It's Friday and a big series looms this weekend for the San Diego Padres as the Boston Red Sox come to Petco Park. That's where our morning news roundup begins.
San Diego Padres-Boston Red Sox series brings Xander Bogaerts into focus
Expect plenty of talk around the reunion between Bogaerts and Boston to dominate the weekend. This offseason, Bogaerts bolted Boston for San Diego, inking a lucrative 11-year deal and changing the landscape inside Fenway Park. The move has paid off well for the Padres, a team that Bogaerts is slashing .275/.374/.431 for through his first 43 games in southern California.
Part of the talk this weekend will not only focus on the move by Bogaerts, but also how Boston has fared since he left. Thought to be a death knell for the franchise this season, Boston comes into San Diego with a 24-20 mark, the mirror opposite of what the Padres have done so far this season. While Bogaerts has certainly done his part (ranking second on the team with 1.8 bWAR), expect plenty of storylines to not only center around Bogaerts seeing his former teammates, but also what has gone right for Boston and what hasn't for the Padres.
Manny Machado part owner of new San Diego MLS franchise
While the Padres had an off day on Thursday, Machado was busy making headlines away from the diamond.
San Diego will have the 30th Major League Soccer franchise in 2025, it was officially announced on Thursday, and Machado is part of the ownership group that is bringing MLS to San Diego.
Machado appeared at Thursday's event wearing a brace on his left hand, still showing the effects of being hit by a pitch on Monday night.
While Machado was in the news on Thursday for soccer, expect him to be back in the news plenty on Friday as the Padres are expected to provide an update on just how long that hand injury, that included a fracture, will keep the All-Star third baseman out of the lineup.