Padres' 2nd-base job wide open for 2017

Green encouraging players to 'keep fighting' for spot

Padres' 2nd-base job wide open for 2017

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres' second-base job is one of many positions that will be wide open heading into next season, according to manager Andy Green.

Despite the play of rookie Ryan Schimpf, who had hit 14 home runs with an .887 OPS through 57 games entering Wednesday, both Cory Spangenberg and Carlos Asuaje will be competing for the job.

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Friedrich likely to shift to 'pen as innings pile up

Padres starter tagged for 5 runs, 2 homers in loss to Cubs

Friedrich likely to shift to 'pen as innings pile up

SAN DIEGO -- If, indeed, Christian Friedrich was making his final start of the season during Tuesday's 5-3 loss to the Cubs, it was a somewhat unceremonious end.

Friedrich allowed five runs over 5 1/3 innings, including home runs to Kris Bryant and Addison Russell, both on pitches he left up in the zone over the middle of the plate.

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Padres' late rally comes up short vs. Cubs

Padres' late rally comes up short vs. Cubs

SAN DIEGO -- Kris Bryant and Addison Russell each homered to help Jake Arrieta become the National League's first and lead the Cubs to a 5-3 victory Tuesday night over the Padres for their 21st win in the last 26 games.

Now 80-45, Chicago is the first team in the Majors to win 80 games, and is 35 games over .500 for the first time since Sept. 25, 2008 (96-61). This is the quickest the Cubs have reached 80 wins since 1929, and that team won an NL pennant.

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Ross to see first game action since Opening Day

Padres starter eyes September return from shoulder injury

Ross to see first game action since Opening Day

SAN DIEGO -- Sure, it's just a California League game in late August. But when Tyson Ross takes the ball Thursday for Lake Elsinore, the Padres' Class A Advanced affiliate, he expects to have the same jitters that he had on Opening Day.

That's because Ross will be pitching in game action for the first time since the Padres' season opener on April 4. He's expected to throw three innings or 45 pitches against Rancho Cucamonga.

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Quintana has HR, 6 RBIs on notable night in Padres' system

Allen named to Class A Midwest League All-Star team

Quintana has HR, 6 RBIs on notable night in Padres' system

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

Gabriel Quintana homered and drove in all six runs and right-hander Daniel McCutchen and two relievers combined on a three-hit shutout Tuesday night as Double-A San Antonio scored a 6-0 win over Frisco in San Antonio.

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Arlin was dynamic pitcher in Padres' early days

He came within one out of a no-hitter in 1972

Arlin was dynamic pitcher in Padres' early days

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

Contrary to modern popular belief, the fastball is not a creation of the radar gun.

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Padres always looking to gain edge on bases

'It changes games,' Green says of team's aggressive approach

Padres always looking to gain edge on bases

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres have ruled the basepaths this season, thanks to a mindset handed down from the coaching staff to the players that emphasizes aggression.

It might be easy to look at the stolen-base leaders this season and argue that the Brewers -- who lead the Majors with 136 stolen bases -- have been superior in this facet of the game. The Padres are third in baseball with 103 stolen bases, while the Indians and the Red Sox top the list in stolen-base success rates, at 82 and 81 percent respectively, compared to San Diego's 76 percent rate -- fifth in baseball.

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Sardinas shines with defense in Padres debut

Sardinas shines with defense in Padres debut

SAN DIEGO -- Luis Sardinas showcased some of the defensive prowess that originally made him one of the top prospects in baseball during his Padres debut Monday night in San Diego's 5-1 loss to the Cubs.

Sardinas showed excellent range and athleticism at second base, including an impressive catch in the fourth inning while falling over a sliding Patrick Kivlehan right-field foul ground.

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Thompson, Weeks pace Arizona Rookie Padres

Second baseman makes first rehab start

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

Second baseman Jemile Weeks made his rehab debut with the Arizona Rookie Padres Monday night and right-hander Mason Thompson pitched three scoreless innings as the Arizona Rookie Padres defeated the Texas Rangers 4-3 in 11 innings.

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Jackson stung by HRs as Cubs take opener

Jackson stung by HRs as Cubs take opener

SAN DIEGO -- The last time Addison Russell and Kris Bryant played at Petco Park was in July when they started for the National League All-Star team. On Monday night, they showed why they deserved those honors.

Russell hit a solo homer and sacrifice fly, Bryant added his 32nd homer and Jason Heyward smacked a two-run homer in his return to the lineup to back Jon Lester and lift the Cubs to a 5-1 victory over the Padres. Lester, also named to the NL All-Star team, picked up his 10th win in his last 11 decisions, dating to May 27.

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Carrie Muskat has covered the Cubs since 1987, and for MLB.com since 2001. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast.

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Perdomo's rapid improvement surprises Friars

Rule 5 acquisition cementing place in 2017 rotation

Perdomo's rapid improvement surprises Friars

SAN DIEGO -- When the Padres nabbed Luis Perdomo in the Rule 5 Draft last offseason, they envisioned performances like the one he put forth in Sunday's 9-1 victory over the D-backs.

Thing is, they didn't exactly envision those performances coming in 2016.

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Former Padres pitcher Arlin dies at 70

Former Padres pitcher Arlin dies at 70

SAN DIEGO -- Former Padres and Indians pitcher Steve Arlin has passed away at age 70, according to a release from Ohio State athletics. The right-hander died Wednesday of undisclosed causes.

Arlin is perhaps best known as the Padres pitcher to have come the closest to throwing a no-hitter. On July 18, 1972, Arlin was one out shy of a no-no against Philadelphia, before Denny Doyle's chopper bounced over the glove of Padres third baseman Dave Roberts for a single. No Padres pitcher has come as close to recording a no-hitter since.

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Kivlehan shows debut was no fluke in second game

Padres' rookie has multi-hit performances in first two MLB games

Kivlehan shows debut was no fluke in second game

SAN DIEGO -- After making a splash by homering in his Major League debut Saturday night, Padres rookie Patrick Kivlehan kept things going during Sunday's 9-1 win over the D-backs.

Kivlehan was responsible for San Diego's first hit -- for the second straight game -- in the third inning, singled again in the sixth, drew two walks, scored three runs and tacked on an RBI for good measure.

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Rookie talent on display in rout of D-backs

Rookie talent on display in rout of D-backs

SAN DIEGO -- The way Luis Perdomo was dealing Sunday afternoon at Petco Park, the rookie right-hander didn't need much run support.

The Padres' bats gave it to him anyway.

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Padres' rookies making most of chances

Perdomo, Kivlehan, Jankowski, Dickerson produce Sunday

Padres' rookies making most of chances

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The Padres already tied a franchise record earlier this season by having six rookies in the lineup at the same time.

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Lauer, Lloyd make scoreless starts

Triple-A El Paso nears division title with win over Salt Lake

Lauer, Lloyd make scoreless starts

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

Starting pitchers Eric Lauer and Kyle Lloyd turned in scoreless performances Sunday in the Padres' farm system.

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Jay could return by early September

Padres outfielder taking swings for first time since breaking forearm

Jay could return by early September

SAN DIEGO -- Injured Padres outfielder Jon Jay has begun taking swings off a tee and could return by the first week of September, manager Andy Green said Sunday.

Jay, who broke his right forearm when he was hit by a pitch in June, would likely need to play in a few rehab games before joining the Padres.

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Baker homers in Fort Wayne debut; Lockett promoted again

Lefty Garces leads Chihuahuas to win

Baker homers in Fort Wayne debut; Lockett promoted again

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

Shortstop Chris Baker hit a homer in his first start for Class A Fort Wayne, right-handed starter Walker Lockett was promoted to Triple-A El Paso and four starting pitchers turned in strong outings in the Padres' farm system on Saturday night.

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Kivlehan announces presence with a bang

Padres rookie receives 200 text messages after record-setting debut

Kivlehan announces presence with a bang

SAN DIEGO -- Patrick Kivlehan seemed to be the only Padres batter who had a read on D-backs starter Robbie Ray during Saturday night's 2-1 loss.

In his Major League debut, the 26-year-old rookie launched his way into the hit column -- and the San Diego record books -- with a 464-foot home run in the fifth inning, the only hit Ray surrendered on the evening.

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Kivlehan homers in debut, but Padres fall short

Kivlehan homers in debut, but Padres fall short

SAN DIEGO -- In the best start of his young career, Robbie Ray was nearly untouchable Saturday night, leading the D-backs to a 2-1 victory over the Padres at Petco Park.

Ray set a career-high with 13 strikeouts over seven frames, while allowing just one hit -- a fifth-inning home run by Padres debutant Patrick Kivlehan.

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Padres option Buchter to Triple-A El Paso

Club also sends Noonan down, recalls Kivlehan and Hessler

Padres option Buchter to Triple-A El Paso

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres optioned left-handed reliever Ryan Buchter to Triple-A El Paso on Saturday afternoon, amid a handful of roster moves that included optioning Nick Noonan back to El Paso, and recalling infielder/outfielder Patrick Kivlehan and left-handed pitcher Keith Hessler.

The decision to send down Buchter comes after a week in which his spin rate was down, and a Friday night outing in which Padres manager Andy Green noticed some fatigue from the 29-year-old.

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Schimpf's 10th-inning walk-off caps huge night

Schimpf's 10th-inning walk-off caps huge night

SAN DIEGO -- With the winning run on second base in the 10th inning Friday, a single would've probably done the trick for Ryan Schimpf and the Padres.

Schimpf isn't one to hit singles.

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Bethancourt expanding defensive repertoire

Padres catcher playing some games in outfield, may learn third base

Bethancourt expanding defensive repertoire

SAN DIEGO -- By Christian Bethancourt's estimation, the last time he played right field on a routine basis came during the 2004 Little League World Series with his team from Panama City.

Until this year, Bethancourt had spent all eight of his professional seasons exclusively as a catcher. This season, however, he's spent parts of 10 games in the outfield -- and that number could continue to grow.

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Schimpf adds to absurd extra-base hit stats

Second baseman doubles twice, hits two homers in win over D-backs

Schimpf adds to absurd extra-base hit stats

SAN DIEGO -- Ryan Schimpf, the Padres' extra-base hit machine, had recorded singles for each of his last three hits entering play Friday night.

That was, no doubt, an anomaly, as Schimpf quickly reverted back to his old self in a 7-4 walk-off win over the D-backs.

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Rookie Dickerson delivers in see-saw battle with D-backs

Rookie Dickerson delivers in see-saw battle with D-backs

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres rallied for three runs with two outs in the eighth inning on Thursday night, but still needed closer Brandon Maurer to slam the door on a wild, 9-8 victory over the D-backs.

Rookie left fielder Alex Dickerson played hero after San Diego loaded the bases against D-backs reliever Jake Barrett in the eighth. Arizona then called upon right-hander Enrique Burgos, who left an 0-1 fastball over the plate. Dickerson crushed it to the opposite-field gap, scoring all three baserunners and give the Padres a 9-7 lead.

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Shortstops on the move in Padres system

Quintana's HR binge continues in San Antonio win

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

The injury that landed Javier Guerra on the disabled list at Class A Advanced Lake Elsinore triggered a wave of shortstop promotions in the Padres' system Friday.

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Padres host PLAY event at Petco Park

Friars pitcher Ross, training staff among those on hand for educational program

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres hosted a National PLAY Campaign event Friday morning at Petco Park, with the Taylor Hooton Foundation, the Henry Schein Cares Foundation and the Padres' athletic training staff collaborating to educate young people and their parents about living active, healthy lives.

Tyson Ross, who is a Taylor Hooton Foundation Advisory Board member, was among those in attendance at the event. He answered questions and talked to children who went on to participate in drills and activities in the outfield and bullpen at Petco Park.

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Schimpf posting extraordinary numbers

Pace would produce 40 HRs, 100 RBIs

Schimpf posting extraordinary numbers

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

I have never considered myself a baseball expert, because I'm not.

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