Phillies shoot for offensive encore against Padres

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The Philadelphia Phillies clearly weren’t affected by a sub-.500 road trip. After dropping two of three apiece to the Boston Red Sox and the Baltimore Orioles, the Phillies returned home and blasted the San Diego Padres 9-2 with an 18-hit attack on Monday. The Phillies will look for another home victory when they face the Padres on Tuesday. Philadelphia’s Kyle Schwarber hit two home runs, his 28th career multi-homer game, and drove in four runs

Phillies host Padres with Trea Turner back from DL

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Even the best teams in the majors go through slumps. The Philadelphia Phillies still own the best record in the National League, but they have dropped five of their past seven games as they return home to open a three-game series with the San Diego Padres on Monday. After falling to the New York Mets on June 9 in the finale of a two-game series in London, the Phillies returned stateside for a six-game road

J.D. Martinez, Mets look to keep rolling vs. Padres

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J.D. Martinez almost has single-handedly carried the New York Mets to three straight victories. Manager Carlos Mendoza saw signs Saturday that those surrounding Martinez in the lineup might be getting ready to offer the veteran designated hitter some help. The Mets will look to complete a sweep of San Diego on Sunday afternoon when they host the Padres in the finale of a three-game series. Tylor Megill (1-3, 3.51 ERA) is slated to start for

Mets aim to continue ascent in rematch vs. Padres

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New York Mets manager Carlos Mendoza thinks reliever Edwin Diaz is back. And maybe the Mets are back, too. New York will look for its fourth straight win on Saturday afternoon when it hosts the San Diego Padres in the middle contest of a three-game set. Left-hander Jose Quintana (1-5, 5.29 ERA) is slated to start for the Mets against Padres right-hander Adam Mazur (0-1, 9.00). J.D. Martinez laced a two-run double on Friday, and

Mets take on Padres with both coming off dramatic wins

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Building momentum after a walk-off win wasn’t difficult to do this week for the San Diego Padres. The New York Mets hope they finally will be able to say the same thing Friday. A pair of teams coming off dramatic wins are slated to begin a three-game series Friday night, when the Mets host the Padres in their first clash of the season. Padres right-hander Matt Waldron (4-5, 3.76 ERA) is scheduled to start against

Can Padres finally complete a series sweep against A’s?

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The San Diego Padres have taken the field looking to sweep a series five times this season. They are 0-5 in those games. They will hope the sixth time is a charm on Wednesday when they host the Oakland Athletics in an afternoon game. After failing to break out the brooms against Milwaukee, Arizona, Atlanta, Miami and Kansas City this season, the Padres are getting another shot thanks to Kyle Higashioka. The catcher hit a

Manny Machado, Padres pursue series victory over A’s

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The San Diego Padres’ best guess that star third baseman Manny Machado would avoid an injured list stint proved to be correct. After missing four starts due to a strained hip flexor sustained Wednesday, Machado returned Monday as the designated hitter, collecting two hits in San Diego’s 6-1 win over the visiting Oakland Athletics. It’s expected that Machado will return to his normal position on Tuesday night when the Padres try to clinch the three-game

Padres look to take advantage of struggling A’s

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On paper, the San Diego Padres’ three-game series with the visiting Oakland Athletics that starts Monday night figures to be a golden opportunity for them to feast on a weaker foe. But as the first two-plus months of the season have shown, San Diego’s ability to play good ball against top opponents — and bad ball versus losing teams — can’t be underestimated. The same team that owns two series wins over the Los Angeles

Fresh off pair of routs, Padres bid for series win vs. D-backs

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While Manny Machado has just one at-bat since Wednesday, the result of a hip flexor strain that has sidelined him, the San Diego Padres brass feel their star third baseman will be able to avoid the injured list. But they don’t know if they’ll be able to pencil him into the lineup for Sunday’s finale of a four-game series against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks. Arizona won the opener Thursday, 4-3, but San Diego certainly hasn’t

Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres bid for repeat performance vs. D-backs

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Fernando Tatis Jr. extended the longest current active hitting streak in the majors on Friday night. And this time, it was enough to help the San Diego Padres end a season-high-tying five-game losing streak. Tatis got a 14-hit attack rolling with a solo homer in the bottom of the first inning of San Diego’s 10-3 win over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. He will aim to extend his hitting streak to 14 games on