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10 Justin Upton LF
Height/Weight: 6-2/205 | Birthdate: 8/25/1987 | Birthplace: Norfolk, VA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: San Diego | College: No College | MLB Experience: 9 | Salary: $9,750,000 | Owned/Started%: 100/96 | Average Draft Position: 75.30
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Padres' Justin Upton steals 16th base of year


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) Padres left fielder Justin Upton went 1 for 4 in Friday's win over St. Louis. 

Upton stole his 16th base of the year, snapping a seven-game stolen base drought. He also snapped a streak of four straight hitless games. 


Padres LF Justin Upton slugs go-ahead home run on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/28/2015) Padres left fielder Justin Upton had a nice night at the plate on Saturday. Upton went 2 for 3 with a key two-run home run, as the Padres topped the Diamondbacks, Upton's former team, 7-2.

Upton's home run, his 14th of the year, broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning. It was his first longball in his last 12 games, and just his second in a month. 

The struggles for Upton go beyond the power department, however, as he is batting just .243 with 14 strikeouts in his last 10 games.


Padres LF Justin Upton slugs game-winning home run Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/14/2015) Padres left fielder Justin Upton was the difference-maker in the 2-1 win over the Dodgers on Saturday. With the game tied 1-1, Upton blasted a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning off starter Zack Greinke. That proved to be the game-winner, as the Dodgers were unable to make a comeback.

The home run was Upton's 13th of the season, though it was his first since May 24.


Padres' Justin Upton sits Thursday for just third time in 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2015) Padres outfielder Justin Upton was held out of the starting lineup Thursday against the Braves. It was just the the third time this season and first time since April 23 that Upton wasn't in the lineup.

Will Venable started in left field in place of Upton, who is batting just .194 in nine June games. Upton also hasn't homered in 16 games and has seen his slugging percentage decline from .580 to .495 in his last 33 games.


Padres' Upton sees SLG percentage drop as HR slump at 15 games


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) Padres outfielder Justin Upton had two singles in five at-bats during a 6-5 loss to the Braves on Tuesday. Upton is off to a sluggish start in June, batting .207 (6 for 29) with no extra-base hits, one RBI, six walks, six runs, nine strikeouts and two stolen bases in eight games.

Upton has not homered in his last 15 games, despite batting .321 in that span. He had 12 home runs in his first 44 games. His slugging percentage has dropped from .562 to .500 during his recent power drought.


Padres OF Justin Upton ends May on eight-game hitting streak


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) Padres outfielder Justin Upton totaled a season-high three hits for the fifth time during a 7-1 win Sunday vs. Pittsburgh. All three of his hits were singles.

Upton extended his hitting streak to eight games. He is batting .452 (14 for 31) with one double, one home run and eight RBI during the hit streak.

Upton capped a pretty productive month with his 11th multihit game in May. Upton posted a .343/.418/.546/.964 slash line in 29 May games. He also had four doubles, six home runs, 23 RBI, 19 runs, 13 walks and nine stolen bases.


Padres OF Justin Upton hits grand slam against Dodgers


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) There is a clear reason why the Padres have Justin Upton hitting cleanup. 

In the first inning of Sunday's 11-3 win over the Dodgers, Upton hit a grand slam. Dodgers pitcher Carlos Frias loaded the bases and Upton cleared them with a deep shot to center field on a 2-2 pitch. 

This helped set the tempo of San Diego's barrage of hits and runs for the day. 

"He's been taking the boys and putting us on his back, for sure," said pitcher James Shields to U-T San Diego. "We're going to need some of the other guys to step up as well to win more ball games, but he's been phenomenal."

Upton finished the game 2 for 4 with six RBI. He also hit a two-run double in the second inning. Upton now has 35 RBI for the season. 

Upton is now slashing .284/.343/.562. 


Padres LF Justin Upton ejected from game on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/24/2015) Padres left fielder Justin Upton was ejected in the top of the eighth inning of Saturday's game against the Dodgers. Upton, who went 0 for 3 in the game, had been called out on strikes to lead off the inning. He and home plate umpire Clint Fagan exchanged words after Upton returned to the dugout, and Fagan tossed Upton out moments later.


Padres' Justin Upton homers in win vs. Cubs


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Padres left fielder Justin Upton went 1 for 4 with a two-run home run in his team's 3-2 loss to the Cubs on Wednesday.

Upton's fourth-inning home run was the only offense the Padres were able to muster, and the team took its fourth loss in five games as a result. Upton is 1 for 8 with five strikeouts since delivering a two-homer performance on Sunday. He has hit .284/.348/.561 with 11 home runs, 29 RBI and eight stolen bases in 148 at-bats.


OF Justin Upton's 2 HR day not enough for Padres in loss


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(5/17/2015) Padres outfielder Justin Upton was a one-man wrecking crew in Sunday's 10-5 loss to Washington, cracking two solo home runs in the defeat to move into double digits on the season. 

Upton's third-inning blast of Stephen Strasburg gave the Padres a 2-0 lead, but his eighth-inning homer could only slice San Diego's deficit to 10-4. Both longballs came with two outs. 

Upton has been the middle-of-the-order threat the Padres were hoping for when they traded for the outfielder right before the season began, as he raised his average to .293 with 10 homers and 27 RBIs. 


Padres' Justin Upton on stolen bases: 'My legs just feel good'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/17/2015) Padres left fielder Justin Upton has given the team a big boost with his bat, but he's also excelled on the basepaths, stealing eight bases in as many attempts.

"My legs just feel good," Upton said Sunday morning, per U-T San Diego. "I had some nagging things going on in Atlanta that kind of stopped me from running as much, but I’m feeling healthy. I’m feeling good."

Upton has hit .277/.342/.511 with eight home runs, 25 RBI and eight stolen bases in 137 at-bats.


Padres left fielder Justin Upton cranks eighth home run of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/10/2015) Padres left fielder Justin Upton went 2 for 6 at the plate in San Diego's 6-4 win over the Diamondbacks in 12 innings.

Upton came up with the most important hit of the game when he crushed a 3-2 pitch off of Randall Delgado over the left center field wall for a solo home run in the 12th, his eighth of the season.

Upton is now hitting .287 with 24 RBI in 115 at-bats this season.


Padres LF Justin Upton sets career high in walks Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Padres left fielder Justin Upton set a career high with four walks during Wednesday's 9-1 win over the Giants, according to the Associated Press.

Upton was hitless in his two other at-bats Wednesday and he scored two runs. He is now hitting .294 on the season.


Padres LF Justin Upton homers, doubles twice in Sunday's win


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/3/2015) Padres left fielder Justin Upton went 3 for 4 with two doubles, homer and three RBI in the Padres' victory over the Rockies on Sunday.

"That's what I'm here for," Upton said of his ability to drive in runs.

Upton is now 8 for 20 (.400 avg.) over his last five games.


Padres LF Justin Upton collects three hits Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Padres left fielder Justin Upton went 3 for 4 at the plate during Friday's 14-3 win over the Rockies.

The three hits raised Upton's average to .282 on the season. It was Upton's first multi-hit game in the last four games and his second three-hit game this season. Upton also drove in two and scored three runs during the game.


Justin Upton average falling, power numbers rising for Padres


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) The batting average of Padres cleanup hitter Justin Upton has been dropping steadily for more than a week. It fell another point Tuesday night, but he continued to produce in the power department.

Upton smashed his sixth home run, a solo job in the sixth inning, in a loss to Houston. His third tater in the last four games gave him 14 RBI on the year, but he has just five hits in his last 28 at-bats and 23 strikeouts in 21 games.


Padres' Justin Upton smacks two home runs in losing effort


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Padres left fielder Justin Upton went 2 for 3 at the plate in San Diego's 11-8 loss to the Dodgers Saturday. Upton got things going early with a two-run shot off of Brandon McCarthy in the first over the right field wall.

Upton did it again in the sixth, taking McCarthy to center field on an 0-2 pitch for a three-run shot, his fifth of the season. Upton continues to swing a hot bat, raising his average to .303 with 13 RBI on the season, five on Saturday, in 66 at-bats on the year.


Padres view Justin Upton as a one-year buy for now


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) The Padres are viewing Justin Upton, who is entering the final year of his six-year, $51.25 million contract, as a one-year buy for now, though that could change depending how this season goes, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman on Friday.

Upton, who was acquired in an offseason trade with the Braves, is hitting .288 (17 for 59) with three doubles, a triple, three homers, eight RBI and a .328 on-base percentage through 16 games.


Padres outfielder Justin Upton (quad) returns to the lineup Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Padres outfielder Justin Upton is back in the starting lineup Monday after missing Sunday's game with a quad injury, according to U-T San Diego.

Upton picked up a right quad strain in Saturday's game and was forced to leave in the 10th inning. He was able to test the injury before the game and got the go ahead from manager Bud Black. Upton is hitting .326 with three home runs and eight RBI in 46 at-bats this season.

The Padres are currently the underdogs (+121) Monday against Colorado.


Padres' Justin Upton (quad) out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Padres left fielder Justin Upton is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Cubs due to a quad strain.

It'll be the first game this season Upton hasn't started for the Padres. He's hit .326/.373/.630 with three home runs and eight RBI in 46 at-bats. He felt better after receiving postgame treatment, MLB.com reports, and the injury doesn't appear to be serious.

"We’re optimistic about it," manager Bud Black said before Sunday's game, per U-T San Diego. "We will watch it, treat it and hopefully it will be all right (Monday). And if not, hopefully Tuesday. We’re not going to push this. When you’re talking muscle strains, you never really know."

With Upton sidelined, Will Venable will draw the start in left field, while catcher Derek Norris will shift to the cleanup spot after not starting Saturday.

The Padres are underdogs (+120) in Chicago Sunday.


Padres outfielder Justin Upton day to day with quad strain


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Padres outfielder Justin Upton is considered day to day with a right quad strain, manager Bud Black said per U-T San Diego.

Upton left Saturday's game against the Cubs after cracking a two-out double in the 10th inning. Will Venable came on to pinch-run for him. Upton went 2 for 5 in the game with an RBI and is now hitting .326 in 46 at-bats so far this season.


Padres OF Justin Upton hits go-ahead home run in eighth inning


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Padres outfielder Justin Upton hit what would wind up being the game-winning home run in the eighth inning of Wednesday night's 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks. 

Upton swung at the first pitch from Diamondbacks reliever Randall Delgado and hit the solo shot over the left center field wall. For Upton, it's his third home run and seventh RBI of the season. Upton finished the game 3 for 4, totaling two singles as well. He scored two runs, too. 

Upton now holds a slash line of .351/.405/.703 through San Diego's first 10 games of the season. 


Padres OF Justin Upton launches first home run of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Padres outfielder Justin Upton launched his first home run of the season in Wednesday's 7-4 defeat to the Dodgers.

Upton took Brandon McCarthy deep for a two-run home run in the opening frame for his only hit of the night. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored, two RBI and two strikeouts. He has a hit in each of his first three games this season and is hitting .250 (3 for 12) with a triple, a home run and three RBI to start the year.


Padres want to keep Justin Upton past this season


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) The Padres traded for outfielder Justin Upton, who is entering the final year of his six-year, $51.25 million contract.

The team isn't looking at Upton as a high-priced rental, however. The Padres would like to keep him long-term. 

"We made a big trade for him, and when you do something like that, you always hope you can work something out long term and do something together," GM A.J. Preller told MLB.com's Barry Bloom. "That's why we acquired him. You always want guys like that on your team."


Padres' Justin Upton (illness) back in lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Padres outfielder Justin Upton is serving as the team's designated hitter Monday and batting third in his team's game against the Cubs.

Upton didn't play this weekend while dealing with illness but was able to take part in batting practice and fielding drills Sunday. He went 1 for 3 with a home run in his only game last week.