Padres fall one run short vs. Pirates

Padres fall one run short vs. Pirates

PITTSBURGH -- Gregory Polanco's triple with two outs in the eighth inning drove in the tie-breaking run Tuesday night as the Pirates edged San Diego, 3-2, to clinch the Bucs' first series win over the Padres in PNC Park history, where the teams have been meeting annually since 2001.

Polanco's shot up the left-center alley off Joaquin Benoit scored Sean Rodriguez, who had been hit by a pitch to begin the inning. The Bucs won their fourth straight, and seventh in eight games, while the loss was San Diego's fourth consecutive, matching the Friars' longest skid of the season. Mark Melancon closed out the game for his 26th consecutive successful save conversion, tying Joel Hanrahan's 2011 club record.

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J. Upton robs fellow All-Star McCutchen of HR

Padres manager calls leaping grab 'best one this year'

J. Upton robs fellow All-Star McCutchen of HR

PITTSBURGH -- On Monday, Padres outfielder Justin Upton was named to the National League All-Star team, an honor bestowed upon him for his offensive merits this season.

On a wet Tuesday night in Pittsburgh, Upton used his glove to rob another All-Star, Andrew McCutchen, of a two-run home run with an over-the-fence grab in the fifth inning of a 3-2 loss to the Pirates.

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GM Preller expects better baseball ahead

Club entered Tuesday 8 1/2 games back in NL West despite offseason overhaul

GM Preller expects better baseball ahead

PITTSBURGH -- If you're still trying to figure out where, when and why the Padres' season -- once filled with promise -- got derailed, first-year general manager A.J. Preller understands your bewilderment.

He's been scratching his head, too.

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Federowicz's recovery ahead of schedule

Catcher could start Minor League rehab stint next week

Federowicz's recovery ahead of schedule

PITTSBURGH -- On Wednesday, Tim Federowicz will be four months removed tearing the lateral meniscus in his right knee.

Federowicz, the Padres' catcher who suffered the injury in a Spring Training game on March 8, said his recovery and rehabilitation haven't exactly flown by.

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Cashner gets nod in series finale against Pirates

Cashner gets nod in series finale against Pirates

The Padres' lineup will try to go against past history when it faces Charlie Morton and the Pirates on Wednesday at PNC Park.

Throughout his career, Morton has limited San Diego's current hitters to a combined .172 batting average (15-of-87) and .195 slugging percentage. That includes Padres All-Star outfielder Justin Upton, who has just two hits in 10 at-bats against the right-hander.

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Upton to represent Padres in All-Star Game

Slugging outfielder given honor for third time in career

Upton to represent Padres in All-Star Game

PITTSBURGH -- Aside from playing in the actual game itself, one of the best parts about getting selected to play in the All-Star Game might be sharing the news with family.

To that end, Padres outfielder Justin Upton batted .500 on Monday when he got the word that he'll be the team's lone representative in the All-Star Game on July 14 in Cincinnati.

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Big games for 18-year-olds Giron, Urias, Olmo

TinCaps shortstop has 4 hits, homer, 5 RBIs in 12-inning win

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

Three of the younger prospects in the Padres' Minor League system had huge games Monday.

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Shields makes impressive start on the road

Right-hander allowed just one unearned run over seven frames in tough loss

Shields makes impressive start on the road

PITTSBURGH -- It wasn't entirely by design, but Padres pitcher James Shields traded strikeouts for ground-ball outs and efficiency Monday.

It got him his best start of the season.

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Alvarez bests father-in-law Murphy with walk-off

Alvarez bests father-in-law Murphy with walk-off

PITTSBURGH -- At some point this offseason, perhaps sitting at the dinner table during the holidays, Padres interim manager Pat Murphy might think about this loss and smile.

But that grin probably won't spread quite as wide as the one that stretched across his son-in-law's face Monday night at PNC Park. That's because Pedro Alvarez, Murphy's son-in-law, dealt the decisive blow in the Pirates' 2-1 walk-off win over the Padres.

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Offense hits the skids as starting pitching gets hot

Padres 4-6 over last 10 games despite ERA of 2.85 by starting pitchers

Offense hits the skids as starting pitching gets hot

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

As Saturday Night Live character Roseanne Roseannadanna liked to say, "Well, it's always something."

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ICYMI: Bucs take opener as Padres' offense struggles

ICYMI: Bucs take opener as Padres' offense struggles

Padres manager Pat Murphy was probably happy to see his son-in-law, Pedro Alvarez, in the opposite dugout before the start of Monday's series opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates. At the close of the game however, Murphy probably wasn't so pleased, as his son-in-law would deliver a game-winning RBI single in the ninth to deliver a 2-1 loss to the Padres in the first game of a three-game set at PNC Park. Despite seven strong innings from starter James Shields and a combined seven hits from the Padres' offense, the Friars were unable to deliver the "big inning" to put San Diego over the Bucs.

Shields undeniably threw his best start of the season. The Padres' ace threw seven innings of one-run baseball, surrendering only one unearned run on two hits while striking out three. Shields' performance was good enough for him to earn a quality start and lower his ERA from 4.14 to 3.88, but unfortunately his stellar start was not enough to factor into the final outcome of the game.

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Luebke suffers setback during rehab

Luebke suffers setback during rehab

PITTSBURGH -- Cory Luebke's path back to the big leagues after two Tommy John surgeries has hit a snag.

Luebke, currently on a rehabilitation stint with Triple-A El Paso, has returned to San Diego, where he'll be examined Tuesday by team doctor Heinz Hoenecke after recently feeling some discomfort in his left elbow.

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Shields great, but Padres fall in walk-off loss

Shields great, but Padres fall in walk-off loss

PITTSBURGH -- Pedro Alvarez's single with two outs in the ninth scored All-Star Andrew McCutchen and gave the Pirates a 2-1 win over San Diego on Monday night, their fifth win in six games moving them a season-high 14 games over .500. Alvarez delivered his second career walk-off hit off Brandon Maurer, who, with one out, had walked McCutchen and allowed a single to Jung Ho Kang. McCutchen moved to third on Francisco Cervelli's fly to center before Alvarez's game-winner.

"It's a really cool feeling. It's something that, as a kid, you always think about doing, walking-off the game," Alvarez said. "Obviously love seeing the guys coming out of the dugout and rushing you."

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Norris, Upton, Kemp get much-needed days off

Rest important as Padres' top 3 RBI leaders have been struggling

Norris, Upton, Kemp get much-needed days off

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

Left fielder Justin Upton and catcher Derek Norris didn't start Sunday against St. Louis. A day earlier, right fielder Matt Kemp was out of the lineup.

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Goebbert, Medica pace Triple-A El Paso

Gettys on six-game hitting streak at Fort Wayne

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

Jake Goebbert and Tommy Medica combined for five hits and five RBIs for Triple-A El Paso on Sunday, and center fielder Michael Gettys -- the Padres' second-round pick in the 2014 Draft -- had three hits to extend his hitting streak to six games for Class A Fort Wayne.

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Bats fall short against Cardinals in finale

Bats fall short against Cardinals in finale

ST. LOUIS -- Behind the bats of their starting pitcher and most recent callup, the Cardinals salvaged a series split with a 3-1 victory over the Padres at Busch Stadium on Sunday. Offense was at a premium throughout the four-game series, as the two teams combined for just 18 runs.

San Diego struck first with a Matt Kemp RBI single in the third to score Yangervis Solarte, who had advanced into scoring position on Lance Lynn's errant pickoff move. But Lynn, who went on to finish seven three-hit innings, retired 11 straight beginning with Kolten Wong's web gem to end that frame.

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Padres to evaluate when to activate Thayer

Murphy says team will decide sometime during series in Pittsburgh

Padres to evaluate when to activate Thayer

ST. LOUIS -- The Padres will determine this week if relief pitcher Dale Thayer will need a second Minor League rehabilitation outing or if he'll be reinstated from the disabled list.

San Diego interim manager Pat Murphy said the team will make a determination on Thayer at some point during their upcoming three-game series in Pittsburgh, which begins on Monday.

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ICYMI: Friars settle for split as Cards take finale

The Padres' offense had a difficult time getting any momentum going on Sunday despite taking an early lead against the Cardinals in the series finale of a four-game set in St. Louis. That lead, which came courtesy of a Matt Kemp RBI single in the third, would not last, as the Cardinals answered in the bottom of the inning before going on to a 3-1 victory. Fortunately for the Padres, their first two victories in the series against one of the toughest teams in baseball padded their record and guaranteed a series split.

Starter Ian Kennedy didn't make too many mistakes on Sunday, as he surrendered only three earned runs on seven hits with four strikeouts over six innings. Unfortunately, Kennedy didn't receive any run support and was pegged with the loss despite a quality start. Kevin Quackenbush took over for Kennedy at the start of the seventh inning and continued to prove his value in the bullpen with two scoreless innings.

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Despaigne makes himself at home in St. Louis

Despite struggling on the road, Padres starter retires 12 of first 13 batters in no-decision

Despaigne makes himself at home in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- For someone with such a dramatic disparity in his home-road splits, Odrisamer Despaigne found success Saturday seldom seen away from his home ballpark in San Diego.

No one will ever confuse San Diego for St. Louis, though you couldn't have told the difference by the way Despaigne pitched as he took a no-decision in the Padres' 2-1 loss to the Cardinals in front of a sold-out crowd of 44,690 at Busch Stadium.

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Norris playing with shoulder sprain after collision

Padres catcher takes a hit on infield single in Friday's game, 'adamant' about playing Saturday

Norris playing with shoulder sprain after collision

ST. LOUIS -- Padres catcher Derek Norris suffered an AC sprain of his left shoulder during Friday's 2-1 win over the Cardinals, though he was back in the lineup on Saturday.

"He was adamant about being in there," said Padres interim manager Pat Murphy.

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The ups and downs of Odrisamer Despaigne

Notes on Solarte, Gyorko, Norris, Thayer

The ups and downs of Odrisamer Despaigne

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

Since his last start in May, right-handed starter Odrisamer Despaigne has been on a wild ride.

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ICYMI: Unearned run proves difference in Padres' loss

ICYMI: Unearned run proves difference in Padres' loss

The Padres and Cardinals played a tight game on Friday evening, dominated by strong pitching, that ended in a 2-1 victory going to the visitors from San Diego. The very next day, on Saturday afternoon, the Padres and Cards once again played a tight game dominated by strong pitching that ended in a 2-1 victory -- this time going to the hometown Cardinals.

The difference-maker on Saturday turned out to be a late unearned run charged to reliever Brandon Maurer, who came in to try to preserve a 1-1 tie in the eighth inning. Maurer's strong efforts were spoiled, however, after infielder Alexi Amarista made a fielding error on a ground ball that simply kicked off of his glove and allowed the eventual go-ahead run to reach base. Amarista, who has been solid defensively for the most part prior to Saturday's crucial error, made only his ninth error of the season to allow Tommy Pham to reach base and come around to score in the home half of the eighth.

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Renfroe homers; Gale, Dickerson pace Chihuahuas

Lane gets seventh win for Triple-A El Paso

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Top prospect Hunter Renfroe hit his eighth homer for Double-A San Antonio on Saturday, and left fielder Alex Dickerson and catcher Rocky Gale led Triple-A El Paso back to .500 at Salt Lake.

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Late miscue opens door for loss to Cardinals

Late miscue opens door for loss to Cardinals

ST. LOUIS -- The Cardinals' offense didn't exactly break out on Saturday, but it did enough to snap a season-long four-game losing streak with a 2-1 win over the Padres in front of a sellout crowd at Busch Stadium.

Recent Cardinals callup Tommy Pham scored the go-ahead run in the eighth after reaching on an Alexi Amarista error, swiping second -- his first Major League steal -- moving to third on a groundout and sliding safely into home on Jhonny Peralta's sacrifice fly. Padres reliever Brandon Maurer took the loss despite not allowing a hit in his inning of work.

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ICYMI: Gyorko, Cashner step up in win over Cards

ICYMI: Gyorko, Cashner step up in win over Cards

Sometimes in baseball the right thing happens at the right time in such a way that it seems as though the game repeats itself on a regular basis. Enter Padres second baseman, Jedd Gyorko. Two weeks ago, Gyorko hit a game-winning RBI-single into left field at Southwest University Park in the 9th inning to propel the El Paso Chihuahuas to a walk-off victory in the Triple-A Pacific Coast League on June 20th. Fast forward to Friday night and once again Gyorko came up big with a game-winning RBI single into left-field - this time at Busch Stadium - in the 9th inning to propel the San Diego Padres to a 2-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night. How's that for history repeating itself?

The Padres, who became the first team in the National League to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals in back-to-back games this season, won a tight contest on Friday night thanks to timely hitting and a strong pitching performance by starter Andrew Cashner. Cashner deliver 6.0 innings of one-run baseball, allowing only one earned run on three hits while striking out three on 91 pitches. Although Cashner earned a no-decision in Friday's pitching duel against the Cards, his performance was enough to garner him a quality start and also keep his team in the game long enough to come out on top three innings later. The Padres bullpen also stepped up on Friday as Brandon Maurer, Joaquin Benoit and Craig Kimbrel combined for three shutout innings in relief of Cashner; Kimbrel went on to collect his 21st save of the season while Benoit's record improved to 5-3 on the year.

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Rea struggles in his Triple-A debut

Streaking Single-A Fort Wayne moves to top of Midwest League

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Right-handed starting pitcher Colin Rea had a rough outings Friday night in his first outing since being promoted to Triple-A El Paso.

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After tight battle, Padres top Cardinals

After tight battle, Padres top Cardinals

ST. LOUIS -- Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko delivered a game-tying home run and the game-winning single to send San Diego to a 2-1 win over St. Louis in front of a sellout crowd at Busch Stadium. St. Louis has now lost four straight, its longest losing streak of the season.

Gyorko took Cards starter Michael Wacha deep in the seventh for his third home run of the season and then stepped to the plate against Trevor Rosenthal after Yangervis Solarte's one-out triple in the ninth. Rosenthal, who hadn't been scored upon since May 3, served up the RBI single on the eighth pitch of the at-bat.

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Gyorko finds time in Triple-A well spent

Gyorko finds time in Triple-A well spent

ST. LOUIS -- Last week, second baseman Jedd Gyorko was playing for Triple-A El Paso in Tacoma, trying to remedy the offensive struggles that led to his demotion on June 10. On Friday, three days after he returned to San Diego's lineup, Gyorko put a few things he's been working on to good use in a 2-1 victory over the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Gyorko hit a homer in the seventh inning off Cardinals starter Michael Wacha to tie the score, then knocked in the go-ahead run in the ninth inning off closer Trevor Rosenthal, stunning the sold-out crowd of 47,330.

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