Cosart seeks rhythm vs. Cubs

Cosart seeks rhythm vs. Cubs

Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks has settled into a nice groove over his last six starts. The Padres are looking for Jarred Cosart to do the same when the two pitchers square off at Petco Park for Monday's series opener.

Hendricks, coming off seven innings of two-run ball last week vs. San Francisco, has posted a 1.96 ERA since mid-April. In five career starts against San Diego, Hendricks owns a 1.56 ERA and a .189 batting average against. The Cubs have won four of those games.

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Schimpf's shot leads Padres over Nats

Schimpf's shot leads Padres over Nats

WASHINGTON -- After scoring a combined one run in their past two games this series, the Padres matched a season high with 14 hits on Sunday to defeat the Nationals, 5-3, for their lone win of the three-game set.

San Diego's offense, which entered the game with the worst batting average in baseball, picked up a bullpen that threw 4 2/3 scoreless innings against the talented Nationals offense, after starter Jhoulys Chacin allowed three runs in 4 1/3 innings.

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Kyle Melnick is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C., who covered the Nationals on Sunday.

Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C., who covered the Padres on Sunday.

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Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

Yearly, single-team subscriptions are half off until Monday night

Save 50 percent on MLB.TV this weekend

MLB.TV is offering 50 percent off subscriptions throughout Memorial Day weekend. MLB.TV Premium, with nearly two dozen features for subscribers to access and interact with live out-of-market Major League Baseball games at 60 frames per second on any of the more than 400 supported devices, is on sale for just $56.49. MLB.TV Single Team subscriptions are also available, on sale for $43.74.

Marlins center fielder Christian Yelich can attest to the value of MLB.TV to displaced military families. His brother Cameron has been able to follow games that way.

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d'Arnaud contributes in every facet to win

d'Arnaud contributes in every facet to win

WASHINGTON -- Searching for a spark plug to ignite their dormant offense, the Padres received a boost from perhaps the most unlikely of candidates.

Chase d'Arnaud, playing in just his fifth career game for San Diego, filled up the stat sheet in Sunday's 5-3 win over the Nationals, contributing the game-winning, two-run single in the fifth inning. Suiting up for his third different team this season, d'Arnaud also stole a base and scored a run to help the Padres finish a six-game East Coast road trip at .500.

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Oliver Macklin is a reporter for MLB.com based in Washington, D.C., who covered the Padres on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres open homestand after 3-3 road trip

Cubs, Colorado start busy month at Petco Park

Padres open homestand after 3-3 road trip

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

After concluding a six-game road trip Sunday afternoon with a 5-3 win over the Nationals in Washington, D.C., the Padres return home.   

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Former Nat Stammen thriving in San Diego

Former Nat Stammen thriving in San Diego

WASHINGTON -- Craig Stammen has dozens of cherished memories from the seven seasons he spent pitching with the Nationals. His last appearance is not one of them.

On April 14, 2015, in Boston, Stammen exited his outing with a torn flexor muscle in his pitching arm. He would miss the remainder of the season -- and didn't pitch in the Majors in '16 either.

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Pickoff perfectionist Richard utilizing move

Pickoff perfectionist Richard utilizing move

WASHINGTON -- On the mound, Clayton Richard is a perfectionist. That much holds true, even when he isn't throwing to the plate.

The owner of one of the best pickoff moves in baseball, Richard again put it on full display Saturday afternoon, nabbing two over-aggressive Nationals baserunners in the bottom of the fifth inning in Saturday's 3-0 loss in D.C.

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Richard solid, but hitting woes persist in loss

Richard solid, but hitting woes persist in loss

WASHINGTON -- In one of the most dominant outings of his career, Stephen Strasburg racked up a career-high 15 strikeouts Saturday afternoon at Nationals Park as he led the Nationals to a 3-0 victory against the Padres. Strasburg had command of all of his pitches and mixed them all into different counts, which flummoxed San Diego's offense for the entire game, as he surrendered just three hits in seven brilliant innings.

"I think the fact that you will go to any one of those pitches keeps them off any single one," Strasburg said. "So that's just a part of pitching, keeping them off balance, changing speeds, keep them guessing."

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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Padres call up Cordero for center field duty

Padres call up Cordero for center field duty

WASHINGTON -- Franchy Cordero arrived at the visiting clubhouse in Triple-A Salt Lake on Friday and noticed his name wasn't anywhere to be found on the lineup card.

"It seemed a little weird," Cordero said through a Padres interpreter. "Then [El Paso manager] Rod Barajas called me to his office and told me that I'd gotten the call and was going to the big leagues. ... I was just really, really excited. It's something I've dreamed about since I was a kid. I didn't really even have words."

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Perdomo's outing evidence of progression

Perdomo's outing evidence of progression

WASHINGTON -- Coming off the worst start of his career, Luis Perdomo again did not have his best stuff Friday night. The Padres' sinkerballing right-hander surrendered a leadoff home run to Trea Turner and instantly found himself in the midst of a battle.

But over the past year, Perdomo has matured immensely as a pitcher. And in that sense, Friday's 5-1 loss to the Nationals offered a testament to how far he's progressed.

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Injuries have decimated projected outfield

Renfroe only healthy outfielder from spring's four regulars

Injuries have decimated projected outfield

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

The Padres had a workable outfield plan developing in spring training.
     
Rookies Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe would be the starters in center and right, respectively. Alex Dickerson and Travis Jankowski would primarily platoon in left with Jankowski also spelling both Margot in center and Renfroe in right.
     
Dickerson, among the more polished Padre offensive weapons, would hit fourth in the order.
     
Fast forward to Friday's 50th game of the season in Washington, D.C.
     
The left fielder was infielder Cory Spangenberg. The center fielder was Allen Córdoba, who came to the Padres last winter as a shortstop in the Rule 5 draft. The right fielder was Matt Szczur, who the Padres acquired from the Cubs in a May 8 trade for minor league pitcher Justin Hancock.
     
Now, there is nothing wrong with Renfroe. In fact, he's been on a strong run recently. He was missing because manager Andy Green was giving him a scheduled - and much deserved - day off.
     
Just this morning, the Padres officially placed Margot on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to 5/25, with a strained right calf and in turn recalled Franchy Cordero from Triple-A El Paso.

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Schimpf homers, but Padres stifled in loss

Schimpf homers, but Padres stifled in loss

WASHINGTON -- As Max Scherzer stepped into the batter's box in the eighth inning, the crowd of 28,606 at Nationals Park gave him a standing ovation, an appreciation of his outstanding effort so far and a sign that he was going to get a chance to finish what he started. He delivered another stellar performance Friday night, nearly finishing off a complete game as he dominated the Padres offense for 8 2/3 innings to lead the Nats to a 5-1 victory.

Scherzer, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, credited a mechanical adjustment of raising his hands higher during his bullpen session this week after struggling in his last start against the Braves. It worked as he struck out a season-high 13 batters and gave up just three hits -- his only blemish coming via a homer from Ryan Schimpf in the fourth.

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Jamal Collier covers the Nationals for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @jamalcollier.

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Cordoba surpassing expectations early

Cordoba surpassing expectations early

WASHINGTON -- Whatever the Padres envisioned as the best-case scenario for Allen Cordoba in his rookie season, he's already surpassed it. And then some.

The Rule 5 Draft rookie was batting .307 in 81 plate appearances this season entering play Friday night. His weighted runs created plus -- a metric that measures the entirety of a player's offensive performance relative to the rest of the league -- has climbed to 122, putting him 22 percent above Major League average.

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Margot placed on 10-day disabled list

Center fielder still has soreness in calf; Dickerson, Capps, Friedrich make steps toward return

Margot placed on 10-day disabled list

WASHINGTON -- The soreness in Manuel Margot's right calf has not yet subsided, and the Padres center fielder was placed on the disabled list before Saturday's game against the Nationals. In his place, the club recalled outfielder Franchy Cordero.

Margot, a highly touted rookie who is off to a solid start in the big leagues, was in a walking boot on Friday, three days after he sustained the injury while breaking on a fly ball on Tuesday. He played three innings in Wednesday's game against the Mets, before alerting the coaching staff to the injury after legging out a ground ball.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lamet's 8 K's propel Padres to series victory

Lamet's 8 K's propel Padres to series victory

NEW YORK -- All it took was a trip across the country for the Padres to cure their losing ways.

Behind Dinelson Lamet's five strong innings and eight strikeouts in his Major League debut, the Padres scored a 4-3 win over the Mets on Thursday night at Citi Field -- their first series win of any kind in May. The Padres have suddenly won three of four, with a trip to Washington on the horizon this weekend.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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d'Arnaud brothers share a quick on-field chat

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d'Arnaud brothers share a quick on-field chat

Catcher Travis d'Arnaud has been in the Major Leagues since 2013. His brother, utility man Chase d'Arnaud, has been a big leaguer since 2011.

As you might imagine, spending six months each year traveling around the country playing baseball makes family reunions difficult. Which is why, with Chase's Padres in New York to take on Travis' Mets on Thursday night, the two made sure to say a quick hello after Chase's at-bat in the eighth.

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Padres impressed by Lamet's wicked change

Rookie righty keeps Mets guessing with 8 strikeouts in debut

Padres impressed by Lamet's wicked change

NEW YORK -- The New York City skies rained on Dinelson Lamet's debut on Thursday night. The Mets couldn't.

The inclement weather at Citi Field didn't faze the Padres' 24-year-old right-hander, who dazzled over five innings in his first Major League start. Lamet struck out eight and allowed only one run -- a second-inning Lucas Duda homer -- in a 4-3 win.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lamet sparks memories of Jones, Shirley

Pitcher's game not only outstanding performance Thursday

Lamet sparks memories of Jones, Shirley

Obviously, Dinelson Lamet was the story of Thursday night's series-clinching win over the Mets in New York.   

I've seen a lot of Padres Major League pitching debuts in my time -- notably those of Jake Peavy, Oliver Perez, Andy Benes and Mat Latos -- and Lamet's ranks among the best.  

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Solarte turning corner at plate after tough start

Solarte turning corner at plate after tough start

NEW YORK -- Since moving to the No. 2 spot in the Padres' batting order this week, Yangervis Solarte has logged five hits and four walks in 14 plate appearances.

How much that relates to his place in the lineup is up for debate. But Solarte feels as though he's turning a corner. That much was evident when he was approached by a couple reporters in the Padres' clubhouse on Thursday afternoon.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres taking committee approach at closer

Padres taking committee approach at closer

NEW YORK -- It's not rocket science, but it's not exactly the baseball norm either: The Padres will use their best relief pitcher in the highest-leverage situations, save opportunities be darned.

A day after Brad Hand notched his first save of the season, a thrilling escape act against the Mets, manager Andy Green wasn't willing to commit to Hand as his closer moving forward.

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Renfroe's 440-ft HR caps Padres' comeback

Renfroe's 440-ft HR caps Padres' comeback

NEW YORK -- Given new life Wednesday, the Padres wasted little time turning what would have been their seventh loss in eight games into a much-needed win.

An inning after the Padres completed a comeback from down four runs, Hunter Renfroe smashed a go-ahead homer into the second deck at Citi Field in the eighth that had a projected distance of 440 feet, according to Statcast™. That vaulted the Padres to a 6-5 win over a Mets club that, for most of the evening, seemed to have victory firmly in its grasp.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Sleight of Hand: Lefty pulls Houdini escape act

Padres lefty works out of bases-loaded, no-out jam; Green won't name him closer

Sleight of Hand: Lefty pulls Houdini escape act

NEW YORK -- Brad Hand didn't know he'd be closing Wednesday night until the bullpen phone rang in the top of the ninth inning.

The Padres left-hander certainly didn't take the easy route, loading the bases in the bottom of the frame before he recorded an out. But Hand struck out two Mets before getting Juan Lagares to fly out to right field, sealing a thrilling 6-5 victory at Citi Field.

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Hedges' superb D goes beyond diving catch

Hedges' superb D goes beyond diving catch

NEW YORK -- Austin Hedges' brilliant diving catch Tuesday night might go down as the best defensive play made by a catcher this year. It's not often that a backstop, in full gear, engages in a face-first all-out dive. And that's not to mention the ground Hedges covered to reach the warning track in the first place.

The play will run on Padres highlight reels long after the 2017 season is over. But it's probably not fair to define Hedges' defensive prowess with a catch as aesthetically pleasing as that one. After all, the bulk of the impact Hedges makes behind the plate isn't quite so obvious.

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Could Maurer, Hand be tandem closers?

Green hinted in spring training he could use more than one closer

Could Maurer, Hand be tandem closers?

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

I expect to see Brad Hand closing more games for the Padres.

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First inning proving to be problem for Padres

Chacin's 7-run start on Tuesday is latest example of SD starter struggling early

First inning proving to be problem for Padres

NEW YORK -- The Padres' off-day Monday came after Clayton Richard's complete game Sunday, meaning their eight-man bullpen was as fresh as it could possibly be entering play Tuesday night.

Good thing, too. Because Jhoulys Chacin quickly came unraveled, lasting two-thirds of an inning in a 9-3 loss to the Mets at Citi Field. His short start continued a worrying trend for Padres starting pitchers: In the last time through the rotation, three different hurlers have allowed five runs or more in the first, putting the Friars instantly behind the eight ball.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Padres can't climb out of early hole vs. Mets

Padres can't climb out of early hole vs. Mets

NEW YORK -- Matt Harvey's struggles this season have been both well-documented and well-defined. And while Harvey did little to boost his fading reputation on Tuesday, his teammates boosted him plenty with a seven-run first inning in the Mets' 9-3 win over the Padres at Citi Field.

Michael Conforto homered, singled and drove in three runs in the first inning alone, finishing with his second career multi-homer game -- third, including his 2015 World Series Game 4 performance -- to pace the offense.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Inbox: Can Schimpf cut down on strikeouts?

Beat reporter AJ Cassavell answers questions from fans

Inbox: Can Schimpf cut down on strikeouts?

SAN DIEGO -- Monday marks the Padres' first scheduled off-day since May 1 and only their third of the season.

The day off affords us some time to reflect on a few of the more pressing questions surrounding the club this month. Namely: What's next for Allen Cordoba? Does something need to be done about Ryan Schimpf's strikeouts?

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d'Arnaud expected to be 'active' in SD infield

Where and how much will utility man play?

d'Arnaud expected to be 'active' in SD infield

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

As manager Andy Green talked during his daily media session Sunday morning, you could almost anticipate a change coming in the Padres' defense, even though the acquisition of infielder Chase d'Arnaud hadn't yet been announced.

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