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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%: 100/100 | Average Draft Position: 75.35
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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.


Padres' Justin Upton to take batting practice, fielding drills Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Padres outfielder Justin Upton is scheduled to take batting practice and fielding drills Sunday, reports U-T San Diego.

Upton was scratched from Friday's game because of an illness, but he could play in Monday's game.


Padres OF Justin Upton scratched Friday due to illness


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Padres outfielder Justin Upton was scratched from Friday's spring game against the White Sox due to illness, per U-T San Diego. He was replaced in the lineup by Rymer Liriano.

"He's not feeling great," manager Bud Black said. "He should be back in a day or two, once he gets back to close to 100 percent. He's just a little bit under the weather. In this case, how he's feeling, it just doesn't make sense for him to be around the ballpark."

Upton hit a solo home run during his spring debut Wednesday.

"He's been working hard these first 10 days of camp, and leading up to camp, he was working hard," Black said. "This won't hurt him, a few days off the field."


Padres' Upton crushes HR off batter's eye in CF in spring debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Padres outfielder Justin Upton, who was acquired in an offseason trade with the Braves, wasted little time showing the kind of impact he can bring to the San Diego lineup. Upton homered in his spring debut Wednesday against the Mariners, and it wasn't a shot that barely made it over the wall.

"That ball was crushed," manager Bud Black said, per U-T San Diego.

Upton blasted an 0-1 breaking ball from Mariners pitcher Forrest Snow off the batter's eye in center field at Peoria Stadium, which sits 410 feet away from home plate.

"You try to stay within yourself, under control," Upton said. "Most of the time, if you swing the bat with good path, you can get some backspin. I got lucky today and ran into one."


Bud Black reveals OF configuration for Padres in 2015


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) Bud Black sees his revamped Padres outfield consisting of Justin Upton in left, Matt Kemp in right and Wil Myers in center, per The Associated Press.

The very active Padres will have an entirely new outfield in 2015.


Padres acquire OF Justin Upton from Braves


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Padres have acquired outfielder Justin Upton from the Braves via trade, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman on Friday.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported the trade between both clubs.

Left-hander Max Fried, shortstop Jace Peterson, third baseman Dustin Peterson, outfielder Mallex Smith will be heading to Atlanta in exchange for the 27-year-old outfielder and a low-level player, per Heyman. Upton spent his first six seasons in the NL West and has a career .291/.359/.541 slash line at Petco Park. He is coming off a season in which he hit .270/.342/.491 with 29 homers and 102 RBI over 566 at-bats with the Braves.

Braves in 'serious talks' with mystery team regarding Justin Upton


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Braves have engaged in "serious talks" with an unknown team regarding a Justin Upton trade, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports Friday. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports first reported that Atlanta is closing in on a deal.

According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com the Braves have had recent talks with the Athletics, Rangers and Mariners this offseason. However, the Padres appear to be the club most likely to land Upton at this point, per Bowman.

Upton is coming off a season in which he hit .270/.342/.491 over 566 at-bats. He slashed 267/.348/.478 through his first two seasons with the Braves. The 27-year-old entering the final year of his contract and is expected to make $14.5 million in 2015 before becoming a free agent.