Coleman's homer lone spark in loss to Nats

Coleman's homer lone spark in loss to Nats

SAN DIEGO -- Matt Grace and five other Nationals relievers did their best Max Scherzer impressions Friday night in a 7-1 victory over the Padres at Petco Park.

When Scherzer, a late scratch with neck inflammation, was sent to the disabled list, Grace received the spot start in his place. Grace made his first career start count, tossing 4 1/3 scoreless frames on 52 pitches, before handing it off to his fellow relievers. Shawn Kelley, Joe Blanton, Oliver Perez, Matt Albers and Sammy Solis combined to allow one run over the final 4 2/3.

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

Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. He covered the Nationals on Friday.

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'Saxy Section' celebrates Hedges' birthday

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'Saxy Section' celebrates Hedges' birthday

Like so many of us on our birthdays, Austin Hedges was greeted with a familiar tune upon his arrival at Petco Park before the Padres' 7-1 loss to the Nats on Friday night.

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Wood set for faceoff with Nats' Strasburg

Wood set for faceoff with Nats' Strasburg

Nationals right-hander Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to come off the disabled list Saturday to start in his hometown opposite the Padres' Travis Wood at Petco Park.

Strasburg's return will be a relief for the Nationals, who sent Max Scherzer to the disabled list Friday with neck inflammation. Strasburg has been out since he exited a start after two innings on July 23 with a nerve impingement in his right elbow. He had a 2.25 ERA in his past four starts prior to that outing.

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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.

'Pituki' leads way as Players Weekend nears

Solarte an example for young Padres, excited to sport nickname for inaugural event

'Pituki' leads way as Players Weekend nears

SAN DIEGO -- Most days, Yangervis Solarte rides into the home clubhouse at Petco Park on his electric scooter -- shades on, shirt tucked, hair slicked and a mischievous grin fixed on his face. Some days he tinkers with the speaker that plays music next to his locker. Other days, he breaks into a full-on salsa dance.

When it's time to work, Solarte works. When it's time for fun, he has fun. There are two distinct sides to the Padres infielder. There's the four-year big league veteran who's entrenched himself in the middle of San Diego's order. And there's the buoyant ballplayer, whose larger-than-life personality radiates through the clubhouse.

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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.

Tatis puts up big game for TinCaps

Tatis puts up big game for TinCaps

Now into his second month playing in the Florida State League, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is finding his power stroke.

Guerrero, MLBPipeline.com's No. 6 overall prospect (Blue Jays' No. 1), connected on his second home run in as many games on Friday, going 2-for-4 with two RBIs as Class A Advanced Dunedin blanked St. Lucie, 4-0.

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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.

Green, Padres find groove with infielder mix

Green, Padres find groove with infielder mix

SAN DIEGO -- Four infielders for three spots? It's the perfect balance, in the eyes of San Diego skipper Andy Green.

The Padres have fallen into a bit of a rhythm lately regarding their infield use. It's lining up precisely with the tendencies of their starting pitchers.

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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.

Margot hopes to win Gold Glove in future years

Margot hopes to win Gold Glove in future years

SAN DIEGO -- As he tore through the Minor Leagues, Manuel Margot always projected as an elite big league defender. In the first half of his first season, however, he didn't get the chance to show it.

Nagged by a calf injury that sidelined him for a month, Margot rated as league average in center field. In his eyes, he's much better than that. And he's started to prove it.

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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' offense stifled in loss to Nationals

Padres' offense stifled in loss to Nationals

SAN DIEGO -- Ryan Zimmerman's opposite-field homer broke an eighth-inning tie Thursday night, sending the Nationals to a 2-1, series-opening victory over the Padres at Petco Park.

With two outs and the bases empty in the eighth, Padres reliever Kirby Yates grooved a 1-1 fastball that Zimmerman crushed 414 feet, per Statcast™, onto the home-run deck in right field. His 29th home run made a winner out of Edwin Jackson against his former club, and it moved the Nationals 14 games above the second-place Marlins in the National League East.

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

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

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Do-it-all Stammen excels against former team

Veteran reliever pitches two scoreless innings vs. Nats on Thursday

Do-it-all Stammen excels against former team

SAN DIEGO -- For seven seasons, Craig Stammen felt at home in the Nationals' clubhouse. It didn't take long for the veteran right-hander to begin feeling the same way in San Diego.

Stammen faced his former club Thursday in a 2-1 Nationals victory at Petco Park. He pitched to five batters and recorded six outs, working out of some trouble in the sixth before pitching a perfect seventh.

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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.

De Los Santos featured in duel of the day

De Los Santos featured in duel of the day

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

Hitter to watch: Anthony Alford (Blue Jays' No. 3), New Hampshire vs. Altoona (6:05 p.m. ET on MiLB.TV)

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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 steals 2nd, 3rd and home in same inning

First player to swipe every base in one frame since Gordon in 2011

Myers steals 2nd, 3rd and home in same inning

SAN DIEGO -- Wil Myers wishes he had more steals in 2017. In one trip around the bases Wednesday, the Padres' first baseman did his best to raise his pace.

Myers stole second, third and home in the fourth inning of San Diego's 3-0 victory against the Phillies at Petco Park, becoming the first player to swipe every base in one inning since Dee Gordon for the Dodgers on July 1, 2011.

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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.

Thinking of Weaver as Richard dominated

Thinking of Weaver as Richard dominated

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

As I was watching Clayton Richard wrap up his first complete-game shutout in five years Wednesday afternoon, my thoughts wandered back to the events earlier in the day.

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Richard dominant, Myers' SBs lift SD over Phils

Richard dominant, Myers' SBs lift SD over Phils

SAN DIEGO -- Wil Myers knocked in a run, then stole one for himself Wednesday at Petco Park, sending the Padres -- behind Clayton Richard's three-hit shutout -- to a 3-0 victory and their first sweep of Philadelphia since 2000.

After his RBI single in the fourth, Myers stole second, third and home successively, becoming the first player to swipe all three bags in the same inning since Dee Gordon did so for the Dodgers in 2011.

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

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.

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Padres host charity bowling fundraiser

BaseBOWL event a hit with current, former players and fans

Padres host charity bowling fundraiser

SAN DIEGO -- Having missed only five games at Petco Park the past two years, Jackie Fisher has seen her Padres plenty on the field. Wednesday night, she wanted to make sure to take advantage of a chance to see them off it.

Fisher was among several in attendance at Padres' BaseBOWL fundraising event at East Village Tavern in downtown San Diego. Fans had the opportunity to join Padres players for a couple of games of bowling while raising money for the Padres Foundation, which provides benefits in the areas of health, education, youth baseball/softball, military and first responders.

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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.

Weaver calls it a career after 12 MLB seasons

Weaver calls it a career after 12 MLB seasons

SAN DIEGO -- Padres right-hander Jered Weaver has announced his retirement from baseball, following a 12-year career in which he racked up 150 wins, a 3.63 ERA and three All-Star berths.

Weaver, 34, spent 11 seasons with the Angels before joining the Padres in February. He hadn't pitched since May 19 because of an inflamed left hip.

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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.

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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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.

Weaver ends a memorable career

Injuries denied Padres fans a chance to see pitcher's best

Weaver ends a memorable career

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

During Spring Training, I sat down with Jered Weaver to do an interview for the Padres' podcast.

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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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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.

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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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.

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.

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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