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4/18/2015 | Kimbrel not at his best in first loss with Padres

Craig Kimbrel spent part of his postgame on a stationary bike in the tiny visiting clubhouse at Wrigley Field on Saturday, pedaling away as part of his workout routine as if he might be trying to get away from something or someone. At the very least, the Padres' closer was certainly ready to distance himself from a fitful ending to the Padres' 7-6 loss in 11 innings to the Cubs.


4/18/2015 | Upton day to day after straining left quad

Padres left fielder Justin Upton left Saturday's 7-6 loss in 11 innings to the Cubs with a slight strain of his left quad, said manager Bud Black, and Upton is day to day.


4/18/2015 | Kemp launches first homer with Padres

It took 12 games and 46 at-bats, but Padres' right fielder Matt Kemp got his first home run as a Padre on Saturday at Wrigley Field.


4/18/2015 | Lester eyes first win, faces Cashner at Wrigley

Jon Lester seeks his first quality start of the season as the Cubs and Padres wrap up their three-game series on Sunday afternoon at Wrigley Field.




4/18/2015 | Decker's homer, 3 RBIs lift El Paso to win

Cody Decker hit a two-run homer and drew a tie-breaking, bases-loaded walk Friday night to lead Triple-A El Paso a 4-2 win at Tacoma.


4/18/2015 | Opposite-field approach pays off for Middlebrooks

When Will Middlebrooks connected for a two-run home run in the fourth inning on Friday, it marked the second time this season the right-handed hitter has gone the other way. This wasn't by accident, he said.


4/18/2015 | Norris' defense providing good early returns

Chances are that no matter how much time passes, Padres catcher Derek Norris will always remember that American League Wild Card game last October when, playing for the A's, the Royals ran wild on him and the Oakland pitchers.


4/18/2015 | Starlin's single lifts Cubs past Padres in 11

Starlin Castro knocked in the game-winning run in the 11th inning with a bases-loaded single onSaturday as the Cubs edged the Padres, 7-6, before a crowd of 33,958 at Wrigley Field.


4/17/2015 | Taking advantage of opportunity, Myers stays hot

Including the go-ahead homer in the Padres' 5-4 victory over the Cubs, Wil Myers has 12 hits in his last 26 at-bats. He took a close ball in the seventh before launching a three-run shot.


4/17/2015 | Without sharpest stuff, Shields aids winning effort

There were a few lamentable moments for Padres' pitcher James Shields to sort through in his first start at Wrigley Field on Friday, but he buckled down, struck out nine and came out ahead in San Diego's 5-4 win over the Cubs.


4/17/2015 | Kennedy improving in recovery from hamstring injury

Pitcher Ian Kennedy cleared another hurdle in his return from a strained left hamstring on Friday, as he threw between 25-30 pitches in a bullpen session at Wrigley Field.


4/17/2015 | Hedges, Wallace and Almonte lead way for El Paso

Austin Hedges, Brett Wallace and Abraham Almonte continued their hot hitting Thursday night, leading Triple-A El Paso to a 10-4 win over Reno in a Pacific Coast League game at Southwest University Park.


4/17/2015 | Padres turn to Ross to take on Hendricks, Cubs

Tyson Ross was excellent in his first Wrigley Field start last season, and he returns to face Kyle Hendricks and the Cubs on Saturday afternoon.


4/17/2015 | Bryant's big league debut spoiled by Myers' decisive blast

In a game that featured the highly anticipated Major League debut of Cubs rookie Kris Bryant, San Diego's Wil Myers stole the show with a go-ahead three-run home run in the seventh inning as the Padres topped the Cubs, 5-4, on Friday afternoon. James Shields struck out nine for San Diego.


4/17/2015 | Shift doing little to slow down Alonso

All three of the Padres' opponents this season have employed a defensive shift against Yonder Alonso, positioning three infielders on the right side. And the left-handed first baseman has been beating the shift with base hits to the left side.


4/16/2015 | Bryant's arrival raises stakes in Cubs-Padres opener

Cubs top prospect Kris Bryant, who hit .425 with a Major League-leading nine home runs in Spring Training, is set to make his big league debut in Friday's series opener with the Padres at Wrigley Field.


4/16/2015 | Padres aim to carry momentum on to seven-game trek

The Padres have passed the first tests of the season. They are competitive. The offense can score. They posted a 5-2 record on their first homestand and won each of their first two home series.


4/16/2015 | Venable not quick to give up on old glove

When Will Venable peers into his trusted glove, a Rawlings PROS601KB that has seen better days, he doesn't see the tear in the pocket staring back at him, the replacement laces, restrung many times over, or the well-worn cracks that suggest his glove is ready to be put out to pasture. He sees an old friend.


4/16/2015 | Hedges has homer, three hits at Triple-A

Catcher Austin Hedges and center fielder Michael Gettys, two of the Padres' top prospects, had three hits apiece Wednesday night for their respective clubs.


4/16/2015 | J-Uptown funk: Red-hot Upton proving his worth in San Diego

Justin Upton, one of general manager A.J. Preller's prized offseason acquisitions, has made his spacious, new home ballpark look small this week, hitting two home runs to left field in as many days.


4/15/2015 | Gyorko uses time off to tinker with swing mechanics

Padres second baseman Jedd Gyorko was back in the lineup Wednesday against the D-backs. Gyorko, who has three hits in his first 21 at-bats of the season, entering Wednesday's game, has worked closely during pregame with hitting coach Mark Kotsay and assistant hitting coach Alonzo Powell since his last start on Saturday.


4/15/2015 | Ross, Padres honor Jackie's immense legacy

On Wednesday, Tyson Ross and his teammates wore their home whites, all with Robinson's No. 42 across their back, as baseball again paid tribute to Robinson's impact on the game and on society.


4/15/2015 | Kennedy inching closer to Minor League rehab start

Ian Kennedy, six days removed from suffering a left hamstring strain in his first start, got back on a mound on Wednesday, throwing a bullpen session at Petco Park. If he emerges from his next two bullpen sessions feeling fine, he'll join a Padres Minor League affiliate for a rehab start.


4/15/2015 | Padres about to have wealth of rotation options

Right now, the Padres' rotation is James Shields, Tyson Ross, Andrew Cashner, Odrisamer Despaigne and Brandon Morrow. But Ian Kennedy looks as though he'll be ready to pitch as soon as his 15-day stay on the disabled list with a mild left hamstring strain expires on April 25. And Josh Johnson is moving quickly in his return from last year's Tommy John surgery.




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