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San Diego Padres OF Melvin Upton after hitting a HR

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Shields, Upton Jr. help Padres rout Braves – Padres.com
James Shields gets the win after throwing six scoreless innings, but the story of the night was Melvin Upton Jr., who hit 2 home-runs and had 5 RBIs despite being inserted into the lineup very shortly before the game’s first pitch.

Padres Trade Will Venable – Mighty 1090
Tuesday afternoon, the Padres announced that outfielder Will Venable had been traded to the Texas Rangers for minor league catcher Marcus Greene Jr. and a player to be named later. Who that second player is, is still a mystery. All Preller said is that he is a “key piece of the deal” and is “closer to the big leagues.”

Padres prospect Jankowski headed to bigs – Padres.com
Jankowski, who turned 24 in June, will be in uniform on Wednesday as the Padres conclude a three-game series with the Braves at Petco Park. The 44th overall pick in the 2012 Draft out of Stony Brook University, Jankowski was having a monster season between two Minor League affiliates.

Darren & Marty On Takeaways From Chargers Camp, Brandon Flowers On Secret Weapon – Mighty 1090 (Video)
Darren Smith and Marty Caswell share their takeaways from Chargers practice including hype over Kyle Emanuel and key players who have taken it to the next level.

King Dunlap a leader, guts out practice – San Diego Union-Tribune
The Chargers left tackle has toughed through the past couple practices, an ailment limiting him briefly Monday before an apparent hydration issue arose Tuesday. As he has, Dunlap led by example. For the past year, he also has undertaken a more vocal role in the offensive line position room.

Can Melvin Gordon Become the Chargers’ Next LaDainian Tomlinson? – Bleacher Report
Philip Rivers, Nick Hardwick, and LT himself compare the Chargers’ 1st-round draft pick to LaDainian Tomlinson as a rookie, and also talk about where it all went wrong with former 1st-round draft pick Ryan Mathews.

Chargers Report: Melvin Gordon On Being More Decisive; WWE Fluker & (Non) Captains – Mighty 1090 (Video)
Melvin Gordon talks about what he wants to improve on in second preseason game and not being so hard on himself; DJ Fluker says playing guard is like being in the WWE; and Annie updates you on the (non) Captain situation.

Two hits to trade market: Kennedy, Benoit claimed and pulled back – CBS Sports
Rival teams suggest they believe the Padres are trying to win as many games as possible, which may explain why Kennedy was pulled back. The team holds an option on Benoit, but Kennedy is a free agent after the year. It’s possible the Padres could extend him a qualfying offer, though rivals don’t view that possibility as necessarily likely. If they do, they might be able to get a draft choice for Kennedy.

Steph Curry says Obama talked a lot of trash during their round of golf – For The Win
Steph Curry appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Tuesday night to talk about golfing with President Obama, who he said got incredibly competitive.

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