Shields sets several Padres marks starting 6-0

Upton on pace to one of greatest seasons in franchise history

Shields sets several Padres marks starting 6-0

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

James Shields became only the second pitcher in franchise history to start a season with a 6-0 record Sunday.

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ICYMI: Padres rebound on batting resurgence

ICYMI: Padres rebound on batting resurgence

For starting pitcher James Shields and the Padres, getting swept by the Dodgers was absolutely not an option on Sunday as the team broke out in a big way to beat Los Angeles by a score of 11-3 at Chavez Ravine. One day after collecting only one hit in a shutout, the swinging Friars came out and erased any memory of their offensive woes by pounding out 11 runs on 20 hits in the series finale.

Outfielder Justin Upton opened the scoring for the Padres early by hitting a towering grand slam into left-center field in the top of the first, collecting the first four of his six total RBIs on the day. The Padres would go on to add four more runs in the second, thanks to a two-run single by Derek Norris and another pair of RBI courtesy of a Justin Upton double. A few more runs would come in thanks to Will Middlerbooks' solo home run, Alexi Amarista's sacrifice fly and an RBI single off the bat of Abraham Almonte. The 11 runs of support generated by the Padres offense would prove to be more than enough for Shields who went on to improve his record to 6-0 thanks to seven strong innings with seven strikeouts on the day. Shields also increased his strikeout total on the season to a now Major League-leading 82 total punchouts.

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Upton sparks Padres' offense out of slumber

Slugger's early slam, 6 RBIs lead way in 20-hit effort

Upton sparks Padres' offense out of slumber

LOS ANGELES -- Justin Upton gave the Padres' scuffling offense something it desperately needed on Sunday, and he did it with one singular swing of the bat.

Not his bat of choice, mind you. But certainly a worthy substitute.

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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.

Ross faces off with Weaver as Padres visit Angels

Ross faces off with Weaver as Padres visit Angels

The Padres head down I-5 after a series at Dodger Stadium for a three-game series starting Monday against the Angels. This will be the team's first trip to Anaheim since 2009 when they were swept in three games.

Tyson Ross makes his first start against the Angels since 2012 when he was with the A's. Ross has allowed three or fewer runs in eight of his first nine starts of the season.

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Shields keeps edge with bats' big backing

Padres ace moves to 6-0, fans 7 in efficient outing

Shields keeps edge with bats' big backing

LOS ANGELES -- Before James Shields threw a single pitch Sunday, he'd already been staked to a 4-0 lead, thanks to Justin Upton's grand slam in the top of the first inning.

Not to be upstaged, Shields got on a good roll of his own, retiring 16 of 17 at one point before he allowed three runs in the seventh inning of the Padres' 11-3 victory over the Dodgers.

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Upton's slam sets tone as Padres rout Dodgers

Upton's slam sets tone as Padres rout Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- With Justin Upton's six RBIs and seven solid innings from James Shields, the Padres on Sunday avoided a series sweep while coasting to a 11-3 win over the Dodgers.

"He's swinging the bat great. Right from the get-go, he's had good at-bats. He's a threat. He's doing what he does," said Padres manager Bud Black of Upton.

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Morrow eyes return after encouraging BP session

Padres starter on DL since May 3 with shoulder inflammation

Morrow eyes return after encouraging BP session

LOS ANGELES -- Brandon Morrow, on the disabled list since May 3 with inflammation of his right shoulder, is closing in on a simulated game after an encouraging bullpen session on Sunday.

Morrow threw 45 pitches before the Padres faced the Dodgers in the series finale at Dodger Stadium. He threw all of his pitches and worked out of the windup and the stretch.

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Alonso 'feeling good,' to begin rehab stint soon

Padres first baseman sidelined since May 7 with shoulder injury

Alonso 'feeling good,' to begin rehab stint soon

LOS ANGELES -- Starved for runs, the Padres could be close to getting one of their most productive bats back in the lineup.

First baseman Yonder Alonso, who has missed the last 15 games with a bone bruise in his right shoulder, will hit on the field Monday in Anaheim and will likely begin a rehabilitation assignment on Wednesday.

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Shortstop Giron continues amazing first week for Fort Wayne

Decker hits eighth home run for Triple-A El Paso

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

Shortstop Ruddy Giron continued his phenomenal first week of full-season Minor League baseball on Saturday, going 3-for-4 with two steals for low Single-A Fort Wayne.

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ICYMI: Offense left stunned as Friars fall in LA

ICYMI: Offense left stunned as Friars fall in LA

For the fifth start in a row, a member of the Padres' starting rotation threw a quality start -- after starter Ian Kennedy pitched beautifully on Saturday night. Kennedy allowed only two earned runs, while striking out six over six innings, but was given no run support in his endeavor against the Dodgers. The Padres managed to collect only one hit against Mike Bolsinger and were unfortunately shut out, 2-0.

The lone Padres baserunner of the night, Yangervis Solarte, opened up the game with a ground-ball single into center field. Solarte was quickly erased by a double play, and the Friars would go on to be handcuffed at the plate for the remainder of the evening. While the offense was nowhere to be found, the Padres' pitching continued to show signs of improvement, as Kennedy's quality start was handily complemented by relievers Kevin Quackenbush and Frank Garces. Quackenbush and Garces pitched two scoreless innings in relief, collecting a combined three strikeouts along the way.

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Lineup struggling to generate any offense

Padres muster 1 hit as Dodgers take series

Lineup struggling to generate any offense

LOS ANGELES -- One of the true beauties about the game of baseball, Padres manager Bud Black likes to say, is you never know what you're going to see from one game to the next.

On Sunday, when the Padres and Dodgers conclude their series at Dodger Stadium, Black would like nothing more than to be surprised by a boatload of runs from his team.

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Kennedy takes tough loss as bats baffled in LA

Kennedy takes tough loss as bats baffled in LA

LOS ANGELES -- Mike Bolsinger pitched one-hit ball over a career-high eight innings and rookie Joc Pederson homered again as the Dodgers blanked the Padres Saturday night, 2-0.

"He was really spinning it," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Bolsinger's curveball.

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Padres claim lefty De La Rosa for Minor League depth

Padres claim lefty De La Rosa for Minor League depth

LOS ANGELES -- The Padres made a waiver claim on Saturday to give them bullpen depth in their Minor League system, adding left-handed pitcher Eury De La Rosa.

De La Rosa was designated for assignment by the Dodgers on Tuesday. The Padres claimed him and then optioned him to Triple-A El Paso.

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Middlebrooks makes first pro start at shortstop

Padres shift infield in effort to boost struggling lineup

Middlebrooks makes first pro start at shortstop

LOS ANGELES -- Looking for a way to get more production out of a lineup that's hit the skids in May, the Padres gave third baseman Will Middlebrooks his first professional start at shortstop Saturday against the Dodgers.

"We'll see how he looks tonight. We need some offense. That's the thing," said Padres manager Bud Black.

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Now that pitching has returned, where has offense gone?

Padres' starters have 2.53 ERA over last five games, but hitters batting .156

Now that pitching has returned, where has offense gone?

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

The Padres completed a turn through their rotation on Saturday night with five quality starts by their pitchers in as many games.

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Clock already ticking on Padres' season

Offense, defense letting Friars down

Clock already ticking on Padres' season

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

Are the Padres rapidly approaching a point of urgency?

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Wallace, Pena lead El Paso to sweep

Renfroe has 4-hit game for Double-A San Antonio, Giron 13-for-25 at Class A Fort Wayne

Infielders Brett Wallace and Ramiro Pena homered and right-handed starting pitchers Zack Segovia and Daniel McCutchen allowed a one run over a combined nine innings Friday night as Triple-A El Paso (22-19) swept a doubleheader at New Orleans by identical 4-1 scores.

Elsewhere in the Padres' farm system, Hunter Renfroe had a four-hit night for Double-A San Antonio and 18-year-old shortstop Ruddy Giron was 2-for-5 for Class A Fort Wayne as his batting average dipped to .520 in his debut week.

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Cashner takes latest injustice in stride

Cashner takes latest injustice in stride

LOS ANGELES -- The Padres haven't scored many runs for Andrew Cashner, and they haven't played sound defense behind him either.

It's been that sort of season for Cashner, who might well be the unluckiest pitcher on the entire planet, stuck with a 1-7 record despite a sparkling 2.89 ERA, thanks in part to the 12 unearned runs with which he's been charged.

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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' bats cold behind Cashner once again

Padres' bats cold behind Cashner once again

LOS ANGELES -- Rookie Joc Pederson hit a tiebreaking homer on an 0-2 pitch from Joaquin Benoit in the eighth inning and Zack Greinke spun a gem on Friday night as the Dodgers edged the Padres, 2-1. It was Pederson's 11th home run.

Earlier in the game, the Dodgers finally ended an historic scoring drought with a fifth-inning run. Justin Turner singled off Andrew Cashner, advanced to second on center fielder Will Venable's fielding error and was doubled home by Andre Ethier to snap a Dodgers scoreless streak of 35 consecutive innings, matching the record set in 1962 for the longest in Los Angeles history. 

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Benoit's hiccup a Padres bullpen rarity

Benoit's hiccup a Padres bullpen rarity

LOS ANGELES -- Joaquin Benoit found himself in yet another high-leverage situation at Dodger Stadium on Friday night, and much like his outing here on April 7, it didn't end well.

Benoit surrendered a home run to Joc Pederson, the deciding run in a 2-1 loss to the Dodgers.

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ICYMI: Padres lose on late long ball after comeback

ICYMI: Padres lose on late long ball after comeback

Andrew Cashner did a phenomenal job Friday, throwing six innings of one-run ball after surrendering just one walk and striking out three Dodgers batters. The one run Cashner gave up was actually unearned, making his start all the more impressive.

Despite Cashner's 109-pitch performance and a late comeback put together by Derek Norris and Will Venable, the Padres fell to the Dodgers after a late home run provided Los Angeles with all the offense they needed.

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Padres' Renfroe among top performers in Minors Friday

San Diego's No. 1 prospect notches a career-high four hits, including two doubles, for Double-A San Antonio

Padres' Renfroe among top performers in Minors Friday

Padres No. 1 prospect (No. 44 overall) Hunter Renfroe has more than 200 career Minor League hits, but the Double-A San Antonio outfielder had never collected four in one game until Friday night against Frisco.

Renfroe went 4-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and a walk for the Missions, and now has a five-game hitting streak. Over that time, he's boosted his season line from .205/.248/.315 to .252/.305/.374.

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Padres seek leadoff hitter with Myers out

Padres seek leadoff hitter with Myers out

LOS ANGELES -- The Padres continue to audition leadoff hitters as they attempt to fill the void left when Wil Myers landed on the disabled list last week with tendinitis in his left wrist.

On Friday, the first game of a three-game series against the Dodgers, first baseman Yangervis Solarte got his first start of the season atop the lineup.

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Despaigne's rotation spot appears to be safe

Despaigne's rotation spot appears to be safe

LOS ANGELES -- Before Thursday's game against the Cubs, Padres manager Bud Black said pitcher Odrisamer Despaigne "needs a good one."

Black intended for the comment to be more about Despaigne's confidence level, although his standing in the team's rotation was probably tenuous after two rough outings.

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Pitching improves as offense hits the skids

Padres had three quality starts this week against Cubs

Pitching improves as offense hits the skids

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

A step forward, a step back.

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Giron hits 3-run HR in TinCaps' victory

De Paula K's 8 in 5 innings in start for Lake Elsinore

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

Shortstop Ruddy Giron continued his dramatic first week with a full-season team in the Padres' farm system Thursday, hitting a three-run homer in the top of the 14th inning to cap Class A Fort Wayne's 9-5 Midwest League win at Lake County.

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