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5/27/2015 | Curveball completes Shields' elite swing-and-miss arsenal

James Shields has the second-highest number of swings and misses induced this season. His swinging-strike rate (15 percent) is the highest in baseball. But it's not entirely fastball or changeup that's doing the trick in 2015. It's his curveball.


5/27/2015 | Norris, Kemp, Upton among All-Star ballot leaderboards

The initial voting results from the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot were released Wednesday, and the Padres are well-represented. Outfielders Justin Upton, Matt Kemp and catcher Derek Norris each rank in the top 10 at their respective positions.


5/27/2015 | Defense helps Despaigne, starters extend streaks

With the help of his defense, Odrisamer Despaigne pitched six shutout innings in Anaheim Tuesday night -- allowing the Padres to extend their streak of quality starts to eight straight games.


5/27/2015 | Jones promoted to Double-A after leading Fort Wayne to sweep

The placement of infielder Taylor Lindsey on the seven-day disabled list at Triple-A El Paso Wednesday morning caused a shuffling of third basemen in the Padres' minor league system.


5/27/2015 | Burnett set to continue renaissance in San Diego

The Pirates and Padres will kick off a four-game series at Petco Park on Thursday night, with resurgent right-hander A.J. Burnett set to oppose fellow veteran Ian Kennedy.


5/27/2015 | NL All-Star Game ballot update: May 27

At the first update in the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot for the National League, the Cardinals have four players in line to start July 14 Midsummer Classic at Great American Ball Park, and another four among the voting leaders. Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, an All-Star in each of the last two seasons, leads all NL players in balloting with 1,447,753 total votes.


5/27/2015 | ICYMI: Kemp's knock seals thriller in extras

Following a scoreless tie that stretched into extra innings in Anaheim, the Friars came out thanks to a handful of clutch moments on the field and at the plate on Tuesday. In case you missed it, here are some stories and highlights that may have passed you by.


5/27/2015 | MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

Major League Baseball Advanced Media is introducing its new Web-based media player (version 5.0), for those who currently subscribe or those who sign up now for MLB.TV Premium ($114.99 a year or $24.99 a month) or regular MLB.TV ($94.99/$19.99). You'll notice the difference right away as the HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download.


5/27/2015 | Shields enjoys hitting, life in the NL

After a decade with the Rays and Royals, James Shields finally found his way to the ideal place: the National League, courtesy of the Padres and a free-agent deal shaping up as one of the smartest of the offseason.


5/27/2015 | Kemp's double may break him out of funk

Matt Kemp has had one of those months so far for the Padres that he's better off forgetting. But sometimes -- as Crosby, Stills & Nash once sang -- the darkest hour is always, always just before the dawn.


5/27/2015 | Kemp breaks through with decisive double in 10th

A productive April has been followed by a month of offensive struggles for Padres' right fielder Matt Kemp. But even as his batting average plummeted and his swing got long in search of hits while RBI opportunities went unfulfilled, Kemp refused to hang his head.


5/27/2015 | Kemp's 2B, Venable's catch lead Padres past Angels

Matt Kemp, struggling through a nightmarish month of May, came up big Tuesday night, lining a two-out, bases-clearing double in the 10th inning to lead the Padres to a 4-0 win at Angel Stadium.


5/26/2015 | Venable robs Trout's homer with sensational grab

There was once a time when Will Venable used his 6-foot-3 frame for good use playing basketball at Princeton. On Tuesday, though, the Padres' center fielder used it to make an over-the-fence catch, robbing the Angels' Mike Trout of a two-run home run in the third inning.


5/26/2015 | I'm Walking Trout, Too

The Padres decided to intentionally walk Mike Trout to load the bases in the bottom of the ninth inning on Tuesday. Albert Pujols singled to win the game for the Angels, but walking Trout was the correct call.


5/26/2015 | Tests reveal improvement in Myers' wrist

There was some measure of good news to be had Tuesday in regards to Wil Myers' left wrist, manager Bud Black told reporters. Myers, on the disabled list with tendinitis in the wrist since May 11, had scans done Tuesday, which revealed improvement.


5/26/2015 | Venable making most of increased playing time

Don't look now, but the Padres' hottest hitter of late isn't one of general manager A.J. Preller's prized offseason acquisitions. Outfielder Will Venable, the longest-tenured Padre, is hitting .400 in his last 45 at-bats and has raised his batting average from .133 on May 7 to .293 entering Tuesday's game against the Angels.


5/26/2015 | Hard-throwing righties Cashner, Richards duel in finale

The Angels will wrap up their Interleague series against the Padres Wednesday night at Angel Stadium, when right-hander Garrett Richards will get the ball against San Diego righty Andrew Cashner.


5/26/2015 | ICYMI: Friars' comeback for naught as Angels walk off

Monday night's game had a little bit of everything for the Padres as Tyson Ross collected the team's seventh quality start in a row before outfielder Will Venable and first baseman Yangervis Solarte tied the game with a three-run rally in the seventh. Unfortunately, the Angels were able to undo the work set forward by the team after walking off to a 4-3 victory over the Friars at Angel Stadium.


5/26/2015 | Giron named Class A Midwest League Player of the Week

Eighteen-year-old shortstop Ruddy Giron has been named the Midwest Player of the Week for his first week in the Class A Miwest League, and Double-A San Antonio got strong pitching efforts from right-handed starters Justin Hancock and Ryan Butler on Monday while splitting a Texas League doubleheader with Frisco.


5/26/2015 | Decker hits two homers, drives in six runs for Triple-A El Paso

Justin Upton wasn't the only member of the Padres family with six RBIs Sunday. Triple-A slugger Cody Decker hit two home runs and drove in six runs and right fielder Rymer Liriano was 4-for-5 with a homer as El Paso had 18 hits in a 10-3, Pacific Coast League victory at New Orleans.


5/26/2015 | Pitch to Pujols or Trout? 'It's a tough one,' Black says

When Mike Trout came to the plate in the bottom of the ninth inning Monday with runners on the corners and two outs, Padres manager Bud Black was left to mull over a difficult decision. Do you pitch to Mike Trout or do you walk him, set up a force at any base, and instead pitch to Albert Pujols?


5/25/2015 | Shoemaker seeks bounceback effort vs. Padres

It could be a high-scoring affair Tuesday when the Padres and Angels get together for the second game of their three-game series at Angel Stadium.


5/25/2015 | Maurer stakes claim on 'pivotal' 7th inning

The Padres feel like they've found their seventh-inning guy, Brandon Maurer, who hasn't allowed a run in his last 11 outings, spanning 10 innings.


5/25/2015 | Myers encouraged, but no timetable for return

Center fielder/first baseman Wil Myers will return to San Diego on Tuesday to get a new scan done on his injured left wrist. Myers, who hasn't played since May 10 due to tendinitis in his left wrist, will also undergo tests to check the rate of healing with the tendinitis, manager Bud Black said.


5/25/2015 | ICYMI: Padres rebound on batting resurgence

Getting swept by the Dodgers was absolutely not an option on Sunday as the Padres broke out in a big way to beat Los Angeles by a score of 11-3 at Chavez Ravine. In case you missed it, here are some stories and highlights that may have passed you by.




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