• Thursday's starting pitcher Tyson Ross was earlier this week named a Heart and Hustle Award winner by the MLB Players Association. The award is designated to players who demonstrate a passion for and best embody the values, spirit and tradition of the game. One player from each team is selected with a final overall winner announced on Nov. 19 at the 15th Annual Legends for Youth Dinner in New York. Ross will be honored at Petco Park during the Padres' next homestand.
• On this day 31 years ago, Padres manager Bud Black, then with the Royals, pitched during teammate George Brett's infamous pine-tar incident. Then Yankees manager Billy Martin argued that Royals slugger Brett had an excessive amount of pine tar on his bat. The umpires concurred and ruled Brett out, which invoked a Kansas City protest to finish the game on Aug. 18, in which the Royals held on to win, 5-4.
Daniel Kramer is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.