Schimpf sets a new Padres rookie HR record

San Diego Padres' Ryan Schimpf rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run during the first inning in the first game of a baseball doubleheader against the St. Louis Cardinals Wednesday, July 20, 2016, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Padres storm past Nats with late surge – MLB.com
The Nationals and Padres found themselves in a slugfest on Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park. When it was over, the Padres outslugged the Nationals, 10-6.

Tied 6-6 after eight innings, the Padres scored four runs in the ninth off Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon. Yangervis Solarte broke the tie with an RBI single, and Alexei Ramirez broke the game open with a three-run double.

Schimpf rewrites record books with 9th July HR – MLB.com
By going deep for the second time in as many days, Schimpf also established a Padres rookie record with nine home runs in a single calendar month — one better than the eight homers Jedd Gyorko hit as a rookie in August 2013. Schimpf also set a new Major League record for homers by a rookie second baseman in the month of July, and is two short of Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun, who holds the overall rookie record for homers in the month of July.

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St. Augustine RB Elijah Preston joining Aztecs – San Diego Union-Tribune
St. Augustine running back Elijah Preston has decided to attend San Diego State this fall as a preferred walk-on.

Preston, the San Diego Section’s second-leading career rusher, signed a National Letter of Intent with Cal Poly in February. Preston was not admitted to Cal Poly, however, and has been released from his letter of intent.

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Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame – Sports Illustrated
Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza became the newest members of the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday.

The former Mariners outfielder and Mets catcher took the stage in Cooperstown for their induction.

Piazza went first, initially taking a moment to credit the talented Griffey (“the only thing we had in common as ballplayers was two arms and two legs,” Piazza said.)

“The only way I thought I would be here with you is if I bought a ticket,” Piazza said to Griffey, also specifically thanking Hall of Famers Mike Schmidt and Johnny Bench and former Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda, among a host of others.

Questionable social media video appears to show Aldon Smith – CSN Bay Area
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It’s a sad day for clean sport, sport officials, athletes say – USA Today
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