The Latest: Rangers claim INF Asuaje off waivers
LAS VEGAS (AP) — The Latest on Major League Baseball's winter meetings (all times local):
The Texas Rangers have claimed infielder Carlos Asuaje off waivers from San Diego.
Asuaje was designated for assignment Friday after spending parts of the past three seasons with the Padres, hitting .240 in 175 games. He also played at Triple-A El Paso last season, hitting .314 in 47 games.
Garret Richards, Padres finalize $15.5M, 2-year contract
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Free agent pitcher Garrett Richards and the San Diego Padres have finalized a $15.5 million, two-year contract.
Richards will earn $7 million next year and $8.5 million in 2020 as part of the deal announced Friday. He can earn an additional $2.5 million annually in performance bonuses: $250,000 for each start from 21 through 30.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres have placed rookie left-hander Joey Lucchesi on the 10-day disabled list with a strained right hip.
The Padres also recalled infielder Carlos Asuaje from Triple-A Albuquerque before Tuesday night's game against Colorado.
Lucchesi, who is 3-2 with a 3.23 ERA in nine starts this season, said he had tightness in his glutes during Monday night's loss to the Rockies. He struggled through five innings, allowing three runs and six hits, including two home runs.
Hosmer homers as Padres beat Dodgers 7-4
MONTERREY, Mexico (AP) — The San Diego Padres rebounded nicely from Los Angeles' combined no-hitter, using two-run homers by Eric Hosmer and Raffy Lopez to beat the Dodgers 7-4 on Saturday night in the first major league series in Mexico since 1999.
A day after the first no-hitter ever outside the U.S. or Canada, Travis Jankowski led off the first with a triple for San Diego's first hit of the series. Hosmer then hit a drive over the wall in right against Kenta Maeda.
Padres score 9 runs in 7th inning, beat Rockies 13-5
DENVER (AP) — The last time the Colorado Rockies and San Diego Padres met, tempers flared and punches were thrown. This time, the Padres let their bats do all the damage.
Carlos Asuaje homered and had a career-high four RBIs, Franchy Cordero went deep during a nine-run seventh inning and San Diego romped past the Rockies 13-5 on Monday night.
Richards homers, helps pitch Padres over Rockies 7-6
DENVER (AP) — Pitcher Clayton Richard's no-doubt, three-run homer that reached the second deck at Coors Field helped the San Diego Padres withstand Carlos Gonzalez's disputed home run for the Colorado Rockies.
Richard connected for his third career homer as part of a five-run fourth inning in San Diego's 7-6 win over the Colorado Rockies on Monday night.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — All-Star closer Brad Hand was struggling again, so all rookie Ryan McMahon needed to do was stand in the batter's box and watch as four straight pitches missed the strike zone.
McMahon drew a bases-loaded walk off Hand to break a scoreless tie in the ninth inning and DJ LeMahieu added a two-run single for the Colorado Rockies, who beat the San Diego Padres 3-1 Thursday to take three of four.
Padres score 6 in the 9th to stun Diamondbacks 8-7
PHOENIX (AP) — The San Diego Padres have little to play for as the season winds down, but Saturday will certainly be a game they remember from 2017.
The Padres overcame a five-run deficit in the ninth inning to stun the Arizona Diamondbacks 8-7, with youngster Carlos Asuaje delivering the key hit.
Asuaje's single drove in the tying run, and an error by Arizona left fielder David Peralta allowed the go-ahead run to score.
Padres rough up Darvish, beat LA 7-2 to sweep doubleheader
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A long day of baseball ended with the San Diego Padres roughing up Yu Darvish and sweeping a doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Carlos Asuaje homered and Erick Aybar had three singles off Darvish, who failed to get an out in the fourth inning as the Padres won Saturday's nightcap 7-2 against the runaway NL West leaders.
Asuaje, Margot lead late rally as Padres beat Cardinals 4-3
ST. LOUIS (AP) — If Jose Pirela got a boost of confidence from facing a struggling St. Louis bullpen, he wouldn't admit it.
Carlos Asuaje's RBI single in the ninth inning gave San Diego the lead and Pirela's sacrifice fly proved to be the game-winner as the Padres rallied to beat the Cardinals 4-3 on Thursday night.
Hedges, Chacin lead Padres past Phillies 2-1
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Even without his best stuff, Jhoulys Chacin knew he needed to pitch effectively with the way his counterpart, Aaron Nola, was throwing.
Chacin tossed 6 1/3 strong innings and Austin Hedges drove in the winning run for the second straight game to lead the San Diego Padres to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday.
Carlos Asuaje added an RBI triple for the Padres, who have won five of six.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Austin Hedges got excited when he saw the bunt sign with the game on the line. That plan didn't work out, but the San Diego Padres backstop still came through.
Hedges hit a pair of solo homers and had a tiebreaking sacrifice fly in the ninth, Jose Pirela also went deep and the Padres beat the Philadelphia Phillies 4-3 Friday night.
Padres beat Braves 7-4 as Colon struggles again
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Luis Perdomo is making up for the odd beginning to his season.
Perdomo pitched five scoreless innings and Hunter Renfroe and Cory Spangenberg contributed two RBIs apiece to help the San Diego Padres beat the Atlanta Braves 7-4 on Wednesday night.
San Diego's Carlos Asuaje and Erick Aybar had three hits each.
Rookies infuse life into rebuilding Padres on last homestand
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The rebuilding San Diego Padres went 6-4 on their final homestand, including splitting a four-game series with the San Francisco Giants and taking two of three from the NL West champion Los Angeles Dodgers.
Most of the credit goes to several rookies called up from Triple-A El Paso, which won the Pacific Coast League title.
The Padres lost 9-4 to the Dodgers on Thursday night, but manager Andy Green likes what he sees.
Myers, Padres beat struggling Giants 7-2
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Wil Myers hit a three-run homer off rookie Albert Suarez in the first inning and the San Diego Padres beat San Francisco 7-2 on Friday night, their seventh victory in eight games against the struggling Giants since the All-Star break.
The Giants dropped into the second wild card position, a game behind the New York Mets. San Francisco came into the night six games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.
Diego Goris drove in two runs on a double, Manuel Margot swiped two bases and Frank Garces turned in five strong innings to lead Triple-A El Paso to a 5-1 win over Salt Lake on Saturday night in the Pacific Coast League.
Garces (4.63) struck out seven and allowed an unearned run on three hits and two walks before giving way to the bullpen for four scoreless frames, starting first with two perfect innings from right-hander Daniel Moskos (5-2, 2.96).
Gabriel Quintana homered in both ends of Double-A San Antonio’s doubleheader, providing the lone run in a 5-1 loss to Arkansas after driving in three runs in a 5-2 win in seven innings earlier Wednesday.
The 23-year-old third baseman is hitting .249/.290/.455 with 17 homers and 62 RBIs in his first full year with the missions. He was 12-for-39 with four homers in 10 games last year in the Texas League.
The Padres began Wednesday 19 games under .500, have reallocated their resources to longer-term assets and are not expected to be in a position to contend until at least a couple years from now. In a season in which they could finish with fewer than 70 wins for the first time since 2008, they have limited incentive to burn through major league service time for their best prospects.
Austin Allen drove in a run on a sacrifice fly but went hitless in his other three at-bats, snapping his franchise-record 24-game hitting streak in low Single-A Fort Wayne’s 2-1 win over Bowling Green on Saturday in the Midwest League.
Allen’s record eclipsed the mark previously held by Sean Burroughs.
On Saturday, Ruddy Giron (.225) and Peter Van Gansen (.224) each had two hits and pinch-hitter Tyler Selesky (.350) singled in a run.
There was plenty of symbolism to be found before Sunday's Futures Game at Petco Park, perhaps none of it as on-the-nose as in a certain corner of the home clubhouse. Standing in front of the locker typically occupied by Padres right fielder Matt Kemp was one of the organization's top prospects, a strapping, fresh-faced 24-year-old who could literally replace Kemp someday.
"I don't think it's too much extra pressure," Hunter Renfroe said of his physical and metaphorical...