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5/29/2015 | Gyorko hoping to find the form he had in 2013

Jedd Gyorko was in the lineup Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates and that is news in itself. As an everyday player in 2013 he paced the Padres with 63 RBIs and all Major League rookies with 23 home runs.

5/29/2015 | Ross takes on Morton, looking for series edge

Padres right-hander Tyson Ross takes the mound Saturday night, facing the Pirates' Charlie Morton. Unfortunately when Ross has pitched of late, the Padres' offense has been sporadic.

5/29/2015 | Venerable Venable continues to prove value

Will Venable stopped by Padres Social Hour to talk about the upcoming series against the Pirates on Thursday, his web gems against the Angels and how he helps his team. While some may think that facing a new divisional opponent brings about some much-needed change to the Friars' NL West-heavy schedule, Venable takes a more calculated approach to the process.

5/29/2015 | Petco Park will host NCAA hoops in December

College basketball is coming to Petco Park. The Padres announced Friday that their home stadium will play host to a game between San Diego State and the University of San Diego on Dec. 5. It will be the first college basketball game in the 11-year history of the stadium.

5/29/2015 | 2015 season's been a 'frustrating' ride for Kennedy

Describing Ian Kennedy's season thus far as a "roller coaster," Padres manager Bud Black called the right-handed starting pitcher's outing against the Pirates Thursday night as "a severe bump in the road."

5/29/2015 | ICYMI: Pitching struggles in series opener against Bucs

Starter Ian Kennedy hit a momentous milestone in Thursday night's contest against the Pirates, recording the 1,000th strikeout of his career with a punch out of A.J. Burnett in the second inning. Unfortunately for Kennedy, that strikeout would stand as his only highlight on the evening as his early struggles against the Bucs would result in an 11-5 loss for the hometown Friars. Kennedy ultimately surrendered seven earned runs on seven hits and three homeruns over 3.2 innings pitched.

5/29/2015 | Frustrated Kennedy searching for consistency

Ian Kennedy lasted just 3 2/3 innings, charged with seven runs on seven hits, and lost his fourth straight start. Among those Pittsburgh knocks were home runs by Jung Ho Kang, Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte.

5/29/2015 | Bucs roll to seventh straight with rout of Padres

The Pirates continued to ride their starting pitching Thursday night against the Padres at Petco Park as they won their seventh in a row, 11-5, this time behind veteran right-hander A.J. Burnett.

5/28/2015 | Morrow throws first sim game

Prior to San Diego facing the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday night, right-handed starter Brandon Morrow took the mound for his first simulated game since landing on the disabled list May 5 with a sore right shoulder.

5/28/2015 | Liriano looks to give Pirates eighth straight win

Francisco Liriano gets the start as the Pirates go for their eighth straight win. The Padres counter with James Shields.

5/28/2015 | Cashner finally gets support ... and a win

Andrew Cashner finally got his second win of the season Wednesday night in Anaheim. The right-hander allowed three runs on eight hits and a walk with six strikeouts over seven innings to pick up his second win and end a five-game losing streak.

5/28/2015 | Hagerty drops a line to talk M. Upton, Decker

El Paso Chihuahuas broadcaster Tim Hagerty phoned in to Padres Social Hour on Wednesday afternoon to give an update on how the Padres' Triple-A affiliate was handling its players.

5/28/2015 | ICYMI: Middlebrooks leads charge in series victory

The Padres' pitching staff has gotten into such a rhythm as of late that fans may be expecting a quality start every time a member of the rotation takes the mound. Andrew Cashner did not disappoint on Wednesday.

5/28/2015 | Jeremy Rodriguez named manager of Dominican Padres

Jeremy Rodriguez, who retired as a player last Sunday, has been named to manage the Padres in the Dominican Summer League.

5/28/2015 | Padres eye healthy return for Morrow

Brandon Morrow is slated to throw about a 45-pitch simulated game Thursday to test his sore right shoulder. If all goes well, he'll be sent out to pitch a rehab start in the Minor Leagues five days later. If that goes well, Morrow could be back in the rotation when the Padres travel to Cincinnati on June 5.

5/28/2015 | How they drew it up: Upton, Kemp deliver in clutch

When general manager A.J. Preller pulled off a stunning December deal that landed Matt Kemp from the Dodgers, he did so picturing the offensive pop Kemp and Justin Upton -- another key acquisition -- could offer the middle of the lineup. It showed up Wednesday.

5/27/2015 | Curveball completes Shields' elite swing-and-miss arsenal

James Shields has the second-highest number of swings and misses induced this season. His swinging-strike rate (15 percent) is the highest in baseball. But it's not entirely fastball or changeup that's doing the trick in 2015. It's his curveball.

5/27/2015 | Norris, Kemp, Upton among All-Star ballot leaderboards

The initial voting results from the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot were released Wednesday, and the Padres are well-represented. Outfielders Justin Upton, Matt Kemp and catcher Derek Norris each rank in the top 10 at their respective positions.

5/27/2015 | Defense helps Despaigne, starters extend streaks

With the help of his defense, Odrisamer Despaigne pitched six shutout innings in Anaheim Tuesday night -- allowing the Padres to extend their streak of quality starts to eight straight games.

5/27/2015 | Jones promoted to Double-A after leading Fort Wayne to sweep

The placement of infielder Taylor Lindsey on the seven-day disabled list at Triple-A El Paso Wednesday morning caused a shuffling of third basemen in the Padres' minor league system.

5/27/2015 | Burnett set to continue renaissance in San Diego

The Pirates and Padres will kick off a four-game series at Petco Park on Thursday night, with resurgent right-hander A.J. Burnett set to oppose fellow veteran Ian Kennedy.

5/27/2015 | NL All-Star Game ballot update: May 27

At the first update in the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot for the National League, the Cardinals have four players in line to start July 14 Midsummer Classic at Great American Ball Park, and another four among the voting leaders. Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper, an All-Star in each of the last two seasons, leads all NL players in balloting with 1,447,753 total votes.

5/27/2015 | ICYMI: Kemp's knock seals thriller in extras

Following a scoreless tie that stretched into extra innings in Anaheim, the Friars came out thanks to a handful of clutch moments on the field and at the plate on Tuesday. In case you missed it, here are some stories and highlights that may have passed you by.

5/27/2015 | MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

Major League Baseball Advanced Media is introducing its new Web-based media player (version 5.0), for those who currently subscribe or those who sign up now for MLB.TV Premium ($114.99 a year or $24.99 a month) or regular MLB.TV ($94.99/$19.99). You'll notice the difference right away as the HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download.

5/27/2015 | Shields enjoys hitting, life in the NL

After a decade with the Rays and Royals, James Shields finally found his way to the ideal place: the National League, courtesy of the Padres and a free-agent deal shaping up as one of the smartest of the offseason.

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