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3/4/2015 | Upton goes deep in Cactus clash vs. Mariners

Justin Upton opened his Padres career with a home run in Wednesday's 4-3 loss in 10 innings to the Mariners on Wednesday in the Cactus League opener at Peoria Stadium.

3/4/2015 | Maybin getting swings in Padres' leadoff spot

Cameron Maybin got the first crack at hitting leadoff for the Padres on Wednesday against the Mariners. The leadoff spot -- as well as the No. 2 spot in the lineup -- will be areas that manager Bud Black and his coaching staff will watch closely during spring games.

3/4/2015 | Middlebrooks embraces fresh start with Padres

Healthy and happy, Will Middlebrooks has impressed early in Padres camp, especially defensively. Middlebrooks would love nothing more than to get back to that place where he was in the second half of 2013, the year the Red Sox won the World Series.

3/3/2015 | Black welcomes expectations for new-look Padres

The expectations have changed for manager Bud Black and the Padres. No longer are the Padres the underdog. "It's exciting," said Black. "We know what is in front of us, and we welcome it."

3/3/2015 | Kemp, Upton to start in Padres' Cactus opener

Padres manager Bud Black certainly isn't wasting any time when it comes to unveiling any of the new acquisitions general manager A.J. Preller assembled this past offseason.

3/3/2015 | Nieves grateful for chance to catch on with Padres

Wil Nieves has been with nine organizations, and now he returns to where it all began, with the team that drafted him in the 47th round in 1995. Nieves, who signed a Minor League deal with the Padres on Jan. 31, is competing with Tim Federowicz for the backup job to Derek Norris.

3/3/2015 | Veteran lefty Elbert impressing Padres' staff early

When pitcher Scott Elbert opted for free agency this past offseason, ending an 11-year run in the Dodgers' organization, the left-handed reliever was eager to start the next chapter in his pro career. "I took it as a new beginning," Elbert said.

3/2/2015 | Camp notes: Maybin likely to lead off spring opener

Cameron Maybin may be the forgotten man in the Padres' outfield, following a busy offseason. But there's a good chance he'll get the first at-bat of the spring for the club.

3/2/2015 | Versatile roster will keep Padres' infield in motion

Yangervis Solarte is a third baseman who also plays plenty of shortstop and second base. Clint Barmes spent parts of last season playing all four infield spots across the diamond. And Alexi Amarista has played at least five different positions in each of the past three years. Sense a trend in San Diego?

3/2/2015 | Morrow aims to claim final spot in Padres' rotation

Right-hander Brandon Morrow, looking to rebound from a pair of injury-plagued seasons, joined the Padres this offseason to compete for a rotation spot.

3/1/2015 | Padres work to maximize innings for surplus of arms

The Padres are looking to get as many innings as possible for the 29 pitchers in camp, several of whom are competing for a spot in the rotation.

3/1/2015 | Clear head, big arm: Maurer flourishing as a reliever

After posting a 7.52 ERA as a starter in 2014, Brandon Maurer was sent to the bullpen and developed into a dominant back-end reliever with a 2.17 ERA and 38 strikeouts over 37 1/3 innings.

3/1/2015 | San Diego native Erickson enjoying being a Padre

As a Minor League free agent, catcher Griff Erickson had any number of opportunities to pursue this past offseason when it came time to look for a new organization. But there was only one perfect fit.