Padres aim for sweep behind Richard

Padres aim for sweep behind Richard

Two pitchers trending in opposite directions in August will take the Petco Park mound Wednesday when Nick Pivetta of the Phillies faces the Padres' Clayton Richard in the series finale.

After winning the first two games of the series, the Padres will go for a sweep Wednesday.

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Nathan Ruiz 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.

Homers, Lamet help Padres sink Phillies

Homers, Lamet help Padres sink Phillies

SAN DIEGO -- Cory Spangenberg has been red-hot for the past week. Hector Sanchez joined him Tuesday night, as the Padres cruised to an 8-4 victory over Philadelphia at Petco Park.

Spangenberg knocked in half of San Diego's runs, including a solo homer in the fourth inning off one of the palm trees in center field. It was his fourth dinger in the past three games. Sanchez also went deep and had two hits, giving rookie right-hander Dinelson Lamet more than enough support.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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Lamet's lament? Rookie still not satisfied

Padres righty didn't allow a hit until the fifth inning

Lamet's lament? Rookie still not satisfied

SAN DIEGO -- Even after one of the best starts of his young career, Dinelson Lamet wasn't satisfied.

The rookie right-hander continued to dominate opposing lineups in the Padres' 8-4 victory against the Phillies on Tuesday night. Matching a career high with seven innings, Lamet held Philadelphia without a hit until the fifth, allowing only three total hits. He gave up two runs, the fifth straight time he's allowed three or fewer runs.

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Friars to wear nicknames for Players Weekend

New event to take place during all games from Aug. 25-27

Friars to wear nicknames for Players Weekend

CINCINNATI -- Major League Baseball has announced the details for Players Weekend, set to take place at the end of August. For several Padres, it's a way to have some fun on the diamond while also paying tribute to the people who helped them achieve their big league dreams.

• Players Weekend gear available at MLBShop.com

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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.

Healthy again, Spangenberg having an impact

Padres infielder has four homers in his last three games

Healthy again, Spangenberg having an impact

SAN DIEGO -- Cory Spangenberg finished his 2015 season on a tear. A highly-touted prospect entering that season, Spangenberg seemed destined to become a fixture in the Padres' infield for years to come.

It didn't happen as quickly as he -- or the Padres -- would have liked. But two years later, Spangenberg might finally be staking his claim at third base.

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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.

Diaz nearing a return from disabled list

Hard-throwing righty has been sidelined since June

Diaz nearing a return from disabled list

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres have a rotation's worth of starters on the disabled list, but one of them is nearing a return.

Right-hander Miguel Diaz pitched in the Arizona Rookie League on Tuesday night, making his first rehab appearance after exiting his June 21 start against the Cubs with a right forearm strain. He tossed two scoreless innings.

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Nathan Ruiz 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.

Gore dominates in AZL start

Gore dominates in AZL start

The hits just keep coming for Jahmai Jones.

The Angels' No. 2 prospect extended his hitting streak to 18 games on Tuesday with a leadoff double in Class A Advanced Inland Empire's 2-0 win over Lake Elsinore. He also hit a single and walked once in the contest, finishing 2-for-4 at the plate.

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Nix featured in duel of the day

Nix featured in duel of the day

Here's a look at top prospects to watch in today's Minor League action:

Hitter to watch: Eloy Jimenez (White Sox No. 2), Birmingham vs. Montgomery (8:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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Hedges' bat starting to heat up in August

Hedges' bat starting to heat up in August

SAN DIEGO -- After his game-tying single in the middle of the Padres' sixth-inning rally Monday, Austin Hedges looked at third base coach Glenn Hoffman, pointed eight fingers upward and wiggled them.

"That's a Hoffy thing," Hedges said. "Anytime something good happens."

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Bats come alive late as Padres top Phillies

Bats come alive late as Padres top Phillies

SAN DIEGO -- Rhys Hoskins introduced himself to the baseball world with a pair of loud home runs on Monday at Petco Park, but the Padres' methodical sixth-inning rally spoiled a big night for the Phillies' sixth-ranked prospect.

Jose Pirela's two-run single capped a four-run sixth, sending San Diego to a series-opening 7-4 victory. Cory Spangenberg, who went 3-for-3, tacked on an insurance run in the seventh with his third homer in the past two games.

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Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

AJ Cassavell is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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Three Padres came up big after promotion

Spangenberg, Asuaje, Pirela keys to team's improved play

Three Padres came up big after promotion

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

Development in baseball is not linear for most players.
     
Yes, there are some players who immediately click.
     
But most who make it to the Major Leagues face bumps along the road.
     
I've always been interested in the improvement many players show between their first and second trips to the Major Leagues . . . and how some players develop with time.
     
The Padres have three examples of this non-linear path to success this season in Cory Spangenberg, Carlos Asuaje and Jose Pirela.
     
Spangenberg showed promise in 2015 when he hit .270 in 108 games with a .333 on-base percentage. After getting off to a slow start in 2016, a left quad strain ended his season before the first month was completed.
     
Because his feet weren't totally back on the ground this spring, Spangenberg opened the season with Triple-A El Paso. Since returning to the Major Leagues on April 25, the 26-year-old Spangenberg has shown steady improvement offensively while proving to be a versatile performer on defense.
     
Currently, Spangenberg is 10-for-23 in a six-game hitting streak that includes a double, a triple, three homers, six RBIs and six runs scored. He has hit safely in 21 of his last 27 games, going 33-for-99 (.333) since July 16 with six homers, 19 RBIs and 23 runs scored.
     
He already has more homers (11) and RBIs (39) than he had in the first 142 games of his career with the recent run pushing his batting average (.278) and on-base percentage (.331) to respectable levels.
     
Asuaje, 25, wasn't overly impressive in a cameo with the Padres last September or during spring training. Like Spangenberg, Asuaje was dispatched to El Paso with a rather lengthy list of things to address both offensively and defensively.
     
He did it.
     
He returned to the Major Leagues on May 24 a much more refined player - again offensively as well as defensively.
     
Asuaje has shown much better range at second while hitting .288 with a .350 on-base percentage.
     
Pirela, 27, is living proof that unexpected things happen in baseball. Like Spangenberg and Asuaje, Pirela opened the season at El Paso. Unlike the other two, there were never any strong expectations that Pirela would play for the Padres this season.
     
Since being promoted from the Chihuahuas on May 6, Pirela has been the Padres' leading hitter at .298 with eight homers, 29 RBIs, a .350 on-base percentage and a .529 slugging percentage for a .879 OPS in 56 games. Pirela has hit safely in 23 of his last 28 games.
     
NOTE WORTHY:
     
--The Padres are 22-13 at Petco Park since May 21 - a .629 winning percentage. Since May 21, the Padres have averaged 4.4 runs per game and hit .265 with runners in scoring position. Overall, the Padres are 30-27 at home this season.
     
--The Padres have 46 home runs since the All-Star break, the fourth-highest total in the Major Leagues. They also have 14 multi-homer games since the All-Star break.
     
--RF Hunter Renfroe is 3-for-24 since Aug. 7 with 13 strikeouts. He has one double and one RBI with two walks during the slump.
     
--C Austin Hedges has three, two-hit games since returning from the concussion disabled list. He is 10-for-40 with two doubles and two homers.

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McGwire keeping tabs on Judge, Bellinger

Rookie HR record holder impressed by pair of young sluggers

McGwire keeping tabs on Judge, Bellinger

LOS ANGELES -- Mark McGwire arrived in Oakland in 1987, a bright-eyed rookie with a powerful swing. Before he had time to fully comprehend his status as a big leaguer, he says, he was already threatening Major League Baseball's 31-year-old rookie homer record -- held at the time by Frank Robinson and Wally Berger.

With 49 dingers that year, McGwire shattered the previous mark of 38. Thirty summers later, he's on the opposite end of the chase.

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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.

Allen fired six scoreless for Storm

Allen fired six scoreless for Storm

Alex Verdugo's hot streak continued as he hit his sixth homer of the season and drove in three runs in Triple-A Oklahoma City's 9-4 win over Round Rock on Monday night.

The Dodgers' No. 2 prospect (No. 28 overall) got off to a fast start as he doubled home a pair of runs in the second and then hit a solo blast in the fourth before finishing 2-for-3.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres extend manager Green's contract

Skipper's deal was set to end after 2018; now through '21

Padres extend manager Green's contract

LOS ANGELES -- The Padres have extended the contract of manager Andy Green through the 2021 season, adding three additional years to the original deal, which was set to expire after '18.

Green is in his second season at the helm of the Padres, the Majors' youngest team. He's posted a 119-159 mark in that time. Terms of the deal, announced Sunday, were not disclosed.

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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.

Fourth inning costly for Perdomo, Friars in LA

Fourth inning costly for Perdomo, Friars in LA

LOS ANGELES -- Heading into a rubber match against the Padres, Justin Turner and Yasmani Grandal ensured that the Dodgers wouldn't lose their first series since the first week of June as they homered to push Los Angeles past San Diego, 6-4, on Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers -- who have played 19 straight series without a series loss and who have gone 28-5 since July 4 -- improved their Major League-best record to 83-34 and are on pace for 115 wins, one shy of the MLB record set by the 2001 Seattle Mariners.

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Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles and covered the Dodgers on Sunday.

Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego and covered the Padres on Sunday.

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Center: When I look at Green, I see leadership

Padres astutely extended manager's contract

Center: When I look at Green, I see leadership

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

For almost two seasons, I've had a chance to watch Andy Green lead.

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Green's players excited by skipper's extension

Green's players excited by skipper's extension

LOS ANGELES -- Andy Green's players view him as one of the smartest people in baseball. As a result, they see the Padres' move Sunday to extend their manager's contract as one of the smartest moves the organization could make.

The Padres announced they signed Green, their second-year manager, to a contract extension through 2021. In the midst of a rebuild, San Diego has locked up the man who will lead its young core into the future.

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Nathan Ruiz 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.

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Ruiz makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Ruiz makes Pipeline Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any Minor Leaguer currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

Many scouts believed Nick Senzel was the best pure hitter available in the 2016 Draft, which is a major reason why the Reds selected him second overall and signed him for $6.2 million. He has lived up to that reputation, batting .317/.390/.519 with 89 extra-base hits in his first 177 pro games.

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Jim Callis is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow @jimcallisMLB on Twitter and listen to him on the weekly Pipeline Podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Spangenberg: HRs result of 'evolving' with game

Two-homer day in series finale extends single-season best to 10

Spangenberg: HRs result of 'evolving' with game

LOS ANGELES -- Andy Green knows he's not watching the same Cory Spangenberg.

As the D-backs' third-base coach in 2015, Green watched Spangenberg, then a rookie, rely on a line-drive approach with little power. Now Spangenberg's manager in San Diego, Green is seeing the third baseman hit for power, as evidenced by a two-homer performance Sunday in the Padres' 6-4 loss to the Dodgers. With the powerful showing, Spangenberg reached double digits in home runs for the first time in his career at any level.

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Nathan Ruiz 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.

Tatis Jr. stays hot for Fort Wayne

Tatis Jr. stays hot for Fort Wayne

Brent Honeywell kept the opposing team off the board once again on Sunday as he tossed turned in his second scoreless start this week for Triple-A Durham.

Honeywell, The Rays' top-ranked prospect (No. 14 overall), dominated over six innings, allowing just two hits while striking out five and generating six ground-ball outs. He did not issue a walk in the outing, throwing 52 of his 70 pitches for strikes, but received a no-decision as the Bulls ultimately fell to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, 4-2.

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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.

Chacin does a little bit of everything

Chacin does a little bit of everything

LOS ANGELES -- Jhoulys Chacin's first career steal did little to ignite his dugout, but the way he performed on the mound against the best team in baseball certainly did.

Before the Dodgers rallied for five runs off the Padres' bullpen in 6-3 victory Saturday night, Chacin grinded through five innings of one-run ball against the team with the best record in baseball. The right-hander has a 1.17 ERA in his past three starts against Los Angeles.

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Nathan Ruiz 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.

Myers homers, but Dodgers escape vs. 'pen

Myers homers, but Dodgers escape vs. 'pen

LOS ANGELES -- Not that there was ever much doubt -- but the Dodgers assured themselves of a winning season with a 6-3 victory over the Padres on Saturday night. And they did so with more than a month and a half left in the regular season.

Yasiel Puig's aggressive baserunning put L.A. on top, and Cody Bellinger added his 34th home run, as the Dodgers became the fastest National League team to 82 victories since the 1944 Cardinals. (The last AL team to reach the mark so quickly was the record-setting 2001 Seattle Mariners, who did so in 113 games. Los Angeles needed 116.)

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

Joshua Thornton is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles.

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Margot, Renfroe rise to challenge vs. Dodgers

Margot, Renfroe rise to challenge vs. Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe are Padres rookies in the National League West. For the better part of the next decade, they're going to see an awful lot of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Both are quick to acknowledge that the Dodgers are the team to beat in the division. It's their job to change that over the next couple seasons -- and they're already doing their part.

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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 Hand-cuff Dodgers after HRs set stage

Padres Hand-cuff Dodgers after HRs set stage

LOS ANGELES -- Manuel Margot slugged two game-tying home runs, Jose Pirela led off the eighth inning with a tiebreaking homer off Ross Stripling and Brad Hand set down L.A.'s Nos. 1-4 hitters for a four-out save as the Padres surprised the Dodgers with a 4-3 win Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

The Dodgers, with the best record in baseball, got three hits and two RBI singles from rookie sensation Cody Bellinger (who will wear the nickname Codylove on his jersey for Players Weekend) and a clutch RBI double from Austin Barnes for a 3-2 lead after five innings. Bellinger has 78 RBIs in 95 games and 11 in his last 12 games.

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

Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

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Margot belts two game-tying homers

Margot belts two game-tying homers

LOS ANGELES -- The Dodgers twice led the Padres on Friday night. Manuel Margot twice made sure the leads didn't hold.

With a pair of game-tying home runs out of the leadoff spot, Margot continued terrorizing his team's division rival while also maintaining his power surge in the Padres' 4-3 victory at Dodger Stadium. The 22-year-old center fielder is slashing .351/.405/.676 against Los Angeles, and he has seven home runs in his past 14 games to bring his season total to 12.

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Nathan Ruiz 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.

Margot's exploits in center stir memories

His 2017 season arguably best ever by Padres rookie center fielder

Margot's exploits in center stir memories

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

Even before Manuel Margot hit two home runs Friday night at Dodger Stadium, it was noted that he is the first Padres rookie center fielder to hit 10 home runs in a season.

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De Los Santos flirts with no-hitter

De Los Santos flirts with no-hitter

Pitching deeper into the season than he ever has before, Beau Burrows continues to get better. Burrows, Detroit's No. 4 prospect (No. 95 overall), was untouchable on Saturday as he tossed six hitless innings with eight strikeouts and two walks to pace Double-A Erie in an 11-0 rout of New Hampshire.

"It was definitely a dominant performance," Erie pitching coach Willie Blair told MiLB.com. "It was probably the most consistent he's been with executing pitches. He located the fastball down in the zone early and on the edges. He then was able to elevate it late. It seemed like his fastball had an extra gear when he got to two strikes. He elevated it and it had a little extra life on it. It was probably the most consistent his breaking stuff has been since I've had him. He's shown times of having breaking balls -- the curveball and the slider. But tonight I think it was a little more consistent."

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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.

Myers impresses young Dodgers fan

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Myers impresses young Dodgers fan

Imagine enjoying a normal day at the ballpark and being able to be up close and personal with one of the players you spent a few innings watching. A young Dodgers fan experienced this on Friday night as Los Angeles hosted the Padres, but from the opposing team.

Chris Taylor smacked a foul ball off a Clayton Richard offering toward the right side of the field and into the stands. Wil Myers ran to make the grab over the fan, who was attempting the same thing. The 2016 All-Star made the grab -- much to the surprise of the kid.

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