Padres Rumors & News

  • Samardzija extends Giants' run of hot pitching

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- Jeff Samardzija insists he rarely has had as much fun watching teammates pitch as he is having with the San Francisco Giants. Of course, what really makes it enjoyable is being able to duplicate what he saw when it is his turn to take the mound. Samardzija combined..." May 25

  • Cueto fires two-hitter as Giants shut out Padres

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants got game-winning hits from pitchers Matt Cain and Madison Bumgarner over the weekend, so Johnny Cueto was hoping to do the same Monday night. When he failed, the club had to resort to Plan B: a real hitter. Pinch hitter Hunter Pence's towering..." May 24

  • Family of Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn Sues Tobacco Industry Over His Death

    New York Times "The family of Tony Gwynn, a baseball Hall of Famer who died of salivary gland cancer in 2014, filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Monday against the tobacco industry, charging that Gwynn had been manipulated into the addiction to smokeless tobacco that ultimately killed him. The suit was filed in..." May 24

  • Sprinkler malfunction halts longest game of season

    The Score "Well, now we know what time Petco Park's automatic sprinklers are set to go off. With the San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Dodgers locked in the 17th inning of their marathon Sunday contest - the longest game of the season in both time and innings - play was briefly halted when the sprinklers..." May 23

  • Group calls on MLB, San Diego city authorities to investigate anthem incident

    ESPN "The San Diego Gay Men's Chorus has been invited back to Petco Park to sing the national anthem after Saturday's controversy. The executive director of the chorus had called for an investigation by Major League Baseball and the San Diego Padres after a woman's voice singing the "Star Spangled..." May 23

  • Padres discipline employee after San Diego Gay Men's Chorus is drowned out singing national anthem

    Los Angeles Times "The San Diego Padres said late Sunday that it had disciplined an employee and stopped working with a contractor who was responsible for marring the performance of the national anthem by the San Diego Gay Men's Chorus. The choir's Saturday performance was drowned out by a recording of a woman..." May 23

  • Puig gives Dodgers marathon win over Padres

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- There is a theory of baseball that argues the longer a game goes in terms of innings and time, the wider the margin between the reward of winning and the cost of losing. "Today is something that can really propel us," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts after Yasiel Puig's two-run..." May 22

  • Padres walk away with 3-2 win in 11 innings

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- Yangervis Solarte wasn't swinging "until he threw me a strike." And Dodgers reliever Chi-Hui Tsao never did. After issuing back-to-back walks to Derek Norris and Brett Wallace to load the bases with two outs in the bottom of the 11th inning on Saturday night, Tsao missed..." May 22

  • San Diego Padres, Gay Choir at Odds over Botched Anthem

    The Big Lead "In a tremendous mixup last night, the San Diego Padres invited a gay choir to sing the national anthem, then played a recording of the anthem sung by a woman, as the choir stood looking around for somebody to do something. The members of the choir were heckled, with some fans shouting they sang..." May 22

  • Upton homers in ninth to lift Padres past Dodgers

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- To go yard, the San Diego Padres' Melvin Upton Jr. picked the deepest part of Petco Park. "It is big out there, so I didn't know if it was going out," Upton said. Upton's sixth homer of the season did get out beyond the right-center fence as his two-run blast in the ninth..." May 21

  • Giants prevail behind another strong performance by Samardzija

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- The San Francisco Giants' Jeff Samardzija didn't go nine innings on Thursday night against the San Diego Padres and he was hearing about it. "I'm catching some flak right now from the guys in here," Samardzija said. "I was trying to get back out there." Samardzija pitched..." May 20

  • Cueto fires 4-hitter as Giants down Padres

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- San Francisco Giants right-hander Johnny Cueto changed speeds, changed motions and changed how he was attacking the San Diego Padres on Wednesday night. As far as the Padres were concerned, though, it was more of the same. Cueto hurled a complete-game four-hitter, and..." May 19

  • Top 5 potential suitors for Matt Kemp

    Sportsnaut "We should all get used to hearing Matt Kemp tossed around in trade rumors. The San Diego Padres have reportedly let it be known that Kemp is an available asset. Given their place in the NL West standings, that’s not exactly shocking news. But it begs the question, where might Kemp end..." May 19

  • Bumgarner goes distance as Giants top Padres

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- San Francisco Giants southpaw Madison Bumgarner had a nasty arsenal and a similar disposition on the mound in stifling the San Diego Padres, 5-1, on Tuesday night. Bumgarner went the distance, and Brandon Crawford drove in five runs as the surging first-place Giants earned their..." May 18

  • The Padres are dangling Matt Kemp

    Hardball Talk "This is not a shocker by any stretch of the imagination: the Padres are letting it be known that outfielder Matt Kemp can be had in a trade. The hope going into the season from the Padres front office had to be that Kemp would start hot and look like an appealing offensive upgrade to a..." May 18

  • MLB players confronting realities of smokeless tobacco laws in major cities

    The Comeback "Cities like Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco have all passed bans on the use of smokeless tobacco at ticketed sporting events, leaving teams like the Washington Nationals are beginning to confront a new reality and some big time issues. Player now have to decide whether..." May 18

  • Commissioner Rob Manfred unhappy with length of games

    ESPN "The average time of a nine-inning baseball game is up nearly seven minutes compared with this point last season, and MLB commissioner Rob Manfred isn't happy about it. "We think the single biggest thing we had going for us early in the year [last season] was player focus on the topic," Manfred..." May 17

  • Carter, Davies help Brewers beat Padres

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- Mired in a week-long slump, Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Chris Carter was given the night off on Saturday by Brewers manager Craig Counsell. Carter, to his credit, didn't spend the evening eating ice cream and watching the Brewers' extra-inning loss to the Padres on TV...." May 15

  • Brewers score once, but it's enough to edge Padres

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- On one side, there was a 31-year-old journeyman starter who up until last fall, had been out of affiliated baseball since 2009. On the other, a 28-year-old who had been called up from Triple-A earlier in the day and hadn't started a big league game since 2014. On the surface, a..." May 14

  • Upton, Shields help Padres win third straight

    The Sports Xchange "MILWAUKEE -- Looking to win three consecutive games for the first time this season, the San Diego Padres got all they needed Thursday night from James Shields and Melvin Upton Jr. Upton had three hits, including his fourth home run of the season, while Shields worked seven strong innings as..." May 13

  • Pomeranz, Padres blank Cubs, sweep doubleheader

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Christian Bethancourt's steady work handling four San Diego Padres pitchers was impressive enough Wednesday night. The 24-year-old backup catcher didn't stop there, though. Bethancourt, playing in his 11th game of the season, also supplied the game's lone run with a towering..." May 12

  • Padres, Mariners not in the mix for Tim Lincecum

    Hardball Talk "Tim Lincecum held his long-awaited showcase last week and is, presumably, negotiating with various clubs at the moment. Some have suspected that he’ll want to stay on the west coast and many thought that his hometown teams, the Seattle Mariners, would be a potential destination for him as..." May 12

  • 5 pitchers next in line for Stephen Strasburg-esque extensions

    MLB Daily Dish "Stephen Strasburg's 7-year, $175 million contract extension has caused quite the conversation, from how big of risk it can be for the Nationals to its impact on the rest of baseball. That impact goes to a number of young pitchers that are looking to cash in on their early success in the majors,..." May 12

  • Cubs edge Padres for eighth win in row

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Jon Lester admitted he didn't have his best stuff Tuesday, and the Chicago Cubs' bullpen collectively struggled, too. However, the Cubs' bats were quick to pick up the slack as Chicago held on for an 8-7 victory over the San Diego Padres. The victory was eighth straight for..." May 11

  • Cubs-Padres rained out; DH on Wednesday

    The Sports Xchange "CHICAGO -- Ben Zobrist's outsized contributions in the Chicago Cubs' last seven games helped him land National League co-player of the week honors on Monday. The Cubs second baseman topped the major leagues with 15 RBIs as baseball's winningest team went 7-0. He also tied for second among..." May 11

  • Why MLB’s domestic violence policy does not require a criminal conviction

    Hardball Talk "When Aroldis Chapman was suspended under Major League Baseball’s domestic violence policy, a good number of people — some of them commenters at this site — took issue with it because “hey, he wasn’t charged with a crime.” The same has been said about Jose Reyes and will be said about him again..." May 11

  • Justine Siegal will be first woman to manage independent minor league game

    The Comeback "Justine Siegal continues to break down baseball barriers. The San Rafael Pacifics Baseball Club has announced that Siegal will be the first ever woman to coach at the independent minor league level when she’ll manage the team in late June. The specific event “Women Run the Show” was created..." May 10

  • Shields at peace with Colon HR: 'I'd be trotting pretty slow myself'

    San Diego Union-Tribune "For the record, James Shields cared about the loss – not home run that trended on social media well into the night. Bartolo Colon’s slow trot around the bases didn’t bother the 34-year-old right-hander in the least, either. “Absolutely not,” Shields said while chuckling Sunday morning. “I think..." May 09

  • Mets pull out victory over Padres

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- As the Mets' eighth-inning setup reliever, left-hander Antonio Bastardo won't be credited with the save in the Mets' 4-3 win over the Padres at Petco Park Sunday afternoon. But Bastardo saved the Mets. Bastardo entered the game in the eighth inning Sunday with the Mets..." May 08

  • Padres defeat Mets in first shutout win of season

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- For only the second time since they've been New York Mets together, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard have lost back-to-back games. And to the struggling San Diego Padres. DeGrom was the losing pitcher Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series at Petco Park...." May 07

  • Rea flirts with no-hitter as Padres down Mets

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- During Thursday's game against the New York Mets, San Diego starter Colin Rea flirted with the first no-hitter in Padres history. After the game, a steady rain fell in San Diego. Both are seldom seen when the Padres are playing at home. Rea stifled the New York Mets,..." May 06

  • Rockies' Chatwood shuts down Padres

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- Anywhere Tyler Chatwood pitches on the road is home. The 26-year-old right-hander proved that again Wednesday afternoon as he blanked the San Diego Padres for eight innings and the Colorado Rockies avoided a three-game sweep by shutting out the Padres 2-0 at Petco Park...." May 04

  • Robbie Erlin needs Tommy John surgery

    Hardball Talk "Padres pitcher Robbie Erlin has a partial tear of his ulnar collateral ligament and he’ll need Tommy John surgery as a result, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Times reports. Erlin landed on the disabled list on April 21. Now he’ll miss the rest of the season and likely the beginning of the 2017..." May 04

  • Kemp, Wallace homer as Padres rally against Rockies

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- The Padres' Andrew Cashner didn't have the look of a starter long for the Tuesday's game against the Colorado Rockies. Coming off his worst outing of the season, the Rockies scored three times in the first two innings and appeared primed to add more. "But he kept competing,"..." May 04

  • More PED busts coming from Major League Baseball

    ESPN "Major League Baseball is expected to announce in the next few days that another player has tested positive for the steroid Turinabol, a drug that was commonly used by East German athletes in the 1970s. The positive test is one of a handful being processed, two sources familiar with the cases told..." May 04

  • Shields posts first win as Padres nip Rockies

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- James Shields feels he was pitching well this season. However, the San Diego Padres right-hander had nothing to show for it until Monday night at Petco Park. Spotted a 2-0 lead before rival right-hander Jon Gray was able to retire a batter, Shields and three relievers held..." May 03

  • Cuba says defectors still will not be allowed to play in 2017 WBC

    ESPN "Cuba decided to maintain its ban on baseball players who defected the country and will not allow them to represent Cuba in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Despite some encouraging sounds and the recent reopening of borders with the United States, Cuba is not yet ready to forgive those who left..." May 03

  • Four MLB stars that must be traded in 2016

    Sportsnaut "While the MLB trade deadline is still months away, it’s never too early to start thinking about guys that should be dealt. And this year, there are a few stars in need of relocation. Usually, veteran players on bad teams best fit this description. Even though the season is still very early, we..." May 03

  • Kershaw helps Dodgers end six-game losing streak

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Clayton Kershaw put his foot down. The ace left-hander put an end to the Los Angeles Dodgers' six-game losing streak almost single-handedly Sunday, throwing a complete-game shutout against the San Diego Padres and driving in the only run in a 1-0 victory. Kershaw struck..." May 01

  • Kemp sparks Padres' win vs. Dodgers

    The Sports Xchange "LOS ANGELES -- Since being traded to the San Diego Padres in December 2014, Matt Kemp finds that hitting in his former home ballpark provides a special tonic. Kemp hit a three-run home run in the top of the eighth inning to lead the Padres to a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers on..." April 30

  • MLB players could push for harsher PED suspensions

    SB Nation "The Major League Baseball players who do not use performance-enhancing drugs are not pleased with the ones who do. With Chris Colabello and Dee Gordon both suspended this month, there is a sudden call for harsher penalties for failed PED tests coming from players. Some, like Justin Verlander, have..." April 30

  • The MLBPA continues to shoot itself in the foot regarding PEDs

    Hardball Talk "Most players are adamantly anti-PEDs now. Unlike their complicit or passive predecessors, today’s players don’t, for the most part, accept PEDs as just part of the game. They’re competitors and they see PED use as their competition cheating. They consider these guys to be taking money and service..." April 29

  • Five MLB Players Enter Into Brand Contracts With Fantex

    MLB Trade Rumors "Fantex, Inc. announced today that it has entered into brand contracts with five Major Leaguers: Phillies third baseman Maikel Franco, Astros right-hander Collin McHugh, Orioles second baseman Jonathan Schoop, Twins right-hander Tyler Duffey and Padres third baseman Yangervis Solarte (as noted on..." April 28

  • Belt helps Giants complete sweep of Padres

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- The San Francisco Giants took advantage of a San Diego fielding error to score three runs in the first inning and continued to pound out hits in a 13-9 win over the Padres on Wednesday. With the win, the Giants completed a sweep of the three-game series with the Padres...." April 27

  • Austin Hedges to undergo hamate bone surgery, out 6-8 weeks

    Hardball Talk "Padres catcher Austin Hedges will miss six to eight weeks as he needs surgery to repair the hamate bone in his right hand,’s A.J. Cassavell reports. Hedges, 23, was playing with Triple-A El Paso and got off to a great start, hitting .333/.385/.583 with a pair of home runs and nine RBI..." April 27

  • Cueto lifts Giants over Padres

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- Football coaches often are warned: Don't take points off the board. But when it happened to San Diego Padres manager Andy Green in a baseball game Tuesday night, he had no choice. Johnny Cueto outdueled James Shields in a battle of former Kansas City Royals World..." April 27

  • Casilla's 100th career save helps Giants hold off Padres

    The Sports Xchange "SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco Giants closer Santiago Casilla didn't just record his 100th career save Monday night. As manager Bruce Bochy proclaimed afterward, he "earned" it. Casilla got the Giants out of an eighth-inning jam, then shut the door on the San Diego Padres in the ninth,..." April 26

  • Padres deny man in white was stealing signs

    Sportsnet "It appears the sign-stealing controversy involving the San Diego Padres was a bit overblown. During Sunday’s game against the Padres, St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina informed the home plate umpire about a man, who could be seen above the centre field wall, wearing a white polo shirt..." April 25

  • Were the Padres stealing signs in the ninth inning Sunday?

    USA Today "If there’s one thing baseball players hate, it’s when opponents attempt or succeed at stealing their signs. It’s a fairly silly thing, because if they really expected the other team to look the other way out of sheer decorum, they wouldn’t have to do so much to disguise what’s coming. Also, every..." April 25

  • Gyorko helps Cardinals beat Padres

    The Sports Xchange "SAN DIEGO -- Appropriately, the last out in St. Louis' 8-5 win over the San Diego Padres at Petco Park Sunday afternoon was a ground ball to Cardinals second baseman Jedd Gyorko. While Gyorko didn't have a hand in the Cardinals' game-winning rally Sunday, much of the weekend belonged to him..." April 24