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Hand enjoying All-Star experience amid rumors

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By now, Brad Hand is used to the trade speculation. It's not going to stop him from enjoying All-Star week.

He's getting used to that, too.

By now, Brad Hand is used to the trade speculation. It's not going to stop him from enjoying All-Star week.

He's getting used to that, too.

For the second straight summer, Hand's name has been thrown around in all sorts of trade rumors. And for the second straight summer, Hand has tuned out that noise and earned a trip to the All-Star Game presented by Mastercard on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. PT on FOX.

"There's nothing I can do to control that," Hand said of the trade speculation. "There's nothing I can say that would sway them to do one thing or another. What good does it do to worry about it?"

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Hand's first half has been a bit of a roller coaster. He was the best reliever in the Majors for a stretch in May that earned him the National League Reliever of the Month Award. But he has now blown saves in three of his last eight outings, and he has allowed a run in four of them. His ERA has jumped from 2.25 to 3.05 on the year.

"Sometimes, it appears like closers are struggling, then all of a sudden, they'll rattle off 20 in a row, and you don't notice it, because they're doing what they're supposed to," Padres pitching coach Darren Balsley said last week. "If you look at his strikeouts in the innings he's pitched, if you look at his stuff, he's as good as he's ever been. Plus, he's being used in big spots."

Indeed, the Padres aren't using Hand as a traditional closer. He has pitched in the eighth inning at times, when the matchups have dictated as much. In that regard, he has been tasked with facing the heart of an opposing lineup, more than most closers -- simply because he's not confined to the ninth. He has still managed to strike out 65 hitters in 44 1/3 innings while racking up 24 saves.

"I hit a little rough patch in the last month," Hand said. "But I wasn't necessarily making terrible pitches. I just made a couple bad pitches in some bad spots, and it came back to hurt me. I know I could be a lot better, and I'll just come back strong in the second half."

Video: SD@ARI: Hand polishes off Padres' 16-inning victory

Where will Hand be pitching during that second half? A year ago, it seemed like a near certainty that Hand would be moved. His value -- the prevailing belief was -- wouldn't get much higher.

Yet, seemingly it has. Hand signed a team-friendly extension during the offseason, giving the Padres control through the 2021 season. He has reinforced two excellent seasons in San Diego with another solid first half.

Sure enough, the trade chatter has resumed.

"I'm used to it," Hand said. "It's no different than last year. Actually, last year, I think my name was talked about a little bit more, and nothing ended up happening. It is what it is. We'll see what happens."

Video: SD@ARI: Hand fans Goldy to K side, earn 24th save

Last summer, the Padres set a high asking price. It was never met. They've set a similarly high asking price this time around. There might just be a team or two willing to meet it. After all, every postseason contender could use bullpen help, especially an arm as durable and versatile as Hand.

But Hand leaves the speculation to his wife. She follows closely. He doesn't. This week, he's intent on enjoying his time in Washington, D.C. and Nationals Park with his family and fellow All-Stars.

"Just being around all those guys and being in that clubhouse with all those great players and talking to them a little bit -- I'm looking forward to doing that again this year," Hand said. "It's going to be fun. ... I know what to expect, I know what goes on and how everything's run. I'll be relaxed a little bit, take everything in a little more."

While watching the 2018 All-Star Game presented by Mastercard live on FOX on Tuesday, fans can submit their choices for the Ted Williams Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet with the 2018 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote.

The 89th Midsummer Classic, at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., will be televised nationally by FOX Sports; in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and RDS; and worldwide by partners in more than 180 countries. FOX Deportes will provide Spanish-language coverage in the United States, while ESPN Radio and ESPN Radio Deportes will provide exclusive national radio coverage of the All-Star Game. MLB Network, MLB.com and SiriusXM also will provide comprehensive All-Star Week coverage.

For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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Fowler: Padres may return to brown uniforms

Owner discusses 'exhaustive' fan focus-group testing about color scheme on podcast
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SAN DIEGO -- The Padres might be bringing brown back after all.

In an episode of the "Beyond the Booth" podcast posted Monday morning, San Diego executive chairman Ron Fowler joined host Jesse Agler to discuss a number of issues surrounding the club -- one of which centered on research regarding the team's uniforms.

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres might be bringing brown back after all.

In an episode of the "Beyond the Booth" podcast posted Monday morning, San Diego executive chairman Ron Fowler joined host Jesse Agler to discuss a number of issues surrounding the club -- one of which centered on research regarding the team's uniforms.

The Padres' uniform debate -- one of the hottest topics in San Diego -- might soon take a significant turn. Fowler hinted that he expects new brown uniforms and color schemes to be implemented by the 2020 season.

The team recently conducted "exhaustive" focus-group studies, which had been in the works for about six months, Fowler said. The results weren't overwhelming, but they leaned toward brown -- a color that was a staple of San Diego jerseys for the first 22 seasons of the team's existence.

"We are going to further test, probably within the next 60-90 days," Fowler said. "I would expect that brown will prevail in a side-by-side versus four uniforms. We will probably move in that direction hopefully for the 2020 season."

Since the Padres moved to Petco Park, blue and white have served as their primary uniform colors. They haven't used brown in a regular jersey since 1990.

"What we have found, and we'll get into that in greater detail, is the largest minority likes a deep brown uniform," Fowler said. "They think it says we're San Diego. It differentiates us. But it's a minority. You add it up, that would be the largest minority."

The specifics of those uniforms haven't yet been decided, as the team continues to work through its testing phase. The Padres currently wear a brown and yellow jersey for Friday night home games as a tribute to their past.

You can listen to the "Beyond the Booth" podcast in full here. Fowler and Agler also touch on other subjects, including the state of the franchise, Fowler's path to ownership and the beer industry.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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Tatis notches 2 hits, SB, run in Futures Game

Padres' top prospect robbed of another hit by teammate Reed
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WASHINGTON -- Fernando Tatis Jr. at short, Luis Urias at second. That's the way the San Diego Padres hope to line 'em up one day at Petco Park, and that's the alignment the World Team utilized up the middle for the start of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday at Nationals Park.

The results were mixed, but the experience for both young players was special. Tatis played the entirety of the 10-6 loss to the U.S. squad, contributing a pair of hits, a stolen base and a run scored. Urias, meanwhile, went 0-for-2 and had the misfortune of being hit between the left elbow and forearm by a 100.4 mph fastball from Hunter Greene in the fourth inning, but he came out unscathed.

WASHINGTON -- Fernando Tatis Jr. at short, Luis Urias at second. That's the way the San Diego Padres hope to line 'em up one day at Petco Park, and that's the alignment the World Team utilized up the middle for the start of the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday at Nationals Park.

The results were mixed, but the experience for both young players was special. Tatis played the entirety of the 10-6 loss to the U.S. squad, contributing a pair of hits, a stolen base and a run scored. Urias, meanwhile, went 0-for-2 and had the misfortune of being hit between the left elbow and forearm by a 100.4 mph fastball from Hunter Greene in the fourth inning, but he came out unscathed.

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"It wasn't fun, seeing that fastball coming at me," Urias said. "I got scared a little bit. I was glad to be wearing an elbow pad."

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More than anything, both players were glad to share this experience together. These are two of the more highly regarded prospects not just in the loaded San Diego system but in the game at large. Urias is listed by MLB Pipeline as the No. 29 overall prospect in the game, while Tatis is listed at No. 3, making him the highest-rated prospect to take place in this year's Futures Game.

"I would say it's motivation to us to keep working and hopefully one day be at Petco Park turning double plays with Tatis," Urias said.

Urias could be knocking on the door to the big leagues as soon as this season, as he's spent the entirety of 2018 at Triple-A El Paso (.278/.391/.411 slash). Tatis is a little further off, plying his trade at Double-A San Antonio (.289/.359/.509), but his performance on this stage against fellow young, elite talents was a window into what makes him such a tantalizing talent. Facing Greene, the No. 2 overall pick by the Reds from the 2017 Draft, Tatis ripped a sharp line-drive single on a fastball measured by Statcast™ at 102.3 mph.

"That guy's not human," Tatis joked of Greene. "He's on another level. Maybe I got lucky or something, but he should be in The Show soon."

Video: WLD@USA: Manning strikes out Urias in the 5th inning

Tatis' line in the box score would have looked even better had he not been robbed of an extra-base hit by none other than fellow Friars prospect and San Antonio teammate Buddy Reed on a nice running catch.

"When he stopped between first and second," said Reed, "I just started laughing."

Added Tatis: "I don't know, maybe he forgot we're teammates. But I'm going to let him remember he's the new guy in Double-A. So he's going to pay for it!"

Video: WLD@USA: Reed wired up, makes great grab at the wall

Tatis will head back to Double-A and Urias to Triple-A, but it might not be long before they're paired in the middle infield of a big league diamond again.

"This has been amazing," Tatis said of the Futures Game experience. "We have a great bond. If we get to play together, it's going to be awesome."

Anthony Castrovince has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2004. Read his columns, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter at @Castrovince.

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Monday's top prospect performers

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Monday.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Monday.

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As some of Major League Baseball's top sluggers showcased their power in the T-Mobile Home Run Derby, Jasrado Chisholm put on his own power clinic in a career performance.

The D-backs' No. 3 prospect broke out of his recent slump to hit a pair of home runs and set career highs with five hits and five RBIs while leading Class A Kane County over Dayton, 13-4. He finished 5-for-6 at the plate and also tied his career best with four runs.

Batting second for the Cougars, Chisholm put his team on the board with an RBI triple and scored one batter latter. The 20-year-old shortstop homered in his next two trips to the plate, connecting on a solo blast in the next frame and then adding a two-run shot in the fourth for his second multihomer game of the year.

Chisholm's second homer

Chisholm's sixth-inning single marked his fourth hit of the game and left him a double short of the cycle, though he would fail to accomplish the feat in his final two trips the plate, popping out to short in the seventh before delivering an RBI single in the ninth.

The Bahamas native had been 1-for-21 with eight strikeouts over his previous five games before erupting for five hits on Monday to improve his season average from .233 to .244. He's produced a .783 OPS in 76 games overall and is tied for second in the Midwest League with 15 home runs.

The rest of the best performances from top prospects Monday

• After earning Prospect Team of the Week honors earlier in the day, No. 37 overall prospect Estevan Florial (Yankees' No. 1) homered for a second straight game, stole a base and scored two runs before finishing 2-for-4 in a rehab game in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. The 20-year-old outfielder has posted four consecutive multihit games as well as a .482 average through eight games in the GCL. More important, Florial's three home runs in that span are an encouraging sign after he missed the better part of two months due to a broken hamate in his hand.

• No. 52 overall prospect Alex Faedo (Tigers' No. 3) secured his first Double-A victory with seven scoreless frames as Erie blanked Richmond, 2-0. He mixed three hits with a walk and four strikeouts in the performance while throwing 59 of 88 pitches for strikes. In his first professional season, the 22-year-old Faedo, a first-round pick in 2017, owns a 3.28 ERA with a 1.03 WHIP and .208 opponents' average in 82 1/3 innings (16 starts).

Faedo notches a strikeout

A's No. 23 prospect Wyatt Marks posted six scoreless frames for a second time in three starts as Class A Beloit edged West Michigan, 3-2, in 12 innings. He racked up nine strikeouts, tying his second best single-game total this season, over 94 pitches (55 strikes) in the outing, allowing three hits and three walks. A 13th-round pick in the 2017 Draft, Marks has pitched to a 3.58 ERA with 111 strikeouts across 93 innings (18 games/16 starts) in the Midwest League.

Brewers No. 3 prospect Lucas Erceg went 4-for-4 with a solo homer and also reached once via a walk in a perfect night at the plate for Double-A Biloxi. The 23-year-old third baseman's homer was his second in as many days as well as his fifth in the last nine games, giving him a total of 11 home runs in 88 games for the season. Overall, Erceg is slashing .256/.319/.408 in his first Double-A campaign after producing a .259/.310/.421 last season with Class A Advanced Carolina.

Erceg goes yard

Dodgers No. 21 prospect Tony Gonsolin tossed six strong innings, allowing two earned runs on eight hits to earn the win his Double-A Tulsa debut. He struck out eight, threw 62 of his 91 pitches for strikes and did not issue a walk in the outing. Gonsolin, a 24-year-old righty, received a promotion to Tulsa after posting a 2.71 ERA with 114 strikeouts and 26 walks in 89 2/3 innings (18 starts) with Class A Advanced Rancho Cucamonga.

Nationals No. 15 prospect Jakson Reetz hit a pair of home runs as he recorded three hits for a second straight game in Class A Advanced Potomac's win over Frederick. The 22-year-old catcher hit a solo homer in the fifth inning and added a two-run shot in the following frame to finish 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Reetz's first ever multihomer game pushed his season total to five homers, a new career high after he totaled four home runs in each of the last two years.

• Another member of MLB Pipeline's latest PTOW, Orioles No. 4 prospect DL Hall made a case for earning repeat honors as he tossed six innings of one-run ball with a career-high 10 strikeouts en route to his second straight win for Class A Delmarva. The 19-year-old lefty has been stellar over his past seven starts, registering a 0.55 ERA with 38 strikeouts and 17 hits allowed in 32 2/3 innings.

Padres No. 14 prospect Josh Naylor and Austin Allen (No. 27) combined to record three extra-base hits and five RBIs in Double-A San Antonio's 9-3 win over Midland. Naylor started in left field and paced the offense with a 2-for-4 performance that included a pair of doubles, two runs scored and three RBIs. Allen, meanwhile, connected on his 14th home run, a two-run shot in the sixth inning, before finishing 2-for-5.

Naylor clears the bases

• Pirates 2018 fourth-rounder Aaron Shortridge permitted one earned run on three hits over five innings in a no-decision for Class A Short Season West Virginia. The 21-year-old righty struck out nine, his highest total in six professional starts, and threw 51 of his 71 pitches for strikes. He's compiled 30 strikeouts and five walks along with a 3.52 ERA in 23 innings to begin his career.

• Rockies first-rounder Ryan Rolison (No. 22 overall pick) yielded one hit, walked one and recorded four strikeouts over three scoreless innings for Rookie-level Grand Junction in his second professional start. The 21-year-old lefty was 10-4 with a 3.70 ERA and averaged 11.1 strikeouts-per-nine with Mississippi this past spring as a Draft-eligible sophomore.

• Royals third-rounder Kyle Isbel hit two home runs and a double as he recorded his second four-hit game as a professional. The 21-year-old outfielder finished the game 4-for-5 with a career-high four RBIs for Rookie-level Idaho Falls. He's hitting .381 overall, with 15 extra-base hits (four homers) and 12 steals in 25 games.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

Padres stumble into break eager to push reset

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SAN DIEGO -- A month ago, the Padres rode a streak of five straight series victories to pull within four games of .500. They weren't serious contenders in the NL West, but they weren't too far off. At the time, their play on the field -- solid in every facet -- sparked all sorts of optimism.

In the span of a few weeks, that's changed in a big way. Following a 7-4 loss to the Cubs on Sunday at Petco Park, the Padres enter the All-Star break 40-59. And, boy, could they use the break. They've dropped 21 of 27, including each of their last five.

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SAN DIEGO -- A month ago, the Padres rode a streak of five straight series victories to pull within four games of .500. They weren't serious contenders in the NL West, but they weren't too far off. At the time, their play on the field -- solid in every facet -- sparked all sorts of optimism.

In the span of a few weeks, that's changed in a big way. Following a 7-4 loss to the Cubs on Sunday at Petco Park, the Padres enter the All-Star break 40-59. And, boy, could they use the break. They've dropped 21 of 27, including each of their last five.

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"Frustrating," said Padres skipper Andy Green when asked to sum up his team's first half. "It's not where I thought we'd be, not where I want to be. I'll take ownership of that, it's my team. We expect to play better than we've played."

On Sunday afternoon, the Padres committed three errors in the field -- and at least as many on the bases. Starter Eric Lauer lasted two innings, and despite homers from Christian Villanueva and Hunter Renfroe, the offense fell just as flat.

Video: CHC@SD: Renfroe clubs a towering solo homer to center

"It's a tough stretch, without question," Green said. "It hasn't knocked us off the rails from where we're ultimately heading, what we've set as an organizational plan."

Lauer's short start was, in a way, planned. He threw a career high 8 2/3 innings and 115 pitches on Tuesday against the Dodgers. Green acknowledged he'd have a short leash on Sunday. When Lauer allowed three runs in a 37-pitch first inning, it got shorter.

After he coughed up two more in the second, Lauer finished having allowed five runs on five hits and a walk. It was his worst start since Memorial Day.

Video: CHC@SD: Lauer strikes out Baez to close out the 2nd

Things went from bad to sloppy in the bottom of the inning. Jose Pirela hit a popup with a man on first base and didn't run hard out of the box. Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo let the ball drop, and he nearly doubled up Pirela. Two batters later, Pirela was picked off at second.

San Diego committed three errors in the fourth, as the Cubs plated their sixth run. Two came on the same play, when Kris Bryant reached third base on a 10-foot chopper after errant throws from catcher Austin Hedges and right fielder Hunter Renfroe.

An inning later, Wil Myers failed to run out a grounder up the third-base line. He believed it was going foul. Third baseman David Bote got there in time to keep it fair, and Myers was out by a step.

"I've hit that ball 100 times, and it's rolled foul, and that one right there, stayed fair," Myers said. "Anytime any hitter sniffs a hit, they're going to run. That's one that stayed fair. Hindsight, you get out of the box. … I cost myself a hit." The Padres scored three late runs, but they'll still enter the break with a bitter taste in their mouths -- and a lot left to prove over the season's final 2 1/2 months.

"We've got to find a way to come back for the second half and find a way to play good baseball," Myers said. "We just need to regroup, and I feel like this break is good timing for us. When we get back, we'll be ready to finish strong."

ROOKIES WHO RAKE
Villanueva's 19th home run was an especially sweet one. He spent parts of five seasons in the Chicago system but had his path to the big leagues blocked by Bryant before he signed a Minors deal with the Padres in the 2016-17 offseason.

In the bottom of the fourth, Villanueva unloaded on a 3-2 cutter from Cubs starter Jon Lester. He sent it off the facing of the Western Metal Supply building's first level. Villanueva's 19 home runs and 43 RBIs before the All-Star break are the most for a rookie in franchise history.

Video: CHC@SD: Villanueva smacks a solo homer down the line

PICKOFF PARTY
Hedges and Willson Contreras are two of the game's best defensive backstops, and both showed off their elite arms on Sunday afternoon. In the bottom of the third, Contreras uncorked a perfect throw to second base to catch Pirela, who strayed too far from the bag.

Video: CHC@SD: Contreras picks off Pirela at second base

In the next half inning, Hedges returned the favor. Contreras was hit by a pitch with two outs in the third. Moments later Hedges, threw behind him at first base, and Contreras was out by several feet.

Video: CHC@SD: Hedges picks Conteras off first base in 3rd 

GALVIS BANGED UP
Padres shortstop Freddy Galvis exited the game early after he was hit by a pitch in the bottom of the sixth inning. Galvis was plunked on the right elbow by a Lester fastball, bringing home the Padres' second run with the bases loaded.

On Monday, Galvis became the Majors' active ironman, having played in 262 consecutive games. The Padres expect that streak to continue Friday after some well-timed rest. Green said he doesn't expect Galvis to miss any time. He was removed because he was struck in the nerve area, and he wasn't confident enough in being able to grip the baseball and throw it across the diamond.

Video: CHC@SD: Hosmer comes home on Galvis' HBP in the 6th

HE SAID IT
"Jose Pirela hustles more than any person I've been around in my life. He pops up in the infield, he doesn't run down the line today, that's something I've never seen out of him. … Sometimes you take guys out of games if you think it warrants it. In my mind, with the way Jose Pirela's been playing his entire life, he deserves a little bit of understanding. A guy makes a mistake on the field that is atypical for him. We talked, I have no expectation I'll ever see that out of him again." -- Green, on Pirela's baserunning miscue

UP NEXT
Closer Brad Hand is the Padres' lone All-Star. He'll head to D.C. for his second consecutive Midsummer Classic. Following the break, the Padres will open their second half in Philadelphia with a three-game set against the Phillies. Clayton Richard gets the ball in the opener at 4:05 p.m. PT on Friday.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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Listen to Padres Futures Gamer Buddy Reed talk about his hockey career

Most baseball players played another sport in high school. If you have the athleticism to make it into professional baseball, it makes sense that athleticism would apply to other sports. Usually, that other sport tends to be football, basketball or even golf.

 

But that wasn't the case for Padres Futures Gamer Buddy Reed.

Hosmer hopes to leave first-half troubles behind

First baseman reflects on his season so far with the Padres
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SAN DIEGO -- When Eric Hosmer signed with a young Padres team during the offseason, he knew there were going to be growing pains. That hasn't made those growing pains any easier to cope with.

The Padres slumped 19 games below .500 after a 7-4 loss to the Cubs, their fifth straight, on Sunday. The past month has been particularly rough. Hosmer, who has been mired in a brutal slump himself, reflected on his first half-season with the club, pointing to the importance of coping with the adversity.

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SAN DIEGO -- When Eric Hosmer signed with a young Padres team during the offseason, he knew there were going to be growing pains. That hasn't made those growing pains any easier to cope with.

The Padres slumped 19 games below .500 after a 7-4 loss to the Cubs, their fifth straight, on Sunday. The past month has been particularly rough. Hosmer, who has been mired in a brutal slump himself, reflected on his first half-season with the club, pointing to the importance of coping with the adversity.

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"It's definitely part of the process," Hosmer said. "This is the Major Leagues. This level is real. Young guys that are experiencing this for the first time: You're going to get knocked down. It's really all about how you respond.

"You can see certain guys going through that process. Record-wise, numbers-wise, there aren't many positives from it. But when you look at each individual player, there are a lot of positives that come from it. When you look at the overall process, there are going to be a lot of things when you look back on this year that will help us."

Hosmer could be poised to break out of his own funk. His first-inning homer on Saturday night was his first in more than a month, and he followed that by going 2-for-5 on Sunday. The veteran first baseman got off to a great start with his new club. His OPS jumped to .857 on June 4, but it had dropped by 150 points before the home run.

"There's an ebb and a flow to a baseball season," said Padres manager Andy Green. "You look to the D-backs and what Paul Goldschmidt has done, going through a really rough stretch in May. He's come back with a vengeance. Eric's had a rough stretch right now, but he'll come back with a vengeance."

"The frustration of it is, you work and work and work, and still don't really get it," Hosmer said. "Then it could be a random thing, a swing on deck, something like that, and you feel what you're searching for. That's where the extent of the work comes in."

Video: CHC@SD: Hosmer opens the scoring with a 2-run homer

Hosmer's biggest challenge has been ground balls. He's made far too much weak contact into the ground. He's one of three players in the Majors with a negative launch angle, and he's second in baseball in ground-ball rate.

In the last 30 days, Hosmer is hitting grounders at a 76 percent clip, easily the highest in baseball. Essentially, on three out of four balls in play, Hosmer has put himself at the mercy of infield positioning.

There are legitimate long-term questions about whether Hosmer's swing is too ground-ball heavy. That's certainly been the case over the past month. But the Padres firmly believe his swing -- at least when everything begins to click again -- is good enough.

"I just want him to be him," said Green. "He's going to have a ton of success when he rights himself. We're not looking for anything different from him. We didn't sign him to come and alter his swing."

It's not the ground balls that concern Hosmer.

"I think I was just bad," he said. "Bad at-bats. It wasn't about the ground balls, the strikeouts. It was just me not getting the job done, not driving in runs, not helping this team win."

In that regard, the All-Star break might be a helpful respite with Hosmer having slashed .207/.240/.317 since the start of June. Plus, he'll go into the break with some minor successes to build on.

"My guess is he's going to be of the mindset that some people are going to pay the rest of the way for what's been happening the last couple weeks,"' Green said.

Padres fundraiser tallies $68,000

Padres wives and significant others raised $34,000 in Sunday's Favorite Things basket auction. The event features baskets full of players' favorite things, which are then bid upon by fans and donors.

Executive chairman Ron Fowler and his wife Alexis matched the donation, bringing the total to $68,000, all of which will go to Make-A-Wish San Diego. That total is an all-time high for the event.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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Hosmer's 10th HR bright spot in Padres' loss

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SAN DIEGO -- Over the past month and a half, as Eric Hosmer fell into one of the worst slumps of his big league career, the Padres maintained that their prized first baseman would work out the kinks. He has quite the track record, after all.

An 11-6 loss to the Cubs on Saturday night at Petco Park offered reason for both optimism and skepticism regarding Hosmer. In his first at-bat, Hosmer demolished a fastball from Kyle Hendricks, sending it into the right-field seats. It was his first home run since June 12, and perhaps a sign he's poised to break out.

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SAN DIEGO -- Over the past month and a half, as Eric Hosmer fell into one of the worst slumps of his big league career, the Padres maintained that their prized first baseman would work out the kinks. He has quite the track record, after all.

An 11-6 loss to the Cubs on Saturday night at Petco Park offered reason for both optimism and skepticism regarding Hosmer. In his first at-bat, Hosmer demolished a fastball from Kyle Hendricks, sending it into the right-field seats. It was his first home run since June 12, and perhaps a sign he's poised to break out.

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"It felt good to get that one today," Hosmer said. "But it's something I want to get consistent with and get back to helping this team win."

Hosmer's next two at-bats served as something of a reality check. He hasn't been homering because he's hitting too many baseballs into the ground. Hosmer's 62 percent ground-ball rate is the second highest in the Majors. He's one of three players in baseball with at least 50 batted balls and a negative launch angle.

In the third, Hosmer bounced into an inning-ending double play with two men on base. He did the same in the sixth. Even with his two-run homer, Hosmer is just 5-for-54 this month. He still has work to do if he's going to return to the extra-base machine he was during his first two months as a Padre.

"From experience, you have the confidence to know you're going to get out of it," Hosmer said. "This game's tough. It'll knock you down. You put the work in, you execute your plans, sometimes you don't get the results you want. ... Today we definitely took a step in the right direction."

Hosmer says his movements in the box haven't felt synched up over the past few weeks. He's worked to minimize the moving parts in his swing. But without proper timing, he's hitting too many baseballs on the ground. Even when hit hard, there's only so much damage a ground ball can do.

"He can turn it around in a heartbeat in the second half," said Padres hitting coach Matt Stairs, prior to the game. "… Is he angry, yes. But it's same approach, same guy, same great teammate, same hard worker. He's just in a funk."

Hosmer's homer put San Diego on top by two in the first inning, but the Cubs answered quickly against Luis Perdomo, whose command was erratic over 4 1/3 innings. He surrendered five runs on six hits, including home runs from Ian Happ and Kyle Schwarber.

Video: CHC@SD: Green on Perdomo's start, Hosmer in 11-6 loss

The Padres clawed two runs back in the bottom of the seventh on Hunter Renfroe's pinch-hit homer. They wouldn't get any closer than that. The Cubs plated three in the eighth and three more in the ninth, when Javier Baez put the game on ice with a three-run blast off Phil Hughes.

A month ago, the Padres crawled within four games of .500. They've dropped 20 of 26 since, and on Saturday night, they dropped to the bottom of the National League standings.

MOMENTS THAT MATTERED
Renfroe in a pinch: Renfroe has battled an ailing hip flexor over the past three days. The Padres weren't taking any chances, and they kept him out of the lineup on Thursday and Friday. He returned to action Saturday night in a pinch-hit situation in the seventh inning, and Renfroe crushed the first pitch he saw from Cubs reliever Randy Rosario over the center-field fence, bringing the Padres within one. He's 6-for-11 with two homers in the pinch this season.

Video: CHC@SD: Renfroe crushes a 2-run homer to center

Franmil falters: Franmil Reyes is in the big leagues because of his bat. His defense -- which has improved incrementally over the past couple months -- still needs plenty of work. In the top of the eighth, Reyes raced into foul territory in pursuit of an Addison Russell pop fly. He arrived in time, but the ball caromed off his glove, giving Russell new life. He capitalized one pitch later with an RBI single, and the flood gates opened. Victor Caratini followed with a two-run double, and the Cubs led, 8-4.

Video: CHC@SD: Russell drives in Happ on single in the 8th

ASUAJE ON A ROLL
Since his late-June callup, Carlos Asuaje has been an on-base machine. He reached four times on Saturday night, courtesy of two singles and two walks, and he was on first base for Hosmer's first-inning blast.

In 42 plate appearances since his return, Asuaje has 12 hits and eight walks for a .476 on-base percentage. He saw 21 pitches on Saturday night.

"He's in a place where if you can continue to repeat those kinds of at-bats, you're going to be a really good offensive performer," said Padres manager Andy Green.

HE SAID IT
"He has a long track record. That gives him a lot of confidence. He's hit his whole life, not just the last couple years. He knows he's going to hit, we know he's going to hit and he's been a great teammate through his struggles, which I think is a great example for a lot of guys to see." -- Green, on Hosmer

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Perdomo came unglued in the fifth -- and he got no help from the replay room. With one out in the frame, Jason Heyward sprayed a line drive to left field. He attempted to turn a single into a double, but it first appeared as though Wil Myers' throw beat him at second. The Cubs challenged, and replays showed that Heyward beat Asuaje's tag. He was safe, and Baez gave the Cubs the lead with a two-run double on the next pitch.

Video: CHC@SD: Heyward reaches second safely after review

UP NEXT
Eric Lauer will be looking for an encore to his best start as a big leaguer when the Padres wrap up their first half against the Cubs at 1:10 p.m. PT on Sunday at Petco Park. Chicago counters with Jon Lester. Lauer pitched 8 2/3 innings of one-run ball against the Dodgers on Tuesday. He won't be given such a long leash on Sunday, after throwing a career-high 115 pitches.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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Sunday's top prospect performers

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Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

Royce Lewis didn't have the same opportunity as some of his fellow 2017 first-rounders did to showcase his bright future in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on Sunday. But a lack of national stage didn't stop last year's No. 1 overall Draft pick from tying his career high with four hits in his second game with Class A Advanced Fort Myers.

Here's MLB Pipeline's roundup of the top prospect performances in the Minor Leagues on Sunday.

Royce Lewis didn't have the same opportunity as some of his fellow 2017 first-rounders did to showcase his bright future in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on Sunday. But a lack of national stage didn't stop last year's No. 1 overall Draft pick from tying his career high with four hits in his second game with Class A Advanced Fort Myers.

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The Twins' No. 1 prospect (No. 11 overall) rebounded from an 0-for-3 showing on Saturday in his Florida State League debut to finish 4-for-5 with four singles and one run scored in Fort Myers' 5-4 loss against Lakeland.

Lewis opened the game with a leadoff single to center field for his first hit with the Miracle. He added two more knocks in his next two trips to the plate before grounding into a double play to end the seventh inning, as well as his perfect night at the plate. He picked up his fourth hit in the top of the ninth inning and later came around to score on Miguel Sano's two-run double.

Lewis batted .279 with four homers and 18 steals between the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and Class A Cedar Rapids last summer following his selection by the Twins with the No. 1 pick.

In his first full season, meanwhile, the 19-year-old shortstop has elevated his stock by hitting .320/.373/.485 with nine homers, 23 doubles and 53 RBIs in 77 games between Cedar Rapids and Fort Myers. He's also tallied 22 steals in 27 attempts and has demonstrated an advanced feel for the strike zone, registering strikeout and walk rates of 14.9 and 7.4 percent, respectively, over 336 plate appearances.

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• No. 5 overall prospect Victor Robles (Nationals' No. 1) filled out the box score by recording his second multihit performance in three games while on a rehab assignment in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League. The 21-year-old outfielder reached base four times, going 2-for-3 with two walks, an RBI and three runs scored. Robles also swiped a pair of bags in the contest, giving him four steals to go along with a .385 average in his first six games back from a three-month stint on the disabled list because of a hyperextended left elbow that he suffered on April 9.

• No. 13 overall prospect MacKenzie Gore (Padres' No. 2) set a career high with 10 strikeouts in five innings but ultimately took the loss as Class A Fort Wayne fell to Peoria, 2-1. He surrendered two earned runs on three hits and a season-high three walks while throwing 93 pitches (56 strikes). Gore has been sharp since his return from a second stint on the disabled list for a blister issue, as Sunday's outing gives the 19-year-old southpaw a 2.25 ERA and 35 strikeouts over his last 28 innings.

Watch: Gore strikes out 10th

• No. 63 overall prospect Beau Burrows (Tigers' No. 4) permitted one earned run on three hits in seven innings to earn the win in his longest start of the season for Double-A Erie. The 21-year-old right-hander racked up nine strikeouts, his second-highest total this season, and walked a pair while throwing 61 of 98 pitches for strikes. At the plate, meanwhile, Daz Cameron (Tigers' No. 10) paced the SeaWolves' offense with a 2-for-5, three-RBI performance that was highlighted by two-run homer in the first inning. It was the third straight two-hit game for the 21-year-old outfielder, who's slashed .311/.371/.566 with five homers and 22 RBIs in 25 games since receiving a promotion to Double-A.

Brewers No. 8 prospect Tristen Lutz hit a pair of doubles and plated three runs to help power Class A Wisconsin past South Bend, 11-7. He accounted for three of his team's 16 hits in the victory, going 3-for-6 in his fifth multihit performance in nine games. After posting a .182 average with a 32.8 percent strikeout rate across his first 28 games, Lutz, a 19-year-old outfielder, is now hitting .291 with 28 extra-base hits and a 24.3 percent whiff rate over his last 51 games. Altogether, Lutz has produced a .251/.322/.438 batting line with nine homers, 23 doubles and 42 RBIs in 79 games.

Cardinals No. 30 prospect Daniel Poncedeleon fired a one-hit shutout, the first of his career, in Triple-A Memphis' 8-0 win over Omaha. Facing three over the minimum over nine innings, the 26-year-old right-hander posted five strikeouts against two walks and threw 77 of his 110 pitches for strikes in the Redbirds' first nine-inning shutout in two years. Spending all of 2018 in the Pacific Coast League -- save a for a three-day stint with the Cardinals in June during which he failed to appear in a game -- Poncedeleon has pitched to 2.15 ERA with 103 strikeouts and 48 walks in 92 innings (18 games/17 starts). He's held opponents to a .198 average and just four home runs in the hitter-friendly league.

Poncedeleon finishes one-hitter

Phillies No. 15 prospect Dylan Cozens hit a two-run homer in his first at-bat and later added a solo shot en route to his fourth multi-homer game of the season for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Cozens also tallied a double in the contest to finish 3-for-4 with three RBIs. After leading the Minors with 40 homers in 2016 and hitting 27 more last season, Cozens has produced 14 homers in 54 Triple-A games this season -- including seven in the last 10 games.

Cozens goes yard

Red Sox No. 12 prospect Bobby Dalbec went deep for a seventh time in 10 games for Class A Advanced Salem as he extended his Carolina League-leading home run total to 23. The 23-year-old third baseman reached base in each of his four plate appearances, finishing 2-for-2 with two walks, two runs scored and two RBIs. Dalbec's now homered eight times in just 14 games in July after totaling 15 homers in 73 games across the season's first three months. He's hitting .265 overall, with a circuit-best 25 doubles, 78 RBIs and 176 total bases.

• Cubs first-rounder Nico Hoerner (No. 24 overall pick) connected on his first full-season home run, hitting a solo shot in the sixth inning of Class A South Bend's loss to Wisconsin. He finished 2-for-4 at the plate, also recording a double to go along with three RBIs in the loss. A 21-year-old shortstop whom the Cubs selected out of Stanford, Hoerner is batting a combined .327/.450/.571 with 10 runs, six stolen bases and six extra-base hits in the first 14 games of his professional career.

Hoerner hits first MWL homer

• Giants first-rounder Joey Bart (No. 2 overall pick) slugged the seventh home run of his career and finished 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs in Class A Short Season Salem-Keizer's loss against Everett. All seven of Bart's homers have come in the 10 games since his promotion to Salem-Keizer, a stretch during which the 21-year-old catcher is hitting .310 with a 1.213 OPS and 16 RBIs.

• Cardinals first-rounder Nolan Gorman (No. 19 overall pick) owns a share of the Rookie-level Appalachian League home run lead after connecting on his seventh home run in 21 games for Johnson City. The homer, a fifth-inning solo shot, marked Gorman's only hit in four at-bats. The 18-year-old slugger is hitting .309 with 10 extra-base hits, 16 RBIs and 26 runs scored as a pro.

Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero.

Villanueva reflects on time with Cubs

'It motivated me to work harder,' Padres rookie says
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SAN DIEGO -- For years, Christian Villanueva envisioned playing in the big leagues alongside Javier Baez, Albert Almora Jr. and the rest of his longtime teammates in the Cubs organization. On Friday night, he finally got to do so -- albeit from an opposing dugout.

Villanueva's long journey to the Majors has been well chronicled. He spent eight years in the Minors before his September callup last season. Four of those seasons came with the Cubs.

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SAN DIEGO -- For years, Christian Villanueva envisioned playing in the big leagues alongside Javier Baez, Albert Almora Jr. and the rest of his longtime teammates in the Cubs organization. On Friday night, he finally got to do so -- albeit from an opposing dugout.

Villanueva's long journey to the Majors has been well chronicled. He spent eight years in the Minors before his September callup last season. Four of those seasons came with the Cubs.

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A highly regarded prospect in the Chicago system, Villanueva had his path to the big leagues blocked by Kris Bryant. Still, he moved quickly to Triple-A and appeared on the verge of a breakout in 2016.

Then, during a fielding drill at Spring Training in 2016, Villanueva leapt and fractured his right fibula upon landing. On the eve of the greatest season in Cubs history, Villanueva was in store for the roughest season of his career. He'd miss the entire year, and he was released by the Cubs that December.

"Obviously it wasn't the ideal way to end my time there with the injury," Villanueva said. "But at the same time, it motivated me to work harder. Thankfully, I've been able to have a good first season here, and I've been very blessed with the opportunity I was given here."

Villanueva has slumped lately, but he's still put forth an impressive rookie season. He's hitting just .226 but leads the team with 18 home runs. In April, Villanueva took home the National League's Rookie of the Month Award.

Video: Must C Classic: Villanueva homers thrice at Petco

It's quite the comeback tale, considering Villanueva's brutal 2016 setback. He signed a Minors deal with the Padres that offseason, then got off to a slow start at Triple-A in '17.

He's since turned things around in a big way. Now, he views joining the Padres as arguably the best thing that could've happened for his career.

"It was a great time with the Cubs," Villanueva said. "They gave me a shot. I don't think it's a secret that I was blocked by Kris Bryant. They were pretty honest with me when they let me move on. But I had a good time with that organization."

Villanueva went 1-for-5 on Friday. He was in the lineup batting seventh against Kyle Hendricks, his teammate at three different levels of the Minor Leagues, on Saturday.

"It's nice to see the guys that I came up with and played with during pregame warmups," Villanueva said. "But really once the game starts, they're my rivals."

Lyles takes the mound
Right-hander Jordan Lyles threw live batting practice on Saturday afternoon, facing a handful of Padres hitters on the Petco Park mound. It was the first time Lyles had thrown to hitters since he was scratched from his June 23 start against the Giants with elbow inflammation.

Manager Andy Green called Saturday's session "very encouraging." The next step for Lyles is likely a rehab assignment on Thursday at one of the team's affiliates.

Lyles is expected to throw three innings and around 45 pitches. If all goes well, he'll be re-evaluated afterward and could be recalled soon after that. That said, it's likelier the club opts instead for a second, lengthier rehab start.

Jankowski powers up
Travis Jankowski hit the longest home run of his career on Friday night, a 415-foot blast into the right-field home run deck at Petco Park.

"It was just a backup cutter up in the zone," Jankowski said. "It was just the perfect pitch to do that, right to the barrel."

Video: CHC@SD: Jankowski belts a 2-run homer in the 2nd

Clearly, that's the exception to the rule. Jankowski rarely puts the ball in the air. In the midst of baseball's fly-ball revolution, Jankowski is actively trying to hit the ball hard and on the ground.

He's one of four players in the Majors with an average launch angle below 1 degree. Given his speed, that's no accident.

"I always say, 'My goal is a line drive, but I want my misses to be ground balls,'" Jankowski said. "The other day against the Dodgers, I popped up twice to left field. That does nothing for me, it does nothing for the team. At least if I hit a ground ball ... anything can happen with me."

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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Hedges' highs and lows loom large vs. Cubs

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SAN DIEGO -- Since returning from the disabled list on June 24, Austin Hedges has been remarkable both behind the dish and with the bat. Usually known for his sound defense and play-calling -- and not usually for offensive production -- the 25-year-old has shown signs of turning his reputation around. He's batting .288 with two homers since rejoining the club and played a key role in San Diego's eighth-inning rally Friday night, when he hit an RBI single to give the Padres a 4-3 lead.

Unfortunately, the catcher also played a key role in the Cubs' go-ahead rally in extra innings, as the Cubs scored in the ninth and 10th innings to defeat the Padres, 5-4, at Petco Park.

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SAN DIEGO -- Since returning from the disabled list on June 24, Austin Hedges has been remarkable both behind the dish and with the bat. Usually known for his sound defense and play-calling -- and not usually for offensive production -- the 25-year-old has shown signs of turning his reputation around. He's batting .288 with two homers since rejoining the club and played a key role in San Diego's eighth-inning rally Friday night, when he hit an RBI single to give the Padres a 4-3 lead.

Unfortunately, the catcher also played a key role in the Cubs' go-ahead rally in extra innings, as the Cubs scored in the ninth and 10th innings to defeat the Padres, 5-4, at Petco Park.

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After the Cubs tied the game in the top of the ninth, Javier Baez led off the 10th with a slow roller to third base off Adam Cimber. Christian Villanueva thought about letting it roll foul. Instead, the ball hit the bag and ricocheted for an infield single.

The speedy Baez put pressure on the defense and stole second, leading to two of the Padres' most dependable defenders committing errors on the same play. Hedges' throw to second ended up in center field, and Manuel Margot booted the ball while Baez raced home to score the go-ahead run.

Video: CHC@SD: Baez scores after steal for lead in the 10th

That's all the offense the Cubs needed.

"It got away," Hedges said. "I probably tried to do a little too much. I have to stay more under control and make sure I make a good throw there. In that situation that can't happen."

The throwing error spoiled Hedges' third three-hit night of the season.

With the game deadlocked at three and two out in the eighth, Hedges sent Carl Edwards Jr.'s payoff pitch to right field, driving in Margot.

"He's played really well both sides of the ball," manager Andy Green said, "and for somebody that's played that well to not make a good throw and have it fall apart there on that play, that's tough."

Video: CHC@SD: Hedges hits a go-ahead RBI single in the 8th

Hedges' RBI set the table perfectly for closer Brad Hand, who has pitched well enough in the first half of the season to notch his second consecutive All-Star berth. However, with two outs, Hand hit pinch-hitter Victor Caratini with a pitch. Caratini gave way to pinch-runner Jason Heyward, and Anthony Rizzo made Hand pay next at-bat when he split the gap between Wil Myers and Margot with an RBI double to knot the game back up at four apiece. It was Hand's third blown save in his last six appearances.

"That [hit-by-pitch] is a tough one right there," Green said. "You don't want to do that, he doesn't want to do that. The Rizzo at-bat is just a grind at-bat between two All-Star-caliber players. The Caritini [at-bat], I'm sure he'd want back right now."

After Hand couldn't close the deal, the Padres led off the bottom of the ninth with high hopes in their Nos. 2, 3 and 4 hitters. But the trio of Carlos Asuaje, Myers and Eric Hosmer was no match for Cubs' reliever Pedro Strop, as the right-hander struck out the side.

CLAYTON BACK ON TRACK
Clayton Richard returned to his usual innings-eating form Friday after snapping a 10-game streak of starts lasting at least six innings on Sunday vs. Arizona. He tossed six innings of three-run ball (two earned) in his first home start since June 4. Of his 19 starts in the first half, 14 lasted six innings or more.

Richard ran into trouble in the second inning when Baez led off with a extra-base hit that needed a replay review to determine if it was a home run or double. It would fall for the latter, but Baez came around to score, anyway, when Ian Happ lined a two-run single four batters later. 

Video: CHC@SD: Richard fans Contreras in the 2nd 

SOUND SMART
As a speed-and-defense type, Travis Jankowski has never been known for his power. But he put a charge into his second-inning homer -- a two-run shot that gave the Padres a 3-2 lead. Jankowski's blast traveled a projected 415 feet, according to Statcast™, marking the longest of the six career home runs he's hit.

Video: CHC@SD: Jankowski belts a 2-run homer in the 2nd 

MITEL REPLAY OF THE DAY
Jankowski led off the Padres offense with speed -- both by his infield single and the time it took for replay to review it. Jankowski sent a chopper up the middle to shortstop Albert Almora Jr., but first-base umpire D.J. Reyburn called him out. A review overturned the call.

Video: CHC@SD: Jankowski hits infield single after review 

UP NEXT
Luis Perdomo's first half was a tumultuous one. He was hit hard in April and sent to Triple-A for a couple months. Perdomo returned in early July, and he's much been better since then. But the 25-year-old righty is still looking to find his big league footing. He takes the ball on Saturday at 7:10 p.m. PT, opposite Cubs right-hander Kyle Hendricks.

Katie Woo covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiejwoo.

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Hand not picky about when he pitches in ASG

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SAN DIEGO -- Brad Hand doesn't care when he pitches on Tuesday night. He just wants to pitch.

The Padres closer is headed to Washington, D.C. for the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, his second consecutive Midsummer Classic, and he'll be looking for more success. A year ago, Hand pitched a perfect inning in Miami. He capped it by striking out eventual All-Star MVP Robinson Cano.

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SAN DIEGO -- Brad Hand doesn't care when he pitches on Tuesday night. He just wants to pitch.

The Padres closer is headed to Washington, D.C. for the MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard, his second consecutive Midsummer Classic, and he'll be looking for more success. A year ago, Hand pitched a perfect inning in Miami. He capped it by striking out eventual All-Star MVP Robinson Cano.

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"It doesn't matter to me when I pitch," said Hand, who owns a 2.91 ERA in 40 appearances this year. "You're trying to compete and have some fun. The game doesn't matter, but you still want to do well. It's an opportunity to pitch against some good hitters and show 'em what you got."

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Hand pitched the seventh inning last year. He's probably bound for a similar role this time around.

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts is in charge of the National League squad. It's likely he uses his own Kenley Jansen as closer. Earlier this week, Roberts was asked how he plans to use Hand.

"I'm thinking three innings for Brad," Roberts said with a wry grin. "What a great competitor. It'll be great to have him on my side for a change."

Padres skipper Andy Green was informed of Roberts' joke.

"Three innings?" Green asked. "Might be the first time I've had to call him in a while."

In any case, here's how Hand matches up with the American League reserves, who he'll presumably be facing late in the game:

Michael Brantley: 0-for-1, K
Alex Bregman: never faced
Shin-Soo Choo: 1-for-2, HR, BB
Nelson Cruz: 0-for-1, BB
Mitch Haniger: 1-for-2
Francisco Lindor: 0-for-1, K
Jed Lowrie: never faced
Mitch Moreland: 0-for-2
Salvador Perez: 1-for-1, HR
Jean Segura: 0-for-3, BB
George Springer: never faced

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For more information about MLB All-Star Week and to purchase tickets, visit AllStarGame.com and follow @MLB and @AllStarGame on social media.

Galvis dazzles
A day later, the Padres' clubhouse was still buzzing about Freddy Galvis' theatrics in the ninth inning of Wednesday's loss to the Dodgers. Galvis made a brilliant sliding stop on a Justin Turner ground ball, then spun from his knees and uncorked a perfect throw to first base, all in one motion.

"It defied physics," said right-hander Adam Cimber, who was on the mound at the time.

Video: LAD@SD: Galvis flashes brilliant defense at shortstop

"He's made some other big plays in bigger circumstances, but that was, from a highlight-reel perspective, the best one," said Green.

Eric Hosmer, who was on the receiving end of Galvis' throw, has begun to expect the spectacular from Galvis. In fact, he plans for it.

"There are times where I've been late getting to a cutoff spot on a base hit with a guy on second, just because I think you can't ever count him out on any ground balls up the middle," Hosmer said.

Galvis acknowledged Thursday's play as one of his finest. But he played down the praise.

"It's nothing you can plan," Galvis said. "I just reacted. You let your ability just play by itself."

Mitchell takes the mound
Right-hander Bryan Mitchell threw 43 pitches from the Petco Park mound on Friday afternoon. He did so in a pair of simulated innings, in which hitters from both sides of the plate stood in the box, but didn't take any swings.

Mitchell hasn't pitched since June 5 because of a right elbow impingement. He said he felt good, and his next step will be a session against live hitters.

Jordan Lyles, meanwhile, gets to face live hitters Saturday prior to the Padres' game against the Cubs. If all goes well, Lyles (right-elbow inflammation) will make a rehab start next week.

AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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Friday's top prospect performers

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