By Bill Center

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MacKenzie Gore

MacKenzie Gore — the top-ranked, left-handed pitching prospect in baseball — will make his exhibition debut Thursday afternoon, drawing comments from Jayce Tingler during the manager’s daily media briefing:

“I’m so excited to watch him get out there and get going,” said Tingler, who added that Gore is scheduled for two innings. “I’m looking for him to enjoy himself in his first competitive action in a long period of time. I’m looking for him to have fun and be aggressive … to pound the zone, go after hitters.”

Tingler said Chris Paddack and Adrian Morejon would both pitch on Saturday…


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Ryan Weathers

The Padres have been in spring training for two weeks and manager Jayce Tingler Wednesday offered an overview of his ballclub’s preparations during his daily media ZOOM.

“I feel really good with the foundation that has been laid, our energy level has been an extremely good,” said Tingler. “It’s a focused but loose group. They are being who they are. I want to see it keep growing. It’s a lot funnier when you are winning.”

Tingler then discussed individual players:

— On Ryan Weathers (who started Tuesday): “Ever since I’ve seen him from day one, he continues to get better…


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PEORIA, ARIZ. — The San Diego Padres today announced the addition of five spring training game video streams to their current broadcast schedule at no additional cost.

From a single high-home camera with audio from the Padres radio broadcast team of Jesse Agler and Tony Gwynn Jr., the free video streams will be available on Padres.com on March 11 vs CLE, March 23 vs CIN, March 25 vs TEX, March 26 vs SEA, and March 29 vs COL. Fans can access the video streams by logging in to or creating a free account on Padres.com.

All 28 Padres spring training…


By Bill Center

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Chris Paddack was sharp in his first exhibition game outing and Ryan Weathers (game) and Dinelson Lamet (live batting practice) are scheduled to throw Tuesday. Padres manager Jayce Tingler discussed the three young products of the Padres farm system in his Tuesday morning media ZOOM.

On Paddack: “We were very encouraged. It was exactly what we wanted to see and what we have been seeing through the bullpens and live batting practices. For him to carry that into a game was a great step forward. I loved the way the fastball played, how it was coming out of his hand…


By Bill Center

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“It was great to get back on the field,” Padres manager Jayce Tingler said Monday of Sunday’s first spring training game. “It was way cool to have some fans in the stands and just get back to baseball. Man-to-man, I heard all the players comment on how nice it was to have fans there. Overall, I thought there were a lot of positives.”

During his daily media session, Tingler discussed the new spring rule that allows a manager to call an inning after 20 pitches — admitting the downside is that some hitters are denied the opportunity to bat with…


By Bill Center

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Jurickson Profar

Padres manager Jayce Tingler had his regular media session Sunday morning as the Padres prepared to open the spring exhibition season against Seattle (Radio: FM-97.3, noon).

“We feel pretty good as a group,” said Tingler. “We’re excited to get on the field for the first game and for guys to kick some rust off and start working on the rhythm, timing and the pace of the game.”

Tingler explained why first baseman Eric Hosmer will be the only regular not playing Sunday. “We have rules where we have to have so many qualified players in the lineup (each game),” said…


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Padres manager Jayce Tingler announced his bold plans for the early exhibition season during Saturday’s media session. The only regulars not starting Sunday’s first spring exhibition game will be first baseman Eric Hosmer and Jurickson Profar, who has arrived in camp following a visa delay in Curacao.

Around the infield, Manny Machado will be at third, Fernando Tatis Jr. at short, Jake Cronenworth at second and Brian O’Grady at first. The outfield will be Tommy Pham in left field, Trent Grisham in center field, and Will Myers in right field. …


By Bill Center

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Padres Manager Jayce Tingler

Padres manager Jayce Tingler has named the starting pitcher’s for the first three spring training exhibitions — Adrian Morejon (Sunday), Chris Paddack (Monday) and Ryan Weathers (Tuesday).

During Friday morning’s media briefing, he also said Sunday’s opener could see regulars in the starting lineup: “I think the majority of our guys came to camp in baseball shape,” said Tingler. “I expect a pretty big portion of the main guys to play Sunday.”

With Major League Baseball allowing teams to agree on seven or five-inning games early in the spring training season, Tingler said the Padres’ plan is to play nine…


By Bill Center

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Padres Shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr.

One name stands above all others on the hitting side of the Padres’ record book.

Tony Gwynn tops the chart in 10 of the 15 career categories in the Padres record book. He currently ranks among the top 8 in 14 of the 15 career charts in Padres’ hitting history — failing to crack the list only in strikeouts.

Among the franchise records held by the Hall of Famer are 3,141 hits and his .338 batting average — which is the highest by a Major League player since Ted Williams retired.

It has now been two decades since Gwynn retired…


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RHP Chris Paddack

Padres manager Jayce Tingler closed out Thursday’s media session from spring training by naming Chris Paddack to start Monday’s second exhibition game after Adrian Morejon starts the opener.

Tingler also said Yu Darvish wouldn’t make his first exhibition outing until after five or six games. “He feels good where he is at,” Tingler said of Darvish.

The manager spent much of the session talking about his bullpen and several relievers:

“We’ve got a lot of guys battling it out for a very few jobs,” said Tingler. “It’s an open competition. We’re looking for who are going to fill up the…

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