Gaslamp Ball "July 2nd is an important date on the calendar these days. That's the first day that teams can sign the 2015-2016 international free agent class. Think of it like the draft, but for prospects outside of the United States (including Puerto Rico) and Canada. Except, it's not a draft, it's a free..." July 06
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "Cardinals rookie Tommy Pham, who had about the best July 4 weekend anybody could have, played like a 10-year veteran. In essence, he is. Pham, who signed in 2006 and never hit above .232 in his first four years of professional baseball nor got above Class A, has become the flavor of the month at..." July 06
Toronto Star "R.A. Dickey often speaks of submitting to his fickle pitch, embracing its unpredictability and accepting the mystery. He has described the knuckleball as a “metaphor for letting go.” Engineers, by nature, are less inclined to leave such mysteries unsolved. Armed with their pesky math and..." July 06
Hardball Talk "The starters for the American and National League teams for the 2015 All-Star Game, hosted at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, were announced tonight on ESPN’s Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show. The starters: National League C: Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants 1B: Paul..." July 06
St. Louis Post-Dispatch "The St. Louis Cardinals snapped a four-game home losing streak Saturday afternoon with a 2-1 victory over the San Diego Padres. With the game tied 1-1 in the bottom of the eighth, Tommy Pham, who made his 2015 debut with the Cardinals on Friday, reached first base on an infield error. He had..." July 05
Baseball Essential "This 10-game road trip very well could determine whether or not the San Diego Padres become sellers at the trade deadline. Justin Upton is a name that might become available, but one of the Padres’ starting pitchers is starting to get some attention. Padres starting pitcher Ian Kennedy is..." July 05
San Diego Union-Tribune "Could this be the start of a long-awaited run? To this point, the Padres have shown few indications of an ability to sustain winning baseball. The last two games, then, have represented a welcome departure. Friday, a night after the Padres captured an extra-inning victory at Busch Stadium, Jedd..." July 04
San Diego Union-Tribune "At the season's halfway point, the Padres remain a long way from where they hope to be. Thursday represented a positive, if small, step in the right direction. Will Venable delivered the winning blow in the top of the 11th, booming a two-run homer to lift San Diego to a 5-3 victory over the..." July 03
ESPN "If you subscribe to the notion that smart, analytically savvy front offices determine a team's success and the manager is little more than an appendage clad in cap and spikes, chances are you haven't spent much time following the National League West. Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Dave..." July 03
Sounds like #Padres RP Dale Thayer (eligible to come off DL today, right shoulder strain) will make a MiLB rehab appearance this weekend.
#Padres 3B Will Middlebrooks (rolled left ankle, Sunday) did agility drills on field today. Doing better. Could be back in lineup Friday.
Seattle Times "For just the third time since May 27, the Mariners have posted back-to-back wins. At minimal value, that’s a winning streak, and Seattle hasn’t had many of those this season. Thanks to the starting pitching of Taijuan Walker, the hitting of Robinson Cano and a Padres offense that made the..." July 02
.@Padres recall INF Jedd Gyorko from Triple-A El Paso; place INF Cory Spangenberg (left knee contusion) on 15-day DL.
Seattle Times "Mike Montgomery’s place in the Mariners’ starting rotation was always assumed to be temporary. The young left-hander was recalled from Class AAA Tacoma on June 2 to fill the spot vacated by fellow lefty James Paxton, who went on the disabled list with a sprained tendon in his left middle..." July 01
MLB.com "While you continue to vote in these final and frenetic days of the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot, Major League Baseball announced today that the starting position players will be unveiled in a new manner at 7:30 p.m. ET Sunday on the "Esurance All-Star Starters Selection Show" on ESPN,..." June 30
Arizona Republic "Welington Castillo kept waiting and waiting, but the call never came. Trapped on a roster with two other catchers, he figured he'd get traded at some point before the end of spring training. But when a deal didn't materialize and Castillo headed north with the Chicago Cubs, he said he tried to..." June 29
Boston Globe "It’s a rule casually broken hundreds of times a day by players on every team in baseball. Umpires will not enforce it unless asked to, and even then they would rather leave well enough alone. “The pitcher shall not apply a foreign substance of any kind to the ball.” That is what Rule 8.02(a)(4)..." June 29
Will Middlebrooks is hurt. Looks like he rolled his right ankle on weighted bat on D-backs on-deck circle. Walking off but he's out of game.
Bone contusion for Spangenberg. Hopeful to avoid DL.
Spangenberg left the game with a sprained left knee. #Padres
San Diego Union-Tribune "Padres center fielder Wil Myers hopes to resume baseball activities in four to six weeks after having the cast on his left wrist removed Saturday. Myers was in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Saturday morning to see hand specialist Dr. Donald Sheridan, who performed surgery June 18, shaving a bone spur..." June 28
San Diego Union-Tribune "Justin Upton continues to punish his old team. The Padres left fielder entered Saturday's game a career .329 hitter against the D-backs, with six home runs in 103 at-bats. He left with his seventh. Upton's fence-clearer provided the go-ahead blow in the fifth, and his teammates piled on in a..." June 28
San Diego Union-Tribune "Petco Park’s “Oblivious Cam” catches fans napping or texting or any number of other things besides paying attention to the game — and the fact they’re being shown larger than life on the ballpark’s video board. In the fifth inning of Friday night’s Diamondbacks-Padres game, two young women were..." June 27
San Francisco Chronicle "Manager Bruce Bochy, usually optimistic to a fault, could not sugarcoat the Giants’ predicament with Nori Aoki joining fellow outfielder Hunter Pence on the disabled list for an indeterminate sentence. “You lose your leadoff hitter and a guy who hits in the heart of the order, both catalyst..." June 25
MLB.com "The team announced this afternoon that they have made the following roster moves: Recalled RHP Kevin Quackenbush from Triple-A El Paso. Quackenbush’s 2015 and career Major League and minor league stats. Will be making his second stint with the Padres this season (also 4/24 – 6/10). Optioned..." June 24
Padres RHP Brandon Morrow long-tossing from 120 feet today. Hopes to throw a bullpen session this weekend.
San Diego Union-Tribune "Tuesday, exactly one year later, Odrisamer Despaigne returned to the scene of his major league debut. The setting: AT&T Park. The stakes: a potentially critical game for the Padres' diminishing hopes of contention. Despaigne's performance: plenty serviceable. The problem: the opposing..." June 24
Arizona Republic "Much of their transition has been defense-focused, a hasty study in the pitching staff's strengths and weaknesses to provide the Diamondbacks with some much-needed stability behind the plate in the aftermath of Tuffy Gosewisch's season-ending injury. And now that catchers Jarrod Saltalamacchia..." June 22
San Diego Union-Tribune "Truth be told, Pat Murphy prefers Derek Norris behind the plate. The days you find him at first base are days the Padres simply can’t have him not in the lineup. Like Saturday, for instance. “Do I like him there? He's gonna be in our lineup,” the Padres’ interim manager said as if on a dose..." June 21
Arizona Republic "The Diamondbacks got another strong start from RHP Rubby De La Rosa and minimized the damage in a couple jams to beat the San Diego Padres 4-2 on Friday in front of 27,394 at Chase Field. Arizona jumped out to a 4-0 lead after three innings, but San Diego scored single runs in the fifth and..." June 20
San Diego Union-Tribune "Neither Matt Kemp nor Derek Norris started at his normal position Thursday at O.co Coliseum. The Padres still ended where they wanted to be. After a four-game losing streak, including an 0-3 record since the firing of Bud Black, the Padres returned to the winning column and gave interim manager..." June 19
Wil Myers underwent successful surgery today to remove a bone spur on left wrist. Surgery was performed in Scottsdale by Dr. Donald Sheridan
CSN Bay Area "The flurry of run support he received may have caught Jesse Chavez off guard Wednesday, but he sure knew what to do with it. The right-hander buzzed through San Diego’s lineup for a career-high 11 strikeouts in the A’s 16-2 thrashing of the Padres at the Coliseum. They’ve won four in a row,..." June 18
CSN Bay Area "It was only fitting that Billy Burns wound up having a final say in Tuesday’s game. The A’s electrifying rookie center fielder already had a highlight-reel catch at the wall and a two-run triple to his credit against the San Diego Padres. In the top of the ninth, he put himself in position to..." June 17
Pat Murphy told media that Wil Myers will have surgery tomorrow to remove a bone spur in his left wrist. Expected to be out 8 weeks.
San Diego Union-Tribune "Padres right-hander Josh Johnson is scheduled to have tests on Wednesday after experiencing tingling in his fingers during Monday’s simulated game. Johnson threw 25 warmup pitches in the bullpen, then took the Petco Park mound and threw just three pitches when he stopped because of the..." June 17
Pat Murphy has been named the club's interim manager for remainder of 2015 season pic.twitter.com/lNCsZokUax
Oakland Tribune "There are just two levels for the Oakland offense -- all out, or not at all. After a stretch in which the A's scored two runs or fewer in four of eight games, Oakland has turned it around, tacking Monday's 9-1 win over the San Diego Padres onto an 8-1 win over the Angels on Sunday. All of..." June 16
Yahoo! Sports "The San Diego Padres named Pat Murphy interim manager Tuesday as they chose to stay in-house with their replacement for Bud Black, who was fired Monday and had been San Diego's skipper since 2007. Murphy has been with the organization since 2010, most recently managing the team's Triple-A club..." June 16
Dave Roberts said Wil Myers could get second opinion on his wrist. Felt more pain taking swings yesterday. Sounds like he'll be out awhile.
L.A. Daily News "Justin Upton bent over at the waist, staring toward the outfield in disbelief. Upton, whose eighth-inning home run the day before won a game for the San Diego Padres, thought he’d beaten the Dodgers again Sunday afternoon. Swinging on a 3-0 count against pitcher Juan Nicasio, Upton’s fly ball..." June 15
CBS Sports "The San Diego Padres have fired manager Bud Black, the club announced Monday. The official statement: The club will immediately begin the formal search for an Interim Manager for the remainder of the 2015 season. Until that process has concluded, Bench Coach Dave Roberts will serve as the..." June 15
Gaslamp Ball "In what has already been a roller coaster day, the Padres news stops for no one. Now, it's been announced that Wil Myers is back on the disabled list with reliever Cory Mazzoni on his way back to the Padres for his third stint with the team this year. This is...troubling. Myers has missed a..." June 15
CBS Sports "MLB commissioner Rob Manfred appeared on Monday's episode of Boomer & Carton, and among the topics he addressed were the DH issue and possible expansion into other other markets. Regarding the current designated hitter rule -- DH in AL games, no DH in NL games, Manfred seems disinclined to..." June 15
San Diego Union-Tribune "Left-hander Cory Luebke, who is recovering from his second Tommy John surgery, started Saturday at Single-A Lake Elsinore. Luebke retired the side in order on 14 pitches in a scheduled one-inning outing against Lancaster. It was his first appearance in three years. Luebke is to pitch one inning..." June 14
San Diego Union-Tribune "Rub your eyes. Do a double take. Stare in disbelief. Petco Park played like a pitcher’s park again, the Padres prevailing with a 2-1 win over the Dodgers. A crowd of 43,525, the eighth sellout this season, had not watched a lower scoring home game since a pair of 1-0 contests against the..." June 14
Orange County Register "If it’s any consolation, the Dodgers’ bullpen isn’t the only one that can treat a lead like a wet bar of soap. For the fourth time in the past nine games, the Dodgers blew a lead in the seventh inning or later, this time allowing three runs in the bottom of the seventh Friday night at Petco..." June 13
CBS Sports "Trade season semi-officially began after the three-day First-Year Player Draft, and the trade market may include some pretty big names (see the list of 40 below). But it may take some extra time to get going in a season where there so far appears to be only one truly great team (the Cardinals)..." June 13
San Diego Union-Tribune "When the rain stopped and the tarp came off, you could feel the steam heat rising from the grass at Turner Field, where first pitch between the Padres and Atlanta Braves was delayed nearly an hour. A few minutes later, the steam was coming out of Matt Kemp's ears. More than 3 1/2 hours after..." June 12
Talking Chop "Kelly Johnson returned from the DL today and had himself a day at the plate with three hits in support of Williams Perez, and the Braves top the Padres 4-1. Kelly returned to his hitting ways in the second inning, singling home Nick Markakis for the game's first run against Tyson Ross, but then..." June 11