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Former Padres first baseman Adrian Gonzalez made his presence known in last night’s game with two 2-run homers in route to a 9-2 Dodgers victory. For the Padres, outfielder Will Venable continued to add to his hit total in August with his 40th of the month. Second baseman Jedd Gyorko racked-up his 22nd double of the season, which ranks third among all rookies. Arizona’s A.J. Pollock leads that category with 25. The series between the Padres and Dodgers continues tonight at 6:10 PT as the Padres will send right-hander Andrew Cashner to the mound to face southpaw Chris Capuano. Make sure to tune-in. Remember, keep calm and #BeatLA.

This Date in Baseball History: August 31, 1935

Hall of Fame outfielder Frank Robinson was born on this day 78 years ago. Among his many accolades, he won NL Rookie of the Year in 1956, hitting 38 home runs at the age of 20. He is also a 14-time All-Star, two-time World Series champion (1966, 1970), Gold Glove winner (1958), NL MVP (1961), AL MVP (1966), Triple Crown winner (1966), and AL Manager of the Year (1989). He finished his playing career with 586 home runs and currently sits at No. 9 on the all-time home run list. – Baseball Reference

Padres News:

First-place Dodgers run away from Padres – Corey Brock of Padres.com

Preview of today’s game – ESPN

Daily update: Venable’s hot August – Bill Center of the UT

On the farm with Jorge Reyes at Tucson Padres – Padres360

Daily farm report: August 30 – MadFriars

Daily farm round-up: 8-29-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

NL West Scores Yesterday:

Giants 1, Diamondbacks 0. W: Lincecum (8-13) L: Delgado (4-5) S: Romo (33)

Reds 6, Rockies 9. W: De La Rosa (15-6) L: Arroyo (13-10)

NL West Games Today:

Giants at Diamondbacks 5:10 PT
Vogelsong (3-4, 5.58) vs. Cahill (5-10, 4.39)

Reds at Rockies 5:10 PT
Reynolds (0-2, 5.73) vs. Nicasio (8-6, 4.57)

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About the author: Brad Beattie

San Diego born and raised. Love the Padres, the Chargers, and all things (for the most part) San Diego. Will continue to follow San Diego sports through both the ups and down, and I hope to hear your opinions as you follow them too.