Padres Morning Dump

Jace Peterson and Lee Orr will begin the next step in their baseball careers on Friday after agreeing to terms with the San Diego Padres this weekend. The Padres selected Peterson in the compensation round of last week’s Major League Baseball Draft and took Orr in the 13th round.

* Alex Cora admitted after the game yesterday that the Nationals caught a break in the ninth-inning rundown where he was called safe at third after attempting to sidestep Chase Headley. The Padres angrily protested the call, which would have ended the inning had it been reversed. Instead, Cora scored on Laynce Nix‘s single. “(The umpire) just missed it,” Cora said. “He tagged me.” But Brian Bixler had scored the Nationals’ first run before Cora’s rundown at third base, so the Nationals would have taken a 1-0 lead even if third base umpire Laz Diaz had called Cora out. And as they won the game 2-0, the second run wasn’t necessary.

SAN DIEGO — One day shy of the six-week anniversary of surgery on his left shoulder, Padres reliever Joe Thatcher took what he considered a pretty significant step forward in is rehabilitation by playing catch for five minutes at PETCO Park on Sunday.

SAN DIEGO (AP) — After such a promising start to their longest homestand of the season, the San Diego Padres ended it with a thud.

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