OAKLAND -- The Padres entered Friday's game against the A's with the second-worst record in baseball (23-41), leading only the Cubs (22-42) -- but they've played much better in Interleague Play.
Going into this three-game series, the Padres are 5-1 in Interleague Play after a three-game sweep of the Mariners and after taking two of three from the Angels last month at Petco Park. And going back to last season, the Padres are 11-3 in their past 14 Interleague games.
So what gives?
"I don't think it's the extra bat," said Padres manager Bud Black, refuting the assertion that having the designated hitter in Seattle gave the team a monumental lift.
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"In those games, where we've won, we've scored more runs, pitched better and continued to play better defense."
After the series at Oakland, the Padres play host to the Rangers starting Monday followed by three games with the Mariners at Petco Park.
If the Padres can win three of their remaining nine Interleague games, they will clinch their third winning season of Interleague Play. The only other times the team finished above .500 against American League teams was in 1999 (11-4) and 2010 (9-6).
Padres agree to deal with top pick Fried
OAKLAND -- The Padres came to terms with their first-round Draft choice, left-handed pitcher Max Fried, on Friday.
Fried, who was the No. 7 overall, selection, agreed to a deal worth $3 million, the assigned value for that Draft pick.
To date, the Padres have now signed 31 of the 44 players they selected in the First-Year Player Draft. Teams have until July 13 to sign their picks.
Fried, who pitched for Harvard-Westlake High School in Studio City, Calif., will now report to the team's Spring Training facility in Peoria, Ariz. His innings will be limited, though.
"It's loose, athletic, 6-foot-4, a downhill delivery and good arm action," said Padres assistant general manager of player personnel Chad MacDonald of Fried. "It's the way it's supposed to look. We were tickled to death to get our lefty at seven."
Fried has a fastball that sits in the 90-91 mph range, though he can reach higher at times. He also has a very good curve, which is regarded by many as a plus pitch.
Other players who agreed to terms on Friday were catcher Dane Phillies (second-round), shortstop Jalen Goree (sixth-round), pitcher Ramon Madrid (seventh-round), infielder River Stevens (ninth-round), pitcher Drew Harrelson (12th-round), outfielder Ronnie Richardson (16th round) and pitcher Christopher Nunn (24th round).
Previously, the Padres announced that they signed 23 players from their draft class, including their third-round pick (infielder Fernando Perez) and fifth-round pick (outfielder Mallex Smith).
"Our area scouts deserve the credit," MacDonald said Friday. "They knew the players we drafted inside and out. The hard work our scouts put in to getting to know the player on and off the field help lead to quick signings."
Forsythe needs couple of days to rest
OAKLAND -- Infielder Logan Forsythe will likely miss a few games with discomfort in his left abdomen, Padres manager Bud Black said Friday.
Forsythe, who was scratched from Thursday's 6-2 victory over the Mariners, said he suffered the injury at some point Tuesday in a game in Seattle.
"We will give it a couple of days," Forsythe said before Friday's game against the A's. "I think we caught it kind of early. We're being cautious about it."
Alexi Amarista got his second start in as many days at second base with Forsythe unavailable.
"I hope it's a quick turnaround for Logan," Black said. "We'll see. We're going to try and keep him out of a few games to see if he feels better."
The Padres are hoping this is a similar situation to the one that outfielder Will Venable went through earlier this month when he missed less than a week after suffering a tight right oblique.
Forsythe, who missed the first 54 games of the season after having a bone removed from his left foot in Spring Training, is hitting .290 in 31 at-bats with four extra-base hits and four RBIs in his first nine games since joining the team from Triple-A Tucson.
Pitchers Joe Thatcher and Luke Gregerson as well as first-base coach Dave Roberts got up early on Friday -- following a late-night flight from Seattle -- to head to the Olympic Club in San Francisco to take in some of the U.S. Open, which began Thursday.
In their past 15 games, the Padres are hitting .264 with 57 of their 136 hits in that stretch going for extra-base hits. The Padres are averaging 4.4 runs a game in that stretch with a .792 OPS. Interestingly enough, that 15-game stretch started when outfielder Carlos Quentin came off the disabled list after he missed the first 49 games of the season.