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San Diego Padres starting pitcher Dinelson Lamet works against the San Diego Padres during the first inning of the second game of a baseball doubleheader Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Padres optimistic on Lamet's injury, split DH with Giants

Sep. 26, 2020 1:43 AM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The San Diego Padres are still very much counting on a healthy Dinelson Lamet making his playoff start next week. The big right-hander gave them a scare when he reported biceps tightness and made an early exit Friday night — but, for now, Lamet will throw in a couple of days...

The Miami Marlins gather for a photograph on the pitcher's mound after clinching a playoff berth when they won in the 10th inning of a baseball game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Corey Sipkin)

LEADING OFF: 2 NL playoff spots still open with 2 days left

Sep. 26, 2020 1:03 AM EDT

A look at what's happening around the majors on Saturday: PLAYOFF CHASE After manager Don Mattingly’s Marlins and the Cincinnati Reds clinched postseason spots, two NL playoff slots are still open with two days left in the regular season. St. Louis (29-27) and San Francisco (29-29) lead Philadelphia and...

San Diego Padres starting pitcher Mike Clevinger works against a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Clevinger gets shot, Padres hope he can pitch in playoffs

Sep. 25, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

San Diego pitcher Mike Clevinger got a cortisone shot for his ailing right elbow Friday and the Padres are hopeful he'll be OK for the playoffs. Clevinger, acquired last month in a big trade with Cleveland, left his start against the Angels on Wednesday after just one inning. The Padres have already clinched a...

FILE - In this Aug. 27, 2020 file photo, San Diego Padres' Wil Myers, top, reacts after hitting a three-run walkoff home run to defeat the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game in San Diego. Wil Myers is back. While Manny Machado and Fernando Tatis Jr. have grabbed most of the attention on the playoff-bound Padres, Myers' comeback performance has also been instrumental in returning San Diego to postseason play for the first time since 2006. Myers is hitting .291 with 14 homers and 38 RBIs in 52 games. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)

Myers enjoying bounceback season with playoff-bound Padres

Sep. 25, 2020 2:26 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Wil Myers is back. While Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado have grabbed most of the attention on the playoff-bound Padres, Myers’ comeback performance has also been instrumental in returning San Diego to postseason play for the first time since 2006. Myers’ six-year...

San Diego Padres' Fernando Tatis Jr. (23), Jurickson Profar (10), and Jake Cronenworth (9) celebrate after the Padres beat the Seattle Mariners in a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020, in San Diego. The Padres clinched a spot in the playoffs. (AP Photo/Denis Poroy)

Rally puts Padres back in playoffs for 1st time in 14 years

Sep. 20, 2020 10:13 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — After 14 long years, the San Diego Padres are back in the playoffs, this time with a cast of stars who never flinch when they get down. The Padres beat the Seattle Mariners 7-4 Sunday with a three-run rally in the 11th inning that included a go-ahead double by newcomer Mitch Moreland. In...

San Diego Padres' Jorge Mateo, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring on a walkoff RBI double by Jurickson Profar to defeat the Colorado Rockies 1-0 in a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Profar, Lamet lead Padres to 1-0 win over Rockies

Sep. 8, 2020 1:03 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Jurickson Profar hit an RBI double with no outs in the ninth inning for the San Diego Padres, who got a brilliant performance from right-hander Dinelson Lamet to beat the Colorado Rockies 1-0 on Monday night for their sixth victory in eight games. The victory was costly, though, because...

San Diego Padres second baseman Jake Cronenworth catches a fly ball hit by Los Angeles Angels' Jo Adell during the second inning of a baseball game, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Padres rookie Jake Cronenworth making big impression

Sep. 4, 2020 2:18 AM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — It didn’t take Jake Cronenworth long to start making an impression in the big leagues. The rookie with the San Diego Padres doubled in his first big league at-bat, hit his first homer in his sixth game and put on such a fielding clinic at first base during the second full week of...

San Diego Padres' Jurickson Profar, right, celebrates his two-run home run with Eric Hosmer during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Castro gets big hit after trade, Padres rout Angels 11-4

Sep. 3, 2020 2:22 AM EDT

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jason Castro had never been traded before, so the 33-year-old catcher was surprised when he got called back from the Los Angeles Angels' bullpen last weekend with news of his impending move to San Diego. In an even stranger development, Castro was back at the Big A just a few days...

Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Mike Clevinger gets another ball after giving up a home run in the first inning in a baseball game, Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Padres get Clevinger from Indians in 5th trade in 3 days

Aug. 31, 2020 8:37 PM EDT

The contending San Diego Padres acquired Mike Clevinger in a multiplayer deal with the Cleveland Indians on Monday, bolstering their rotation with another bold move ahead of baseball's trade deadline. San Diego got Clevinger, outfielder Greg Allen and a player to be named from Cleveland for a package of young...

Boston Red Sox's Mitch Moreland, right, is greeted at home plate by J.D. Martinez (28) after hitting a three-run home run off Baltimore Orioles relief pitcher Miguel Castro during the ninth inning of a baseball game, Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, in Baltimore. The Red Sox won 7-1. Martinez and Xander Bogaerts scored on the home run. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Padres acquire Moreland from Red Sox for 2 prospects

Aug. 30, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The San Diego Padres made another big move to try and end their playoff drought, acquiring slugger Mitch Moreland in a trade Sunday with Boston. The Padres haven't been to the postseason since 2006. They currently have the second-most wins in the NL, trailing only division rival Los Angeles....