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Eric Zimmer still has season tickets, right behind the dugout. For years, he and his two sons attended every opening day. The younger of the brothers stockpiled memories from Qualcomm Stadium and, later, Petco Park.

“I was,” Bradley Zimmer said, “a total diehard fan growing up.”

Although the faces and names have changed, the former La Jolla High star will remember July 4, 2017, the day he first played against his hometown team.

“It’s kind of surreal,” said Zimmer, whose childhood favorites were Ken Caminiti and Tony Gwynn.

Padres will remember the impression left by the Cleveland Indians’ rookie center fielder.

Tuesday at Progressive Field, the 6-foot-5 Zimmer went 1-for-3 with an infield single, a steal and a sprinting, leaping interception to rob Jose Pirela of extra bases.

Wednesday, on a line drive smoked to right-center, Zimmer covered an astonishing amount of real estate. Though he did not come up with the catch — he crashed into the fence, and, as the ball rolled away, Pirela legged out a triple — Padres manager Andy Green could not help but be impressed.

“Would’ve been the best catch I’ve ever seen in my life if Bradley Zimmer caught that ball,” Green said. “…He looks like the fastest-moving large human I’ve ever seen in my life.”

Hedges

After being scratched Wednesday due to neck stiffness, Padres catcher Austin Hedges was out of the lineup for a second consecutive game. Green said before Thursday’s series finale that Hedges would be available off the bench.

“He’s feeling a lot better,” Green said. “By his account, he’s good to go today. Me just kind of looking at him and him saying he’s still a little bit stiff, just felt like there was no reason to push him right now. Fully expect him to play (Friday).”

In Hedges’ stead, Rule 5 draftee Luis Torrens made another start behind the plate. Green said he was pleased with the rookie’s recent development.

“I think early in the season it would’ve been very hard for him to handle,” Green said of Wednesday’s unexpected start. “His receiving’s better, his blocking’s better, his at-bats are better. He’s at the point where he knows he belongs and knows he can play here, and he’s had enough games under his belt where he’s got confidence.”


Brad Hand returning to Miami as an All-Star

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Left-hander Brad Hand is the seventh different Padres reliever named to an All-Star Game. 

Left-hander Brad Hand is the seventh different Padres reliever named to an All-Star Game. 

Padres Andy Green responds to MLB discipline

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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was suspended one game for bumping Padres manager Andy Green during Friday’s game. Green and Dodgers pitcher Alex Wood were fined an undisclosed amount for their involvement. 

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Dodgers' Dave Roberts, Alex Wood explain their side of dust-up with Padres

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Dodgers manager Dave Roberts made contact with Padres manager Andy Green during a benches-clearing incident with the Padres on Friday, June 30, 2017. 

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts made contact with Padres manager Andy Green during a benches-clearing incident with the Padres on Friday, June 30, 2017. 

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Padres manager Andy Green discusses Carlos Asuaje and utilizing players’ athleticism and aggressiveness.

Padres manager Andy Green discusses Carlos Asuaje and utilizing players’ athleticism and aggressiveness.

Andy Green, Wil Myers talk about questionable ground rule that robbed home run

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Wil Myers was robbed of a home run Tuesday night because of a questionable rule that will now be rewritten by MLB. Hear from Padres manager Andy Green and first baseman Wil Myers on the incident.

Wil Myers was robbed of a home run Tuesday night because of a questionable rule that will now be rewritten by MLB. Hear from Padres manager Andy Green and first baseman Wil Myers on the incident.

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