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Will Venable went 1-for-3 with a home run, one RBI and a run scored during the Padres' 6-2 loss to the Cardinals on Thursday.

Venable and Gyorko provided the only offense for the Pads in this one -- both took Cards starter Shelby Miller deep for solo homers. Venable has been a disappointment so far this season, and it appears the 20/20 season he cashed in 2013 was nothing more than a fleeting mirage. Today's home run doesn't move the ticker.
Analyst: Spencer Silva  View Profile

31 Jul, 08:09 PM

Jedd Gyorko went 1-for-3 with a solo home run against the Cardinals on Thursday.

Gyorko has been sizzling hot since his return from Triple-A and plantar fasciitis. He's homered in two straight and could be a solid add for those in need of MI help over the final months.
Analyst: Spencer Silva  View Profile

31 Jul, 08:04 PM

Odrisamer Despaigne took his first MLB beating Thursday when he coughed up six runs on nine hits and a walk with three strikeouts over 5.2 innings against the Cardinals.

Despaigne opened up his MLB career with five-straight quality starts and was sitting on a 1.31 ERA over 34.1 innings. His strikeout rate was meager and he was walking too many batters, but did a good job of stranding runners. His last outing, he started to get hit around a little more, but poor fielding by his infield really put him behind and manager Bud Black yanked him early. This time around though, Despaigne had no one to blame but himself as his pitches had little movement and he stayed up in the zone most of the time. He had thrown 97 pitches (64 strikes) before being yanked in the sixth. He'll get a chance to redeem himself with a start against the Twins at pitcher-friendly Target Field next week.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

The Smoke and Mirrors act is coming to an end. He's not going to be the next El Duque although the slow curve and bizarre angles look the part. He still has some value in NL-Only leagues, but I wouldn't count on a productive final two months from the cuban import.
Analyst: Spencer Silva  View Profile

31 Jul, 07:59 PM

Yasmani Grandal was scratched because of fluid buildup in his right knee. 

Grandal has had plenty of knee problems in his day and actually missed the start of the season due to a slow recovery from knee surgery. The fluid build-up happens to him every so often, so he's used to it. He should be back in a game or two so just leave him listed as day-to-day.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

31 Jul, 06:52 PMSource

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Analyst: Jeff Mans  View Profile

17 Jul, 07:49 PMSource

Update: Mariners traded Abraham Almonte to the Padres on Thursday along with Stephen Kohlscheen for outfielder Chris Denorfia.

Almonte will slot in as the fourth outfielder in San Diego, taking the place of Denorfia really. His fantasy value doesn't change. It was blah before and is blah once again.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

31 Jul, 05:04 PM

Jason Lane was outrighted to Triple-A El Paso.

Lane had a nice outing for his spot start, but it's time to head back down to the farm as Ian Kennedy returns to the hill for the Padres. The 37-year-old former outfielder may get an opportunity towards the end of the year when the club eventually shuts down Jesse Hahn and possibly even Tyson Ross.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

31 Jul, 04:23 PM

Everth Cabrera SS, Alexi Amarista CF, Yangervis Solarte 3B, Seth Smith LF, Jedd Gyorko 2B, Yonder Alonso 1B, Will Venable RF, Rene Rivera C, (Odrisamer Despaigne P)

31 Jul, 04:07 PM

Yasmani Grandal was a last minute scratch in Thursday's lineup. Rene Rivera has replaced him.

The Padres haven't reported an injury, so it could just be an illness. That seems to be all the rage in MLB clubhouses right now. Consider Grandal day-to-day for now and expect an additional update soon.
Analyst: Howard Bender  View Profile

31 Jul, 03:42 PMSource

Andrew Cashner will throw some sort of simulated game this weekend in San Diego ahead of potentially heading out on a rehab assignment next week.

Cashner has been suffering from shoulder soreness since late June. Before being sidelined with the injury, the right-hander had a 2.36 ERA and 1.19 WHIP with 59 strikeouts in 76.1 innings pitched. Fantasy owners might want to see if he is available, in the unlikely case that somebody dropped him during his hiatus.
Analyst: Joshua Balay  View Profile

31 Jul, 02:55 PMSource

Everth Cabrera SS, Alexi Amarista CF, Seth Smith LF, Yasmani Grandal C, Yangervis Solarte 3B, Jedd Gyorko 2B, Yonder Alonso 1B, Will Venable RF, (Odrisamer Despaigne P)

31 Jul, 01:17 PM

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