Sixth inning turns sour for Padres in loss

Sixth inning turns sour for Padres in loss

SAN DIEGO -- Stifled through five innings, the Marlins offense came alive quickly during a six-run sixth inning that sent Miami to a 7-3 series-clinching victory over the Padres on Sunday.

Each of Miami's first six hitters reached base in the fateful frame, and each of them came around to score -- the final three on Justin Bour's no-doubter into the right-field seats. Padres reliever Craig Stammen left a changeup over the heart of the plate, and Bour crushed it -- 403 feet with a 111 mph exit velocity, according to Statcast™.

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Jay Paris is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the Marlins on Sunday.

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Padres rave about Hedges' work behind plate

Padres rave about Hedges' work behind plate

SAN DIEGO -- For the first week and a half of the season, Austin Hedges didn't hit much of anything. For the last week and a half, he's hit just about everything.

Through his early struggles -- and now his recent hot streak -- Hedges hasn't wavered behind the plate. In the long term, there are still plenty of questions about Hedges' impact at the dish. There are significantly fewer questions about his impact behind it.

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Investment in Weaver paying off for Padres

San Diego's four free-agent starters performing well

Investment in Weaver paying off for Padres

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres spent $8.25 million on four-fifths of their starting rotation during the offseason. So far, it's been money well spent.

Their four free-agent signings have turned in four very impressive starts in the past four nights. Jered Weaver's quality outing during Saturday's 6-3 loss to Miami in 11 innings was merely the latest.

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Error in 11th proves costly in Padres loss

Error in 11th proves costly in Padres loss

SAN DIEGO -- The Marlins plated two runs in the 11th inning on Dee Gordon's "little-league home run" and two more on Giancarlo Stanton's big league home run en route to a 6-3 victory over the Padres on Saturday night. In the process, they made certain Dan Straily's career night wouldn't go to waste.

With one on in the 11th, Gordon hit a slow roller in front of the mound, which Padres reliever Jose Torres promptly threw into the right-field corner. Hunter Renfroe couldn't dig the ball out, and the Marlins speedster came all the way around to score on an infield single and a pair of Padres errors. More >>

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Spangenberg knocking on big league door

Infielder is hitting .382 in Triple-A, playing solid defense

Spangenberg knocking on big league door

SAN DIEGO -- When the Padres made the surprise decision to leave Cory Spangenberg off the Opening Day roster, they did so with the caveat that he needed to receive everyday at-bats and perform consistently when he got them.

Spangenberg has done just that at Triple-A El Paso. He's hitting .382/.433/.491, while reportedly playing a stellar defensive third base.

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Fast games not always good for Padres

Notes on Sundays, Hedges, Weaver, Margot

Fast games not always good for Padres

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

Commissioner Rob Manfred has to be happy with the Padres' pace of play this week.

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Myers honored for hitting for the cycle

Padres, Bikes for Kids Foundation donate bikes to students

Myers honored for hitting for the cycle

SAN DIEGO -- Wil Myers hit for one cycle on the field last week in Colorado. In doing so, the Padres first baseman hit for 50 cycles off of it.

Before Saturday's game against the Marlins, the Padres honored Myers for becoming the second player in team history to hit for the cycle on April 10. They presented him with a display case commemorating the occasion and unveiled plans for a Wil Myers bobblehead giveaway in honor of the achievement.

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Cahill's first Padres start at Petco 'special'

Padres starting pitcher grew up in northwestern San Diego

Cahill's first Padres start at Petco 'special'

SAN DIEGO -- A decade and a half before his seven brilliant innings in Friday's 5-3 victory over the Marlins, Trevor Cahill was a student at Vista High School watching Padres games from his home in northwestern San Diego county.

"I literally watched every single Padre game on TV throughout high school, just doing homework," Cahill said.

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Small swing fix has Hedges in a good place

Padres catcher has four home runs in last seven games

Small swing fix has Hedges in a good place

SAN DIEGO -- To the untrained eye, it's practically indiscernible, but Austin Hedges' current swing is not the same one he used when he started the season 0-for-24.

About a week ago, the Padres noticed Hedges' hands moving a split second later than they had in the past -- and after the rest of his body loaded to swing.

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Homecoming king: Cahill rolls in Petco debut

Homecoming king: Cahill rolls in Petco debut

SAN DIEGO -- Austin Hedges capped a four-run seventh inning with a three-run home run off the third deck of the Western Metal Building Friday night. That was enough to make a winner out of Vista High School graduate Trevor Cahill in his first home start at Petco Park, as the Padres beat the Marlins, 5-3.

Both starters pitched crisp one-run ball, before the Padres' bats came alive against the Miami bullpen. Wil Myers drove in the go-ahead run with a double-play grounder, before reliever David Phelps intentionally walked Yangervis Solarte. Hedges made the Marlins pay for that decision, launching a projected 430-foot shot for his fourth homer in the past week.

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Padres reaping rewards from 4 free-agent SP

Richard, Chacin, Cahill, Weaver off to good starts

Padres reaping rewards from 4 free-agent SP

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

The Padres had a gap to bridge last winter.

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Anthem highlights Out at the Park event

Padres celebrate LGBT inclusion at Petco Park Friday

Anthem highlights Out at the Park event

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres capped their biggest Out at the Park night ever with one of the biggest national anthems to grace Petco Park.

The San Diego Gay Men's Chorus, the San Diego Women's Chorus and San Diego Pride partnered with several Padres executives to perform the anthem before Friday's game against the Marlins. In total, more than 200 people took part in the singing, including former Padre Billy Bean, now Major League Baseball's vice president for social responsibility and inclusion.

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Urias notches second straight four-hit effort

Urias notches second straight four-hit effort

No pitcher has been more dominant than Class A Columbia's Merandy Gonzalez to begin the season. That trend continued on Friday night, as the Mets' No. 14 prospect extended his scoreless innings streak to 20 2/3 by tossing seven frames in a win against Lexington.

Gonzalez allowed just three singles and struck out a season-high seven batters en route to his third win in as many starts for the Fireflies. He retired nine consecutive batters at one point before setting down the final seven he faced to finish with 88 pitches (64 strikes).

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Myers' torrid pace to start '17 is noteworthy

Padres first baseman extends hit streak to 11 games with homer

Myers' torrid pace to start '17 is noteworthy

SAN DIEGO -- In the "notes" section on his cell phone, Wil Myers keeps tabs of his performance from every game. But, in his eyes, the results aren't the best barometer of a successful at-bat. Instead, Myers uses his own metric, "quality plate appearances," to determine his night.

It's all admittedly very subjective. If Myers went 0-for-4, but -- in his mind -- felt he put forth the best at-bat possible on two of those occasions, he'll mark down 2-for-4 in his phone.

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Myers, Hedges homer to back Richard

Myers, Hedges homer to back Richard

SAN DIEGO -- Wil Myers and Austin Hedges went deep, giving veteran left-hander Clayton Richard all the support he needed, as the Padres -- behind a four-strikeout seventh inning -- beat the D-backs, 4-1, on Thursday night.

Myers got San Diego on the board with a solo shot in the first, extending his hitting streak to a National League-leading 11 games, before Hedges tacked on an insurance run in the seventh. In between, Erick Aybar's two-run fifth-inning double put the Padres in front for good.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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Upper Hand: Padres strike out four in seventh

Upper Hand: Padres strike out four in seventh

SAN DIEGO -- Clayton Richard opened the seventh inning with two strikeouts on Thursday, before the Padres called for Brad Hand out of the bullpen. In one of baseball's quirky twists, Hand would match Richard with two strikeouts in the frame as well.

Yes, you read that correctly. The two Padres southpaws combined to strike out four D-backs in one inning during Thursday's 4-1 series-clinching victory. A throwing error by catcher Austin Hedges on a pitch in the dirt set the stage for Hand to whiff Paul Goldschmidt and end the frame.

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Padres win 3 of first 4 series vs. NL West

Notes on Myers, Aybar, Hedges

Padres win 3 of first 4 series vs. NL West

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

The Padres have the same record they did in 2016 after 17 games -- 7-10.

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Chacin turns in yet another dominating start

Chacin turns in yet another dominating start

SAN DIEGO -- Austin Hedges' glove gave the best indication of Jhoulys Chacin's dominance on Wednesday night.

In the Padres' 1-0 victory over the D-backs, Chacin allowed only three singles and a walk over eight scoreless innings. He peppered both corners of the plate, and Hedges never once found himself reaching back over the heart of the dish.

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Lamet sets Chihuahuas record with 13 K's

Lamet sets Chihuahuas record with 13 K's

Make it three straight scoreless starts for Class A Advanced Buies Creek's Franklin Perez.

The Astros' No. 6 prospect extended his season-opening scoreless innings streak to 14 1/3 on Thursday, tossing five dominant frames against a loaded Carolina offense. He gave up two hits, struck out seven and induced six ground-ball outs as Buies Creek routed the Mudcats, 14-1.

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Aybar ends pitchers' duel with HR off Greinke

Aybar ends pitchers' duel with HR off Greinke

SAN DIEGO -- Erick Aybar's eighth-inning blast broke up a crisply played pitchers' duel between Jhoulys Chacin and Zack Greinke, and sent the Padres to a 1-0 victory over the D-backs on Wednesday night at Petco Park.

The two-hour, 13-minute affair marked just the second 1-0 game this season, and the first in the National League.

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Looking at 1-0 Petco games decided by HRs

Myers extends hitting streak to 10 straight games; notes on Chacin, Aybar

Looking at 1-0 Petco games decided by HRs

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

Speaking of fast games, shutouts and 1-0 shutout wins on a homer:

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Cosart placed on DL with hamstring strain

Cosart placed on DL with hamstring strain

SAN DIEGO -- On Tuesday night, a strained right hamstring prevented Jarred Cosart's latest attempt to find the winner's circle for the first time since 2015 while facing the D-backs.

On Wednesday, the right-hander was placed on the 10-day disabled list, with righty reliever Kevin Quackenbush recalled from Triple-A El Paso to take his roster spot.

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Jay Paris is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hand an incredibly durable relief weapon

Hand an incredibly durable relief weapon

SAN DIEGO -- Brad Hand might be the best relief pitcher no one is talking about.

Since Hand joined the Padres at the beginning of the 2016 season, he owns a 2.75 ERA and has struck out 116 hitters in 95 innings. On top of that, no pitcher in baseball has appeared in more games during that time.

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Padres can't uphold early lead vs. D-backs

Padres can't uphold early lead vs. D-backs

SAN DIEGO -- Shelby Miller flashed dominant stuff and the D-backs broke out for seven runs in the middle innings to beat the Padres, 11-2, on Tuesday night in the series opener at Petco Park.

"His fastball is as good as anybody's out there," Padres manager Andy Green said of Miller. "The ball jumps. He throws fastballs past fastball hitters. We had a couple of times when we had him teetering on the edge but we didn't knock him off. Credit to him, he threw some fastballs by us."

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Rule 5 Draft pick Cordoba going to get starts

Myers extends hitting streak to ninth straight game

Rule 5 Draft pick Cordoba going to get starts

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

Allen Cordoba did it again Tuesday night.

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Aybar's knuckler was so pretty, he had to laugh

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Aybar's knuckler was so pretty, he had to laugh

A position player pitching is nothing new to the Padres. After all, following last season's revelation, catcher Christian Bethancourt has been converted into a modern Brooks Kieschnick. Trailing the D-backs, 11-1, in the ninth inning on Tuesday night, Padres shortstop Erick Aybar was called on to relieve the two-way player.

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Hedges, Cordoba homer, but Padres lose

Hedges, Cordoba homer, but Padres lose

ATLANTA -- After Austin Hedges quieted SunTrust Park on Monday night, Freddie Freeman capped a memorable two-homer game and Dansby Swanson halted his early-season woes with a two-out, ninth-inning single that gave the Braves a 5-4 win over the Padres.

Swanson's bases-loaded walk-off single to left field against Brandon Maurer enabled the Braves to open their new stadium with a four-game sweep and even their record to 6-6 with a fifth straight win.

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Padres are wearing PJs for their red-eye flight

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Padres are wearing PJs for their red-eye flight

If you've ever flown cross-country on a red-eye flight, you've probably tried to make yourself as comfortable as possible.

Professional baseball players are no different.

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Padres looking for more production at short

Aybar, Sardinas, Cordoba have seen time at the position

Padres looking for more production at short

ATLANTA -- Stop me if you've heard this one before: The Padres aren't getting enough production out of their shortstops.

Entering play Monday, Padres shortstops were hitting a combined .150/.292/.200 over the season's first 13 games. That poor start comes on the heels of consecutive seasons in which the Padres posted the lowest shortstop WAR in the Majors.

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Rule 5 pick Cordoba hits 1st MLB homer

Rule 5 pick Cordoba hits 1st MLB homer

ATLANTA -- Everywhere he goes, Allen Cordoba hits. Two weeks into the 2017 season, that list now includes the big leagues.

Cordoba -- a 21-year-old Rule 5 Draft pick who had never played above Rookie ball before this year -- notched his first career home run on Monday night, a solo shot in the seventh inning of the Padres' 5-4 walk-off loss to the Braves at SunTrust Park. The pinch-hit blast came off Braves left-hander Jaime Garcia and sparked a late rally that ultimately fell short.

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