Rookies fuel Padres' big rally before loss in extras

Rookies fuel Padres' big rally before loss in extras

SAN DIEGO -- The Giants won a game in which Madison Bumgarner allowed three home runs and the bullpen blew a save.

However, San Francisco did enough things right to claim a 9-6 victory and a share of the lead in the National League's crowded Wild Card race Saturday, as Denard Span's two-run homer punctuated a three-run, tiebreaking outburst in the 10th inning.

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Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo.

Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Cosart departs after one inning with elbow pain

Cosart departs after one inning with elbow pain

SAN DIEGO -- Padres right-hander Jarred Cosart left Saturday's 9-6 loss to the Giants with right elbow inflammation after throwing just one inning and 33 pitches.

After the game, Cosart said he has been battling a bone spur in the back of his right elbow for about a month now, and the pain became too much Saturday.

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Solarte has emotional return to Padres

Solarte has emotional return to Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Padres third baseman Yangervis Solarte is back with the team after missing about a week when his wife, Yuliett Pimentel Solarte, passed away due to complications from her fight with cancer.

Padres manager Andy Green called on him off the bench in the seventh inning of the Padres' 9-6 loss to the Giants, and the 29-year-old infielder came through with a single after a warm reception from the Petco Park crowd.

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Carlos Collazo is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Richard to oppose Giants rookie in series finale

Richard to oppose Giants rookie in series finale

The Giants will send Ty Blach to the mound in Sunday's finale vs. the Padres, who counter with lefty Clayton Richard. San Francisco enters the day tied with the Mets atop the National League Wild Card standings, a half-game ahead of the Cardinals.

Blach is filling in for Johnny Cueto, who is continuing to recover from a left groin strain he sustained during his Tuesday start vs. the Dodgers. Blach has thrown in two games for the Giants this season as a reliever, but will be making his first Major League start after posting a 3.43 ERA in 26 starts with Triple-A Sacramento this year.

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Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Adam Rosales and the all-out home run trot sprint

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Adam Rosales and the all-out home run trot sprint

Adam Rosales has a default setting that is really his only setting: 100 percent, all the time. The scrappy utility man has made a name for himself out on the field thanks to his commitment to the hustle -- so much so that he posted the second-fastest home run trot of the Statcast™ era earlier this season.

Well, he connected on a Madison Bumgarner offering in Saturday night's 9-6 loss to the Giants at Petco Park, launching a two-run shot to left that directly led to a solid impression of the Flash as he blitzed around the bases. 

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Padres pull away, drop Giants behind Mets

Padres pull away, drop Giants behind Mets

SAN DIEGO -- While interested observers were dwelling on the San Francisco Giants' faulty relief pitching, their offense was starting to go bad. Now it's downright sour, as Friday night's 7-2 loss to the San Diego Padres demonstrated.

Facing erratic right-hander Edwin Jackson, who at times possesses superlative stuff yet entered the game with a 6.00 ERA in 19 appearances, the Giants mustered four hits and both of their runs off him in six innings. San Francisco has scored 12 runs in its past seven games and ranks last in the National League with 23 runs in September.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Asuaje all smiles after first two big league hits

Asuaje all smiles after first two big league hits

SAN DIEGO -- On the inside, Carlos Asuaje beamed from ear to ear.

But, standing on second base after his first Major League hit, his body language told another story. Asuaje -- who went 2-for-4 and played a pivotal role in two Padres rallies during Friday night's 7-2 win over San Francisco -- simply removed his elbow guard. He then adjusted his helmet and trotted toward first-base coach Tarrik Brock to drop off the protective padding.

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Renfroe, Padres prospects put right 'in the fire'

Renfroe, Padres prospects put right 'in the fire'

SAN DIEGO -- Presented with a fresh crop of September callups on Wednesday afternoon, Padres manager Andy Green announced his intention to "put 'em in the fire."

He wasn't kidding.

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Petco Park has never seen a season like Myers'

First baseman has already set three marks a Padres' home park

Petco Park has never seen a season like Myers'

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

First baseman Wil Myers is having one of the greatest seasons ever by a Padre at Petco Park.

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Friedrich takes tough-luck loss against Giants

Friedrich takes tough-luck loss against Giants

SAN DIEGO -- The Giants finally benefited from those lucky breaks they've claimed to be missing in recent weeks, as Angel Pagan's eighth-inning bloop single broke a scoreless tie Thursday and propelled San Francisco to a 2-1 victory over the Padres at Petco Park.

The win moved the Giants one-half game ahead of the idle Cardinals and kept them tied with the Mets in the National League Wild Card spots. San Francisco and New York -- which beat Philadelphia in 11 innings Thursday -- are both 81-72 with nine regular-season games left to play.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres set deadline for Rea's rehab program

Padres set deadline for Rea's rehab program

SAN DIEGO -- Padres right-hander Colin Rea, who suffered a partially torn UCL in his right elbow in July, has resumed throwing with the hope that he'll be back to full strength by the beginning of December.

The Padres have set a Dec. 1 deadline for Rea's return to health. If he doesn't meet it, Tommy John surgery appears to be the most likely course of action.

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Projecting performance from El Paso not easy

Margot, Renfroe, Hedges, Asuaje set to start Thursday

Projecting performance from El Paso not easy

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

For the Padres, it's the big question.

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Padres prospects hope to get leg up on 2017

Padres prospects hope to get leg up on 2017

SAN DIEGO -- With the Triple-A playoffs in the rearview mirror, Padres manager Andy Green has a handful of highly-anticipated prospects sitting in front of lockers in the Petco Park clubhouse.

And he plans on throwing each of the four new position players into the fray on Thursday against the Giants, with outfielders Manuel Margot, Hunter Renfroe, infielder Carlos Asuaje and catcher Austin Hedges expected to be in the starting lineup.

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Could relief prospects be next joining Padres?

Torres makes debut, others made big jumps in 2016

Could relief prospects be next joining Padres?

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

In addition to the "core four" making their first Major League starts Thursday night at Petco Park, there was a hint of what the next wave of arriving prospects might be.

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Great lengths: Hoffman honors British ties as coach

Great lengths: Hoffman honors British ties as coach

NEW YORK -- Trevor Hoffman popped out of the Great Britain dugout on Thursday wearing his familiar No. 51, but the digits were set on a sea of navy blue donned by the British during this World Baseball Classic qualifier at MCU Park.

Great Britain played the nightcap against Israel at the back end of a first-day doubleheader in the modified double-elimination bracket. Brazil thumped Pakistan in the early game.

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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.

Myers' HR not enough as Padres fall

Myers' HR not enough as Padres fall

SAN DIEGO -- A pair of All-Star first basemen put on a power show Wednesday night at Petco Park, where Paul Goldschmidt's two homers paced the D-backs to a 3-2 victory over the Padres.

Goldschmidt opened the scoring in the first with a solo homer, before Wil Myers one-upped him with a two-run blast in the third. But Goldschmidt would get the last laugh, as his two-run sixth-inning moonshot into the Padres' bullpen proved to be the difference.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Margot among Padres prospects called up

Margot among Padres prospects called up

SAN DIEGO -- The future is quickly becoming the present for the San Diego Padres, as the organization promoted four highly touted young hitters from Triple-A El Paso on Wednesday.

Outfielders Hunter Renfroe and Manuel Margot, second baseman Carlos Asuaje and catcher Austin Hedges arrived in San Diego before Wednesday's game against Arizona. So, too, did a pair of lefty relief arms in Buddy Baumann and Jose Torres.

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Rosales knocks in 4 as Padres top D-backs

Rosales knocks in 4 as Padres top D-backs

SAN DIEGO -- Adam Rosales' two-run sixth-inning homer was the decisive blow Tuesday night, as the Padres withstood a 70-minute Petco Park rain delay before the game to notch their second consecutive victory over the D-backs, 5-2.

"I threw pretty good pitches, he hit a pretty good pitch," D-backs reliever Zack Godley said of the Rosales homer. "I thought he didn't get a good swing on it initially and it carried out, but other than that I'm not overly disappointed with my outing."

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Padres' roster bolstered after El Paso's season ends

Myers, Rosales reach new milestones with San Diego

Padres' roster bolstered after El Paso's season ends

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

Shortly after El Paso's season ended Tuesday night in a 3-1 loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the Triple-A Championship Game, six members of the Pacific Coast League champion Chihuahuas were rerouted to San Diego.

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All this baby needed to enjoy the game was a hat

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All this baby needed to enjoy the game was a hat

Sometimes it's the little things. Baseball is nothing if not littered with small pleasures to enjoy: the green grass, the crack of the bat, or even your dad's baseball cap.

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Padres could get Blash back this week

Padres could get Blash back this week

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres expect rookie outfielder Jabari Blash to be back with the team this week, after he dealt with a sprained left middle finger for a month.

Blash hasn't played since Aug. 18, in what was his first chance at regular playing time after being used in a reserve role to start the season. In 15 games from July 31 to Aug. 18, Blash hit just .196 (9-for-46), but still showed an ability to get on base (.327 OBP) and displayed some pop (three home runs and a double).

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Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Myers continues to tame Petco Park

Myers continues to tame Petco Park

SAN DIEGO -- Wil Myers continued to add to the Padres record book during Monday's 3-2 win over the D-backs, driving his 16th Petco Park homer into the right-field stands in the fourth inning. That total passed former Padres outfielder Justin Upton (2015) and Will Venable (2013) for the most of any player in a single season in Petco history.

Not that any of that was at the forefront of the 25-year-old first baseman's mind.

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Carlos Collazo is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @CarlosACollazo. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Myers, Richard help Padres ground D-backs

Myers, Richard help Padres ground D-backs

SAN DIEGO -- Wil Myers snapped a 15-game homerless streak at Petco Park during the Padres' 3-2 win over the D-backs Monday night, helping to spark the San Diego offense and back up yet another solid start from Clayton Richard.

"He was great," said Padres manager Andy Green of Richard. "Got out of a couple dicey situations with some key ground balls. Gave us multiple opportunities to turn double plays. Continues to roll ground balls."

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Carlos Collazo is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cosart's struggles lead to finale defeat vs. Rockies

Cosart's struggles lead to finale defeat vs. Rockies

DENVER -- Mark Reynolds led the way for the Rockies' five-run, fourth-inning rally but saw his season come to an end the next inning when he was hit by a pitch in the Rockies 6-3 win over the Padres, at Coors Field on Sunday. The win secured the Rockies' first sweep of the Padres since Aug. 5-7, 2014, and gave them the season series 10-9.

The Rockies couldn't manage much off San Diego starter Jarred Cosart until the fourth, which ended his night when they hit around. Reynolds' 14th homer of the season knocked in David Dahl, who doubled to left center. After Tony Wolters singled to center, Cosart walked three batters, including DJ LeMahieu, who extended his career-best on-base streak to 34 games. Reliever Jose Dominguez couldn't stop the bleeding, giving up a single to Carlos Gonzalez, which knocked in two more runs.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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Rosales honors Solarte, late wife on homer

Rosales honors Solarte, late wife on homer

DENVER -- On every Adam Rosales home run this season, the Padres second baseman has sprinted around the bases and through home plate. But on an emotional Sunday afternoon at Coors Field, Rosales changed things up, as he honored teammate Yangervis Solarte, whose wife died on Saturday.

Rosales crushed a second-inning offering from Rockies starter Chad Bettis into the left-field seats. When he crossed the plate, he slowed down and executed a pronounced overhand clap with his right hand -- Solarte's trademarked celebration.

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Norris day to day with middle-finger sprain

Norris day to day with middle-finger sprain

DENVER -- Padres catcher Derek Norris is day to day with a sprained left middle finger, but the injury is not serious enough to warrant the club calling up a third catcher.

Norris exited Saturday's 8-0 loss to the Rockies with a sprained left middle finger after taking a foul ball off his glove hand. X-rays on the finger were negative.

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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.

Hector Sanchez has unveiled the bunt dance

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Hector Sanchez has unveiled the bunt dance

Forget the "Electric Slide." Ignore the instructions in "The Cha Cha Slide." Don't even bother moving for "Wobble Baby." Instead, become the biggest star at your next wedding, bar mitzvah or family barbecue with Hector Sanchez's insta-classic: The Bunt Dance. 

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Solarte mourns death of wife, returns home

DENVER -- Yuliett Pimentel Solarte, the wife of Padres third baseman Yangervis Solarte, passed away on Saturday after complications from her fight against cancer. She was 31.

Yangervis Solarte left the team on Friday to fly back to his home in Florida to be with Yuliett and their three daughters. She passed away before Saturday's game.

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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.

Winning PCL title was team effort for El Paso

CF Margot named MVP of PCL championships

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

Right fielder Hunter Renfroe was the Most Valuable Player of the Pacific Coast League.

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Jackson struggles; Padres can't solve Gray

Jackson struggles; Padres can't solve Gray

DENVER -- Rockies starter Jon Gray set a club record with 16 strikeouts -- including a club-record six straight in the second and third innings -- and catcher Tom Murphy led the Colorado offense with two home runs and five RBIs as the Rockies took care of the Padres, 8-0, on Saturday at Coors Field.

Gray threw his first career shutout -- and complete game -- with extraordinary dominance. He struck out four in the second inning -- Jon Jay reached on a passed ball -- and punched out the first two batters to start the next inning. The right-hander allowed four hits and walked none, while no Padres baserunner made it past first base.

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Ben Weinrib is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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