7/24 Morning Mighty: Padres not ready to give up hope

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Shaky sixth sinks Ross and Padres – Padres.com
San Diego starting pitcher Tyson Ross was sharp early, striking out seven in the first three innings. But he ran into trouble in the sixth when the Marlins scored four runs — getting five consecutive two-out singles.

Does This Padres Team Have Enough Passion? Pat Murphy Discusses. – Mighty 1090 (Video)
Padres manager Pat Murphy on whether team is playing with enough passion; Tyson Ross on his start vs. the Marlins.

Padres weighing options ahead of Deadline – Padres.com
Padres executive chairman Ron Fowler dismissed an online report Thursday that indicated the team has become sellers in advance of the July 31 Trade Deadline.

But following a 4-0 loss to the Marlins, a setback that left the Padres 10 1/2 games back in the NL West, Fowler acknowledged time is running short for the team to make a move with its current roster.

Could the Chargers pursue ex-Colts WR Reggie Wayne? – FOX Sports
Wayne’s greatest value could come in the form of mentorship. Keenan Allen is still a young, impressionable player who could use a voice like Wayne’s around. That alone might make No. 87 worth a try. And anything Wayne still has left in the tank would be the cherry on top.

Chargers sample life without Antonio Gates – San Diego Union-Tribune
Antonio Gates can practice in training camp and play in the preseason. But he will not be on the roster Sept. 13 against the Lions, serving the start of a four-game suspension after a positive test in April for an undisclosed, banned substance. Ladarius Green, John Phillips, David Johnson and perhaps a fourth name are expected to carry the torch.

Padres’ Jedd Gyorko Is Finding His Groove – Mighty 1090
“In my situation, I just needed to play,” Gyorko said. “That’s what I wanted to do. Obviously you always want to be in the big leagues, but at the time I was sent down there, there wasn’t much playing time to be had up here. I accepted that. It was fine. It was good to go down and get the regular at-bats, and I think it’s paying off.”

Union’s Tom Brady Deflategate settlement offer ‘met with silence’ by NFL – USA Today
The players’ union proposed a settlement on Tom Brady’s four-game suspension last week that was “met with silence” by the NFL, a person familiar with the proposal told The Associated Press. Several media reports indicated the union’s proposal called for Brady paying a large fine, but with no suspension.

Padres’ Donavan Tate starting anew – San Diego Union-Tribune
The smile is free and easy these days as Tate sits in the dugout at The Diamond in Lake Elsinore, the home of the Padres’ advanced Single-A affiliate. Six years have passed since the Padres made him the first high-schooler selected in his draft class, since the Padres gave him a club-record $6.25 million bonus, since that first failed drug test and the whirlwind that swept him out of the game, leaving his life in shambles before he could take shelter.

Today, Tate is 24 years old. He’s a husband and a father, with another child on the way, and again a baseball player.

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