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  • Plenty of new faces when Padres reported to Spring Training on Sunday | News
    "It's a different roster than last year," Padres general manager Jed Hoyer said. "We had a lot of turnover, but I like our depth and balance. We are a more talented roster."

  • Padres' FanFest draws 21,000 | News
    "We're very happy with the turnout, there's a lot of enthusiasm about the 2011 Padres," Garfinkel said. "The best thing for me was the consistent enthusiasm of the fans. There was just a lot of positive energy for this team."

  • Latos looking forward to season with no limitations -
    "The restrictions have been loosened. He's taking the next step."

  • Slimmer Blanks reports early, focused on rehab -
    "I’ve learned how to eat," said the 6-foot-6, 260-pound first baseman/outfielder.

  • Black: ‘We’re more balanced’ -
    "There is going to be good competition to fill out the rotation between (Wade) LeBlanc, Moseley and (Corey) Luebke. Backup catcher. A utility player, infielder and outfielder. Eric Patterson and Kevin Frandsen come into play. Everth Cabrera is still big in our plans and had a good winter ball season."

  • Six questions the Padres hope to answer this spring -
    "Who fills that void? Hudson is a strong candidate. Another player to watch in this role is catcher Nick Hundley, who recently won the Padres Chairman’s Award for his off-the-field work in the community. Hundley has the traits of a natural leader and being the No. 1 catcher will help his evolution."

  • Padres’ Harang is homing in on a return to dominance -
    "The fact that it’s bigger than Cincinnati, yes, that played a factor," said Harang.

  • PADRES NOTES: There is no shortage of arms in camp
    "Some guys that came on board late are going to be good for us," manager Bud Black said. "We lost some guys who threw major league innings for us.

  • PADRES: Black looks forward to working with new faces
    "Part of managing and coaching is making all the pieces to the puzzle fit," Black said. "We feel as though the guys we have will mesh, and that's what spring training is for."