Kemp remains out with sore left shoulder

Kemp remains out with sore left shoulder

PHILADELPHIA - Like it or not, Padres interim manager Pat Murphy knew that he had to leave outfielder Matt Kemp out of his starting lineup again on Friday night at Citizens Bank Park.

"We want to make sure he can go to the finish line," said Murphy, who for the second time in as many games kept Kemp (sore left shoulder) out of the starting lineup. "[Kemp] wanted to play yesterday. He wanted to play today. But he's not quite 100 percent."

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M. Upton puts on a show for Padres in OF

Center fielder makes three tremendous plays to help keep game close

M. Upton puts on a show for Padres in OF

WASHINGTON -- If you've seen Nationals Park, you know that it's not a symmetrical ballpark, which actually served Padres center fielder Melvin Upton Jr. well Thursday during a 4-2 loss in his pursuit of a long fly ball off the bat of Ryan Zimmerman.

With two on and two outs in the first inning, Zimmerman jumped on a pitch from Andrew Cashner, sending it toward where the wall meets in an apex at 402 feet, its furthest point from home plate.

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Offense held in check as Padres fall to Nats

Offense held in check as Padres fall to Nats

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals, who are chasing the Mets in the National League East race, got a much-needed win on Thursday night against the Padres. Right-hander Joe Ross pitched six strong innings in a 4-2 victory at Nationals Park. Washington remains 6 1/2 games back of the Mets, who topped the Phillies.

"We need to win series. We can't worry about anything else or anybody else. We have to take care of our business. It was a good win tonight," Nationals right fielder Jayson Werth said.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

ICYMI: Friars rally late, fall short in finale

ICYMI: Friars rally late, fall short in finale

For the second day in a row at Nationals park a pitcher named Ross was given the "W" after a hard-fought win at the ballyard, but unfortunately for the Padres that Ross brother played for the wrong team. Joe Ross - the younger brother of yesterday's winning pitcher Tyson Ross -- lifted the Nationals to a 4-2 victory over the Padres on Thursday and stole a series victory away from San Diego before their trip to Philadelphia. Ross, a former first-round draft pick and top prospect for the Padres organization, was masterful in his outing over his former club after holding San Diego to only one hit and one unearned run over six innings of work.

Andrew Cashner was also able to deliver a solid performance on Thursday although a lack of run support proved to be his undoing after keeping the Friars within striking distance over five-plus innings. Cashner surrendered only three earned runs on nine hits while also striking out six over 5 and 2/3rds innings of work. The ever-unlucky Cashner was pegged with his 13th loss of the season despite coming one out shy of delivering a quality start for the Padres in their finale against Washington.

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Johnson feels good following simulated game

Right-hander hasn't pitched in the big leagues since 2013

Johnson feels good following simulated game

WASHINGTON -- Nearly four months to the day of his last simulated game, Padres pitcher Josh Johnson went through the paces of doing the same again at Nationals Park on Thursday afternoon.

Johnson, working his way back from Tommy John surgery in 2014 in addition to a big setback earlier this season, threw 16 pitches to teammates off the mound and came out of it feeling good.

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OF Asencio, RHP Rea, coach Jones honored by Texas League

LHP Dorminy leads shutout as A-Fort Wayne keeps winning

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

Left-hander Thomas Dorminy and two relievers combined on a five-hit shutout to move low Single-A Fort Wayne to the brink of a Midwest League playoff berth and two members of Double-A San Antonio were named to the post-season Texas League All-Star team Thursday.

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Renfroe continues torrid stretch at Triple-A El Paso

Padres top prospect records his fourth homer in nine contests for Chihuahuas

Renfroe continues torrid stretch at Triple-A El Paso

It's safe to say that Hunter Renfroe likes hitting in the Pacific Coast League.

The Padres' No. 1 prospect (No. 79 overall) had another big game Thursday, going 3-for-5 with a home run, double and three RBIs in Triple-A El Paso's 9-7 loss to Oklahoma City.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

El Paso wins key game, to play Padres next March

Low Class A Fort Wayne score record 16th straight win at home

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

Wednesday was a big day for the Triple-A El Paso Chihuahuas.

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2 home runs from J-Up lead Padres past Nats

2 home runs from J-Up lead Padres past Nats

WASHINGTON -- The Padres watched a late lead dwindle on Wednesday night as the Nationals scored one run in the sixth and three more in the seventh. The Padres never lost the lead, though, and evened the series with a 6-5 win at Nationals Park.

Justin Upton paced the Padres' offensive effort with a pair of home runs, including a solo shot in the seventh off right-handed reliever Doug Fister that served as the game's winning run. Wednesday marked the third time this season -- and second time against the Nationals -- that Upton has hit two home runs in a game. He leads the team with 22 home runs.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Myers takes BP for first time since surgery

Padres outfielder/first baseman had bone spur removed from wrist in June

Myers takes BP for first time since surgery

WASHINGTON -- Padres outfielder/first baseman Wil Myers, who had surgery on June 18 to remove a bone spur from his left wrist, took batting practice for the first time on Wednesday.

Myers took 40 swings (two sets of 20) at normal intensity in the indoor cage outside the visitors' clubhouse at Nationals Park.

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Padres pull escape act with DP on 3-0 pitch

Rzepczynski benefits from aggressive approach of Nationals' Escobar

Padres pull escape act with DP on 3-0 pitch

WASHINGTON -- It was a mostly forgettable seventh inning for the Padres on Wednesday at Nationals Park. They allowed three runs on two hits, two walks and a hit batter. One of the walks forced in a run. They used three pitchers in the inning.

Yet, for all their shortcomings, one pitch -- with a major assist from the Nationals' Yunel Escobar -- bailed them out in a big way and helped the Padres preserve their 6-5 victory.

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J-Up, Kemp turning it on in second half

Duo drives in five of the Padres' six runs during win vs. Nationals

J-Up, Kemp turning it on in second half

WASHINGTON -- It was certainly a Matt Kemp and Justin Upton kind of night on Wednesday at Nationals Park, as the Nos. 3 and 4 hitters in the Padres' lineup combined to knock in five of the team's six runs. Just what the team had in mind when San Diego acquired both players in December -- getting Kemp from the Dodgers and Upton from the Braves.

But while there were lean times early in the season, these two have produced a lot more in the second half, and the Padres' 6-5 victory over the Nationals was a prime example of that.

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ICYMI: Padres even series behind J-Up's 3 RBIs

ICYMI: Padres even series behind J-Up's 3 RBIs

Just as Jedd Gyorko did the night before, Justin Upton hit a pair of home runs against the Nationals on Wednesday night to follow suit and lift the Friars to a close 6-5 victory over Washington in game two of a three-game set. Upton collected three RBI in total on Wednesday to also assist a solid start from starter Tyson Ross to even up the series and ultimately force a deciding rubber match between the two clubs on Thursday night.

Ross surrendered four earned runs on six hits with two walks over 6 and 1/3rd of an inning while also striking out nine Nationals batters on Wednesday night. The nine batters struck out matched a season-high for Ross - having also collected nine strikeouts on three separate occasions this season - and ultimately helped him along the way to his ninth win of the season.

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Benoit-Kimbrel form imposing late-inning tandem

Notes on Ross, Hedges, Upton, Kemp, Gyorko

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

The Padres Wednesday night ran their record to 46-0 when leading after eight innings.

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Padres, Chihuahuas to play exhibition game

Matchup scheduled for March 31, 2016, at Southwest University Park

Padres, Chihuahuas to play exhibition game

WASHINGTON -- Interim manager Pat Murphy's eyes lit up Wednesday when he was asked about the Padres' plans to play an exhibition game in March at the home of their Triple-A affiliate, the El Paso Chihuahuas. The game will take place on March 31, 2016, at Southwest University Park.

"I'm telling you, all baseball fans should go to El Paso to see what they have got going on there; the setting, the set up, the amenities, amenities for the players, it's first class," Murphy said.

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Gyorko belts 2 homers in loss to Nationals

Gyorko belts 2 homers in loss to Nationals

WASHINGTON -- If Stephen Strasburg's dismal start to 2015 led to plenty of questions, lately he's done nothing but provide answers. On Tuesday, the former No. 1 overall pick turned in his seventh consecutive terrific start as the Nationals toppled the Padres, 8-3, to notch their third consecutive win.

"Health is a big key," Nationals manager Matt Williams said of Strasburg, who's been on the disabled list twice this season. "If he feels good when he's out there then he's able to let it go. I don't know how many balls he threw that were 98 miles per hour tonight, but quite a few of them. He sat 95 to 97. That just means he feels good."

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres cry foul after Harper gets foul call

Ball appears to miss foot of Nats slugger, who eventually walks

Padres cry foul after Harper gets foul call

WASHINGTON -- Ryan Zimmerman's grand slam in the sixth inning Tuesday might have been the critical at-bat in the Nationals' 8-3 victory over the Padres, but it certainly didn't rate as the most momentous.

Two batters before Zimmerman unloaded on a Bud Norris pitch, breaking open what was a close game, left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski appeared to get Bryce Harper on an inning-ending ground ball to first baseman Yonder Alonso, keeping the game at 4-2.

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ICYMI: Gyorko's 2 HR not enough in opener

ICYMI: Gyorko's 2 HR not enough in opener

Jedd Gyorko was in prime form on Tuesday as the young Padres infielder slugged a pair of home runs in a single game against the Nationals during the Padres' series opener against the Nats at Nationals Park. Unfortunately for Gyorko and the Padres, those two home runs would prove to be the only offense of the evening for the Swinging Friars and San Diego would go on to drop the first of a three-game set to Washington by a score of 8-3.

Starter James Shields was handed his sixth loss of the season after surrendering five earned runs on eight hits and only two strikeouts over 5 and 2/3rds innings on Tuesday. Shields was struck by a pair of batted balls twice in Tuesday's game, but luckily neither one struck him in any sort of perilous fashion. Ultimately, however, Shields was pulled in the sixth inning after being struck by a comebacker off the bat of Anthony Rendon. It took Shields a season-high 121 pitches to get through his start on Tuesday.

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SS Giron, RHP Montas pace A-Fort Wayne win

TinCaps nearing Midwest League playoff berth

SS Giron, RHP Montas pace A-Fort Wayne win

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

Shortstop Ruddy Giron drove in two runs and right-handed starter Ernesto Montas picked up his 11th win Tuesday as low Single-A Fort Wayne defeated Lansing 5-3 for its 15th straight home win to move closer to a Midwest League playoff berth.

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Ross brothers to start in Padres-Nats series

Tyson takes hill for San Diego on Wednesday; Joe starts for Washington on Thursday

Ross brothers to start in Padres-Nats series

WASHINGTON -- On June 6, Padres pitcher Tyson Ross made a whirlwind one-day trip from Cincinnati to Nationals Park to see his younger brother, Joe Ross, make his Major League debut for the Nationals.

He won't have to go nearly as far Thursday to see him take the mound.

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Gyorko reaches season-high with resurgent bat

Homers not a new problem with Shields

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

Jedd Gyorko's two-home-run game Tuesday night in Washington raised his batting averageto a season high .240.

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Murphy ejected during series opener in DC

Murphy ejected during series opener in DC

WASHINGTON -- Padres interim manager Pat Murphy was ejected from Tuesday's 8-3 loss to the Nationals during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. With the Padres trailing, 8-3, Murphy was tossed by home-plate umpire David Rackley, then came out on the field to argue before pinch-hitter Melvin Upton Jr. came to the plate.

It's not apparent why Murphy was ejected, though he argued with umpires on the field during the bottom of the sixth inning after Bryce Harper was ruled to have fouled off a pitch that missed his foot and should have been a fair ball. The Nationals eventually scored four runs in the inning on Ryan Zimmerman's grand slam for an 8-2 lead.

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Barry M. Bloom

M. Upton relishing fresh start on West Coast

M. Upton relishing fresh start on West Coast

SAN DIEGO -- Sometimes there are unintended consequences for the things you do. In the case of Melvin Upton Jr. there were 75.25 million of them.

Upton has hardly been the same player since he left the Rays as a free agent, and on Nov. 29, 2012, he signed a five-year contract worth $75.25 million with the Braves. That is perhaps until now with the Padres.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Next step for Padres: Reaching elusive .500 mark

Notes on Kemp, Upton, Wallace, Solarte

Next step for Padres: Reaching elusive .500 mark

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

The Padres remain two games below .500 with 38 games to play. Yet they are only seven games behind the division-leading Dodgers in the National League West.

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Director of fun: Coy entertains Petco crowd

With new videoboard at disposal, Padres control-room crew has canvas for creativity

Director of fun: Coy entertains Petco crowd

SAN DIEGO -- Walking into the control room at Petco Park during a game, one might notice a resemblance to a major television network newscast.

There are about 15 people, some with headsets on and some with their eyes locked on the screen in front of them. There is a Major League Baseball game about to begin, and at the center of it all is senior director of game day presentation Matt Coy.

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Beth Maiman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Herrera Texas League Pitcher of Week

Van Meter paces Class A Fort Wayne win

Herrera Texas League Pitcher of Week

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

Twenty-year-old Double-A San Antonio right-handed starter Ronald Herrera has been named the Pitcher of the Week in the Texas League.

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First-inning struggles for Rea, 'D' lead to loss

First-inning struggles for Rea, 'D' lead to loss

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres' chances of putting a tidy bow on what would have been a wildly successful homestand, with a chance to reach the .500 mark, took a major hit right out of the chute Sunday.

The Cardinals took advantage of two first-inning errors, scoring four runs on their way to a 10-3 victory at Petco Park.

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

Padres fall to Cards to close solid homestand

Padres fall to Cards to close solid homestand

SAN DIEGO -- Michael Wacha allowed one run in six innings Sunday and Stephen Piscotty hit two home runs and knocked in five runs as the Cardinals snapped the Padres' five-game winning streak with a 10-3 victory at Petco Park.

Wacha, now tied for the Major League lead with 15 victories, yielded five hits, walked two and struck out three. Piscotty had a two-run triple as part of a four-run first inning, had a solo home run in the seventh inning and a two-run home run in the ninth inning.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Beth Maiman is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.