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Norris, Kemp combine for three homers in loss – Padres.com
The Padres’ offense looks a lot better with Matt Kemp in the leadoff spot, and it was nearly enough to get them a sweep of the Diamondbacks over the weekend.

Matt Kemp & Pat Murphy Discuss His Leadoff Role & If It’s Long Term Plan – Mighty 1090 (video)
Padres OF Matt Kemp discusses his comfort level with the leadoff role and how the team has played as of late. Padres interim manager Pat Murphy talks about his vision for Kemp in the lead-off role and why it’s not ideal.

Middlebrooks exits game after rolling ankle – Padres.com (video)
The Padres were already waiting to see if they needed to put Cory Spangenberg on the DL as a result of the bone bruise he got on Saturday, and then Middlebrooks trips over a bat and has to leave the game on Sunday. This team can’t afford any more injuries.

Past failures key to Chargers’ L.A. pitch – San Diego Union-Tribune
The crux of the Chargers argument why the NFL should let them move to Los Angeles is nine unsuccessful stadium proposals the team has made across San Diego County since 2003, but it’s not clear whether that will do the trick.

STADIUM TALK: What do the Chargers actually want? – Bolts from the Blue
Do the Chargers want to stay in San Diego or do they want to leave for Los Angeles? Who is the bad guy in negotiations, the Chargers or the City of San Diego? It’s not actually that simple.

Wil Myers Gives Injury (And Fantasy Football) Update; Josh Johnson Encouraged About Elbow – Mighty 1090 (video)
The eventual additions of Wil Myers and Josh Johnson to the Padres’ 25-man roster could be just the thing this team needs to make a run at the division in the last two months of the season. They each talked with Annie Heilbrunn about their recovery.

Report: LeBron James tells Cavaliers he will opt out of his contract
James opting out also puts pressure on the Cavaliers to take care of business with other free agents. If the team completely bombs the offseason and everyone leaves, James could then decide to play elsewhere — but there’s no reason to suspect that will happen. By opting out, LeBron isn’t (really) hurting the Cavaliers or abandoning his team, he’s simply making a smart business decision.

Padres searching for a SS – San Diego Union-Tribune
A look around the farm at the Padres’ minor league rosters shows that the team only has one real option for future shortstops at the big league level, an 18-year old playing in Lake Elsinore that they don’t want to move up through the system too quickly.

Pat Murphy, Players Talk About Manager Transition And Overcoming Tough Times – Mighty 1090 (video)
Interim manager Pat Murphy talks about how he used a recent off day to “write for four hours” and wrap his head around leading a new team mid-season; players discuss Murphy and overcoming tough times.

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