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SAN DIEGO — Jake Delhomme saw it coming. Last summer, I had a phone conversation with the former NFL quarterback, who’s now training racehorses in Louisiana and raising his two...(full article)

More than six decades ago, a right-hander from Mobile, Ala., climbed the mound at Cleveland Stadium. He would throw seven innings that August day in 1948, relying on guile over ...(full article)

Kim Ng should be the next general manager of the San Diego Padres not because the game has never had a woman general manager, and not because the glass in the game's ceiling is so ...(full article)

It’s not the most chic look in the world, but that doesn’t appear to be something Alex Torres is particularly concerned with at the moment. The Padres reliever took the mound ...(full article)

Four hours before the Padres gathered in right field as an homage to Tony Gwynn, there was an equally salient image in the team's clubhouse.   It greeted you as soon as you st...(full article)

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