The San Diego left-hander has earned his teammates' respect through his actions in the weight room, in the clubhouse and on the mound.

As the Padres build into a playoff contender, Richard is the type of player they want to mentor their young talent. The organization proved it Wednesday not with words, but with actions, signing Richard to a two-year, $6 million extension that will keep the 34-year-old in San Diego through 2019.

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Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Myers' adjustments leading to success, results

Padres first baseman notches two hits in win vs. D-backs

Myers' adjustments leading to success, results

SAN DIEGO -- As Wil Myers seeks to break a habit, he's forming ones providing hope that his season-long slump may have reached its end.

Myers went 2-for-4 in San Diego's 6-2 victory over Arizona on Tuesday, continuing a torrid September that has the Padres first baseman looking more like the All-Star he was in 2016. After hitting .233 through August, Myers is 20-for-60 in September. He has seven multi-hit games this month, after having eight in July and August combined.

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Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Wood, Padres notch series win vs. D-backs

Wood, Padres notch series win vs. D-backs

SAN DIEGO -- Travis Wood knocked in as many runs as he allowed on Tuesday night, sparking a 6-2 Padres win, their fourth in five games this month against the National League Wild Card-seeking D-backs.

Despite two homers from A.J. Pollock, who batted in the leadoff spot for the first time since July, Arizona lost its third game in a row. However, the D-backs maintained their 4 1/2-game lead over the Rockies for the top NL Wild Card spot with 10 games to play. Colorado lost to San Francisco, 4-3, on Tuesday night.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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Jones set to partake in tailgate at Petco Park

Former Cy Young winner had recent bout with throat cancer

Jones set to partake in tailgate at Petco Park

SAN DIEGO -- Few athletes are more integral within the San Diego sports community than legendary Padres left-hander Randy Jones.

From his National League Cy Young Award-winning season in 1976 to his recent bout with throat cancer, Jones has been inundated with love from San Diego fans.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres have had a wild past 10 games

But five straight losses included two 16-0 routs

Padres have had a wild past 10 games

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

The more one looks at the Padres' last 10 games, the more one is inclined to say, "Huh?"

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Renfroe blasts off in return to big leagues

Padres outfielder, among 5 callups, homers in first AB

Renfroe blasts off in return to big leagues

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres added some depth across the board Monday, with Hunter Renfroe headlining a list of five callups to the big league roster. The outfielder didn't wait long to make his presence felt.

One day after Triple-A El Paso saw its season come to an end, Renfroe, fellow outfielder Travis Jankowski, infielder Christian Villanueva, catcher Rocky Gale and right-hander Tim Melville all joined the big league club. In his first at-bat back with the Padres, Renfroe blasted a three-run home run to center field, propelling San Diego to a 4-2 victory over the D-backs.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego.

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Call-up game didn't go as expected

Happy to see Gale, Villanueva get deserved opportunity

Call-up game didn't go as expected

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

I spent the past week or so playing a secret guessing game with A.J. Preller about who the Padres would call up once the Pacific Coast League season ended.
     
I got two right, as, I'm sure, did everyone else. Hunter Renfroe was returning . . . as was Travis Jankowski.
     
But after that . . .
     
I was pulling for Rocky Gale and Christian Villanueva, but neither were on the 40-man roster. So I discounted that. I didn't think Ryan Schimpf would be returning. His numbers at Triple-A El Paso were no better than they were earlier this season with the Padres.
     
I thought Dusty Coleman would return, although the Padres aren't really in need of a shortstop with Erick Aybar back and Yangervis Solarte being a very enthusiastic option.
    
Why was I pulling for Gale and Villanueva?
     
I like the 29-year-old Gale. He has spent eight seasons in the Padres minor league system. He has worked with almost all the pitchers on the Major League staff either at El Paso or during spring training. And Gale has received high marks for his work with pitchers at Triple-A.
     
You never know in this business. I've seen older catchers develop as solid backups. If Luis Torrens needs more development time in the minors - a likely scenario - and Hector Sanchez decides to move on, who knows . . . Gale might be a candidate to back up Austin Hedges next season.
     
As for Villanueva, I just wanted to see him get a chance. He's 26 and was once a top prospect. Injuries slowed his development. But he hit .296 with 20 homers and 86 RBIs this season. He was the constant in the middle of the Chihuahuas' order. Glad to see the Guadalajara, Mexico, native in San Diego - even if the corner infield positions were already crowded.
     
The return of Renfroe, who homered in his first at-bat back, and Jankowski stirs projections for next spring in terms of the outfield. The leading candidates include Manuel Margot, Jose Pirela, Renfroe, Jankowski and Alex Dickerson, who says he feels great following back surgery. Dickerson never played a game this season after being projected as the club's cleanup hitter.
     
What I certainly didn't see among the call-ups was right-handed pitcher Tim Melville and the designation of Coleman and reliever Jose Valdez for assignment.
     
Could Melville, who made four starts for El Paso, get a start at the back of the Padres' rotation?
     
The Padres' six-man rotation has developed a couple leaks. RHP Jordan Lyles has allowed 11 runs on 14 hits and three walks over nine innings in his last two starts. And LHP Travis Wood has given up 16 runs (15 earned) on 16 hits - including five homers -- and two walks over 4 1/3 innings in his last two starts.
     
NOTE WORTHY:
     
--The Padres have won three of the last four games they've played against both the Dodgers and Arizona. They have two games remaining with Arizona at Petco Park and three against the Dodgers in Los Angeles.
     
--With 12 games to go in the 2017 season, the Padres are within one one of equaling their 2016 total of 68 wins. Since starting the season 15-30, the Padres have gone 52-53.
     
--1B Wil Myers stole his 20th base of the season during the first inning Sunday - giving him a second straight season of at least 25 homers and 20 stolen bases. He is only the second player in Padres history to have multiple seasons with at least 25 home runs and 20 stolen bases. Ryan Klesko achieved the feat in 2001 and 2002.
     
--RHP Craig Stammen has made 13 straight scoreless appearances in relief since Aug. 14, lowering his earned run average from 3.79 to 3.05. During the run, Stammen has allowed seven hits and two walks with 16 strikeouts in 14 innings.
     
--RHP Kirby Yates' ERA has dropped from 4.37 to 3.68 (as a Padre) in a string of nine straight scoreless appearances covering eight innings since Aug. 29. He has allowed one unearned run on four hits and three walks with 12 strikeouts.
     
--Padres relievers have worked 9 2/3 straight scoreless innings through Monday night's game.

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Padres pounce early, hold on to deny D-backs

Padres pounce early, hold on to deny D-backs

SAN DIEGO -- The D-backs rolled through a stretch of games against the Dodgers and Rockies, but it's the pesky Padres who give them the most problems these days.

Hunter Renfroe and Austin Hedges homered to lead the Padres past the D-backs, 4-2, on Monday night at Petco Park. San Diego has now won three of the last four games between the two teams, including a series win a little more than a week ago at Chase Field.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego.

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Padres booth has a laugh during Renfroe AB

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Padres booth has a laugh during Renfroe AB

Some of the big entertainment came on Monday night when the D-backs fell to the Padres, 4-2, but it was in the broadcast booth where this took place. Don Orsillo never leaves us without a laugh and such was the case after Hunter Renfroe was hit by a pitch.

In the bottom of the fourth with the no outs, Patrick Corbin hit Renfroe on the back of his right knee. As he ran to first, the booth wanted to test out how this would feel if Orsillo were to get hit by a pitch in the exact same spot. And, well …

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Quantrill on list of prospects with soaring stock

Quantrill on list of prospects with soaring stock

On Monday, we took a look at hitters who made the biggest leap forward in terms of prospect status in 2017. Now it's time to turn attention to the mound.

The pitchers on this list all turned in terrific seasons to jump much more firmly on the radar, pitching across multiple levels, often very young for the league they were in at the time. Some have gone from off the Top 100 prospects list to firmly on it, while others have leapt from the end of the list up close to the top.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Solarte honors 'angel' on special anniversary

Padres third baseman says late wife inspired him on big day at plate

Solarte honors 'angel' on special anniversary

DENVER -- Yangervis Solarte carried his teammates in Sunday's dramatic come-from-behind, 4-3 win over the Rockies, and his triumph over adversity uplifted his teammates every bit as much as the victory that snapped a five-game skid.

A year ago to the day, the Padres were in Colorado, getting beat up by the Rockies to the tune of an 8-0 loss and 16 strikeouts from Jon Gray -- who struck out seven in five innings Sunday before the rain cut his start shot.

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

Aybar plays catch with youngsters during delay

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Aybar plays catch with youngsters during delay

Erick Aybar is a team player. And when there's a rain delay, he makes sure he keeps busy -- interacting with young fans by playing a game of catch.

During the Padres' 4-3 win over the Rockies on Sunday, the teams waited out a rain delay. And while there wasn't a standoff like the one that occurred the night before, there was still entertainment at Coors Field. Aybar threw with a few young fans who brought their gloves down to field level.

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Hedges' squeeze bunt lifts Padres over Rox

Hedges' squeeze bunt lifts Padres over Rox

DENVER -- With a chance to make up for a one-out walk, and help the Rockies improve their playoff prospects, closer Greg Holland lost his grip in the ninth inning of a 4-3 loss on Sunday afternoon at Coors Field. And because of it, the Rockies' handle on a playoff spot is a little weaker.

Holland fielded a squeeze bunt by the Padres' Austin Hedges and made a diving tag on Matt Szczur, who was making a headfirst slide to the plate. However, the ball popped out of Holland's glove when he landed, and the Rockies lost the game and a chance for a three-game series sweep.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page.

Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver and covered the Padres on Sunday.

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Jonathan Mayo

Urias, Tatis Jr. on list of rising prospects

Urias, Tatis Jr. on list of rising prospects

The prospect landscape is always changing, with players seeing their stock rise and fall over the course of any season. The 10 hitters listed below made the biggest jumps forward in 2017, with many not even on the Top 100 Prospects list to start the year rankings, but now all firmly on the list, from the top 10 on down. On Tuesday, we'll take a look at the pitchers who moved up the most.

Ronald Acuna, OF, Braves' No. 1/MLB No. 6
Acuna began the year just off of the Top 100, much to the chagrin of Braves fans, but that slight was corrected in the early stages of the 2017 season. He then proceeded to make the Minor Leagues look easy, going from the Class A Advanced Florida State League all the way up to Triple-A, all at the age of 19. After finishing with a .325/.374/.522 line to go along with 21 homers and 44 steals, Acuna should hit Atlanta at age 20.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter @JonathanMayo and Facebook, and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Results don't tell whole story of Padres' trip

Padres host Arizona, Colorado in final homestand starting Monday

Results don't tell whole story of Padres' trip

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

The Padres open their final homestand Monday night, returning from a road trip that felt much worse than it really was.

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Tempers flare as Padres thumped by Rockies

Tempers flare as Padres thumped by Rockies

DENVER -- On a record-breaking night at Coors Field, the Rockies rolled to a 16-0 win over the Padres behind a stellar start from left-hander Tyler Anderson, who went six innings and gave up just two hits in his first start since June 25 (knee surgery). With the victory, Colorado increased its lead for the second National League Wild Card spot to 3 1/2 games over the Brewers, who lost to the Marlins.

"It was the same thought process as last time [four scoreless relief innings against the D-backs on Monday]," said Anderson, who took a no-hitter into the sixth. "Whether it's out of the bullpen or starting, just executing pitches with 30 pitches or 100 pitches or whatever you can do."

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver and covered the Rockies on Saturday. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.

Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver and covered the Padres on Saturday.

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Lamet's inner stats more important than record

Falling ERA, but no run support

Lamet's inner stats more important than record

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

Rookie right-hander Dinelson Lamet is a recent victim of circumstances.
     
The 25-year-old's earned run average has fallen in each of his last four starts and in nine of his last 10 starts - falling from 6.40 on July 18 to 4.15 today.
     
And over his last four starts, Lamet has a 1.86 earned run average. He has allowed five runs on 18 hits and 12 walks with 28 strikeouts in 24 innings - having gone exactly six innings in each of those four outings.
     
Going back farther, Lamet has a 2.44 earned run average over his last 10 starts.
     
But Lamet is winless since August 15. Why? The Padres have scored a total of four runs in Lamet's five starts since then. They have scored no more than a single run in any of those five days.
     
Before his start Wednesday night in Minnesota - a game the Padres lost long after Lamet had departed - Padres manager Andy Green discussed Lamet's continuing improvement.
     
"If you look back to spring training, he didn't throw the ball very well and he was an early cut from camp for us," said Green of Lamet. "He didn't command the ball at all. He didn't show the slider he has. He pitched well the previous season and pitched himself onto the radar, but his spring training camp wasn't a great showing for him."
     
"So he goes down and throws the ball very well the rest of the minor league camp then starts the season throwing the ball well. For us, it's about Lamet commanding the baseball, throwing the ball for strikes and attacking the zone. You're seeing the stuff that gets good hitters out. And he's doing it repetitively over the last few months."
     
Green was asked about Lamet's changeup.
     
"The changeup is a nice pitch to have," said Green. "You watch his bullpens, it's there, it's useable. For him, it's his distant third pitch right now so you ask yourself how often you want someone to throw a pitch that is clearly inferior to his other two pitches?"
     
"I still like the fastball-slider dominant repertoire from him. But using the change on occasion and getting better with it, it's going to be helpful in the future development."
     
After allowing 11 homers in his first nine Major League starts, Lamet has given up only three in 10 starts since.
     
NOTE WORTHY:
     
--SS Erick Aybar has reached base in six straight games, going 7-for-19 with a pair of walks - raising his batting average from .227 to .236.
     
--RF Jabari Blash is 1-for-15 in his last four games with eight strikeouts.
     
--C Austin Hedges is 4-for-10 in a three-game hitting streak with a double and Wednesday's game-tying home run.
     
--INF Yangervis Solarte has hit safely in seven of his last eight games, going 8-for-33 with a homer and three doubles.
     
--INF-OF Cory Spangenberg is 3-for-26 with one double, three walks, no RBIs and one run scored over his last eight games.

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Inbox: What are Padres' plans at shortstop?

Beat reporter AJ Cassavell answers fans' questions

Inbox: What are Padres' plans at shortstop?

What is the plan at shortstop for 2018? Fernando Tatis Jr. is still a ways away. Are we still looking for a rental? Is Erick Aybar an option for '18 again?
-- Bryan A., San Diego

It wouldn't be a Padres offseason without question marks surrounding the future at shortstop. The 2017 campaign certainly tipped the scales in favor of Tatis winning that spot eventually. At 18, he set the single-season homer record with Class A Fort Wayne. Then Tatis made the jump to Double-A San Antonio, where he held his own. He is No. 55 on MLBPipeline.com's Top 100 Prospects list, and he is ranked fourth on San Diego's Top 30 Prospects list.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jesse Sanchez

Tatis Jr. taken 1st in DR Winter League draft

First five Dominican Winter League picks among MLB's Top 100 prospects

Tatis Jr. taken 1st in DR Winter League draft

Some of the biggest -- and youngest -- stars in the game are going home for the winter. The Liga de Béisbol Profesional de la República Dominicana, also known as the Dominican Republic Winter League, will be waiting for them when they arrive.

On Thursday, the league held its annual rookie draft in front of 500 fans, family and friends in a mall lobby in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The draft, which is for players in Class A Advanced or higher, who had not been previously selected by a winter league team, was broadcast live on national television and online.

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Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Richard's early stumble is costly vs. Rockies

Richard's early stumble is costly vs. Rockies

DENVER -- In his third start since returning to the Rockies' rotation from the bullpen, Tyler Chatwood tossed 5 2/3 strong innings and helped himself with a two-run single as Colorado defeated the Padres, 6-1, at Coors Field on Friday night.

With the victory, the Rockies' lead for the second National League Wild Card spot got a little stronger. The Cardinals, who lost to the Cubs Friday, fell to 3 1/2 games back. The Brewers, however, kept pace at 2 1/2 games back by riding an eight-run eighth inning to a 10-2 win over the Marlins in Miami.

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Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com based in Denver. He covered the Padres on Friday.

Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB.

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Padres announce 2018 season schedule

San Diego opens up with home slate vs. Brewers on March 29

Padres announce 2018 season schedule

SAN DIEGO -- For the first time since 2013, the Padres will begin a season against a team other than the National League West rival Dodgers. San Diego will open the 2018 season at Petco Park against the Brewers on March 29.

Padres' 2018 season schedule 

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Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres edged by Twins in walk-off loss

Padres edged by Twins in walk-off loss

MINNEAPOLIS -- As Twins manager Paul Molitor has often said, Eddie Rosario lives for big moments. Rosario came up huge for Minnesota, crushing a walk-off, two-run homer to right in the 10th inning to lift the Twins to a 3-1 win over the Padres on Wednesday night at Target Field. It helped the Twins maintain their two-game lead for the second AL Wild Card spot over the Angels, who beat the Astros.

It was the fourth walk-off win of the year for the Twins. Joe Mauer sparked the rally with a one-out single off reliever Phil Maton. Rosario came up with two outs and smacked a 2-0 fastball high into the sky that stayed just fair, with Rosario nearly swinging out of his shoes and celebrating as he made it to first base. It left the bat at 106.5 mph at a launch angle of 35 degrees and went a projected 415 feet, per Statcast™. It was the hardest hit homer by Rosario since Statcast™ was introduced in 2015.

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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.

Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis. He covered the Padres on Wednesday.

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