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Shields set to welcome Rox to open second half
Our time without Padres baseball was relatively short, but still terrible. Thank goodness, the team returns to action at Petco Park tonight against the Colorado Rockies, with hopes of turning the season around.

Justin Upton says he believes Padres can turn around poor season – ESPN.com
As speculation mounts that San Diego general manager A.J. Preller is about to trade some big-name talent in response to the team’s disappointing play, outfielder Justin Upton said he hopes the Padres can perform well enough coming out of the All-Star break to change Preller’s mind.

WATCH: Annie Checks Out The Scene At Opening Day – Mighty 1090 (Video)
The hats, the fashion, the crazy people … Walk around the racetrack with Annie and check out the scene on Opening Day.

San Diego’s $2.1 Million Dollar Stadium Bet – Bolts from the Blue
Jeff Siniard breaks down the $2.1 million that is going towards an EIR for the Mission Valley site, and what it means for the future of professional football in San Diego.

WATCH: John Pagano On Corey Liuget’s Value & Donald Butler’s Outstanding Off-Season – Mighty 1090 (Video)
Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano enjoys Del Mar opening day and discusses Corey Liuget’s understated value, why Donald Butler will have a bounce-back season & what makes Jason Verrett special.

It’s Okay to Still Believe in A.J. Preller – Padres Public
Was the Grantland article on A.J. Preller, published earlier this week, too harsh on the Padres GM? Perhaps they were just using the wrong scapegoat…

WATCH: Caitlyn Jenner Hits Del Mar Opening Day – Mighty 1090 (Video)
Reality star Caitlyn Jenner hits Del Mar Opening Day as her film crew shoots footage on her journey from Bruce Jenner…to Caitlyn.

Friar talk: Was Josh Byrnes right all along? – San Diego Union-Tribune
Byrnes, indeed, may have been closer than last year’s team showed. Likewise, we’ve only begun to see just what sort of path Preller is leading this franchise down. Padres fans have to hope he’ll get more time than Byrnes did to see it all through.

STADIUM TALK: Mark Fabiani finally caught in a lie – Bolts from the Blue
Did Mark Fabiani contradict himself, and confuse his own timeline, when talking to Darren Smith and Dan Sileo on back-to-back days?

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