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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%: 100/90 | Average Draft Position: 75.25
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Home run by Justin Upton wins it for the Padres on Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/30/2015) Padres left fielder Justin Upton came through with the biggest hit of the game in the 8-7 win over the Mets on Thursday. Upton, who went 1 for 5 in the game, crushed a three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning, to give the Padres their one-run lead.

Upton came to bat in the ninth after a two men reached following a 45-minute rain delay. He promptly sent a Jeurys Familia pitch over the right-center field wall for the go-ahead, three-run bomb. 

"To hit that ball out of the ballpark into a driving rainstorm, with the wind going across to the deepest part of the park," Padres interim manager Pat Murphy said per MLB.com, "that is highly unlikely."

It was Upton's 18th home run of the season and the third in his last four games, including each of the last two against the Mets. 


Padres LF Justin Upton goes yard for 17th home run Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/29/2015) Padres left fielder Justin Upton went 2 for 3, including his 17th home run of the year, in the 7-3 win over the Mets on Wednesday. 

Upton launched a solo home run in the third inning of Bartolo Colon to extend the Padres' lead to five runs. 

As trade rumors contiune to swirl, Upton has now homered three times in his last eight games.


Padres LF Justin Upton back in the lineup on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/24/2015) Justin Upton has returned to the starting lineup and will be in left field for the Padres' matchup with the Marlins on Friday. Upton will bat cleanup in his first game back since injuring his oblique muscle on Saturday.

Upton was able to pinch-hit on Thursday, his first piece of game action since leaving Saturday's game. He is batting just .135 with a home run and three RBI in his last 10 games. 


Padres' Murphy: Good chance Justin Upton is in Friday's lineup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/24/2015) Padres interim manager Pat Murphy said after Thursday's game against the Marlins there is a "good chance" left fielder Justin Upton will be in Friday's lineup, according to U-T San Diego. He has missed the last four starts due to an oblique injury.

Upton did pinch-hit Thursday, striking out in his lone at-bat.


Padres' Justin Upton (oblique) remains out of the lineup Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/23/2015) Padres left fielder Justin Upton will once again be held out of the starting lineup, as he continues to nurse an oblique injury. Upton will miss his fourth straight game with the ailment, though there is hope that he will be able to return at some point during the team's current series against the Marlins.

Abraham Almonte will get the start in left field while batting leadoff on Thursday.

Upton, who is feeling better, is expected to take swings in the batting cage on Thursday, according to assistant general manager Fred Uhlman.


OF Justin Upton (oblique) still not in Padres' lineup


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/22/2015) Justin Upton will miss his third straight game Wednesday, as the Padres outfielder remains sidelined by an oblique injury. 

While the injury isn't deemed serious enough to draw a DL stint, the Padres have been resting Upton for precautionary measures. 

Upton is hitting .252 with 15 homers and 49 RBIs this season, and has been mentioned in trade talks approaching the July 31 deadline. 


Padres LF Justin Upton (oblique) still sidelined on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/21/2015) As expected, Padres left fielder Justin Upton remains out of the starting lineup on Tuesday, due to a tight oblique muscle. Upton has not played since leaving Sunday's game with the injury.

Assistant general manager Josh Stein said he expects Upton to return during the team's current homestand, which lasts through this coming weekend.


Padres OF Justin Upton to miss a couple of games with injury


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/20/2015) Padres outfielder Justin Upton's left oblique injury will keep him out of the lineup of a couple of games, according to MLB.com.

Upton left Sunday's game as a "precaution" and was held out of Monday's game, as well. 

“There is still some tightness there,” said assistant general manager Josh Stein, per MLB.com.


Padres OF Justin Upton not in lineup Monday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/20/2015) Padres outfielder Justin Upton is not in the lineup for Monday's game against the Giants.

Upton left Sunday's game becuase he felt tightness in his left oblique.


Padres' Justin Upton leaves game due to injury, not because of trade


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2015) Padres left fielder Justin Upton was pulled from Sunday's game after four innings, but it was not because of a trade, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Upton had a muscle tighten up on him and was pulled as a precaution due to inclement weather.

Upton was removed from the game due to tightness in his left oblique.

"It just tightened up in me," Upton said, per the San Diego Tribune. "Got to the point where I couldn't rotate it."

Upton, who has been heavily mentioned in trade rumors, went 0 for 2 with one strikeout before leaving the game.


Report: Orioles showing interest in Padres OF Justin Upton


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/19/2015) The Orioles have expressed interest in Padres outfielder Justin Upton, sources told Fox Sports. Baltimore is looking to add an outfielder.

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported Friday the Mets were also a team showing interest in Upton.


Padres LF Justin Upton crushes solo home run in win on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/18/2015) Padres left fielder Justin Upton gave his team a late-inning insurance run, as he smacked a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth, as the Padres went on to beat the Rockies 4-2 on Friday. Upton's blast provided the Padres' fourth and final run of the game.

The 2015 All-Star now has 14 home runs this year, though he is batting a meager .129 over his last 10 ballgames.


Justin Upton, Carlos Gomez on Mets' radar as trade options


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/17/2015) Padres outfielder Justin Upton and Brewers outfielder Carlos Gomez are said to be on the Mets' radar as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline nears, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman.

Padres outfielder Justin Upton returns to lineup Friday


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/10/2015) Padres outfielder Justin Upton, who has been bothered by oblique soreness, is back in the lineup against the Rangers on Friday.

Upton missed two of his team's last four games because of the lingering injury. He will start in left field and bat fourth in the lineup.


Padres scouting Mets' farm system, Justin Upton trade a possibility?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/10/2015) The Padres have reportedly been scouting the Mets' minor-league system, which has led to speculation New York could pursue outfielder Justin Upton in a trade, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. 

However, one executive said "nothing imminent" and another said "nothing close" in regards to a trade. 

The 27-year-old outfielder will be a free agent after the season.


Padres LF Justin Upton out with oblique soreness Wednesday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/8/2015) Padres left fielder Justin Upton was held out of the starting lineup Wednesday against the Pirates. It was the second time in four games he did not start.

Interim manager Pat Murphy said Upton was scratched due to oblique soreness.

Will Venable started in place of Upton, who is mired in a 3-for-30 slump in his last eight games. He has no extra-base hits or RBI in that span.


NL All-Star reserves, pitchers and Final Vote candidates revealed


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/6/2015) The National League All Star reserves and pitchers were announced on Monday evening, and there was no room for the reigning National League MVP.

Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was not selected for the All Star team, although he's one of five candidates to take the final spot on the roster in the Final Vote. 

Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant made the team as an injury replacement for the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton. Bryant is one of two rookies on the team, along with Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson

The Pirates sent two starting pitchers to the All Star team for the first time since 1960. MLB wins leader Gerrit Cole and fellow Pittsburgh starter A.J. Burnett will both be making their first appearance. 

National League reserves are:

Catchers: Yasmani Grandal, Dodgers; Yadier Molina, Cardinals
First basemen: Adrian Gonzalez, Dodgers; Anthony Rizzo, Cubs
Second basemen: DJ LeMahieu, Rockies; Joe Panik, Giants
Third basemen: Nolan Arenado, Rockies; Kris Bryant, Cubs
Shortstop: Brandon Crawford, Giants
Outfielders: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates; Joc Pederson, Dodgers; A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks; Justin Upton, Padres

National League pitchers are:

Madison Bumgarner, Giants; A.J. Burnett, Pirates; Aroldis Chapman, Reds; RHP: Gerrit Cole, Pirates; Jacob deGrom, Mets; Zack Greinke, Dodgers; Mark Melancon, Pirates; Shelby Miller, Braves; Jonathan Papelbon, Phillies; Francisco Rodriguez, Brewers; Trevor Rosenthal, Cardinals; Max Scherzer, Nationals; Michael Wacha, Cardinals

The five candidates for the Final Vote are:

Johnny Cueto, Reds; Jeurys Familia, Mets; Carlos Martinez, Cardinals; Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers; Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies


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.