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5/20/2015 | Prior relishes role as Minors pitching coordinator

Mark Prior is six-or-so weeks into his job as the first-year Minor League pitching coordinator, where he has a chance to impact pitchers throughout the system. He's enjoying every second.


5/20/2015 | Cubs hold off Padres for another one-run victory

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.


5/20/2015 | Despaigne, Hendricks set for duel in series finale

Odrisamer Despaigne, filling in for the injured Brandon Morrow, gets another turn in the rotation on Thursday in the Padres series finale against the Cubs.


5/20/2015 | Jankowski has 2 hits to raise average to .348

Right-hander Ryan Butler struggled in his Double-A debut Tuesday while center fielder Travis Jankowski had two hits to raise his average to .348.


5/20/2015 | ICYMI: Clutch hitting, solid Shields start series right

James Shields threw an absolute gem on Tuesday evening, striking out 11 in seven innings in the series opener against the Cubs. Unfortunately for Shields, his stellar performance didn't factor into the final decision, but the Friars still went on to succeed as he earned a no-decision en route to a 4-3 victory over Chicago.


5/20/2015 | Despite HRs, Shields puts Padres in position to win

James Shields allowed two home runs in the third inning, but little else against the Cubs on Tuesday. After his first nine starts with the Padres, he is 5-0 with a 3.74 ERA. Seven of those outings have rated as quality starts.


5/20/2015 | A Will and a way: Venable answers the call

Will Venable has responded to his increased playing time by going 10-for-26 since May 8. He's already got more at-bats in May (32) than he had in all of April (24).


5/19/2015 | Myers heads to DL with left-wrist tendinitis

The Padres were hopeful with Monday's off-day that the tendinitis in Wil Myers' left wrist would have subsided enough where he could get back in the lineup. But Myers, after attempting to hit in the cage early Tuesday afternoon, said he still felt pain in the wrist, and the team opted to place him on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to May 11.


5/19/2015 | Who's where if Upton Jr., Myers, Alonso are healthy

What if, say next month, Melvin Upton Jr. is ready to play for the Padres and both Wil Myers and Yonder Alonso are both healthy and still hitting like they were before they were hurt. Who plays where.


5/19/2015 | Big day for Upton, Giron, Butler on Padres' farm

Center fielder Melvin Upton Jr. started his much-awaited rehab assignment with Triple-A El Paso, 18-year-old shortstop Ruddy Giron had six hits including a home run in his debut at low Single-A Fort Wayne and right-handed starting pitching prospect Ryan Butler was promoted from high Single-A Lake Elsinore to Double-A San Antonio.


5/19/2015 | On no sleep, Giron goes 6-for-6 in Class A debut

Ruddy Giron, an 18-year-old Dominican shortstop in the Padres organization, got a 3 a.m. wake-up call in Phoenix on Monday, summoning him to Ohio for that night's Class A game between Fort Wayne and the Lake County. He was slotted into the leadoff spot and proceeded to go 6-for-6 with a home run and a stolen base in his full-season league debut.


5/18/2015 | Versatile Spangenberg contributes in different ways

Instead of accepting a scholarship to the University of Miami as had originally been planned, Cory Spangenberg became a first-round selection of the San Diego Padres. The left-handed hitting, right-handed throwing second baseman was the tenth overall pick in the 2011 First Year Player Draft.


5/18/2015 | Padres not put off by missing early Draft picks

When he was promoted to scouting director in November, Mark Conner looked at the order of the First-Year Player Draft and saw that the Padres' first two selections would fall at Nos. 13 and 41 overall. That's before Conner's boss, first-year general manager A.J. Preller, lost the 13th overall pick to the Royals in February for signing free-agent pitcher James Shields.


5/18/2015 | Padres need a solid turn of the rotation

The Padres' starting pitching has shown some signs recently of snapping out of its early-season funk.


5/18/2015 | #ASGWorthy: Upton eyes return to NL lineup

Justin Upton is loving his change of scenery. Upton slugged two home runs in the Padres' 10-5 loss to Washington on Sunday, and he's making a bid to be #ASGWorthy in his first season in San Diego. Upton has 10 home runs in his first 38 games, and he's hitting .293 for the Padres.


5/18/2015 | McElroy's tiebreaking HR lifts San Antonio

Third baseman Casey McElroy hit a tiebreaking two-run home run in the ninth inning Sunday to give Double-A San Antonio a 5-3 win at Midland.


5/17/2015 | Upton continues to flash power at Petco

Justin Upton hit his seventh and eighth homers at Petco Park, a stadium that's considered pitcher-friendly.


5/17/2015 | Kennedy's fast start falls apart in 'frustrating' day

It was a tale of two starts Sunday for Padres pitcher Ian Kennedy, who had no-hit stuff for the first four innings against the Nationals. But unfortunately for the Padres, his fast staff fizzled thereafter, as Kennedy was hit hard and lost his command as San Diego fell to the Nationals, 10-3, at Petco Park.


5/17/2015 | Harper stays hot as Nats pound Padres, take series

Danny Espinosa and Bryce Harper each connected on three-run home runs as the Nationals topped the Padres, 10-4, before a crowd of 37,032 at Petco Park on Sunday.


5/17/2015 | Remembering 'Original Padre' Ollie Brown

The Padres selected San Francisco Giants outfielder Ollie Brown with the first overall pick of the Expansion Draft on Oct. 14, 1968.


5/17/2015 | Hedges puts defensive skills on display

Austin Hedges, regarded as one of the top defensive catchers in the Minor Leagues before he joined the Padres earlier this month, tossed out Michael Taylor trying to steal third base during the second inning of Saturday's 4-1 loss to the Nationals.


5/17/2015 | Shields faces Hammel aiming for sixth win

The Padres took two of three against the Cubs when the teams met in mid-April in Chicago. The teams meet again for a three-game series starting on Tuesday night in San Diego. The Padres will send James Shields (5-0, 3.91 ERA) to the mound for the first game while the Cubs will counter with Jason Hammel (3-1, 3.11 ERA).




5/17/2015 | Two Asencio homers power San Antonio to win

Poway High graduate Alex Dickerson went 3-for-5 with a double Thursday night to raise his batting average to .320 for Triple-A El Paso.


5/17/2015 | Nationals, Padres lagging in arm strength

The season is just about at the quarter-mile pole and a glaring anomaly thus far has been the underperformance of the starting rotations of both the Nationals and Padres.




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