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Padres positioned to make big noise in NL West after whirlwind winter
Padres positioned to make big noise in NL West after whirlwind winter

These should be the big, bold, brash San Diego Padres. They always could pitch. Now they can hit. Now they can win. You do not import an entire outfield of sluggers — Matt Kemp, Wil Myers and Justin Upton — and talk gingerly of hoping to compete. The Padres are playing to win now. "We've got to catch the Dodgers and Giants," Manager Bud Black said. Got to catch them? How about going to catch them? How about guaranteeing October? "You want me to go Joe Namath?" Black asked. How about you, Mr. Kemp? "I feel we should make the playoffs this year," he said. The Padres have not made the playoffs since 2006. They have not won a home...

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