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Sep 20

Telesco weathers Ls better than Chiefs GM did Ws

You have to wonder if Tom Telesco would still be an NFL general manager if he worked for the rival Kansas City Chiefs instead of against them. In June, the Chiefs fired GM John Dorsey, whose teams won at a much higher rate than Telesco’s Chargers over the same four years, .671 to .422. The Chiefs

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Sep 20

Second basemen to watch in the Padres’ farm system

A weakness not all that long ago, the Padres’ depth up the middle – at second base and shortstop – has improve drastically since A.J. Preller moved into the general manager’s office in August 2014. He inherited the organization’s top prospect at second base from the previous regime, included

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Sep 20

Wood, Padres claim another series win against Diamondbacks

A.J. Pollock redirected Travis Wood’s fifth pitch for a home run, and it felt as if the Padres pitcher might be in for another ugly cameo. Over his previous two starts, Wood had worked just 4 1/3 innings and conceded five home runs. The rest of a formidable Arizona lineup awaited. Instead, Wood did

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Sep 20

Padres swinging away as MLB home run record falls

At 9:14 Tuesday night in Toronto, Alex Gordon pummeled a belt-high cutter thrown by Ryan Tepera. The ball hurtled over Rogers Centre’s outfield fence, and with that, major leaguers had powered their way to 5,694 home runs with nearly two weeks left in the regular season. The all-time record, last

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Sep 20

Chargers look for ways to put together a win

On the drive to and from the Chargers’ practice facility, there’s a big blue reminder of their situation through the first two weeks of the season. The team’s new home in Costa Mesa sits across the street from IKEA — the Swedish meatball and furniture chain that demands its customers stay

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Sep 20

First pitch: The unflappable Craig Stammen

The Padres enter today’s game one win shy of the 68 victories amassed in Andy Green’s rookie season a year ago in large part because of the second-year manager’s faith in his bullpen – and in Craig Stammen, in particular. Sure, Hunter Renfroe jumped on a first-inning fastball for a three-run

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Sep 19

For San Diegan Alex Smith, trade changed luck from bad to good

NFL quarterback Alex Smith grew up in San Diego and rooted for the Chargers, good teams and bad. Not only a fan of Chargers Hall of Famers such as Junior Seau and LaDainian Tomlinson, he mentioned Ronnie Harmon and Stan Humphires when recounting happy …

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Sep 19

Fantasy Football Week 3: Add and Drop

Each week I’ll list the best widely available free agents for fantasy football — I define “widely available” as being owned in around half of all ESPN or Yahoo leagues — and some guys who are probably better off in the free agent pool than collecting dust on your roster. Here’s my best bets for

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Sep 19

First basemen to watch in the Padres’ farm system

First base at Triple-A El Paso in 2017 was manned exclusively by minor league journeymen. The Padres’ top prospect at the position turned 20 in June before an aggressive promotion to the Texas League. Their second spent an entire second season at low Single-A Fort Wayne and the depth behind Josh

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Sep 19

NFL Week 2 wrap, San Diego style

Two San Diegans had themselves a ball on NFL fields Sunday, helping their AFC teams to Week 2 victories. Kenny Stills is a Miami Dolphins wideout who grew up in Oceanside and played high school-ball in Carlsbad, for La Costa Canyon. The speedster scored his team’s only touchdown Sunday, helping Miami

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Sep 19

Padres’ Villanueva relishing culmination of long journey to majors

Like many September call-ups, Christian Villanueva’s road to Monday’s big league debut was littered with detours, speed bumps and all-out gridlock. A fractured fibula wiped away the encore before it got started, sending Villanueva to free agency without a single big league plate appearance to

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Sep 19

Chargers coach: ‘Koo’s our kicker’

An inability to win close games can be like a flu bug spreading through the locker room. The Chargers, their latest nausea-inducing last-second defeat coming in Sunday’s 19-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins, can only hope to contain it. When kicker Younghoe Koo pushed a potential game-winning, 44-yard

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Sep 18

Padres mailbag: Does anyone know anything about Shohei Ohtani?

After one of the uglier road trips of 2017 — a 3-5 record doesn’t exactly mitigate multiple 16-0 defeats — the Padres begin their final homestand Monday night against the Arizona Diamondbacks, a very good team they managed to take two of three from last weekend. The Colorado Rockies, who meted out

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Sep 18

5 things we learned from Chargers-Dolphins game

Here’s what we learned following the Chargers’ 19-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins at StubHub Center on Sunday: The teams, they’re not so special For the second week in a row, botched plays on special teams played a big role in a close defeat. Though last week’s problems were more evenly

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Sep 18

TV ratings hit new low for Chargers in San Diego

The Chargers made some history Sunday, and they did it, in all places, San Diego. The Nielsen TV rating for the Chargers-Dolphins game on KFMB Channel 8 was measured at 12.3. That’s the lowest rating for a Chargers game in this market since at least 1998, according to Union-Tribune records, which

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Sep 18

Catchers to watch in Padres’ farm system

After years of projections, Austin Hedges, the Padres catcher of the future called games in the majors from start to finish for the first time in his career. The depth behind San Diego’s 25-year-old backstop is also as strong as it’s been in years as the Padres spent two high picks on intriguing

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