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MLB: San Diego Padres at St. Louis Cardinals Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Padres finally come through at plate, beat Cards - Kevin Acee
“It takes time to figure out how to win,” said Renfroe, among the many young players who has been around for a lot of losses. “We’re on a great pace to do it. We’re learning as we go. We’re feeling like we are pretty frigging good.”

The 4 weeks in 2016 that changed the Padres - AJ Cassavell
A year earlier at the Trade Deadline, Preller held on to Ian Kennedy and Justin Upton despite offers for both. The duo left via free agency that offseason, giving San Diego the first two comp picks the following June. In total, the Padres had six selections in the first 84, more than any other club.

Two Ohio-born pitchers never faced each other growing up. Now they’re in the same Padres rotation – Dennis Lin
“My first impression of him was, he’s definitely from Ohio,” Lauer said. “We’re pretty similar in the way we talk and the way we act and stuff. I could definitely tell he was from the same area. Which was comforting. It was cool.”

Gammons: Why so many pitchers are finding MLB success after returning from stints in Korea and Japan – The Athletic
With that signing and Mikolas’ performance, the last questions about bringing back players from Japan may have ended. Have U.S. teams undervalued the level of Asian baseball in the past? “I think it may be true,” Preller says.

Bowden: 10 rookies off to hot starts who will be worth watching all season – The Athletic
Paddack was absolutely dominant in his major-league debut on Sunday against the San Francisco Giants, throwing five innings and allowing just two hits and one walk while striking out seven. His 95-mph fastball had tremendous late four-seam life, and he was able to get outs at the top of the zone and on the outside corner with his heater. But it was his change-up that had me buckled, just from watching it on television. Left-handed hitters had no chance on the pitch thanks to its late, twisting, downward life, and he can leave it on the inside part of the plate. Talk about special — that was a special first major-league start.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Snake
Did Eve eat the whole apple? Like, seeds and all? If not, I feel like we shouldn’t be on the hook for all these curses.