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April

10
Struggling Pirates closer David Bednar booed at home

David Bednar’s first three seasons in Pittsburgh largely have been charmed ones as the hometown kid developed into a two-time All-Star closer for a team convinced it’s on the rise. And while the Pirates might be on their way to contention, Bednar is faltering. The right-hander blew his third save in four opportunities on Tuesday when Detroit rallied for a 5-3 victory. The most jarring moment wasn’t the walk or the two batters he hit that fueled the Tigers’ comeback, but the sound of Bednar being booed at home by a crowd that has emphatically embraced him from the moment he arrived from […]

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March

22
Yoshinobu Yamamoto lasts only 1 inning in Dodgers debut

Yoshinobu Yamamoto lasted one inning in his Los Angeles Dodgers debut after signing a record $325 million, 12-year contract, giving up five runs in a 15-11 loss to the San Diego Padres on Thursday. The 25-year-old right-hander trailed 2-0 after nine pitches and needed 43 pitches to get three outs, leaving with a 45.00 ERA. San Diego batted around, and Michael Grove relieved Yamamoto with the Dodgers trailing 5-1. “I feel regret that I just couldn’t keep the team in the game from the get-go, so I do feel the responsibility for it,” Yamamoto said through an interpreter. “I just got to get ready for the next […]

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March

20
Blake Snell agrees to 2-year, $62M deal with Giants

Blake Snell’s prolonged free agency has ended. The reigning National League Cy Young Award winner agreed to a two-year, $62 million deal with the San Francisco Giants on Monday, 10 days before his new team opens its regular season versus his former one, the San Diego Padres. The deal includes an opt-out after the first season. San Francisco released terms of the deal on Tuesday. Snell received a $17 million signing bonus and is set to make $15 million this season and $30 million next season, half of which will be deferred until 2027. Snell’s deal — like those of fellow Scott Boras […]

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March

13
Jackson Merrill to join Padres for opener in Korea, Shildt says

San Diego Padres manager Mike Shildt stopped just short of declaring that shortstop prospect Jackson Merrill has already locked down an everyday role in his outfield, even though it has become fairly obvious throughout camp. All he would say Tuesday is that the 20-year-old shortstop-turned-center fielder will be on the Padres’ season-opening trip to South Korea. “He’s earned his way on the plane,” Shildt said shortly after watching Merrill hit an opposite-field home run off All-Star starter Zac Gallen. “He’s earned what’s coming after the plane.” The Padres started spring training with only two outfielders on their 40-man roster and promised to […]

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November

16
Padres’ Blake Snell, Yankees’ Gerrit Cole win Cy Young Awards

San Diego Padres starter Blake Snell collected his second Cy Young Award on Wednesday, this time in the National League, while New York Yankees hurler Gerrit Cole took home his first award unanimously after twice coming in second and finishing in the top five three other times. Snell became the seventh player — and second left-hander — to earn the award in each league, joining Gaylord Perry, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, Roger Clemens, Roy Halladay and Max Scherzer. He previously won the AL Cy Young while a member of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2018. “It feels amazing,” Snell said. “It definitely feels good and I’m trying to enjoy this […]

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November

15
Brewers finalizing deal to name Pat Murphy as manager

The Milwaukee Brewers are working to finalize a deal which will promote longtime bench coach Pat Murphy to manager, sources confirmed to ESPN on Tuesday. Murphy will replace Craig Counsell, who left to become manager of the Chicago Cubs last week. The Athletic was first to report the news of Murphy’s impending hire. Murphy, 64, has been the Brewers’ bench coach since 2016. Prior to that, he worked for the San Diego Padres from 2010 to 2015, including a stint as their interim manager that final season. He also was the head coach at Arizona State and at Notre Dame, where he coached Counsell. Looking for […]

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July

18
Schwarber hits 25th homer and winning sacrifice fly in 12th as Phillies beat Padres 7-6

Kyle Schwarber hit his 25th home run and ended the match with a 12th-inning sacrifice fly, giving the Philadelphia Phillies a 7-6 victory over the San Diego Padres on Sunday. The defending NL champions won three games in a row over the Padres on the heels of a three-game losing skid, including a series-opening loss to San Diego to start the second half. The Padres, who lost in the NLCS to the Phillies last fall, dropped to 44-50, including 19-27 on the road. Philadelphia (51-42) overcame a 3-0 deficit, then wasted a 5-3 lead when pinch-hitter Fernando Tatis Jr. had a two-run single in the eighth […]

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June

23
Giants extend winning streak to 10, longest since 2004, with 4-2 victory over Padres

Sean Hjelle pitched four shutout innings of relief to help the San Francisco Giants extend their winning streak to 10 matches, defeating Yu Darvish and the San Diego Padres 4-2 on Wednesday night. Joc Pederson and Mike Yastrzemski added RBI singles, and the Giants turned four double plays to keep their longest win streak since 2004 intact. San Francisco also benefited from an overturned call at home plate in the fifth. Blake Sabol of the Giants appeared to be thrown out sliding into home by a strong throw from Fernando Tatis Jr. on Pederson’s two-out single to right. Sabol was initially ruled out but the call was challenged by San Francisco […]

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May

15
Martinez’s 3-run shot lifts Dodgers over Padres 4-2, win 4th in row

Just off the injured list, J.D. Martinez made his presence felt with a big blast. He hit a go-ahead three-run homer in the first inning, Julio Urías tossed seven strong innings and the Los Angeles Dodgers defeated the San Diego Padres 4-2 on Saturday for their fourth consecutive victory. The NL West leaders earned their fifth consecutive series win and have won 17 of their last 20 at Dodger Stadium. Their 14-6 home record is tops in the division. The Dodgers stretched their lead to six games over the third-place Padres. “We got a chance to go for the jugular tomorrow and that’s our intent,” Dodgers manager Dave […]

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March

10
Bryce Harper sets All-Star break as ballpark for return

Philadelphia Phillies slugger Bryce Harper has joined his teammates at spring training and hasn’t ruled out being back by the All-Star break following Tommy John surgery. “Things can change either way,” the two-time National League MVP said Thursday. “I could be after, I could be before. But as right now, that’s the date we kind of solidified. We’re not going to rush. We’re going to be smart about it.” Dressed in red Phillies shorts with pinstripes and a white workout shirt, Harper sat on top of a picnic table outside the clubhouse. “Just excited to be back out here, some sunshine and some […]

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