San Diego Padres

Myers excited about first base, healthy season
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Padres first baseman Wil Myers’ goal for the 2016 season is being healthy for the entire year, something he hasn’t been able to do since his American League Rookie of the Year Award-winning campaign for the Rays in ’13.

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RF to rubber: Smith inches closer to Majors
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Blake Smith spent his first four professional seasons as a position player, a left-handed-hitting outfielder with pop who once hit 20 home runs in a single season. Yet today, as the 28-year-old is here in Padres camp trying to make the team, he is doing so as a player who is now trying to keep […]

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Questions about rotation, 'pen linger for Padres
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If there has been a buzzword for the first week of so of the Padres’ big league camp, it’s this: competition. That’s the environment first-year manager Andy Green wants to cultivate now and in the future.

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Cuban lefty Sanchez signs Minor League deal
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The Padres have signed 29-year-old Cuban pitcher Elier Sanchez to a Minor League deal. Sanchez doesn’t have an invitation to big league camp and he will report to Arizona with the rest of San Diego’s Minor League players in early March.

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Padres hope Ramirez will be answer at short
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The first time Padres manager Andy Green sat across from Alexei Ramirez was during the General Managers Meetings in November in Boca Raton, Fla. The Padres were desperately looking for a shortstop to stop or at least slow what had been a carousel at the position, and they had their eyes on Ramirez, a free […]

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Hedges using strobe glasses to improve reflexes
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As a 22-year-old in the big leagues for the first time, there were, as you might expect, many times last season when Padres catcher Austin Hedges wished he could slow the game down. “It’s not that easy, though,” Hedges said. “There are only so many ways that you can slow the game down.”

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Padres sign reliever Janssen to Minor League deal
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The Padres continue to add arms to their already large stable of bullpen pitchers, signing veteran right-hander Casey Janssen to a Minor League deal on Saturday.

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Quackenbush sustains injury in first workout
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It didn’t take long for first-year Padres manager Andy Green to talk about the first injury of Spring Training. Reliever Kevin Quackenbush, a candidate to pitch in the back end of games, has a slight strain of the right hamstring.

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Padres expecting career year for Cashner
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Padres manager Andy Green didn’t mince words Saturday when he was asked what kind of season he was counting on pitcher Andrew Cashner to have in 2016. “I think the expectation [longtime pitching coach] Darren Balsley and I set for him is that this is going to be the best year of his career,” Green […]

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Balsley has tough task sorting rebuilt bullpen
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If you think the Padres and longtime pitching coach Darren Balsley are facing a tall order this spring trying to figure out who will comprise the team’s bullpen, well, you’re right. Of the 31 pitchers who will be in camp, 16 of them are new to the organization.

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Padres hand Opening Day nod to Ross
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Tyson Ross will make the first Opening Day start of his career on April 4 when the Padres face the Dodgers at Petco Park.

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Norris expected to stay behind the plate
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A year ago, the Padres gave catcher Derek Norris 15 starts at first base. Don’t look for that to happen in 2016. First-year manager Andy Green said Friday that there are no plans to give Norris any reps at first base in Spring Training.

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