Marlins Park brings out slugger in Amarista

For 2nd straight year, Padres shortstop hits clutch homer in Miami

Marlins Park brings out slugger in Amarista

MIAMI -- There's something about late-game heroics and Marlins Park that brings out the best in Padres shortstop Alexi Amarista.

For the second successive year, Amarista -- hardly a prodigious power hitter -- provided a little late-game thunder, though it ultimately went for naught as the Marlins defeated the Padres, 5-2, on Adeiny Hechavarria's walk-off three-run home run.

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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.

Amarista clutch, but Padres fall in ninth

Amarista clutch, but Padres fall in ninth

MIAMI -- After watching a two-run lead slip away on Alexi Amarista's homer in the top of the ninth, the Marlins responded with Adeiny Hechavarria's walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the inning. Hechavarria blistered a drive out to left-center off Brandon Maurer to lift Miami to a 5-2 win over the Padres on Sunday at Marlins Park.

The Padres tied it on Amarista's two-run shot off A.J. Ramos with one out. The blast to right marked Ramos' third blown save since taking over the closer's role in May, with all three coming on 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. Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Preller didn't see good value at Deadline

Padres added Rzepczynski, but many expected club would be more active

Preller didn't see good value at Deadline

MIAMI -- Padres general manager A.J. Preller said he wasn't put off or offended by criticism that the team decided not to move more players before Friday's non-waiver Trade Deadline.

"I think people have a right to their opinion. I think maybe there was an expectation level set, with the offseason moves, that we were going to make seven different moves or something," Preller said late Saturday.

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Spangenberg ready for rehab assignment

Padres infielder tests knee during workout at Marlins Park

Spangenberg ready for rehab assignment

MIAMI -- As of Saturday, the Padres were hopeful that infielder Cory Spangenberg would be set for a Minor League rehabilitation assignment at some point late next week.

That plan changed Sunday when Spangenberg -- on the disabled list since June 28 with a bone bruise in his left knee -- essentially breezed through a handful of on-field drills, impressing the team Instead of needing more time, Spangenberg will join Double-A San Antonio for a rehab stint on Monday. He'll play second base and third base and attempt to get his timing back at the plate.

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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.

ICYMI: Ninja launches rally, Padres drop finale

ICYMI: Ninja launches rally, Padres drop finale

Sunday afternoon's series finale between the Padres and Marlins was chalked up to be a classic pitching duel between the proverbial ace of each club, as James Shields faced off against Jose Fernandez and the Marlins. For the most part, that is exactly what fans got to witness, as both pitchers delivered quality starts, while Fernandez kept San Diego scoreless through six. The Friars would remain scoreless until the very end, when they scratched a couple of runs across the board late, in a two-run rally, before ultimately dropping the finale by a score of 5-2, thanks to a Marlins walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth.

Shields stumbled out of the gate, as he surrendered three hits and two earned runs in the bottom of the first inning before recovering and posting five straight innings of shutout baseball. Shields finished the day throwing six innings of two-run ball on only five hits and four strikeouts, while only walking two. Shields was relieved by Kevin Quackenbush and Marc Rzepczynski, who each combined for two more shutout innings while striking out two and surrendering only one hit along the way.

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Padres, Brewers face off for first time in 2015

Padres, Brewers face off for first time in 2015

It took four months, but the Padres and Brewers will finally get a look at each other on Monday when they open a four-game series at Miller Park.

The two teams have a lot in common. Both dismissed their managers earlier in the season and have fallen short of preseason expectations.

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Solarte playing key role in Padres' recent run

Venable, Gyorko, Norris also streaking

Solarte playing key role in Padres' recent run

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

Yangervis Solarte has played a major role in the Padres' 12-4 run since July 12.

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Padres finish off Fish after Despaigne's start

Padres finish off Fish after Despaigne's start

MIAMI -- Odrisamer Despaigne allowed three runs in six-plus innings and closer Craig Kimbrel earned his 31st save as the Padres edged the Marlins, 5-3, on Saturday at Marlins Park.

Despaigne allowed five hits and got nine groundouts for the Padres, who have won 12 of their last 16 games.

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

Renfroe and Asencio hit back-to-back HRs in Double-A San Antonio win

Jankowski has two more hits for Triple-A El Paso

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

Outfielders Hunter Renfroe and Yeison Asencio capped a five-run sixth inning with back-to-back homers on Saturday night to lead Double-A San Antonio to a 5-4, Texas League win over Frisco in San Antonio.

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Friars' fortified relief corps quickly stomps out threat

Friars' fortified relief corps quickly stomps out threat

MIAMI -- Before Saturday's 5-3 win over the Marlins, new Padres reliever Marc Rzepczynski lamented his struggles earlier this season with the Indians, the result, he said, of yielding too many first-pitch hits.

Not that the left-hander minds first-pitch contact -- just as long as it goes for outs and not hits.

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Kennedy on paternity list; Federowicz designated

Reliever Campos recalled while starter's away; Friars to go with Norris, Hedges behind plate

Kennedy on paternity list; Federowicz designated

MIAMI -- The Padres placed starting pitcher Ian Kennedy on paternity leave Saturday, one day after his wife, Allison, gave birth to the couple's fourth daughter, Evelyn Nicole.

Kennedy, who allowed two runs in seven innings in a no-decision Friday, will rejoin the team Tuesday in Milwaukee, one day ahead of his next scheduled start against the Brewers.

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SoCal native Rzepczynski glad to be home

SoCal native Rzepczynski glad to be home

MIAMI -- New Padres reliever Marc Rzepczynski grew up in Orange County and was an Angels fan, though he did admit Saturday to having a soft spot for the Padres.

Or, rather, the Friars.

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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.

Preller made no moves, and that's A-OK

Notes on Kennedy, Jankowski, Norris and more

Preller made no moves, and that's A-OK

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

I'll make this short and sweet.

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Mejia, Dorminy, Herrera pace Minors pitchers

Domoromo, Gillies each record 4 RBIs for Class A Fort Wayne

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

Three short-season Single-A Tri-City pitchers combined on a seven-hit shutout Friday night as the Dust Devils defeated Hillsboro 9-0 to improve to 25-18 - the best overall record in the Northwest League. Elsewhere, in the Padres system 20-year-old right-hander Ronald Herrera picked up his first win for Double-A San Antonio, where first baseman Luis Domoromo and left fielder Tyson Gillies both drove in four runs. And left-hander Thomas Dorminy, 22, allowed one run on three hits over seven innings to lower his earned run average to 3.39 for low Single-A Fort Wayne.

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Padres top Marlins with five-run 11th inning

Padres top Marlins with five-run 11th inning

MIAMI -- It took a little extra work, but the Padres defeated the Marlins, 8-3, in 11 innings on Friday to win the series opener at Marlins Park and claim their sixth victory in seven games. Marlins closer A.J. Ramos walked Yonder Alonso with the bases loaded to send home the go-ahead run, and San Diego added four in the frame, giving Brandon Maurer the victory.

After a seven-inning, two-run outing by Ian Kennedy -- who was briefly removed as the starter prior to the game, as he'd planned to join his wife for the birth of their daughter -- Padres closer Craig Kimbrel had the Marlins down to their last out protecting a one-run lead. But Derek Dietrich launched a solo homer to send the game into extra innings.

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Steve Wilaj is an associate reporter for MLB.com. 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.

A night of special deliveries for Kennedy

Padres starter throws seven strong innings following child's birth

A night of special deliveries for Kennedy

MIAMI -- Ian Kennedy certainly had a lot on his plate -- and on his mind -- before Friday's 8-3 win, and very little of it actually had to do with the non-waiver Trade Deadline and how it pertained to him.

Kennedy, set to start the series opener against the Marlins, got a call at 7:15 a.m. PT from his wife, Allison, who was going into labor with their fourth child. Kennedy's plan was to return to Southern California in time to attend the birth, but that's when things got complicated.

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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.

Venable helps kick-start winning rally

Venable helps kick-start winning rally

MIAMI -- Of the three hits Will Venable had in Friday's 8-3 win over the Marlins, his favorite -- and certainly the most important -- was the one that traveled the shortest distance.

"I'll take a broken-bat hit any day," Venable said.

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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 decide standing pat the best option

San Diego gets Rzepczynski, but big deals don't materialize

Padres decide standing pat the best option

MIAMI -- The bonanza of deals that general manager A.J. Preller was expected by many to make on or before Friday's 1 p.m. PT non-waiver Trade Deadline never came to fruition.

The Padres did make one small deal with the Indians, acquiring left-handed specialist Marc Rzepczynski in exchange for outfielder Abraham Almonte.

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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.

ICYMI: 11-batter 11th secures opener for Friars

ICYMI: 11-batter 11th secures opener for Friars

Sometimes when a team is on the cusp of winning -- after maintaining a stranglehold on a game most of the evening -- only to later find itself ensnared in an extra-inning affair, its morale and drive can understandably be taken away very quickly. Such was not the case for the Padres on Friday, however, as the team found a way to survive a rare Craig Kimbrel blown save to go on to an 8-3 victory over the Marlins at Marlins Park in 11 innings.

The final score was deceptive, suggesting the Padres might have had command over the entire game. But the Friars were only able to put up a crooked number because of a marathon rally, as San Diego sent 11 batters to the plate in the 11th inning.

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Still a Padre, J-Up delivers game-winning HR

After 44-minute delay, slugger crushes three-run shot as rain hits again

Still a Padre, J-Up delivers game-winning HR

NEW YORK -- After the fake-outs and fake hugs, the only part of Justin Upton that actually left Citi Field during the Padres' 8-7 comeback win on Thursday sailed over the right-center-field wall.

With rumors still swirling that Upton could be traded, the left fielder diverted all the attention away from the "will he or won't he?" drama and onto the field. Upton blasted his second homer in two days in dramatic fashion, a go-ahead three-run shot off Jeurys Familia in the ninth inning to cap a comeback over the Mets.

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Norris leads rally, tallies career-high 5 hits

Seventh-inning grand slam cuts Padres' deficit to two runs

Norris leads rally, tallies career-high 5 hits

NEW YORK -- Derek Norris' fourth start of the season at first base couldn't have begun any worse. By the end, it turned into one of the best games of his career.

In the second inning of San Diego's eventual 8-7 win, with just one single on the day, Norris allowed a runner to reach when he muffed a routine throw from third baseman Yangervis Solarte. He didn't make another mistake all day, combining an otherwise flawless game in the field with a career-high five hits, including a grand slam. Norris singled four times -- the last one sparking the Padres' inspired ninth-inning rally leading up to Justin Upton's game-winning homer -- and his slam in the seventh brought his team within two runs after facing a 7-1 deficit.

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

Catching alignment could take some sorting out

Federowicz decision coming Saturday

Catching alignment could take some sorting out

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

Regardless of the non-waiver Trade Deadline, the Padres have at least one other interesting position question developing: What will the catching lineup look like after Saturday?

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Barry M. Bloom

Murphy talks 'heartfelt, difficult' trade process

During Wednesday's game, Flores' reaction to false rumors impressed Padres manager

Murphy talks 'heartfelt, difficult' trade process

NEW YORK -- With Major League Baseball's non-waiver Trade Deadline hovering ahead at 4 p.m. ET on Friday, make no mistake about it -- all of the rumors have a deleterious effect on the players. No matter what they might say.

The Padres' clubhouse has been ticking like a time bomb all week, with Justin Upton, James Shields, Tyson Ross and Andrew Cashner all queried about their fate. Nothing has happened yet.

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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.

ICYMI: Norris, Upton catalyze incredible comeback win

ICYMI: Norris, Upton catalyze incredible comeback win

Thursday's series finale between the Mets and Friars featured a pair of rain delays in the ninth inning that ran almost an hour longer than the actual game itself, tolling in at a whopping three hours and 36 minutes. That three-and-a-half-hour delay would serve as a mere footnote, however, as the Padres staged an incredible seven-run comeback to go from a 7-1 deficit to an 8-7 victory over the Mets at Citi Field.

Early on, the game appeared to belong to New York as the squad strung together a few good innings against Padres starter Andrew Cashner and led the game by 4-0 in the fifth inning. The Mets would eventually build up a 7-1 lead in the sixth inning, while San Diego struggled to mount any offense at all halfway through the game. Cashner lasted 5.1 innings after surrendering seven runs -- only five of which were earned -- on six hits and three strikeouts, while the Padres bullpen settled in to do what they do best in keeping the game manageable.

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Erlin, Dimock lead Triple-A El Paso to win

Decker hits 19th HR; Jankowski 2-for-4, slips to .536

Erlin, Dimock lead Triple-A El Paso to win

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

With right-hander Brandon Morrow having his second rehab start cancelled with Triple-A El Paso Thursday night, the Chihuahuas made several moves that resulted in their eighth win in the past 10 games.

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Upton's 9th-inning blast caps rain-soaked rally

Upton's 9th-inning blast caps rain-soaked rally

NEW YORK -- Carlos Gomez or no, the Mets were two strikes away from a series win over the Padres on Thursday afternoon heading into this weekend's showdown with the first-place Nationals.

Then Justin Upton squeezed a go-ahead three-run homer into the seven-minute span between ninth-inning rain delays, leading the Padres to an 8-7 victory. Jeurys Familia blew his third save in three attempts for New York since the All-Star break, after going 27-for-29 in the first half.

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Anthony DiComo is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast. Joe Trezza is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Morrow to miss rehab start due to soreness

Right-hander dealing with shoulder issues; began DL stint on May 3

Morrow to miss rehab start due to soreness

NEW YORK -- Right-hander Brandon Morrow won't make his scheduled rehab start Thursday night due to shoulder soreness that has once again flared up and signifies a second setback.

Scheduled to throw 60 pitches for Triple-A El Paso, Morrow will instead fly back to San Diego to consult a team doctor after experiencing discomfort during a bullpen session earlier this week.

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

Padres take charge early in win over Mets

Padres take charge early in win over Mets

NEW YORK -- The Padres got to Mets starter Bartolo Colon early, putting up six runs in the first three innings and chasing him after just 2 1/3 innings. That would prove to be more than enough, as Tyson Ross and the San Diego bullpen cruised the rest of the way to a 7-3 win.

The Padres' early runs came in pairs. A Matt Kemp single and Justin Upton's sacrifice fly scored two in the first inning, singles from Will Venable and Yangervis Solarte plated two in the second and home runs from Upton and Yonder Alonso sent home two in the third. Upton added an insurance run with an RBI single in the sixth inning. Lucas Duda was responsible for the Mets' offense with a trio of solo home runs.

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Joe Trezza and Alden Woods are associate reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.