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.

Quackenbush gets call as Kelley lands on disabled list

Quackenbush gets call as Kelley lands on disabled list

SAN DIEGO -- When Padres reliever Shawn Kelley strained his left calf during his outing in Denver on Wednesday, the team didn't need much time to contemplate a replacement.

On Friday, Kelley landed on the 15-day disabled list and the Padres recalled reliever Kevin Quackenbush from Triple-A El Paso.

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Federowicz continues long road back from knee surgery

Federowicz continues long road back from knee surgery

SAN DIEGO -- Tim Federowicz never planned on pushing his way into the home clubhouse at Petco Park for the first time on Friday.

In an ideal world, the Padres' catcher would have done so before now, as he was expected to make the team as the backup to Derek Norris before knee surgery waylaid him last month.

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Ross battles after rough first inning

Righty allows bases-loaded walk but rebounds to finish five frames

Ross battles after rough first inning

DENVER -- There have been 1,619 games played at Coors Field in its 20-year history, and a mere 25 of those have resulted in a 2-1 final score. Giving up two runs in Colorado is usually plenty good enough for a win, but for Tyson Ross, who was on the wrong side of Thursday's pitchers' duel that the Padres lost, 2-1, it added up to disappointment and his first loss of the season.

Most of the damage for Ross came in the first inning, when he loaded the bases and walked in a run without a ball leaving the infield. After retiring the first two batters, he walked one, allowed an infield hit and walked two more to force in a run, and his pitch count was up to 37 by the end of the inning.

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Padres fall to Rockies, settle for series split

Padres fall to Rockies, settle for series split

DENVER -- Rockies outfielder Corey Dickerson homered for the third time in the past two games and right-hander Jordan Lyles forced 10 outs along the ground in a season-high 6 2/3 innings as the Rockies beat the Padres, 2-1, at Coors Field on Thursday in front of 31,676 to earn a split of the four-game series.

"We got the last two games of the series, and that was huge," said Lyles, who held the Padres to six hits -- all singles -- and one run. "We fought back."

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Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page, Thomas Harding and Friends at www.Rockies.com. Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres bring positive buzz into weekend clash

Padres bring positive buzz into weekend clash

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

The Padres are hosting the Dodgers at Petco Park the next three days with first place in the National League West on the line.

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Yonder paces Padres through NL West

Despite last two losses, San Diego performing well in division

Yonder paces Padres through NL West

DENVER -- The Padres head home after completing their first tour through the National League West, and they're stacking up pretty well so far.

Their eight wins in the division are more than any other team, and they sit atop the standings in a virtual tie with the Dodgers.

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Kennedy to return from DL, start Saturday vs. Dodgers

After starting twice in righty's place, Despaigne will go back to bullpen

Kennedy to return from DL, start Saturday vs. Dodgers

DENVER -- If there was any suspense left regarding Saturday's starter at home against the Dodgers, manager Bud Black ended it with an announcement Thursday. The question was essentially whether Ian Kennedy was ready to return from the disabled list after straining his left hamstring in his first start or if Odrisamer Despaigne would get a third start after going 2-0 with a 1.98 ERA in 13 2/3 innings as a starter.

"Ian Kennedy is going to start," Black said before Thursday's series finale. "Despaigne will go back to the bullpen. We feel good about Ian's hamstring. All the reports from Arizona are that he threw the ball well.

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Liriano hits pair of homers for El Paso

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

Rymer Liriano hit his first two Triple-A homers Thursday night, leading El Paso to a 7-3 victory over Sacramento in the west Texas city.
    
Liriano, 23, was 3-for-4 with three RBIs and three runs scored. Hitting in the leadoff slot, Liriano opened the Chihuahuas' first with a home run. He raised his season batting average to .288.
    
The Chihuahuas' third straight win boosted El Paso (10-5) into first place in the Pacific Coast League's Pacific Southern division.
    
Right-handed starter Bryce Morrow (2-1, 2.16 ERA) allowed Sacramento two runs on six hits and a walk with five strikeouts over 6 2/3 innings. Righty Cory Mazzoni (1.03 ERA) allowed a run on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in two-thirds of an inning.
    
Right-hander Marcos Mateo (1.04 ERA) struck out one in 1 2/3 perfect innings to pick up his fourth save.
    
Left fielder Tommy Medica (.351) was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Second baseman Taylor Lindsey was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI. Catcher Austin Hedges (.359) was 2-for-4 with a double.
    
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DOUBLE-A SAN ANTONIO (5-8): MIDLAND 8, Missions 4 -- Starting RHP Bryan Rodriguez (0-3, 8.36 ERA) allowed five runs (three earned) on eight hits and two walks with two strikeouts in five innings. LHP Chris Nunn allowed a hit and a walk in a scoreless inning, RHP Casey Kelly allowed a hit with a strikeout in a scoreless inning and RHP Michael Dimock (0.00 ERA) struck out the side in a perfect inning. 1B Luis Domoromo was 2-for-4.
    
HIGH SINGLE-A LAKE ELSINORE (5-10): Rancho Cucamonga 11, STORM 1 -- It was a stormy night for Lake Elsinore at the Diamond. The Storm had more errors (six) than hits (five). Starting RHP Justin Livengood (0-3, 6.75 ERA) was victimized by the defense -- and he committed two of the errors -- allowing nine runs (but only one earned run) on eight hits and a walk with two strikeouts in three innings. RHP Walker Weickel (4.50 ERA) allowed a run on two hits and two walks with three strikeouts in three innings.
    
LOW SINGLE-A FORT WAYNE (4-8): LANSING 3, TinCaps 2 -- CF Michael Gettys was 2-for-4 with a double, a triple and a RBI. C Miguel Del Castillo was 2-for-4 with a double. Each scored a run. Starting RHP Walker Lockett (0-2, 5.65 ERA) allowed all three Lansing runs on five hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 3 2/3 innings. LHP Payton Baskette (5.14 ERA) allowed two hits and a walk with a strikeout in 2 1/3 scoreless innings. RHP Wilson Santos (1.04 ERA) gave up two hits and two walks with two strikeouts in two scoreless innings.

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Spangenberg producing off the bench

Manager Black believes pinch-hitter will be effective offensively

Spangenberg producing off the bench

DENVER -- Cory Spangenberg has been a vital weapon off the bench for manager Bud Black, delivering twice in the past two games as a late-inning pinch-hitter.

Spangenberg led off the seventh inning in Tuesday's 7-6 win and bounced a ground-rule double over the center-field fence, eventually coming around to score a key run. And on Wednesday, he knocked in the go-ahead run with a double to left off Rockies starter Kyle Kendrick, also in the seventh. The Padres ultimately lost the game, 5-4.

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5 reasons a Padres win would simply rock

5 reasons a Padres win would simply rock

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

A Padres win in Colorado on Thursday afternoon would be satisfying on so many levels.

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Chihuahuas' win has local flavor; Almonte stands out

Dickerson, Needy contribute as El Paso gives Sacramento drubbing

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

Three local products had big nights Tuesday as Padres affiliates went 3-0.

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Padres grab late lead, but 'pen can't fend off Rockies

Padres grab late lead, but 'pen can't fend off Rockies

DENVER -- Pinch-hitter Daniel Descalso delivered a bases-loaded single over a five-man, drawn-in infield with one out in the bottom of the ninth as the Rockies ended their losing streak at five games, edging the Padres, 5-4, at Coors Field on Wednesday night.

Corey Dickerson homered twice, in the first off Padres starter James Shields and in the eighth off Joaquin Benoit to tie it at 4. The Rockies loaded the bases in the ninth against Shawn Kelley (0-2) to set up Descalso, a former Cardinal who signed a two-year, $3.6 million contract during the offseason for veteran know-how off the bench.

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Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page, Thomas Harding and Friends at www.Rockies.com. Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Shields settles in after rough start, delivers quality outing

Shields settles in after rough start, delivers quality outing

DENVER -- James Shields offered the Padres a quality start and put them in position to win the game, but with a restless Rockies lineup that fought back in the late innings, Shields' effort fell just shy of what the club needed in a 5-4 defeat at Coors Field on Wednesday.

Shields gave up five of his six hits and all of his three runs in the first two innings. He gave up a solo shot to Corey Dickerson and three doubles to Nolan Arenado, Michael McKenry and DJ LeMahieu before the game's fourth out, then settled into a groove and threw up goose eggs for his final four frames.

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Reliable relief corps endures off-night at Coors

Benoit allows tying homer, then Kelley gives up walk-off single

Reliable relief corps endures off-night at Coors

DENVER -- The Padres' bullpen suffered a rare meltdown Wednesday night, blowing its third save in nine opportunities in a 5-4 loss to the Rockies at Coors Field.

San Diego took the lead with a pair of seventh-inning doubles from Derek Norris and pinch-hitter Cory Spangenberg, then saw Colorado tie the game in the eighth and win it with three singles and an intentional walk in the ninth.

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Black praises Kemp for being vocal leader

Black praises Kemp for being vocal leader

DENVER -- There was no shortage of voices praising the Padres' team effort in Tuesday night's 7-6 come-from-behind victory over the Rockies. Among the loudest was Matt Kemp, who noted the hard work of the outfielders in refuting critics who had questioned their defensive qualifications.

"We've just got to continue to work and keep getting better," Kemp said Tuesday. "This is an all-around great team effort today and I'm proud of the boys."

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Gwynn has early lead in Padres Franchise Four voting

Gwynn has early lead in Padres Franchise Four voting

Tony Gwynn is the early leader in Padres voting for the Franchise Four campaign, which allows fans to elect the four most impactful players who best represent the history of each Major League franchise out of eight choices from its lineage.

Trevor Hoffman is second in voting for the Padres, followed by Dave Winfield and Randy Jones. Other Padres candidates include: Nate Colbert, Steve Garvey, Adrian Gonzalez and Jake Peavy. An additional write-in option is available to fans on the ballot. The eight nominees were selected based on the recommendations of a blue-ribbon panel, in consultation with the 30 Major League clubs. The panelists included John Thorn, MLB's official historian, and representatives from MLB's official statistician, the Elias Sports Bureau; MLB.com; MLB Network; and the Baseball Writers' Association of America.

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Through 15 in '15: Tracking the Padres' offense

Through 15 in '15: Tracking the Padres' offense

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

How much have the Padres improved over the past year?

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With four-run eighth, Padres rally past reeling Rockies

With four-run eighth, Padres rally past reeling Rockies

DENVER -- Derek Norris' two-run double broke an eighth-inning tie and gave the Padres their third straight victory -- 7-6 at Coors Field on Tuesday night over the Rockies, who have lost five straight.

The Padres entered the eighth trailing, 5-3. Yangervis Solarte and Wil Myers delivered RBI singles off Boone Logan (0-1). In between, Logan fielded an Alexi Amarista squeeze bunt attempt and cut down a runner at the plate. But Norris doubled to right-center just past the outstretched glove of Rockies center fielder Charlie Blackmon, giving the Padres the lead and reliever Brandon Maurer (1-0) the win.

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Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page, Thomas Harding and Friends at www.Rockies.com. Owen Perkins is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Kemp's outstretched grab sets stage for Padres' rally

Kemp's outstretched grab sets stage for Padres' rally

DENVER -- When a team scores 21 runs in two games, it's easy to overlook the defense. But one of the realities of baseball at hitter-friendly Coors Field is that solid play in the field can make the difference.

The Padres took an early lead Tuesday, saw the Rockies tie it quickly, fell three runs behind, and finally clawed their way back to a 7-6 victory thanks to 13 timely hits, seven walks and a hit-by-pitch.

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Former Padres power El Paso to victory

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

Five former Padres played key roles for Triple-A El Paso on Tuesday night as the Chihuahuas opened a homestand with a 7-1 win over Sacramento.

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Padres show resourcefulness, determination in comeback win

Kemp cites club's character, never-say-die attitude: 'We just grinded it out'

Padres show resourcefulness, determination in comeback win

DENVER -- The Padres ended their seesaw battle with the Rockies on Tuesday with a four-run rally in the eighth inning, tying the Rockies then taking a two-run lead and holding it for a 7-6 victory, their sixth comeback win out of their 10 on the season.

After posting big innings early and often in Monday's 14-3 series-opening rout, the Padres waited until the 11th hour Tuesday, bringing eight batters to the plate in the eighth and getting runs every which way they could.

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Happy to be back at Coors, Barmes hits first '15 homer

Happy to be back at Coors, Barmes hits first '15 homer

DENVER -- Clint Barmes put the Padres on the scoreboard with his first home run in over a year, a leadoff drive over the left-field fence to open the third inning Tuesday at Coors Field. It had been a long time, but it was like old times again for Barmes, who hit 61 home runs through parts of eight seasons as a Rockie, including 23 in 2009.

"I feel like I'm seeing the ball pretty well right now," Barmes said after San Diego's 7-6 victory over Colorado. "I'm not trying to do too much. I'm trying to stay inside the ball and put up good swings and have solid at-bats. It felt really good to catch a fastball out front a little bit and stay through it."

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Off to strong start, Padres plating plenty of early runs

Off to strong start, Padres plating plenty of early runs

DENVER -- The Padres couldn't be happier with their start to the season. They entered Tuesday night's game 9-5 and in second place in the National League West, a year after starting the season in fourth place at 6-8.

This year, the fast starts have begun in the first inning, and Monday's five-run frame was no exception. Through their first 14 games, the Padres scored the most first-inning runs in the Majors, outscoring opponents by a tally of 16-5, and they had the second-best batting average in that frame at .359.

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Padres' early barrage backs strong Despaigne

Padres' early barrage backs strong Despaigne

DENVER -- The Padres arrived in Coors Field with their bats a-blazing, scoring all they needed in a five-run first and three times scoring more runs in an inning than the Rockies scored all night Monday. San Diego took the series opener, 14-3, hitting the Rockies hard in a park where they dominated the Friars in 2014.

The nine runs in the first two innings spoiled the return of Rockies southpaw Jorge De La Rosa, who opened the season on the disabled list with a left groin strain.

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Padres come out swinging, pile up hits in Colorado

Friars score nine runs in first two frames; Despaigne gets first knock

Padres come out swinging, pile up hits in Colorado

DENVER -- It may be a new-look lineup for the Padres, but manager Bud Black came to Coors Field with a batting order stacked with hitters who know the pleasure to be taken from getting in a groove at the Rockies' mile-high ballpark. In Monday's 14-3 victory, the Friars erupted for a season high in runs, pouncing on starting pitcher Jorge De La Rosa for nine in the first two innings.

San Diego batted around in the first frame, putting up five runs on six hits. In the second inning, they scored four runs on three hits, an error and a misread drive to center, and in the fifth inning they put up another five-spot on five hits.

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