Kemp returns, Myers starts rehab assignment Tuesday

nq2cgg-patmurphyMatt Kemp returned to the Padres starting lineup Saturday night and Wil Myers will begin a rehab assignment with high Single-A Lake Elsinore on Tuesday.

Those were the major pieces of news from manager Pat Murphy’s daily pre-game media briefing Saturday afternoon in Phiadelphia.

Kemp missed the past two games with a sore left shoulder suffered while diving for a ball in Washington Wednesday.

“I couldn’t categorize him at 100 percent, but you couldn’t keep him out of there today,” Murphy said of Kemp. “He’s certainly not 100 percent. He hasn’t swung a bat in two days.” (more…)

Game Notes @ PHI (08.29) Rea Given the Nod to Try and Even Series in Philly

After Friday’s series opener at Citizens Bank Park, the Friars are looking to get back on track and even the tilt as they get ready to play game two of a three-game set against Philadelphia.

The Padres (62-66) will also be looking for their first win against the Phillies (51-78) this season as the Phillies currently own a 4-0 record in four meetings against the Friars this season.

Taking the hill for San Diego will be rookie RHP Colin Rea (2-1, 5.52 ERA). Rea, who has never faced the Phillies before, will be making the fourth start of his young career. Opposing Rea will be fellow rookie LHP Adam Morgan (4-4, 4.43 ERA), who faced the Padres earlier this season and surrendered two runs – one unearned – over 6.0 innings of work at Petco Park.

Murphy says Kemp is down… But not for long

V__AF4BKeeping Matt Kemp sidelined the past two days with a sore left shoulder hasn’t been easy for the Padres, manager Pat Murphy or the right fielder Murphy said Friday.

“He competes,” Murphy said of Kemp on Friday.  “He isn’t looking for an excuse. He’s not looking for a day off. If you’re going to give him a day off you have to tell him, convince him and then hold him back.”

Kemp hurt his left shoulder diving for a ball toward the foul line in right field on Wednesday. (more…)

Game Notes @ PHI (08.28) Kennedy, Friars Continue Roadtrip to Philly for Three-Game Set

The Swinging Friars are back in action to continue their two-city, six-game road trip with the first of a three-game set against the Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on Friday.

Following a series loss to the Nats, the Padres (62-65) are looking to bounce back and get back to their winning ways in tonight’s series opener against the Phillies (50-78).

Tasked with opening Friday’s game for the Friars will be RHP Ian Kennedy (8-11, 4.01 ERA), who is coming off of shutout performance against the St. Louis Cardinals on August 22nd. Kennedy has also had some success against the Phillies over his career, owning a 3-2 record with a 3.33 ERA over seven career starts against Philadelphia. (more…)

Padres Wives “Players’ Favorite Things” Fundraiser set for September 5th at Petco Park

SAN DIEGO, CA - August 23: San Diego Padres' Wives' Basket Packing Party for Players’ Favorite Things gift baskets fundraiser for Monarch School at Petco Park on Sunday August 23, 2015 in San Diego, CA. (Photo by Scott Wachter) *** LOCAL CAPTION *** Players’ Favorite Things;Wives' Packing Party;Monarch School

The Padres, through the hard work and volunteer efforts of the Padres Wives and significant others, are putting together a “Players’ Favorite Things” fundraiser to benefit the Monarch School on September 5th at Petco Park.

The fundraiser, which will be conducted as a silent auction near the home plate gate prior to and during the Padres vs. Dodgers game on September 5th, will allow fans the opportunity to bid on gift baskets filled with Padres players’ “favorite things” including game-used memorabilia, signed hats and gloves, gift cards and other special items.  (more…)

Game Notes @ WSH (08.27) Cashner Gets the Call to Face Ross in Washington Rubber Match

Last night the Friars hung on to a 6-5 victory over the Nats, forcing a decisive rubber match to be played between the two clubs on Thursday in our Nation’s Capital.

The Padres (62-64), who are currently riding a streak of four-consecutive series victories since August 10th, are looking to take their fifth-straight series victory with a win over the Nationals (63-62) in the series finale of their current three-game set.

Toeing the rubber for San Diego in today’s finale will be RHP Andrew Cashner (5-12, 4.03 ERA). In 10 career appearances against the Nationals, Cashner owns a 2-3 record with a 3.90 ERA with one of those losses coming earlier this year on May 16th. Opposing Cashner will be a familiar face in RHP Joe Ross (4-5, 3.56 ERA) — the younger brother of Tyson Ross — who was traded from San Diego during this past offseason in a three-team deal for Wil Myers. (more…)

Murphy hails El Paso exhibition, Myers takes full batting practice in the cage

The Padres yesterday announced an exhibition game next March 31st between the Major League squad and the Triple-A Chihuahuas to be played in El Paso at Southwest University Park.

That excites Pat Murphy, who managed El Paso for 1 ½ seasons before he was named the Padres manager on June 14th.

“All baseball fans should go to El Paso and see what they have going on there,” Murphy said Wednesday afternoon during his daily pre-game media session in Washington. (more…)

Game Notes @ WSH (08.26) Ross Takes the Hill as Friars Hope to Rebound in Washington

San Diego fell victim to a controversial call and a stymied offense in Tuesday’s series opener against Washington but Wednesday presents a new day and a new opportunity for the Swinging Friars.

With the middle-match ahead of them today, the Padres (61-64) will try to get back on their feet and get back to their winning ways as they take on the Nationals (63-61) at Nationals Park at 4:05pm PT.

Tasked with getting the Friars back on track will be RHP Tyson Ross (8-9, 3.32 ERA), who won his earlier start against the Nationals this season on May 14th (2 ER, 5.0 IP). Overall in his career, Ross owns a 1-1 record with a 4.41 ERA over five lifetime starts. Opposing Ross will be LHP Gio Gonzalez (9-6, 3.98 ERA), who owns a 1-0 record with a 2.33 ERA over two career starts against the Padres.  (more…)

Murphy talks about Derek Norris, Jankowski, Trea Turner, the Ross brothers

55ced5fa40e3a.imageManager Pat Murphy said he returned Derek Norris to the lineup Tuesday night in Washington without even asking the catcher about the bruised left wrist he suffered Saturday night.

“I just put him in there today,” Murphy said during his daily pre-game media briefing. “I didn’t ask him. He told me the last game we played (Sunday) that he was ready to play.”

Also in the lineup Tuesday is rookie center fielder Travis Jankowski, who is hitting ninth for the third time in three starts. (more…)

KPBS Champions Petco Park’s efforts in Sustainability and Promoting Local Flavor

Petco Park, the home of the San Diego Padres and also home to over 15 local restaurants that have set up shop in the stadium’s confines, was recently featured in a story by KPBS recognizing the stadium’s efforts in providing fresh, sustainable food to ballpark patrons.

The Padres were recently recognized as the “Champions of Game Day Food” in a report by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Green Sports Alliance, and that accolade is certainly a labor of love for a team that puts a considerable effort in sustainability and quality concessions at the ballpark.



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