Padres drop finale to Giants, look to 2010 - SignOnSanDiego.com
"We've got something going now. When we came out of spring training, that was not the case."
Clubhouse belongs to youngsters - SignOnSanDiego.com
"We were joking that our September call-ups came up in July and August," closer Heath Bell said. "Everybody they wanted here was already here. Had been for months."
Padres gain confidence after late surge | padres.com: News
There is hope in San Diego, something that wasn't apparent a year ago at this time, on the heels of a 99-loss season.
Padres turn season into a positive | padres.com: News
The Padres used 15 different starters, traded away a Cy Young Award winner and made a notable second-half push with an active roster of players who made a combined $26 million -- and somehow, it all worked.
Padres pleased despite loss in finale | padres.com: News
A full season with this roster, the one that ended the season with a 4-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants in 10 innings, has the Padres are hoping a brighter and bigger future awaits them in 2010.
PADRES: Loss in finale doesn't dull late-season optimism
"We embraced a bunch of young guys," said closer Heath Bell, who finished with a National League-high 42 saves. "I think the future's bright in San Diego. We have great arms, great hitters, all-around good players, and everybody's going to get better and do what it takes to be a playoff team."
Padres' finishing kick provides optimism | padres.com: News
The talk for much of the last two months is that the Padres are not that far off from contending again in the National League West.
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