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Well, it finally happened.  The path has been made clear for Austin Hedges to begin the year as the Padres starting catcher with the trade of veteran Derek Norris.  Most would argue that Norris’ horrific year at the plate in 2016 (.186/.255/.328, 56 OPS+) all but guaranteed that Hedges would get the lion’s share of the playing time anyways, but with Norris being shipped off to the Washington Nationals, San Diego will avoid even a shred of catching controversy.

While Norris is a good buy-low/rebound candidate (he had the highest “hard contact” rate and “line drive” rate of his career last year, at 34.4% and 21.9%, respectively), he obviously doesn’t fit in the competitive window the Padres are shooting for.  Hedges doesn’t have much left to learn at Triple-A El Paso (.326/.353/.597 with a career high 21 dingers and 82 RBI), so this afternoon, the time was right for AJ Preller’s first post-suspension trade.

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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 (43-56) scored more runs than the Washington Nationals (58-41), 10-6 yesterday, to take two out of three games at Nationals Park.

Christian Friedrich (4-6, 5.00) lasted just three innings, giving up five runs on six hits and a walk while striking out none. Carlos Villanueva pitched the next three innings in relief, giving up one run on two hits and no walks with four strikeouts. Daniel Murphy‘s sacrifice fly in the first inning brought Trea Turner in to put the Nationals on the board. In the third inning, a sacrifice fly by Jayson Werth scored Lucas Giolito, Turner scored again on a single by Murphy, and Wilson Ramos hit a two-run home run. Ramos hit a single in the fifth inning to drive in Murphy again, but Ramos was thrown out trying to take second base.

Giolito (0-0, 4.91) didn’t fare much better than Friedrich, surrendering four runs (two earned) in three and a third innings on four hits and three walks, also with no strikeouts. Wil Myers‘ two-RBI single scored Derek Norris and Travis Jankowski in the third inning, but Myers was thrown out trying to take second base. Ryan Schimpf‘s RBI single in the fourth inning scored Alex Dickerson. Dickerson and Schimpf then hit back-to-back solo home runs to begin the eighth inning. Yangervis Solarte drove in Myers with a single and Alexei Ramirez hit a bases-loaded double to drive in Solarte, Dickerson, and Schimpf in the ninth inning.

The Padres travel to Toronto for the first time ever to take on the Blue Jays (55-44) for three games at Rogers Centre. Colin Rea (5-4, 5.01) starts tonight at 4:07pm PDT against Aaron Sanchez (10-1, 2.87).

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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 (42-56) scored fewer runs than the Washington Nationals (58-40) last night, 3-2, last night in the second of three games at Nationals Park.

Edwin Jackson (1-1, 4.30) gave up two runs on six hits and three walk while striking out one in six innings. Ben Revere scored on a Daniel Murphy sacrifice fly in the third inning. Revere’s RBI double in the fifth inning scored Danny Espinosa. Anthony Rendon scored the winning run on a walk-off triple by Stephen Drew off Kevin Quackenbush in the ninth inning.

Max Scherzer (10-6, 2.92) pitched seven innings, surrendering two runs on four hits and no walk with ten strikeouts. Ryan Schimpf hit a two-run home run with Yangervis Solarte on base in the second inning.

The series finale at Nationals Park this morning will have Christian Friedrich (4-6, 4.55) starting against Lucas Giolito (0-0, 4.70) at 10:35am PDT.

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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 (42-55) scored more runs than the Washington Nationals (57-40) last night at Nationals Park, 5-3 in the first of three games.

Luis Perdomo (4-4, 6.93) pitched his longest outing of the season, seven innings, surrendering two runs on four hits and a walk with three strikeouts. Jayson Werth hit a solo home run and Wilson Ramos singled in Bryce Harper in the first inning. Daniel Murphy hit a solo home run in the eighth inning.

Tanner Roark (9-6, 3.05) gave up five runs on four hits and two walks while striking out four. Matt Kemp hit a solo home run with two outs in the first inning. Melvin Upton Jr. singled in Brett Wallace and later scored with Ryan Schimpf on Kemp’s three-run home run in the fifth inning.

Tonight’s second game features Edwin Jackson (1-1, 4.76) going up against Max Scherzer (10-6, 2.94) starting at 4:05pm PDT.

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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 (29-42) scored more runs than the Washington Nationals (43-27) yesterday afternoon, 6-3, splitting their four-game series at Petco Park.

Drew Pomeranz (6-7, 3.00) gave up three runs in six innings on six hit and a walk while striking out seven. All three runs came off solo home runs. Michael Taylor had two of those, one in the first inning on the first pitch of the game and the other with two outs in the fifth inning. Danny Espinosa led-off the fifth inning with the other home run.

Gio Gonzalez (3-6, 4.25) pitched five and a third innings, surrendering six runs (five earned) on eight hits and four walk with three strikeouts. Yangervis Solarte drove-in Wil Myers with an RBI single in the first inning. In the fourth inning, Adam Rosales doubled to drive-in Melvin Upton Jr. and Derek Norris. Norris hit a sacrifice fly with one out in the fifth inning to drive-in Solarte and Alexei Ramirez followed that up with a single to drive in Upton Jr. Matt Kemp‘s RBI single in the sixth inning scored Ryan Schimpf.

The Friars are off today after traveling to take on the Baltimore Orioles (40-28) for two games at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Tomorrow’s starters are scheduled to be Luis Perdomo (2-2, 8.79) and Tyler Wilson (3-5, 4.16), with the first pitch scheduled for 4:10pm PDT.

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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 (28-42) scored more runs than the Washington Nationals (43-26), 7-3, in the third of four games at Petco Park last night.

Neither Colin Rea (3-3, 5.15) nor Max Scherzer (8-4, 3.29) figured in the decision. Rea gave up two runs on four hits and two walk with six strikeouts in six and a third innings. Daniel Murphy‘s RBI single in the first inning scored Michael Taylor. In the seventh inning, Anthony Rendon hit an RBI single to bring Wilson Ramos home. And a Ryan Zimmerman RBI single in the eighth inning scored Taylor again.

Scherzer pitched six innings while surrendering just one run on four hits and no walk with ten strikeouts. Wil Myers hit a solo home run with one out in the first inning. Felipe Rivero came into pitch the eighth inning, and proceeded to load the bases with no outs. Myers then hit a two-run double. After Matt Kemp walked to load the bases again, Brett Wallace hit a ground ball to Rivero that he threw away trying to get Jon Jay at home on a force out. After a pitching change, Myers scored on a walk to Melvin Upton Jr. Yangervis Solarte then hit a two-run single to score Kemp and Wallace. There were still no outs.

In this afternoon’s finale the Padres will send out Drew Pomeranz (5-7, 2.88) in an attempt to split the series. Gio Gonzalez (3-5, 3.96) goes for the Nationals with first pitch scheduled for 1:40pm PDT.

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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 (27-42) scored fewer runs than the Washington Nationals (43-25) in last night’s second game of four, 7-5, at Petco Park.

Christian Friedrich (3-2, 3.15) gave up six runs on nine hits and two walks in six innings while striking out three. A sacrifice fly by Anthony Rendon in the second inning scored Ryan Zimmerman. In the third inning, Jayson Werth and Bryce Harper scored on Daniel Murphy‘s double. And Zimmerman hit a two-run home run with Murphy on base. Murphy led off the sixth inning with a solo home run. And a seventh inning RBI single by Harper scored Michael Taylor.

Joe Ross (6-4, 3.13) pitched six innings, surrendering three runs on six hits and two walks with six strikeouts. Matt Kemp‘s RBI single scored Jon Jay to put the Padres on the board in the first inning. Jay hit an RBI single in the fifth inning to bring Alexei Ramirez across the plate. Derek Norris hit a solo home run in the sixth inning. In the seventh inning, a Wil Myers groundout scored Christian Bethancourt and a Yangervis Solarte groundout scored Jay.

Colin Rea (3-3, 5.37) gets the start tonight at 7:10pm PDT against Max Scherzer (8-4, 3.40).

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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 (27-41) scored fewer runs than the Washington Nationals (42-25), 8-5 last night, in the first of four games at Petco Park.

Erik Johnson (0-4, 7.66) gave up five runs in six innings on seven hits and two walks with two strikeouts. The Nationals got on the board on a sacrifice fly by Stephen Drew to score Wilson Ramos. Back-to-back home runs by Bryce Harper and Ramos in the third inning added three more runs. In the sixth inning, Anthony Rendon added solo home run. Clint Robinson‘s sacrifice fly in the seventh inning added to the Nationals’ lead. And a throwing error by Christian Bethancourt allowed Ben Revere to score in the ninth inning.

Tanner Roark (6-4, 3.14) pitched six innings, surrendering four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five. In the first inning, Matt Kemp opened up the scoring with an RBI single to bring Travis Jankowski across the plate. One out later, Wil Myers scored on an RBI single by Melvin Upton Jr. Myers hit a solo home run with one out in the fifth inning. A Bethancourt RBI groundout in the sixth inning scored Upton Jr. And a Kemp sacrifice fly in the ninth scored Jankowski for the final run.

Tonight’s matchup pits Christian Friedrich (3-1, 2.12) against former Padres’ prospect Joe Ross (5-4, 3.01). First pitch is scheduled for 7:40pm PDT.

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

The Padres (62-65) scored fewer runs than the Washington Nationals (64-62) in the finale of their three game series at Nationals Park.

Andrew Cashner (5-13, 4.05) threw 121 pitches in five and two-thirds innings, giving up three runs on nine hits and three walk with six strikeouts. In the fifth inning, Jayson Werth scored after Cashner loaded the bases and then hit Yunel Escobar with a pitch. Ryan Zimmerman‘s RBI single followed, scoring Anthony Rendon. Werth hit a two-out solo home run in the sixth inning. And Zimmerman hit a solo home run off Kevin Quackenbush in the seventh inning.

Joe Ross (5-5, 3.24) pitched six innings while allowing one run on one hit and two walks with seven strikeouts. A Yangervis Solarte sacrifice fly scored Cory Spangenberg in the fourth inning. Yonder Alonso added an RBI single in the ninth inning against Jonathan Papelbon.

The Friars head 134 miles Northeast to take on the Philadelphia Phillies for three games at Citizens Bank Park starting tonight at 4:05pm PDT. Ian Kennedy (8-11, 4.01) goes up against Aaron Nola (4-1, 3.59) in the first game.

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

The Padres (62-64) scored more runs than the Washington Nationals (63-62) last night, 6-5, at Nationals Park.

Tyson Ross (9-9, 3.42) gave up four runs in six innings on six hit and two walks with nine strikeouts. In the fourth inning, Bryce Harper drew a walk, advance to second base on a groundout, stole third base, and scored when Ryan Zimmerman ground out. Zimmerman’s sacrifice fly in the sixth inning scored Anthony Rendon. In the seventh inning, Ross hit pinch-hitter Clint Robinson with a pitch then gave up a double to Denard Span. Shawn Kelley came in to pitch and walked Jayson Werth to load the bases and then walked Rendon to score Robinson. Marc Rzepczynski was then brought in to pitch to Harper, who singled to score Span and Werth. Yunel Escobar then ground into a double play to end the Nationals’ threat.

Gio Gonzalez (9-7, 4.11) lasted just four and two-thirds innings, surrendering five runs (four earned) on seven hits, two walks, and six strikeouts. Matt Kemp and Justin Upton combined to drive in four runs in the third inning; two on Kemp’s double and the other two from Upton’s home run. In the fourth inning, Austin Hedges crossed the plate on a Yangervis Solarte sacrifice fly. Upton hit a solo home run off Doug Fister in the seventh inning.

Tonight, Andrew Cashner (5-12, 4.03) gets the start in the series finale against former Padres’ prospect Joe Ross (4-5, 3.56) at 4:05pm PDT.

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