Padres unveil new road and camo uniforms for 2011

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Back in November of 2003, the Padres decided to abandon the traditional road gray uniforms that most teams used and continue to use.

Instead, they decided to play away games in a sand-colored jersey, meant to represent the beaches of San Diego.

The change was met with immediate criticism.  The Padres’ new sand jersey looked like a khaki suit more than a baseball uniform.  But the Friars stuck with the look for a whole seven seasons.

Today, the Padres announced that they are going back to the good old days of gray and they even tweeted a picture of outfielder Will Venable rocking the new duds which look, well, normal.

The club has also come up with a new version of their camouflage uniforms, this time with a digital spin.  They will be worn, as usual, during Sunday home games as a tribute to the many U.S. Marines who populate the San Diego area.  Whether you like the look of those or not, it’s hard to argue with the sentiment.

Astros’ bullpen throws combined one-hitter for MLB-best 30th win

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The Astros’ bullpen did yeoman’s work in place of the injured Dallas Keuchel on Monday against the Tigers. Keuchel is temporarily sidelined with a pinched nerve in his neck.

Brad Peacock made the spot start, limiting the Tigers to one hit and two walks with eight strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings. Chris Devenski took over with one out in the fifth, finishing out that inning as well as the sixth and seventh, facing the minimum. Will Harris pitched a perfect eighth and Ken Giles closed out the 1-0 victory in the ninth. Devenski, Harris, and Giles each had two strikeouts.

The Astros scored their only run in the bottom of the first inning as George Springer drew a leadoff walk, then scored on Jose Altuve‘s one-out double. Tigers starter Brad Fulmer pitched well enough to win on most days, giving up the lone run in seven frames.

After Monday’s win, the Astros became the first team to reach 30 wins, sitting on a 30-15 record. With a +55 run differential, even their expected record matches up with their actual record.

Brandon Phillips hit his 200th career home run

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Braves second baseman Brandon Phillips became the 337th player in baseball history to hit 200 career home runs, driving a solo home run to left-center field during Monday night’s home game against the Pirates. Phillips is the 14th second baseman (who played a min. of 75 percent of his career games at the position) to rack up at least 200 career home runs.

Phillips, 35, entered Monday’s action batting .290/.345/.405 with two home runs and 12 RBI in 142 plate appearances. If he’s anything, he’s consistent, as he finished with an adjusted OPS between 90-99 (100 is average) every year between 2012-16 and it was sitting at 97 coming into Monday.