Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during a Sunday afternoon at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (35-47) scored fewer runs than the New York Yankees (40-41) yesterday afternoon, 6-3. The Padres were denied yet again for their first sweep of 2016 remaining 1-for-∞ on Sundays.

Andrew Cashner (3-6, 4.42) came off the disabled list and threw ninety pitches in six innings. Cashner allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out six. Didi Gregorius reached on an error by Alexei Ramirez in the second inning. and eventually came around to score on Ronald Torreyes’ double play ground ball. Gregorius hit a solo home run in the fourth inning. Mark Teixeira hit two home runs — the 400th and 401st of his Major League career — a solo one in the eighth and a two-run one with Brett Gardner on base in the ninth. Gardner knocked in Jacoby Ellsbury on his ninth inning single.

Chad Green (1-1, 4.09) earned his first win, surrendering one run in six innings on three hits and no walks with eight strikeouts. Yangervis Solarte went 4-for-4, coming a triple short of the cycle, and put the Padres on the scoreboard with his solo home run in the second inning. Solarte then scored in the ninth inning on Alex Dickerson‘s two-run home run.

The Friars travel to Phoenix to face the Arizona Diamondbacks (37-47) for three games starting tonight at 6:10pm PDT. Luis Perdomo (2-3, 8.49) gets the start in the first game against Archie Bradley (3-3, 4.50).

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (35-46) scored more runs than the New York Yankees (39-41), 2-1, on a walkoff home run by Melvin Upton Jr. last night at Petco Park.

Drew Pomeranz (7-7, 2.65) pitched seven innings, giving up one run on five hits and no walks with seven strikeouts. Jacoby Ellsbury led off the sixth inning with a double. Brett Gardner then bunted for a single and Ellsbury moved to third base. Starlin Castro ground out to Ryan Schimpf, but Ellsbury scored.

Ivan Nova (5-5, 5.06) surrendered one run on four hits and a walk in five and a third innings while striking out seven. Wil Myers walked, stole second base, and later scored on a Matt Kemp double in the sixth inning. Leading off the ninth inning, Upton Jr., hit the first pitch he saw from Andrew Miller into the left field seats for the walkoff win.

The series finale is this afternoon at 1:40pm PDT at Petco Park. Andrew Cashner (3-5, 4.75) gets the start against Chad Green (0-1, 7.20).

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy during an evening at the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you may have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres (34-46) scored more runs than the New York Yankees (39-40) in the first game of three, 7-6, last night at Petco Park.

Colin Rea (5-3, 4.79) pitched six innings, giving up two runs (one earned) on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts. In the second inning, a Jacoby Ellsbury single drove-in Didi Gregorius. Brian McCann hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. In the ninth inning, the Padres nearly threw the game away, literally. Matt Thornton started the inning by walking McCann and hitting Starlin Castro with pitch. Pinch-hitter Alex Rodriguez then singled to bring McCann in. Brandon Maurer then came in to pitch — and give up a double to Gregorius that drove-in Castro. Aaron Hicks ground out to shortstop, but Rodriguez scored. The Yankees then had Carlos Beltran pinch-hit for Anthony Swarzak, and Maurer threw a wild pitch that allowed Gregorius to score. After Beltran doubled, Maurer got the last two outs for his first Major League save.

Nathan Eovaldi (6-6, 5.54) surrendered six runs on seven hits and three walks while striking out two in four and one-third innings. In the first inning, a single by Melvin Upton Jr. scored Wil Myers and Derek Norris followed that up with a double to bring Yangervis Solarte and Upton Jr. across the plate. Ryan Schimpf hit his first major league home run, a solo shot to right center field, in the second inning. Myers hit a two-run home run with Travis Jankowski on base in the fifth inning. With Swarzak pitching to Norris in the seventh inning, a passed ball by McCann let Solarte come in from third base.

Tonight starting at 7:10pm PDT, Drew Pomeranz (7-7, 2.76) takes the mound against former Padres’ farmhand Ivan Nova (5-5, 5.32) in the second game at Petco Park.

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Last week we (somewhat) briefly discussed the surprisingly anticlimactic end of the Chase Headley saga in San Diego, the unexciting return brought back from the New York Yankees for his services, and the fact that, inexplicably, the Padres had to send $1 million to the Bronx to complete the deal.

The Headley contract situation went about as badly as it could have for the Padres (and arguably for Headley, too), as they played it year-to-year and both failed to keep him around long-term and failed to trade him when he had a legitimate spike in value immediately following his 2012 breakout. In the end, tails between their legs, the GM-less Padres dealt him to New York for a 27-year-old utility infielder and a 23-year-old starting pitcher (who is projected as a future reliever) still in high-A ball.

At one point in my article last week, I wondered, “Why wouldn’t the Padres just hold onto Headley and give him a qualifying offer for $14-ish million this offseason?” Upon further reflection, that seems to be a subject that deserves additional examination. If the market for the third basemen’s services had sunken to the depths of a Yangervis Solarte/Rafael De Paula return combo … why not hold onto Headley?

There are at least a few reasons why keeping the third basemen around would have made sense.

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Last Wednesday the July 2nd international signing period began, allowing major league teams to bid millions of dollars on the futures of 16- and 17-year-old kids. An article from explains the details:

A 16-year-old international player is eligible to sign with a Major League team between July 2 through June 15 of next year if the prospect turns 17 before Sept. 1 of this year or by the completion of his first Minor League season. Additionally, any prospect who is already 17 or older and has not previously signed a Major or Minor League contract, resides outside the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico and has not been enrolled in a high school or college in the U.S., Canada or Puerto Rico within the previous year is eligible to sign during the period.

The 2012 Collective Bargaining Agreement, like it did for the stateside draft, introduced international spending pools for MLB teams based on each team’s previous year record. This year, for example, the Houston Astros have just over $5 million to spend internationally while the St. Louis Cardinals, at the other end up the spectrum, have just $1,866,300 in their pool. The San Diego Padres, near the middle of the pack, have a $2,531,200 spending budget for the 2014-15 signing period.

Here are a few developing storylines, both across the league and specifically for the Padres.

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It’s that time of year where major leagues clubs have to make decisions on who they want the protect from being taken in the Rule 5 Draft. And the Padres made some hard choices today.

Added were starting pitchers Josh Johnson, Donn Roach, Keyvius Sampson, and Juan Oramas.

Keyvius Sampson (Photo courtesy of

Gone are 2B Dean Anna, relief pitchers Brad BrachMiles Mikolas, & Jose De Paula, and OF Jaff Decker.


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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a night in the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres won the rubber match of the series with the Yankees, 6-3, making this weekend the most successful regular season series in Padres history. Including the PCL years.*

*Make sure your sarcasm detector is switched on.

Ian Kennedy looked very good in his Padres debut. And Phil Hughes looked like the 2013 edition of Phil Hughes, which is not particularly good.

Monday is an off-day, with the Baltimore Orioles coming to Petco Park. Tuesday, it’s Edinson Volquez wearing his hat at odd angles against the Oriole’s big trade deadline acquisition, Bud Norris, at 7:10pm PDT. And Wednesday, Eric Stults takes the mound versus Miguel Gonzalez at 12:40pm PDT.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a night in the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The Padres lost 3-0, as the offense died a slow death against Ivan Nova. Tyson Ross pitched well enough to win, allowing only 2 runs on just 3 hits with a career high 9 strikeouts in 6 innings. Just so happened that one of those 3 hits was a 2-run home run by Curtis Granderson.

The series finale is tomorrow at 1:10pm PDT, with newly acquired Ian Kennedy taking on Phil Hughes.

In other news, the Padres signed veteran infielder Ronny Cedeno to a minor league deal and assigned him to Class A Lake Elsinore. Cedeno is expected to provide organizational depth at the infield positions if and when Everth Cabrera is suspended for his involvement with Biogenesis.

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Sometimes things get a little fuzzy after a night in the pub. Here’s a friendly reminder of what you might have missed while you were drinking.

The New York Yankees first trip ever to Petco Park didn’t go quite the way they hoped.

The Padres won the series opener 7-2, thanks to a 4 hit game from Everth Cabrera and solo home runs from Logan Forsythe, Jedd Gyorko and Will Venable. Andrew Cashner pitched 7 innings, allowing only 2 runs and 7 hits. C.C. Sabathia gave up 5 runs in 5 2/3 innings on 11 hits for the Yankees.

Today it’s the second game of three with Tyson Ross going up against Ivan Nova at 5:40pm PDT.

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Most weeks, you’ll find my stuff on Wednesday. This week the start of the Padres season, in combination with pure, unadulterated laziness, caused it to be moved to Thursday.

Not that anyone is reading this garbage.


I was going to title this “The Padres Are Blowing It: Starting Off On the Wrong Foot.” But we’re trying to be more positive around here at Padres Public.


As if it isn’t bad enough to have to watch this Padres team live down to expectations, this was revealed yesterday:

Now, I understand what the Padres are doing. I really do. You have to squeeze as much cash out of ticket sales as you can. And the Yankees first visit to Petco definitely qualifies as a big deal.*

*To some people. I don’t care. I’m not going to any of those games.

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