San Diego Union-Tribune "Although he has not pitched in more than a week, Padres closer Joaquin Benoit looks as if he will avoid the disabled list. The right-hander, who has been dealing with soreness in his throwing shoulder, could return to game action as soon as Friday, when the Padres open a series at Arizona. If..." August 22
L.A. Daily News "Vin Scully and Dick Enberg were in opposite broadcast booths Thursday, so the Dodgers and San Diego Padres could have ended their game any way they chose and two men with 165 years of combined life experience had probably seen it before. Over the decades, the near no-hitters tend to fade to..." August 22
San Diego Union-Tribune "The Padres stumbled into their own undoing in the series opener at Dodger Stadium, wasting 14 hits on their way to defeat. In the field and on the basepaths, they played less than crisply, a bad combination on a night their pitching also faltered. Wednesday was different. Again, the Padres took..." August 21
Manager Buddy Black announces Andrew Cashner will return this weekend and start Saturday in Arizona vs. Dbacks
San Diego Union-Tribune "The only capacity in which Jesse Hahn has ever taken the mound for the Padres is as a starting pitcher. He still managed to get the save on Tuesday. This wasn't Hahn hurling ninth-inning breaking balls to save the Padres, though. This was very much the Padres saving him. Before San Diego..." August 20
Los Angeles Times "KEY MOMENT: The Dodgers were trailing, 3-2, until they scored three runs in the fourth inning to move in front, 5-3. Matt Kemp, who led off the inning with a double, scored on a double by Justin Turner. Carl Crawford, who reached base on a walk, scored on a sacrifice fly by A.J. Ellis. Turner..." August 20
#Padres roster move: Team says LHP Frank Garces is up from SA, Jesse Hahn back to SA. Guess this starts the tapering of his innings.
CBSSports.com "Every once in a while, I come across a stat that truly blows by mind. This is one of those stats: Jedd Gyorko, who made his MLB debut last season and has 31 homers in 199 career games, is now the Padres franchise leader in home runs by a second baseman. The Padres have been around since 1969...." August 18
#Padres RHP Joaquin Benoit down with "cranky" shoulder today. Team off Monday. Expected to be fine Tuesday.
#Padres 1B Yonder Alonso will not play again this season. Damaged forearm tendon. Will likely get second opinion but surgery is possible.
San Diego Union-Tribune "As the rain began to fall Saturday night, Jedd Gyorko found himself in a familiar position as he walked to the plate in the seventh inning at Busch Stadium: The bases were loaded and he was all alone in the batter’s box for the seventh time in a little over a week. Déjà vu? Not exactly. This..." August 17
San Diego Union-Tribune "Joe Wieland was sharp in his first start with the Chihuahuas, throwing six innings of two-run ball. Wieland allowed four hits and no walks, striking out five. He threw 46 of 68 pitches for strikes. Cody Decker (.260) went 2-for-3 with his 21st home run of the season. Jonathan Galvez (.282) went..." August 16
Hardball Talk "Padres prospect Max Fried, who was shut down in spring training with a forearm injury and has made just five starts all season in the minors, is now scheduled to undergo Tommy John elbow surgery next week. Fried was the No. 7 overall pick in the 2012 draft out of high school and ranked among..." August 16
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals cashed in on San Diego starter Tyson Ross' early wildness to score two quick runs and then used another effective outing from Lance Lynn in a 4-2 win over the Padres on Friday night at Busch Stadiuim. Ross walked the first three Cardinals he faced before giving up an RBI single to..." August 16
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The Cardinals’ Mike Matheny has the worst record for challenges by a manager this season, losing 15 of 20 official appeals. But he won a challenge he didn’t even make Thursday night as the Cardinals held on to beat the San Diego Padres, 4-3, before a sellout house of 45,126 at Busch..." August 15
Gaslamp Ball "The Padres sure seem unstoppable right now. The offense is clicking, making up for the (very minor) shortcomings of pitching, and the defense has hung so many stars lately that you could make an accurate model of the Milky Way. Tonight's highlight is certainly Rymer Liriano's towering home run..." August 14
MLB Daily Dish "While not as strong as year's past, this winter's free agent class is shaking up to be particularly deep. With the July 31st non-waiver trade deadline now past us, barring an unlikely late-August blockbuster, it seems that all the major in-season transactions are now passed us. With less than..." August 14
San Diego Union-Tribune "A distinct flavor has permeated the Padres’ clubhouse in recent days. It can be heard among teammates bonded by the universal language of baseball. It can be seen among baseball players with a shared flair for the game. Tuesday, it was visible at nearly every quadrant of the Petco Park field...." August 13
SB Nation "Some MLB teams will likely be headed to Amsterdam for meaningful games as early as 2015. Outgoing Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig hopes to announce plans for regular season games in Europe before he leaves office, according to multiple reports. The league has its eye on London..." August 13
Everth Cabrera left with a left hamstring cramp. Same hammy that sent him to DL last month.
San Diego Union-Tribune "Early in his career, Eric Stults couldn’t help looking over his shoulder when life on the mound got rocky. The wisdom that comes with his many years in this game has allowed the 34-year-old left-hander to leave that practice in the past even in the most difficult of times in this trying..." August 10
McClendon confirms that Erasmo Ramirez will start tomorrow vs. White Sox. He'll likely make one start then go back down.
Maybin is eligible to play in 5 Minor League games before return date (8/20). He will go to AZ this week to workout. Likely to play in EP.
Hardball Talk "According to Dennis Lin of U-T San Diego, Padres right-hander Andrew Cashner began a minor league rehab assignment last night with High-A Lake Elsinore and tossed two scoreless innings. Cashner, out since June 23 with right shoulder soreness, allowed one hit and no walks while striking out..." August 09
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "The lack of two offensive mainstays, one the reigning Most Valuable Player, generally does not coincide with a third consecutive victory that lifts a team further above .500 than it has been all season. With continued strong pitching, the Pirates made it work. Vance Worley did the honors Friday..." August 09
San Diego Union-Tribune "As a rule, Bud Black doesn’t doubt his players. Yet off the bat, the Padres’ upbeat skipper wasn’t sure what sort of chance Alexi Amarista would have at catching Eduardo Escobar’s two-strike drive with the winning run standing on second base in the last of the ninth inning Wednesday..." August 07
ESPN.com "Major League Baseball officials have contacted the DEA and U.S. Attorney's office in Southern Florida in an effort to unmask the names of any players who might have violated the league's drug policy, sources told ESPN's "Outside the Lines." Federal officials are discussing how to honor the..." August 07
Sources: #Padres hire A.J. Preller as GM.
Minneapolis Star Tribune "Kennys Vargas took early batting practice with his teammates Tuesday, then headed out to the outfield to take his turn catching fly balls. One problem, though. He wasn’t wearing a glove. “We’re going to already have a talk,” Gardenhire said with a laugh. “He’s carrying a bat out there in the..." August 06
CBSSports.com "Rangers executive A.J. Preller has accepted a five-year deal to become general manager of the Padres, sources said. The parties are still finalizing things, but there is an agreement. Preller got the nod over Yankees assistant GM Billy Eppler. Preller's specialty is international scouting,..." August 06
USA Today "If I'm a former client of Tony Bosch's, I'm petrified. If I'm close friend of Alex Rodriguez, or, ahem, a business associate, I'm scared. If I'm Sam and Seth Levinson, who run the ACES agency, I'm worried. If I'm Major League Baseball, ooh, boy, I'm all ears. Biogenesis founder Tony..." August 06
Two law enforcement sources tell me investigation revealed previously unnamed MLB players. Names will be revealed. Expect more suspensions.
Hardball Talk "After a lengthy search, the Padres are reportedly closing in on their choice for Josh Byrnes’ replacement as general manager. CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that the Padres “appear to be focusing most closely” on Yankees assistant general manager Billy Eppler, who now looks like the “probable..." August 05
San Diego Union-Tribune "A week of change for the Padres – change in personnel, change in attitude, at least a temporary change in fortunes at the plate and in the win column – came to an end Sunday. One thing they definitely do not want to change, though. That Sunday thing at Petco Park. For the third time this..." August 04
San Diego Union-Tribune "On a windy Saturday night, there was no repeat of what had transpired less than 24 hours earlier at Petco Park. There was no blowout of the Braves, no 20-hit laugher for the Padres. Instead, a contest dictated by pitching droned on past the four-hour mark. At last, in the bottom of the 12th, the..." August 03
Joe Wieland is scheduled to throw about 60 pitches in a rehab start for Double-A San Antonio on Sunday.
Andrew Cashner throwing a side session at Petco right now. Will throw another in Minnesota. Then rehab start for Lake Elsinore on Friday.
San Diego Union-Tribune "A meeting of struggling pitchers was called Friday night. A pair of beleaguered left-handers shared a lonely mound of dirt at Petco Park, supposedly baseball’s most forgiving venue. The stakes supplied the difference: one southpaw throwing to keep his team in a playoff race, the other throwing to..." August 02
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "When the Cardinals moved Shelby Miller to the bullpen around the All-Star break and told the young starter that he needed a breather from the rotation, a chance to rest, Miller remained active by popping in and out of manger Mike Matheny’s office. Having been removed from the rotation before,..." August 01
Confirmed: #Mariners gave up OF Abraham Almonte and RHP Stephen Kohlscheen in exchange for Padres' Chris Denorfia.
MLB Trade Rumors "The Dodgers are trying hard to acquire Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit, tweets Joel Sherman of the New York Post. Yesterday, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported the Dodgers and Yankees were in on the 37-year-old reliever. Benoit, who assumed the Padres’ closer role after Huston Street was..." July 31
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette "Francisco Liriano dealt like a top-of-the-rotation ace Tuesday night, striking out 11 in a 3-1 win against the San Francisco Giants. The Pirates powered up early with home runs by Josh Harrison and Travis Snider, then rode Liriano for seven innings on a breezy and cool night at AT&T..." July 30
San Diego Union-Tribune "Even when he’s making things hard on himself – as he did in issuing five free passes to first base Tuesday night – Tyson Ross has made his trips to the mound look easy this month. Baseball’s strikeout leader in July, the 27-year-old Ross survived an early bout of wildness to win his third..." July 30
MLB Daily Dish "After sending Huston Street to the Angels and Chase Headley to the Yankees, the Padres aren't done selling yet. According to a major league source, there is "still a good chance" that San Diego trades reliever Joaquin Benoit before the trade deadline, as the reliever market is expected to pick up..." July 29
Hardball Talk "Jason Lane spent seven seasons as a hitter. Not a terrible one, either. He posted an .815 OPS, hit 26 homers, and had 78 RBI in 145 games for a pennant winner in 2005. But after that he crashed hard and was done as a big league bat. He reinvented himself as a pitcher in the Padres organization..." July 28
Ian Kennedy likely to throw side session Wednesday, then start Saturday at Petco vs. Braves.
San Diego Union-Tribune "On an eventful Sunday for Padres pitchers, Ian Kennedy was scratched from a scheduled start, Andrew Cashner took a significant step forward and Eric Stults suffered his 13th loss of the year, an unsightly number he shares with only Twins right-hander Kevin Correia. In an 8-3 defeat, Stults..." July 28
MLB.com "Jesse Hahn's blissful rookie season took a minor detour two weeks ago when the team sent him to the Minor Leagues, though it wasn't because of anything that he did wrong or any shortcomings in performance. Quite the contrary, as the Padres actually made the move because they wanted to see more..." July 28