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Shields leads Padres past Phillies 9-4

PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- James Shields ended his road skid, and the Padres finally beat the Phillies. Shields pitched seven strong innings for his first road win since May, and San Diego hit three homers in a 9-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday. "He really picked us up today and we needed it," San Diego interim manager Pat Murphy said. "He had a real good fastball and...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
1 day ago  |  Discuss

While You Were Drinking – 2015 Game 128 (SD at PHI)

Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after spending an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking. The Padres (62-66) scored fewer runs than the Philadelphia Phillies (51-78), 7-1, in the first of three games at Citizens Bank Park. Ian Kennedy (8-12, 3.94) threw 118 pitches in six and two-thirds innings, allowing two runs...
Via Padres Public
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres Points: September Call-Ups, Myers, Johnson

The San Diego Padres lost their first series against the Nationals in five tries and lost the first game of a three game series against the Philadelphia Phillies as Ian Kennedy took the mound. They own a 21-17 record in the second half (62-66 overall) and have been playing better of late. If the team did not lose three in a row to the Milwaukee Brewers then get swept by the Phillies...
Via Baseball Essential
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Yonder Alonso Doesn’t Hit Like a First Baseman

I’ve had the pleasure of writing Yonder Alonso’s player comment in each of the last three Baseball Prospectus annuals, and it has become my custom to compare him to other players. Here are the career statistics (through August 27) of those players and Alonso: Player/food PA BA ISO BB% OPS+ wRC+ Lyle Overbay 5802 .266 .163 11.0 106 105 Bruce Bochte 5994 .282 .114 10.9 113 112...
Via Padres Public
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Melvin Upton Jr. channels Willie Mays with catch

Melvin Upton Jr. (or the artist formerly-known as B.J. Upton) is trying to rehab his image around baseball this season and lately he has been doing just that for the San Diego Padres. On Thursday night against the Washington Nationals, Upton threw out two runners, tripled and made one of the catches of the season. In the bottom of the first with two on and two out, Ryan Zimmerman...
Via Rumors and Rants
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Wil Myers takes BP for first time since wrist surgery

San Diego Padres slugger Wil Myers took a big step in his recovery from wrist surgery on Wednesday. According to MLB.com, Myers took batting practice at an indoor cage at Nationals Park on Wednesday, marking the first time he's taken live batting practice since undergoing surgery on his left wrist to remove a bone spur in June. "It felt good," Myers said. MLB.com reports that...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres to play spring training game against Chihuahuas in El Paso

The San Diego Padres and El Paso Chihuahuas announced today that they will play a spring training exhibition game on Thursday, March 31, 2016 at Southwest University Park in El Paso, Texas, which will be the first meeting between the two teams. The game will also mark the first time the Padres and a Minor League affiliate will play since the Friars played the Lake Elsinore Storm...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres Second Baseman, The Last 15

I promise I’ll stop writing about second basemen. But not yet. Presented here mostly without comment, are the combined wRC+ and WAR totals for Padres second baseman the last 15 or so years. You might notice a light shining from the heavens on Mark Loretta. The worst mark came last year thanks to the awful start to Jace Peterson‘s career, and my boy Jedd Gyorko not exactly picking...
Via Padres Public
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Time to Move on

On Sunday, August 23rd and trailing 4-1 in the bottom of the third inning the Padres had a runner on base for their clean-up hitter, Justin Upton.  Upton worked the count to 2-2 and then reached base with a soft single to center field.  This put 2 runners on base with 2 out and the number 5 hitter coming to the plate as the tying run. That number 5 hitter was Yonder Alonso. To...
Via Friarhood
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Kemp breaks bat on his leg after strikeout (Video)

San Diego Padres right fielder Matt Kemp broke his bat over his leg after striking out swinging in the fifth inning of Sunday's game against St. Louis. Kemp has mastered the art of breaking his bat, but it never gets old for us to watch him do it again.Things got better for Kemp late in the game, as he hit a single to drive in two runs in the ninth inning after going hitless in his...
Via Holdout Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres catcher Norris not expected to miss time after taking pitch on wrist

The San Diego Padres held their breath this weekend as they waited for the X-ray results on Derek Norris' left wrist after he took a pitch on his wrist while catching in the Padres' 8-0 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. They let out a big exhale when they were informed that the X-rays on Norris' wrist turned out negative. "He's sore and swollen, as you would expect it...
Via Fox Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Kennedy, bullpen combine to lift Padres to 8-0 win

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- Ian Kennedy combined with five relievers on an eight-hitter and Matt Kemp and Justin Upton keyed a seven-run seventh inning, leading the San Diego Padres to an 8-0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night. Kennedy (8-11) allowed the first two runners to reach base in the seventh before three relievers each struck out a batter. San Diego then sent 12...
Via Fox Sports San Diego
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Shoddy defense dooms Cardinals in 9-3 loss to Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Yangervis Solarte hit a two-run homer in a wild five-run fifth inning and Travis Jankowski had two hits, an RBI and scored a run in his big league debut as the San Diego Padres beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-3 Friday night. The Cardinals, who still have the best record in the majors at 77-44, committed three errors in the fifth behind John Lackey (10-8), who allowed...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Barmes' veteran leadership, selflessness cherished by Padres

Clint Barmes entered the 2015 season knowing that he'd bea part-time player for the San Diego Padres, but that hasn't prevented him fromhaving a full-time influence on the team."I knew coming into the season this year what myrole was going to be," Barmes told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "Igot a little excited about being out there a little more often, but ultimatelymy role has been...
Via Fox Sports
10 days ago  |  Discuss

Cards head West to face Padres club that's finally starting to click

Though still an extreme long shot for a postseason berth, the San Diego Padres are showing signs of becoming a dangerous spoiler for the stretch run. They'll get that chance when the St. Louis Cardinals enter Petco Park Friday night to begin a three-game series. San Diego (59-62) has resembled the contender it was expected to be as of late, having won seven of nine following a three...
Via Fox Sports Midwest
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres shortstop Alexi Amarista slides, makes spinning glove flip to start DP (Video)

San Diego Padres shortstop Alexi Amarista displayed some flair in the field by sliding to stop a grounder through the infield, then making a spinning backhanded glove flip to start a double play during Wednesday's game against Atlanta.Making the play more exciting, second baseman Jedd Gyorko caught the flip from Amarista with his bare hand before making a seamless throw to first...
Via Holdout Sports
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres deal Will Venable to Rangers

THE SAN DIEGO PADRES ARE FINALLY SELLING! Well…kind of. On Tuesday night, they dealt outfielder Will Venable to the Texas Rangers. The Rangers have acquired OF Will Venable from San Diego for catcher-OF Marcus Greene and a player to be named later. Michael Choice DFA. — John Blake (@RangerBlake) August 19, 2015   Venable is a free agent after the season, so this is...
Via The Outside Corner
13 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres 1B Yader Alfonso Wears Catcher's Gear Day After Getting Hit In Head With Justin Upton's Helmet

San Diego Padres 1B Yader Alfonso was faced with a learning moment over the weekend. Saturday night he was hit in the head with Justin Upton's helmet after Upton slammed it on the ground of the dugout after getting picked off. From his reaction you could tell that it must have hurt.So--what does he do on Sunday? He learns from the incident and wears protection.via Cut4Read more »
Via FatManWriting
14 days ago  |  Discuss

Padres' Justin Upton slams helmet, hits teammate

The San Diego Padres have not had a season to reflect the offseason they had before the 2015 season. After acquiring Matt Kemp, Will Myers, and Justin Upton to piece together a big-name outfield, the Padres’ 56-62 record is good enough to slot them into fourth place in the National League West. The Padres’ also picked up Upton’s older brother, Melvin Upton Jr (formerly B.J...
Via Gamedayr
15 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres OF Justin Upton Throws Batting Helmet In Dugout; Nails Teammate In Head

When a baseball player gets picked off by the pitcher it has to be frustrating. So it is understandable that Padres outfielder Justin Upton would be a little upset after getting picked off in the 8th inning Saturday night. However, it is not an excuse for slamming his batting helmet on the ground when he gets back to the dugout.Those suckers will bounce--and hit someone (like Yonder...
Via FatManWriting
15 days ago  |  Discuss

Matt Kemp hits for first cycle in Padres history

The San Diego Padres had played 7,443 games in their history entering Friday night, and the franchise had never had a player hit for the cycle. So when Matt Kemp stepped to the plate in the top of the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies needing only a triple to complete the feat, I expected to be disappointed once again. I was wrong to feel that way. Kemp blasted a 1-0 pitch...
Via Rumors and Rants
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Jose Valverde suspended 80 games for PED use

The fall from grace of the artist formerly known as Papa Grande continues. Ex-Tigers closer Jose Valverde was given an 80-game suspension by the MLB on Friday for the use of performance-enhancing drugs, according to Adam Rubin of ESPN who first broke the news on Twitter. The drug in question was said to be a metabolite of Stanzolol. The 37-year-old Valverde is currently a free...
Via Larry Brown Sports
17 days ago  |  Discuss

Kansas City Royals keeping window of opportunity open

After an exciting postseason run followed by a devastating loss in game seven of last year's fall classic, many expected the Kansas City Royals to regress in 2015.  If the heartbreak of falling one win shy of clinching a World Series title in front our their home crowd wasn't enough to haunt the Royals, other teams across the league began to stockpile talent this past winter to...
Via The Sports Quotient
17 days ago  |  Discuss

The San Diego Padres are in freefall

The San Diego Padres entered the 2015 with justifiably higher hopes than past years. After finishing under .500 for four straight seasons, the club opted for change, axed GM Josh Byrnes, and hired former Texas Rangers assistant general manager A.J. Preller to rejuvenate the franchise. Almost immediately, Preller went on trade bonanza, acquiring Matt Kemp, Craig Kimbrel, Justin Upton...
Via The Outside Corner
21 days ago  |  Discuss
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