Padres rebound from Giants' rally, win in 11

Padres rebound from Giants' rally, win in 11

SAN FRANCISCO -- Matt Szczur wasn't in the San Diego Padres' starting lineup Friday night against the San Francisco Giants. But the game lasted long enough for Szczur to make an impact anyway, as the Padres captured a 12-9 decision.

Szczur's fourth hit, an 11th-inning single, broke a tie and launched the Padres on a three-run binge that finally stopped the plucky Giants. One of three Padres who finished a hit shy of the cycle, Szczur had two cracks at becoming the first substitute in history to accomplish the feat. He needed a home run, and with the Padres ahead by three in the eighth, he admitted to swinging for the fences.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Former Giant Sanchez homers on big night

Former Giant Sanchez homers on big night

SAN FRANCISCO -- Hector Sanchez insists he has nothing but love for the Giants. The Padres catcher spent five seasons with San Francisco, winning two championships along the way. He regularly keeps in touch with a number of his former teammates. And he lauds the fans for their continued support, even though he's now wearing a Padres cap.

Sanchez has a funny way of showing his affection. In the Padres' 12-9, 11-inning victory at AT&T Park on Friday night, Sanchez bedeviled his former club. He went 3-for-6 with a homer, a double and two RBIs, leading the Padres back from an early four-run deficit.

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Perdomo looks to get back on track vs. Giants

Perdomo looks to get back on track vs. Giants

Padres right-hander Luis Perdomo, who starts Saturday vs. the Giants, is likely eager to put his last start behind him. Perdomo had his shortest start since the first of his Major League career, lasting 2 1/3 innings at Colorado. The start increased Perdomo's season ERA from 4.54 to 4.94.

In the five games before the outing, Perdomo had a 3.10 ERA.

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Padres defend Hand's hefty price tag

Padres defend Hand's hefty price tag

SAN FRANCISCO -- Reports from around the baseball world have claimed the Padres are asking a steep price for lefty reliever Brad Hand. Steep, but fair, say the Padres.

According to a team source, Hand has commanded the most interest of any Padres trade chip since A.J. Preller took over as general manager in 2014. "Half the league or more" has inquired about Hand, the source said.

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Cahill's revival makes him intriguing trade chip

Cahill's revival makes him intriguing trade chip

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ahead of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, the likeliest Padre to be dealt probably isn't Brad Hand (or any other team-controlled reliever, for that matter).

It's Trevor Cahill, the resurgent right-hander who has re-established himself as an effective starting pitcher this season. In 10 games for San Diego -- his hometown club -- Cahill has posted a 3.14 ERA, and he's striking out hitters at a 30 percent clip, by far the best mark in his career.

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Padres back Chacin with homers vs. Giants

Padres back Chacin with homers vs. Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Helped by ample offensive support, right-hander Jhoulys Chacin defeated San Francisco for the third time this season as the Padres ended a three-game losing streak Thursday with a 5-2 triumph over Madison Bumgarner and the Giants.

Chacin (9-7) improved to 8-6 lifetime against the Giants, including 4-1 at AT&T Park, which prompted Giants manager Bruce Bochy to pay him the ultimate compliment.

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Spangy shows monster power vs. Bumgarner

Spangy shows monster power vs. Bumgarner

SAN FRANCISCO -- There's a 421-foot sign where the brick wall in right field meets the center-field fence at AT&T Park. On a cool night -- like Thursday -- only the mightiest of blasts escape that part of the yard.

Enter Cory Spangenberg. In the seventh inning of Thursday's 5-2 Padres victory, Spangenberg came to the plate against Madison Bumgarner with the game tied at 2. In no uncertain terms, it was a brutal matchup for San Diego's lefty-hitting third baseman. In eight career at-bats against the Giants ace, he was hitless with four strikeouts.

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Vision training helping Hedges recover

Vision training helping Hedges recover

SAN FRANCISCO -- Austin Hedges rejoined the Padres in San Francisco on Thursday with a bit more clarity regarding his concussion symptoms.

After undergoing tests in San Diego, Hedges was diagnosed with a minor concussion that affected his vision -- more specifically, his depth perception. After leaving the team Monday, he spent the past two days undergoing vision training, and he feels as though he's nearly restored to full health.

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Padres step up in Solarte's absence

Spangenberg has homered in two straight games, providing a major lift with Asuaje

Padres step up in Solarte's absence

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Yangervis Solarte's rehab from the oblique strain he suffered on June 20 is not going as quickly as expected.

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Allen notches four hits for Lake Elsinore

Allen notches four hits for Lake Elsinore

No organization currently features more high-end talent in its farm system than the White Sox. That was evident on Thursday, as a host of the South Siders' top prospects turned in big performances across three different levels.

Most notably, No. 8 overall prospect Eloy Jimenez (White Sox No. 2) went 3-for-5 with a solo home run and a pair of doubles for Class A Advanced Winston-Salem. It was the 20-year-old outfielder's ninth home run this season and his first as a member of the White Sox after he was acquired from the Cubs last week in the Jose Quintana trade. No. 68 overall prospect Zack Collins (White Sox No. 7) also went deep for Winston-Salem, giving him 13 homers through 82 games in his first full season.

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Cordero eyes consistency in return to Padres

San Diego recalls rookie center fielder, options Valdez

Cordero eyes consistency in return to Padres

DENVER -- "Up and down," doesn't quite do justice to Franchy Cordero's first stint in the big leagues.

The rookie center fielder got off to a blazing start, batting .339/.383/.625 over his first 17 games. Then he fell off a cliff, with just one hit in 31 at-bats over his last 10 games before he was sent to Triple-A El Paso at the end of June.

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Padres can't catch up to Rockies in finale

Padres can't catch up to Rockies in finale

DENVER -- Nolan Arenado was already an All-Star, but now he can stake claim to another accomplishment -- leading the Rockies to their best offensive game in five years.

Arenado slugged three home runs in an 18-4 rout of the Padres on Wednesday afternoon as the Rockies scored 18 runs for the first time since April 27, 2012. They won their fourth straight and earned their first sweep since June 18, while Arenado's five hits set a new career high. With the victory and and the D-backs' 4-3, 11-inning loss at Cincinnati, Colorado moved a half-game in front of Arizona for the top National League Wild Card position

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Homers from Myers, Asuaje not enough

Homers from Myers, Asuaje not enough

DENVER -- Mark Reynolds and Carlos Gonzalez ended long droughts, and Antonio Senzatela won in his first start in nearly four weeks, as the Rockies won their third straight, 9-7, over the Padres at Coors Field on Tuesday night.

Reynolds' first-inning homer off Padres starter Dinelson Lamet (3-4) was his 20th of the season but his first in 56 at-bats. Gonzalez ended an 11 at-bat hitless streak with a two-run double in the fifth, and added an RBI single in the sixth.

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Competitive Asuaje downplays first MLB HR

Loss dampens milestone for Padres rookie second baseman

Competitive Asuaje downplays first MLB HR

DENVER -- Carlos Asuaje had just launched his first big league home run, a majestic drive into the visiting bullpen, during the Padres' 9-7 loss to the Rockies on Tuesday night.

As you'd expect, Asuaje arrived at his locker after the game to a phone that overflowed with congratulatory messages. He certainly appreciated those. But ...

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Hedges placed on 7-day concussion list

Padres call up righty reliever Valdez in corresponding move

Hedges placed on 7-day concussion list

DENVER -- The Padres placed catcher Austin Hedges on the seven-day concussion disabled list Tuesday, recalling righty reliever Jose Valdez in his place.

Hedges, who had passed his prior concussion tests, but still wasn't feeling quite right, was sent back to San Diego to escape the altitude in Denver.

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Yates' profile grows as he thrives in bullpen

Righty has found success as he puts baseball in perspective

Yates' profile grows as he thrives in bullpen

DENVER -- Two years in a row, the Padres have plucked a castoff reliever from the waiver wire in April, only to see him blossom into a bona fide bullpen weapon by midseason.

A year ago, it was Brad Hand. This season, it's Kirby Yates.

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Richard Padres' Heart and Hustle Award winner

Richard Padres' Heart and Hustle Award winner

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association revealed the 30 preliminary winners of the 2017 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday. The honor is the only one voted on by former players, and is bestowed each year upon the active player who most represents a passion for the game of baseball, and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.

Past winners of the Heart and Hustle Award include David Eckstein (2005), Hall of Famer Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012), Dustin Pedroia (2013), Josh Harrison (2014), Anthony Rizzo (2015) and Todd Frazier (2016).

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Padres' rally comes up short vs. Rockies

Padres' rally comes up short vs. Rockies

DENVER -- Charlie Blackmon opened the bottom of the first with a homer off the face of the third deck and right-hander German Marquez tied a career high with nine strikeouts in 6 2/3 innings as the Rockies defeated the Padres, 9-6, Monday night at Coors Field to pull to a half-game behind the D-backs for the first National League Wild Card.

Blackmon's 22nd homer of the season came off Padres starter Luis Perdomo (4-5), who yielded seven runs (five earned) on six hits and three walks in 2 1/3 innings. Trevor Story drove in three runs and Gerardo Parra added his eighth homer of the season, a solo shot in the seventh, to help the Rockies to their second straight victory -- something that hadn't happened since a six-game streak from June 14-20.

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Blash's tear is hard to ignore

Blash's tear is hard to ignore

DENVER -- It's far too soon to draw any conclusions from Jabari Blash's numbers since his Friday callup. But they're certainly impressive.

The hulking right fielder is 6-for-15 with a pair of doubles and a pair of home runs since returning from Triple-A El Paso. One of those homers came in the second inning of Monday's 9-6 loss to the Rockies, a two-run shot beyond the right-center field bullpens at Coors Field.

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Padres happy to keep Hand if price isn't right

Padres happy to keep Hand if price isn't right

DENVER -- A fortnight ahead of the non-waiver Trade Deadline, conventional wisdom says Padres reliever Brad Hand will be on the move before July 31.

Speaking with MLB.com, however, Padres general manager A.J. Preller pumped the brakes a bit on that notion. Yes, he's fielding calls from clubs looking to acquire Hand. But if the asking price isn't met, Hand could remain a Padre through 2017 -- and possibly beyond.

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Blash's blast revives long-shot memories

McCovey, Vaughn blasts in Mission Valley most memorable

Blash's blast revives long-shot memories

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

Jabari Blash's blast hadn't yet landed at Coors Field on Monday night when I started thinking about the longest homers I've seen hit by Padres over the years.

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Shark attacked: Homers, Cahill carry Padres

Shark attacked: Homers, Cahill carry Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Two loud swings from Hector Sanchez and Cory Spangenberg gave the Padres an early six-run lead on Sunday afternoon. Veteran right-hander Trevor Cahill made it stand up, as the Padres cruised to a 7-1 series-clinching victory over the Giants at Petco Park.

Sanchez, who hit a walk-off homer from the right side on Saturday night, put forth quite the encore in the bottom of the first. Batting lefty this time, he crushed a 1-0 Jeff Samardzija offering for a three-run shot. Sanchez has filled in quite nicely for starting catcher Austin Hedges, who was shaken up after taking a foul ball off the mask on Friday night.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Cahill shows stamina, stuff in win over Giants

Cahill shows stamina, stuff in win over Giants

SAN DIEGO -- For Trevor Cahill, the greatest positive from his start Sunday was his stamina. Opposing front offices likely feel the same way.

With the Padres out of contention, Cahill will be a piece the organization dangles leading up to the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline, and the right-hander did plenty to pique interest in San Diego's 7-1 victory against the Giants on Sunday.

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Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Rodriguez makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Rodriguez makes Pipeline Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

Brendan Rodgers' hitting ability made him MLBPipeline.com's No. 1-rated prospect and the No. 3 overall pick in the 2015 Draft. The Rockies shortstop has lived up to expectations and is having his best season yet.

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Cahill even tougher at Petco Park than Chacin

Sanchez enjoying success against former team

Cahill even tougher at Petco Park than Chacin

Bill Center, longtime sportswriter for U-T San Diego, is an employee of the Padres.

SAN DIEGO -- Right-hander Jhoulys Chacin has had great success at Petco Park this season. He is 5-2 at home with a 1.94 ERA -- the best home ERA in the National League.

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Padres relievers draw trade interest

It's not just Hand who is catching the eye of teams

Padres relievers draw trade interest

SAN DIEGO -- Brad Hand is one of the hottest names on the market ahead of the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline this year. But he's not the only Padres reliever drawing interest from other clubs.

Top to bottom, the bullpen in San Diego has been excellent over the past month. Other teams have taken note, upping their interest in fellow relievers Brandon Maurer, Ryan Buchter and Kirby Yates, while the market for Hand remains strong.

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Tatis Jr. goes deep for Fort Wayne

Tatis Jr. goes deep for Fort Wayne

Reynaldo Lopez piled up the strikeouts as Triple-A Charlotte topped Gwinnett, 5-4, in walk-off fashion on Sunday.

Lopez, the No. 36 overall prospect, fired 66 of his 99 pitches for strikes as he generated a season-high 12 strikeouts and yielded just two hits in seven innings of one-run ball. The White Sox No. 6 prospect was stuck with a no-decision as the Knights bullpen blew a ninth-inning lead, but that doesn't diminish Lopez's brilliant performance.

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Sanchez hits walk-off shot to beat former team

Sanchez hits walk-off shot to beat former team

SAN DIEGO -- For the most part, Madison Bumgarner was sharp over seven frames in his first start back from the disabled list Saturday night. But it was his former batterymate who stole the show and spoiled Bumgarner's return.

Hector Sanchez, a late entry into the Padres' lineup after starting catcher Austin Hedges was scratched, launched a walk-off two-run blast off the third deck of the Western Metal Building, sending the Padres to a 5-3 victory.

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Chris Haft has covered the Giants since 2005, and for MLB.com since 2007. Follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat and listen to his podcast.

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Szczur makes most of starting chance

Szczur makes most of starting chance

SAN DIEGO -- Despite limited playing time during his Padres tenure, Matt Szczur has remained ready for any opportunity. Saturday night, he seized one with a two-strike swing against Madison Bumgarner.

Bumgarner, the Giants' dynamic left-hander and 2014 World Series MVP, cruised early in his first start since being sidelined with a shoulder sprain in late April, retiring the first seven Padres he faced in the Padres' 5-3 victory. Szczur seemed destined to make it eight after falling behind 1-2, but he fouled off successive pitches and took a ball before pounding a Bumgarner curveball out to left-center field.

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Nathan Ruiz is a reporter for MLB.com based in San Diego. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.