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MLB: San Diego Padres at Atlanta Braves
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Marcell Ozuna, Austin Riley help Braves rally past Padres

May 14, 2022, 11:24 PM

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Slumping Marcell Ozuna belted a two-run homer and Austin Riley added a go-ahead RBI double in the eighth inning to lift the host Atlanta Braves to a 6-5 win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday.

The Padres stunned the Braves by scoring four runs to take a 5-2 lead in the top of the eighth. Atlanta, however, responded with its own four-run rally to regain the lead.

The Braves tied it against Steven Wilson (3-1) on an RBI single by Ozzie Albies and a two-run shot by Ozuna, who was in a 3-for-45 slump. It was Ozuna's fifth homer and first since April 17 against the Padres. Atlanta took the lead when Travis d'Arnaud scored on Riley's double.

The winning pitcher was Kenley Jansen (2-0), who worked 1 2/3 scoreless innings and struck out two batters

Atlanta scored a run in the first inning on Matt Olson's solo home run. It was his first homer since May 3.

The Braves made it 2-0 with a run in the third inning. William Contreras walked and scored after Albies slapped a double just inside the first-base line.

The Padres scored a run in the fifth when Trent Grisham doubled home Wil Myers.

Errors by first baseman Olson and third baseman Riley opened the door for San Diego to score four unearned runs against reliever Will Smith in the eighth.

Jorge Alfaro drove the first run home with a single and two more runs scored when Riley threw away a potential double-play ball. Eric Hosmer legged out a grounder to prevent a double play and allow another run to score.

Neither starter received a decision.

Atlanta's Charlie Morton worked six innings and allowed one run on three hits, one walk and a season-high seven strikeouts.

Sean Manaea pitched seven innings and allowed three runs on six hits, two walks and 12 strikeouts - one shy of matching his career high. He was removed after allowing a leadoff walk in the eighth.

The teams will play a rubber game on Sunday. The season series is tied 3-3.

--Field Level Media

MLB: San Diego Padres at Atlanta Braves
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Ha-Seong Kim's homer propels Padres past Braves

May 14, 2022, 3:14 AM

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Ha-Seong Kim hit a three-run homer to help the visiting San Diego Padres rally for an 11-6 win over the Atlanta Braves on Friday in the opener of a three-game series.

The Braves scored four times in the sixth inning to take a 6-4 lead, but Kim belted a 2-0 fastball from reliever Will Smith in the seventh to put the Padres back on top. San Diego put it away with four runs in the ninth, three of those coming on pinch-hit double by Trent Grisham.

Kim was 3-for-5 with three RBI, three runs scored and his fourth home run to spark a 16-hit attack, which included three hits each from Eric Hosmer and Wil Myers. Manny Machado saw his seven-game hitting streak end, but he extended his on-base streak to 22 games with a walk.

The winning pitcher was Luis Garcia (1-2), who tossed one scoreless inning. Taylor Rogers got four outs for his 13th save.

Smith (0-1) took the loss after yielding three runs in his lone inning.

Neither starter was involved in the decision. Atlanta's Max Fried allowed four runs on nine hits, a season-high two walks and six strikeouts in six innings. San Diego's Yu Darvish pitched 5 2/3 innings and allowed five runs on nine hits and one walk with four strikeouts.

San Diego took a 1-0 lead in the third inning on Jose Azocar's sacrifice fly.

The Braves got the run back in the bottom of the third on a 417-foot solo homer by William Contreras, his fourth.

The Padres scored twice in the fifth on Hosmer's bases-loaded single. The Braves intentionally walked Manny Machado to face Hosmer, who produced his 22nd and 23rd RBIs.

Atlanta cut the deficit to 3-2 on Dansby Swanson's RBI single in the bottom of the fifth. The Padres made it 4-2 on Myers' solo homer, his first of the year, in the sixth.

The Braves responded in the bottom of sixth with two outs. Ozzie Albies doubled and scored when Myers misplayed Adam Duvall's fly to right field for a single. Dansby Swanson completed the rally with a three-run homer off Robert Suarez, his third, to put Atlanta ahead 6-4.

--Field Level Media

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Padres take potent 1-2 punch to Atlanta

May 12, 2022, 8:45 PM

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San Diego's one-two offensive punch of Manny Machado and Eric Hosmer look to continue their hot hitting Friday night when the Padres begin a 10-day, three-city road trip with a three-game series in Atlanta against the Braves.

Machado was 2-for-4 on Wednesday and entered Thursday leading the majors in batting average (.383), hits (46), runs (27) and total bases (75). Hosmer was 3-for-5 with a homer, two RBIs and one run scored, raising his average to .367, second in the majors.

Still, the Padres were beaten 7-5 by the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday in the rubber game of their series. San Diego has won six of 10 games.

The Braves are coming off Wednesday's 5-3 walk-off win against the Boston Red Sox that ensured a split of their two-game series. Atlanta has won three of four.

This will be the final series between the two teams this season. They split a four-game set in San Diego, April 14-17.

The pitching matchup for the opener features Atlanta left-hander Max Fried (4-2, 2.68 ERA) against San Diego right-hander Yu Darvish (3-1, 4.05).

Fried has won his last four starts, allowing four runs in 26 innings for a 1.38 ERA. In his last outing, he pitched seven innings on May 4 against the Milwaukee Brewers and gave up one run with eight strikeouts and one walk -- his first base on balls allowed since Opening Day.

"He goes out there and puts up those zeroes and gives you a chance against a really tough pitcher," said Atlanta manager Brian Snitker said of Fried.

Fried is 2-0 with an 0.56 ERA in two career starts against the Padres, who originally drafted him out of high school in 2012. He pitched a complete-game shutout against San Diego last September. He did not face the Padres when the Braves made their visit to the West Coast in April.

Darvish will be making his seventh start of the season. He has won his last three decisions, most recently a 3-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on May 6, when he allowed two runs over a season-high seven innings.

His season ERA is inflated because he was tagged for nine runs in 1 2/3 innings against San Francisco in his second start. In his other five starts, the right-hander has allowed six earned runs in 31 2/3 innings (1.71 ERA).

Darvish is 1-4 with a 4.80 ERA in six career starts against Atlanta. He beat the Braves on April 17 when he allowed one run in 6 2/3 innings, striking out eight, in San Diego's 2-1 win -- Darvish's first against Atlanta.

The Padres will be without manager Bob Melvin, who had prostate surgery on Wednesday. The team said it would have no further updates until next week. Ryan Christenson, who has been Melvin's bench coach for five seasons, is taking over as acting manager.

"He's a future manager waiting to happen," Melvin said of Christenson. "We look at the game similarly. He's going to manage it basically kind of the way I do. We've been together long enough to where he shouldn't miss a beat."

Atlanta's Ronald Acuna Jr. could miss the game, too. The slugger tweaked his groin on Tuesday and was kept out of the lineup on Wednesday.

Atlanta announced Wednesday that catcher Manny Pina, signed to back up Travis d'Arnaud, will have wrist surgery and miss the rest of the season.

--Field Level Media

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Report: Padres nearing deal with 2B Robinson Cano

May 12, 2022, 4:34 PM

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The San Diego Padres are close to signing second baseman Robinson Cano, the New York Post reported Thursday.

The 39-year-old veteran was released by the New York Mets on Sunday after passing unclaimed through waivers.

The newspaper said a "few teams" have expressed interest in the eight-time All-Star, who is expected to sign a major league contract.

Cano, who missed the 2021 season following a suspension for performance-enhancing drugs, batted .195 with one homer and three RBIs in eight games this season.

The Padres are struggling at the plate this season, entering Thursday ranked 12th in the National League in batting average (.227) and slugging percentage (.364).

Cano has 2,632 career hits, third among active players behind Albert Pujols and Miguel Cabrera, both members of the 3,000-hit club. A five-time Silver Slugger award winner, he has 335 career home runs and 1,305 RBIs in 2,246 games with the New York Yankees (2005-13), Seattle Mariners (2014-18) and Mets.

He signed a 10-year, $240 million deal with Seattle in December 2013, and the Mariners traded him to the Mets in December 2018 as part of a six-player swap. The Mets owe Cano about $40 million over the next two years.

--Field Level Media

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Padres manager Bob Melvin undergoes prostate surgery

May 12, 2022, 12:15 AM

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San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin underwent successful prostate surgery, with the club announcing Wednesday the 60-year-old is expected to make a full recovery.

Bench coach Ryan Christenson had been serving as interim manager for select games over the past week as Melvin dealt with symptoms of what the Padres originally referred to as a gastrointestinal problem.

The Padres are set to begin a three-city, nine-game road trip Friday at Atlanta, with Melvin optimistic he can return in less than two weeks. Christenson will serve as manager on the road trip.

"The timetable is, hopefully at the longest, I'd just miss the road trip," Melvin said Monday, when he rejoined the team for a game. "I hope it's shorter than that, but that's probably the timetable. ... I hope it's only Atlanta and Philadelphia (that I miss), but if it's the entire road trip, it's the entire road trip."

Melvin said of the pending operation, "Just want to get it over with."

Melvin said his doctors did not believe he had prostate cancer. The team did not specify if cancer was found.

"Everybody's biggest question is Bob's health, making sure that he's in a good place here in the next few days and gets some relief," Padres president of baseball operations A.J. Preller said, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. "The diagnosis from the doctors has been good. In terms of the team and the staff, we've got a lot of experience, and guys know their responsibilities. I think everybody's looking forward to stepping up and keeping things going."

Melvin is in his first season as the Padres' manager. He spent the past 11 years leading the Oakland A's before getting permission to move to San Diego in the offseason.

Melvin previously managed the Seattle Mariners and the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 19 years as a major league skipper, he has a 1,366-1,283 regular-season record (.516) and a 10-17 mark in the postseason.

--Field Level Media

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Braves C Manny Pina set for season-ending wrist surgery

May 11, 2022, 9:55 PM

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Atlanta Braves catcher Manny Pina will undergo surgery to repair cartilage damage in his left wrist and will miss the remainder of the season.

Pina, 34, has not played since April 24 with what was originally labeled as wrist inflammation.

After signing a two-year, $8 million deal in the offseason, Pina played in just five games for the Braves with two hits in 14 at-bats.

In his ninth season, Pina is a career .243 hitter with 42 home runs and 148 RBIs in 414 games for the Kansas City Royals (2011-12), Milwaukee Brewers (2016-21) and Braves.

--Field Level Media

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Padres manager Bob Melvin set for prostate surgery

May 11, 2022, 2:12 AM

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San Diego Padres manager Bob Melvin is set to undergo prostate surgery on Wednesday but doesn't expect to miss more than a dozen games, he said Tuesday.

Bench coach Ryan Christenson will serve as interim manager during Melvin's absence -- a role he has filled over the past week as Melvin dealt with symptoms of what the Padres originally referred to as a gastrointestinal problem.

Melvin was back in charge Monday night when the Padres lost 6-0 to the visiting Chicago Cubs in the opener of a three-game series.

Christenson entered COVID protocol on Monday but was cleared Tuesday and was set to be in charge that night against the Cubs.

After the series finale vs. Chicago on Wednesday afternoon, the Padres head out for a road trip featuring three-game series against the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants.

"The timetable is, hopefully at the longest, I'd just miss the road trip. I hope it's shorter than that, but that's probably the timetable. ... I hope it's only Atlanta and Philadelphia (that I miss), but if it's the entire road trip, it's the entire road trip."

Melvin said of the pending operation, "Just want to get it over with."

Melvin said his doctors do not believe he has prostate cancer, but it won't become certain until after he has the operation.

"Everybody's biggest question is Bob's health, making sure that he's in a good place here in the next few days and gets some relief," Padres president of baseball operations A.J. Preller said, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. "The diagnosis from the doctors has been good. In terms of the team and the staff, we've got a lot of experience, and guys know their responsibilities. I think everybody's looking forward to stepping up and keeping things going."

In addition to Christenson, who has no managerial experience, Melvin's staff features third base coach Matt Williams, who managed the Washington Nationals in 2014 and '15.

The 60-year-old former catcher is in his first season as the Padres' manager. He spent the past 11 years leading the Oakland A's before getting permission to move to San Diego in the offseason.

Melvin previously managed the Seattle Mariners and the Arizona Diamondbacks. In 19 years as a major league skipper, he has a 1,365-1,283 regular-season record (.515) and a 10-17 mark in the postseason.

--Field Level Media

MLB: San Diego Padres at Cincinnati Reds
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Padres activate Wil Myers, Luke Voit from IL

May 10, 2022, 11:18 PM

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The San Diego Padres activated outfielder Wil Myers and designated hitter Luke Voit from the 10-day injured list prior to Tuesday's game against the visiting Chicago Cubs.

San Diego also optioned top-flight shortstop prospect C.J. Abrams to Triple-A El Paso and designated journeyman outfielder Trayce Thompson for assignment.

Both Myers and Voit are in Tuesday night's starting lineup.

Myers, 31, hasn't played since April 26 due to a thumb injury. He is batting .218 with seven RBIs in 15 games.

Voit, 31, last played on April 22. He is batting .143 with just one extra-base hit (a double) and five RBIs in 13 games.

The Padres had Abrams open the season in the majors, despite having no Triple-A experience, due to an injury to star shortstop Fernando Tatis (wrist). But the 21-year-old never found his stride and hit .182 with one home run and four RBIs in 20 games.

The writing was on the wall for Abrams when the Padres claimed infielder Sergio Alcantara off waivers from the Arizona Diamondbacks on Monday.

Thompson, 31, batted just .071 (1-for-14) with seven strikeouts in six games. He had nine homers for El Paso before joining the Padres.

--Field Level Media

Padres place Wil Myers (thumb) on IL, call up Trayce Thompson

April 28, 2022, 5:27 PM

The San Diego Padres placed Wil Myers on the 10-day injured list with a right thumb contusion and selected the contract of fellow outfielder Trayce Thompson from Triple-A El Paso.

To make room on the 40-man roster for Thompson, the Padres moved right-hander Austin Adams on the 60-day IL.

Myers' IL stint is retroactive to Wednesday. He has been dealing with thumb soreness for much of the opening month of the season and reportedly aggravated the injury Tuesday. The 31-year-old was batting .218 with a .527 OPS over his first 15 games with three doubles and no home runs.

Thompson, 31, has played in just 15 major league games since the end of the 2018 season. He was batting .316 and had a 1.244 OPS at El Paso through 16 games with nine home runs. In 217 career major league games with four teams, Thompson has 26 home runs and 68 RBIs while batting .208.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Miami Marlins at Atlanta Braves
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Braves OF Eddie Rosario (eye) could miss up to 12 weeks

April 26, 2022, 5:22 PM

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Atlanta Braves outfielder Eddie Rosario will miss significant time following a laser procedure to correct blurred vision and swelling in his right eye.

The Braves put him on the 10-day injured list, but MLB.com reported he could miss eight to 12 weeks. On Monday, he visited a retinal specialist, who recommended the surgery.

Rosario, 30, was key to the Braves' run to the World Series title last season. He was named MVP of the National League Championship Series after hitting .560 (14-for-25) with three home runs and nine RBIs in six games.

So far this season, though, Rosario is hitting just .068 (3-for-44) in 15 games.

In a corresponding move, the Braves called up right-handed pitcher William Woods from Triple-A Gwinnett. Woods has yet to make his major league debut. The 23-year-old is 0-1 with a 7.04 ERA in 7 2/3 innings pitched this season.

Outfield help is expected soon for the Braves.

Ronald Acuna Jr., who is on a Triple-A rehab assignment as he recovers from a torn right anterior cruciate ligament suffered July 10, is on track to return to the Atlanta lineup on May 6.

--Field Level Media

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Twins acquire RHP Brayan Medina to complete Chris Paddack deal

April 21, 2022, 6:35 PM

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The Minnesota Twins completed their trade with the San Diego Padres from earlier this month, landing right-hander Brayan Medina on Thursday as the player to be named later.

The Medina acquisition finishes off the deal that also netted the Twins right-handers Chris Paddack and Emilio Pagan. The Padres received left-hander Taylor Rogers and outfielder Brent Rooker in the trade, as well as cash considerations.

Medina, 19, is a native of Columbia, who pitched in 12 games last year for the Padres in the Arizona rookie league, as well as the Dominican Summer League, going 0-3 with a 5.88 ERA in 33 2/3 innings.

--Field Level Media

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D-backs claim RHP Jacob Webb off waivers from Braves

April 19, 2022, 7:42 PM

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The Arizona Diamondbacks claimed right-hander Jacob Webb off waivers from the Atlanta Braves on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old reliever compiled a 9-4 record with three saves and a 2.47 ERA in 78 bullpen appearances with the Braves from 2019-21.

The Diamondbacks optioned Webb to Triple-A Reno and also designated outfielder Stuart Fairchild for assignment in a corresponding transaction.

Fairchild, 26, made his MLB debut last season and batted .133 (2 for 15) with two RBIs in 12 games.

--Field Level Media

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Los Angeles Dodgers
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Braves DFA LHP Sean Newcomb, option RHP Huascar Ynoa

April 19, 2022, 7:11 PM

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The Atlanta Braves designated left-hander Sean Newcomb for assignment Tuesday and optioned right-hander Huascar Ynoa to Triple-A Gwinnett, one day after the duo pitched in a 7-4 road loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Braves recalled right-hander Touki Toussaint and left-hander Dylan Lee from Triple-A in advance of Tuesday's game against the Dodgers.

The Braves also announced that outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. (ACL surgery) was headed out on a minor league rehab assignment with Gwinnett on Tuesday.

Monday's game got away from the Braves in the fourth inning. Ynoa gave up an RBI groundout to Cody Bellinger and an RBI single to Edwin Rios as the Dodgers took a 3-0 lead. Newcomb came on to walk former teammate Freddie Freeman and gave up a three-run double to Trea Turner.

Ynoa owns a 13.50 ERA after his first two starts of the season, both losses. Newcomb, in his sixth season with Atlanta, had a 7.20 ERA after three outings.

In 31 appearances (24 starts) for the Braves over the past four seasons, Ynoa is 4-8 with a 5.22 ERA. Newcomb was 24-23 in 144 career appearances (57 starts) with a 4.25 ERA, all with the Braves going back to 2017.

--Field Level Media

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Report: Braves targeting May 6 for return of Ronald Acuna Jr.

April 17, 2022, 12:09 AM

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The Atlanta Braves are loosely targeting the return of star outfielder Ronald Acuna Jr. for May 6, Fox Sports reported on Saturday.

Acuna tore the ACL in his right knee on July 10 of last season and has been recuperating. The team is expected to send Acuna on a rehab stint as soon as Tuesday.

Acuna, 24, was enjoying a monster season with 24 homers and 52 RBIs in 82 games last season before the injury. Atlanta went on to win the World Series without him.

The two-time All-Star and 2018 National League Rookie of the Year has a .281 average with 105 homers, 246 RBIs and 78 steals in 395 games in four seasons with the Braves.

Atlanta opens an eight-game homestand against the Milwaukee Brewers on May 6. The Braves play three games against the Brewers, two versus the Boston Red Sox and three against the San Diego Padres.

--Field Level Media

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Padres call up top pitching prospect MacKenzie Gore

April 14, 2022, 10:59 PM

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Top pitching prospect MacKenzie Gore is set to make his major-league debut for the San Diego Padres on Friday against the World Series champion Atlanta Braves.

The 23-year-old left-hander was promoted from Triple-A El Paso on Thursday to take the roster spot of left-hander Blake Snell, who was placed on the 10-day injured list because of adductor tightness.

Gore was the Padres' first-round pick (No. 3 overall) in the 2017 MLB Draft out of Whiteville High School in Whiteville, N.C.

In parts of five minor-league seasons, Gore has gone 12-11 with a 2.79 ERA. He has 311 strikeouts in 238 1/3 innings.

Snell, 29, was scratched from his scheduled start Sunday because of muscle tightness. He made 27 starts for San Diego last season, posting a 7-6 record with a 4.20 ERA.

--Field Level Media