Padres' Latos throws one-hitter to beat Giants

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latos headshot.jpgPadres right-hander Mat Latos fired a complete game shutout on Thursday afternoon against the Giants, allowing only one hit and fanning six batters over nine impressive innings.  The Friars escaped with a 1-0 victory.

Latos, 22, retired the first 15 batters he faced before surrendering an infield hit to Eli Whiteside to open the sixth inning.  He needed only 106 pitches in the quick, two-hour game, and has now strung together quite a few impressive starts.  Latos also shut out the Astros last time out and has a 0.97 WHIP through seven outings this season.

The Padres stand 22-12 on the year and boast a 3.5-game lead over the Giants in the National League West standings.  Latos, despite his 3-3 record, deserves much of the credit for the excellent start.

Justin Turner could be headed back to disabled list

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Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner could be headed back to the 10-day disabled list after aggravating a groin injury during Sunday’s game against the Brewers, David Vassegh reports. Turner initially suffered an adductor muscle injury before the All-Star break. He pinch-hit on Saturday and started Sunday afternoon for the first time since July 11. However, he lasted only three innings before exiting the game.

Turner, 33, didn’t make his season debut until May 15 after suffering a non-displaced fracture in his left wrist after being hit by a pitch in a spring training game in mid-March. In 192 plate appearances this season, Turner is hitting .259/.354/.398 with five home runs, 20 RBI, and 21 runs scored.

The Dodgers have been starting Max Muncy at third base in Turner’s place and that figures to be the case should Turner need to go on the disabled list. The club also recently acquired Manny Machado from the Orioles. He could potentially play some third base while Turner is out.