McGwire fondly remembers winning 1992 Derby in San Diego

Padres' bench coach belted 12 homers to grab the crown

McGwire fondly remembers winning 1992 Derby in San Diego

SAN DIEGO -- When Mark McGwire put on a dazzling display of power during the 1992 Home Run Derby at Jack Murphy Stadium, most of the baseball world had to wait a few hours to watch it.

McGwire, now the Padres' bench coach, ran away with that 1992 contest -- the last time San Diego played host to All-Star festivities. Then, later that evening, the event was broadcast on tape delay.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Perdomo solid, but Padres drop finale to Reds

Perdomo solid, but Padres drop finale to Reds

CINCINNATI -- Anthony DeSclafani became the second Reds starter this season to pitch eight innings, and they were stellar, as he and his team blanked the Padres, 3-0, Sunday to salvage the final game of the four-game series at Great American Ball Park. It was Cincinnati's first shutout victory of the season.

DeSclafani allowed five hits -- all singles -- with one hit batter and five strikeouts. No Padres reached second base against him, in part because he and catcher Tucker Barnhart combined to catch two runners stealing and pick off a third. For good measure, DeSclafani also lined a two-out RBI single to right-center field with the bases loaded in the sixth inning that gave Cincinnati its three-run lead.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati.

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Hedges homers in 5th straight game for Triple-A El Paso

Catcher Sanchez (2 HRs), RHP Jackson debut with Chihuahuas

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

Austin Hedges homered in a fifth straight game and catcher Hector Sanchez hit two homers in his first game for Triple-A El Paso and high Single-A Lake Elsinore pounded out 20 hits for a second straight game at Lancaster Sunday.

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Perdomo's confidence increasing in rotation

Right-hander delivers second career quality start on Sunday

Perdomo's confidence increasing in rotation

CINCINNATI -- Padres manager Andy Green remembers the first time Luis Perdomo stepped on the mound in a Padres' uniform.

In what was already an Opening Day blowout for San Diego, Perdomo came on in the seventh against the Dodgers and allowed six earned runs and walked two in one inning, ending the day with a 54.00 ERA.

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Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres' bullpen developing into strong unit

Led by Rodney, Buchter, relievers posting effective June

Padres' bullpen developing into strong unit

CINCINNATI -- The Padres' bullpen would probably like to forget April.

In 81 1/3 innings, the 10th most in the Majors, San Diego relievers posted a 5.53 ERA, the second worst in baseball. But since then, things have gotten better. They posted a 4.05 ERA in May, and so far in June, they have a 3.10 ERA, seventh best in Major League Baseball.

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Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Pomeranz homers, shuts down Reds in win

Pomeranz homers, shuts down Reds in win

CINCINNATI -- It was a do-it-all type of late afternoon for Padres starter Drew Pomeranz. Not only did the lefty quiet the Reds for seven innings on the mound, but his time at the plate netted a home run and RBI single during a 3-0 victory on Saturday at Great American Ball Park.

Pomeranz, who gave up three hits and one walk while striking out six, retired the final 11 batters he faced after giving up back-to-back hits to begin the bottom of the fourth.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati.

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

Johnson toes rubber in opener against Orioles

Johnson toes rubber in opener against Orioles

On Tuesday, Padres starter Erik Johnson will try to begin getting his 2016 season on the right track against Baltimore, which won't be an easy task for the 25-year-old right-hander.

Since the Padres acquired him from the White Sox on June 4, Johnson has posted a 9.82 ERA in three starts. His real problem has been the home run ball, allowing seven over his last 14 2/3 innings. Johnson faced the Orioles in his last outing as well, giving up six runs in a season-low four innings, including two home runs.

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Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres pondering 6-man staff; Johnson to stay

Right-hander could stay in rotation upon Cashner's return

Padres pondering 6-man staff; Johnson to stay

CINCINNATI -- With two off-days scheduled for the Padres next week, they had the option to skip struggling starter Erik Johnson and keep everyone else on regular rest. But in the interest of protecting the innings of Colin Rea and Drew Pomeranz, Johnson will have to keep pushing through the struggles.

"You start skipping guys, putting guys on regular rest just to skip people, then it doesn't serve the greater good for guys like Colin Rea and even Drew Pomeranz, who's coming off a relief year, that you're cognizant of his innings," Padres manager Andy Green said. "I think where we are right now, [we are] going to stay on turn and continue to move that way."

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Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres affiliates go 7-0 Saturday

El Paso owns best record in PCL

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

The bats came alive throughout the Padres' system Saturday night as all seven affiliate teams won, with two getting 19 or more hits and a total of 11 home runs in the system.

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Pomeranz has career day across diamond in win

Left-hander throws seven impressive innings and homers at plate

Pomeranz has career day across diamond in win

CINCINNATI -- When Padres left-hander Drew Pomeranz stepped into the batter's box in the fifth inning of a 3-0 win at Great American Ball Park against Reds starter Brandon Finnegan, he had a plan.

After swinging wildly during a three-pitch strikeout in his first at-bat in the third, Pomeranz didn't want to make a fool of himself again. So he was just going to watch.

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Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lamet among top prospect performers Saturday

Nationals' No. 5 prospect strikes out 10, Marlins' No. 17 extends hitless streak to 15 frames

Lamet among top prospect performers Saturday

Strikeouts have been coming in bunches lately for Reynaldo Lopez.

On Saturday, Lopez, the Nationals' No. 5 prospect, struck out 10 hitters over a career-high eight innings to pace Double-A Harrisburg in a 4-0 shutout of New Hampshire. He scattered seven hits and walked two while throwing a season-high 112 pitches (81 strikes).

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres score in first 8 frames in win over Reds

Padres score in first 8 frames in win over Reds

CINCINNATI -- As Cincinnati celebrated the 40th anniversary of the 1976 World Series-winning Reds, the Padres dealt the current edition of the club four homers -- including two by Melvin Upton Jr. -- and scored in nearly every inning en route to a 13-4 win on Friday at Great American Ball Park.

It was a 4-4 game in the San Diego fifth when Alexei Ramirez hit a two-out single to right field against Reds rookie left-hander Cody Reed to score Yangervis SolarteAdam Rosales' solo homer in the sixth against Raisel Iglesias and Upton Jr.'s first two-run homer off of Michael Lorenzen in the seventh extended the gap. Five more runs in the eighth off of Reds reliever J.J. Hoover through Wil Myers' three-run double and another Upton Jr. two-run homer blew the game wide open for the Padres.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati and covered the Padres on Friday.

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Padres fall short of history in big night at plate

San Diego scores run in each of first eight innings before scoreless ninth

Padres fall short of history in big night at plate

CINCINNATI -- In the ninth inning of the Padres' 13-4 win over the Reds, second baseman Adam Rosales gave the first pitch he saw from JC Ramirez a ride. Reds right fielder Jay Bruce traveled back to the warning track and made the catch a few feet from the wall.

That ball from Rosales died a few feet from making history. Had it traveled over the fence, it would've been the Padres' 14th run of the game, and it would've meant they'd scored a run in every inning Friday night. It would've been the first time since 1999 that a team scored in all nine innings and just the fourth instance since 1900.

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Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cashner progressing, set for rehab start

Plan is for right-hander to rejoin Padres in early July

Cashner progressing, set for rehab start

CINCINNATI -- The Padres starting rotation, which has the fifth-worst ERA in the National League, might be getting some much-needed help in the near future.

Andrew Cashner, who left his start on June 10 vs. the Rockies after six pitches with a strained neck, threw a bullpen session on Friday, tossing 25 pitches before taking a break and throwing another unspecified number of pitches.

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Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Myers, Kemp, Padres hitting in June

First baseman ties club record with 10th homer this month

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

Padres manager Andy Green is on record asking fans of the game - particularly those in San Diego -- to vote for Padres first baseman Wil Myers for the National League All-Star team.

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Hedges hits one of three homers in Triple-A El Paso win

Catcher has homered in four straight games

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

Austin Hedges homered in a fourth straight game at Triple-A El Paso Friday night.

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Padres trump Reds behind Norris' 3-run jack

Padres trump Reds behind Norris' 3-run jack

CINCINNATI -- Facing a Reds bullpen susceptible to the home-run ball, Derek Norris' three-run shot in a four-run sixth helped lift the Padres to a 7-4 victory on Thursday night at Great American Ball Park.

Cincinnati and starting pitcher John Lamb carried a 4-2 lead into the pivotal sixth. Lamb walked leadoff batter Wil Myers and Yangervis Solarte added a one-out RBI single to left field that ended the left-hander's evening. Reliever JC Ramirez took over and gave up a single to Melvin Upton Jr. before Norris lifted a 1-1 pitch into the left-field seats. It was a Major League-leading 54th homer allowed by the Reds' bullpen this season.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Read his blog, Mark My Word, follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati and covered the Padres on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Norris' red-hot bat continues to boom in June

Padres catcher belts 5th homer this month to help flatten Reds

Norris' red-hot bat continues to boom in June

CINCINNATI -- Padres catcher Derek Norris didn't get off to the start he or anyone else expected. A career .243 hitter, Norris saw his average hover around .180 through most of May and ended the month hitting .179.

Since then, Norris has hit .302 in 17 games in June with five of his 10 home runs on the season. Norris continued that stretch on Thursday, belting a go-ahead, three-run homer in the sixth inning that helped the Padres earn a 7-4 win over the Reds.

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Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Jankowski stars while subbing for injured Jay

Kemp, Norris continue June surges

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

Center fielder Jon Jay missed a third straight start Thursday night in Cincinnati as he continues to have treatment for the right forearm contusion he suffered Sunday when hit by a pitch in the series finale against Washington.

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Hedges continues homer streak at Triple-A El Paso

Gettys gets two hits in Class A Lake Elsinore debut

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

Austin Hedges homered for a third straight game at Triple-A El Paso, Michael Gettys had two hits in his first game at high Class A Lake Elsinore, and 10th-round pick Boomer White had four hits in his second professional game in the Padres farm system.

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Green returns for special Cincinnati weekend

Padres manager looking forward to ceremonies at Great American Ball Park

Green returns for special Cincinnati weekend

CINCINNATI -- Padres manager Andy Green is no stranger to the Cincinnati area.

Green is a Lexington, Ky., native and grew up a Reds fan living just south of old Riverfront Stadium. Just minutes after stepping into the dugout and out of the air-conditioned clubhouse, Green was hit with a 94-degree heat index, 88 percent humidity, and the threat of thunderstorms through Thursday evening's game against the Reds.

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Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ichiro won MVP Award in 2007 AL win

Mariners OF hit first inside-the-park HR in All-Star Game

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

Ichiro Suzuki made history in the 78th All-Star Game on July 10, 2007, at AT&T Park in San Francisco at the expense of Padres' right-hander Chris Young.

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Padres can't contain Orioles' relentless offense

Padres can't contain Orioles' relentless offense

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles scored at least one run in five straight innings and right-hander Ubaldo Jimenez notched a quality start as the O's earned a 7-2 win over the Padres on Wednesday night to split the two-game series. The victory ends a two-game skid for the Orioles and puts them two games ahead of the second-place Red Sox atop the American League East.

O's right fielder Mark Trumbo launched his first homer since June 7 to stay tied with White Sox third baseman Todd Frazier and Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado for the home run lead in the Majors (21). The blast was part of a 3-for-4 night that saw him fall a triple short of the cycle with two runs scored.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com.

Brittany Ghiroli has covered the Orioles for MLB.com since 2010. Read her blog, Britt's Bird Watch, follow her on Facebook, and listen to her podcast.

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Upton Jr.'s near-homer changes momentum

Padres outfielder thinks he has homer, but ball is called foul

Upton Jr.'s near-homer changes momentum

BALTIMORE -- Melvin Upton Jr. was so certain he'd put the Padres in front with a go-ahead fifth-inning homer into the left-field seats that he put his head down and trotted around the bases -- only stopping momentarily when third-base umpire Chris Conroy ruled it foul.

In fact -- even after the Padres' 7-2 loss to the Orioles Wednesday night -- Upton is still certain of what he saw.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres have signed 12 of first 13 picks from June Draft

Reed only unsigned after playing in College World Series

Padres have signed 12 of first 13 picks from June Draft

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

The Padres have signed the top three and 12 of their first 13 picks from the June draft.

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Renfroe, Hedges homer in Triple-A El Paso win

Fourth in seven games for Hedges; Third in six for Renfoe

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

Left fielder Hunter Renfroe and catcher Austin Hedges continued their home run assaults Wednesday night as Triple-A El Paso ran its record to 41-30 with a second straight win over Salt Lake in west Texas. Hedges (.350) was 2-for-4 with his sixth homer, his fifth in the last seven games.

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