Kennedy takes tough loss as bats baffled in LA

Kennedy takes tough loss as bats baffled in LA

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

Bolsinger, the rotation replacement for the injured Brandon McCarthy, allowed a single to Yangervis Solarte to lead off the game, then retired the next 23 batters. He is 3-0 with an 0.71 ERA after opening the season at Triple-A. Kenley Jansen got the save, pitching in back-to-back games for the first time since February foot surgery.

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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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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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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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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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Padres confident offense will turn things around

Padres confident offense will turn things around

SAN DIEGO -- After the Padres were was shut out for the seventh time this season on Thursday, Padres manager Bud Black was asked about the team's recent offensive woes.

"There is no one thing you can point to," Black said. "We have a number of guys, collectively, who aren't swinging well. But as fast as it can go bad, we're hoping it turns around."

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Singled out: Padres struggle in finale vs. Cubs

Singled out: Padres struggle in finale vs. Cubs

SAN DIEGO -- Kris Bryant hit a two-run home run in the first inning and Kyle Hendricks threw his first career complete game and shutout Thursday as the Cubs defeated the Padres, 3-0, before a crowd of 30,021 at Petco Park.

"When you pitch like that, you'll win a lot of baseball games," Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. "He was in command of himself, in command of the game. It was really fun to watch."

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Carrie Muskat is a reporter for MLB.com. She writes a blog, Muskat Ramblings. You can follow her on Twitter @CarrieMuskat and listen to her podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

ICYMI: Friars shut out in finale vs. Cubs

ICYMI: Friars shut out in finale vs. Cubs

The Padres' bats were silent on Thursday as the Cubs shut out the Friars and took the final game of a seven-game homestand in San Diego. Starter Odrisamer Despaigne took the loss despite a fine pitching performance in which he gave up only two earned runs in six innings. Despaigne settled in with five scoreless frams after giving up two runs early and showed signs of recovering from his most recent start against Washington.

While the offense struggled against Cubs starter Kyle Hendricks, who threw a shutout against the Friars, third baseman Will Middlebrooks showed signs of improvement after collecting two hits. Outfielder Justin Upton also collected a single off of Hendricks and increased his stolen-base total on the season to nine, being perfect in stolen-base attempts thus far in the season.

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Norris tearing it up on both sides of plate

Norris tearing it up on both sides of plate

SAN DIEGO -- There's no denying Justin Upton's impact on the Padres' offense to this point -- 11 home runs, including nine at Petco Park.

But the guy hitting ahead of him in the lineup more often than not -- catcher Derek Norris -- might not be able to fly under the radar if he keeps up this torrid offensive pace.

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Padres hope Ross' deep outing marks start of a trend

Hurlers work 7 innings in consecutive games for first time since April 14-15

Padres hope Ross' deep outing marks start of a trend

SAN DIEGO -- The ending certainly wasn't the desired result Padres manager Bud Black and his team wanted Wednesday, but there was a glimmer of hope in the team's 3-2 loss to the Cubs.

For the first time since April 14-15, the Padres squeezed seven innings from starting pitchers in consecutive games.

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Upton homers, but missed chances cost Padres

Upton homers, but missed chances cost Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Tsuyoshi Wada struck out nine over 4 2/3 innings on Wednesday, and Kris Bryant knocked in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the fifth as the Cubs edged the Padres, 3-2, at Petco Park.

For the Cubs (22-17), Dexter Fowler and Bryant drove in runs in the fifth off Padres pitcher Tyson Ross (2-4), who allowed three runs in seven innings with three walks and eight strikeouts. Bryant, who singled in the first to extend his hitting streak to nine games, now has 15 RBIs in his last 16 games.

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Shields, Ross work 7 in back-to-back games

Upton, Norris continue to rank among league's offensive leaders

Shields, Ross work 7 in back-to-back games

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

Right-handers James Shields and Tyson Ross both completed seven innings for the Padres the past two nights.

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Shields on his main focus and an oversized bat

Shields on his main focus and an oversized bat

Ace pitcher James Shields stopped by Padres Social Hour before Game 2 of 3 against the Cubs, looking to talk about his recent pitching success and, oddly enough, his recent success at the plate as well.

Shields, who earned a no-decision the night before, sat down with a big smile on his face and a comically big bat on his shoulder. For Shields, It's certainly easy to grin ear-to-ear when you're feeling good and in a groove. So how good is Shields feeling right now?

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Prior relishes role as Minors pitching coordinator

Prior relishes role as Minors pitching coordinator

SAN DIEGO -- A year ago, while still an assistant in the Padres' baseball operations department, Mark Prior wasn't quite sure what to make of the Minor League pitching coordinator job.

"Last year, looking at the coordinator job from a player's perspective, I didn't truly know what was all involved," Prior said.

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Rodriguez, two relievers throw shutout for San Antonio

Turner homers for Missions, Giron 9-for-13 for Fort Wayne

Rodriguez, two relievers throw shutout for San Antonio

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

Right-hander Bryan Rodriguez and two relievers combined on a 10-hit shutout Wednesday night as Double-A San Antonio scored a 2-0, Texas League win at Corpus Christi.

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A Will and a way: Venable answers the call

Padres OF has filled in nicely for injured Myers

A Will and a way: Venable answers the call

SAN DIEGO -- When the Padres completely overhauled their outfield in the winter, adding Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers, there were many who wondered what this would mean for the longest-tenured Padre, center fielder Will Venable.

In April, it meant a lot of time on the bench.

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Despite HRs, Shields puts Padres in position to win

Despite HRs, Shields puts Padres in position to win

SAN DIEGO -- After he had thrown his 107th pitch of the game, a loud and long out to right field by Dexter Fowler, Padres starting pitcher James Shields returned to the home dugout where he gave manager Bud Black a rather blunt assessment of his night and, quite possibly, his season.

"He came after the seventh and said, 'If I quit giving up home runs, I'd be pretty good,'" Black said after the Padres rallied to top the Cubs, 4-3, at Petco Park on Tuesday.

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