SAN DIEGO -- Slowly but surely, Tyson Ross is pushing his way into a pretty elite group -- the top starting pitchers in the National League.
Ross has a 3.18 ERA in 17 starts this season for the Padres and could merit consideration for a spot on the NL All-Star roster, which will be announced Sunday.
Ross, in his second season with the team, has six victories thus far but that number could certainly be a lot higher. The Padres scored one run while he was pitching in five June starts, and that occurred in his last start and by his own bat.
In 33 starts with the Padres over the last two seasons, Ross has a 9-13 record, but his ERA is 3.12. This season, 10 of his 17 starts have rated as quality starts.
His slider rates as one of the best in the game, and it's a pitch he leans on a lot -- and continues to get very good results from.
"He's got one of the best sliders in the game, for me, and I'm not being biased here," Padres manager Bud Black said recently. "He's got a good slider."
Ross will make his next start Wednesday against the Reds at Petco Park.
While pitchers aren't listed on the All-Star Game ballot, it's not too late to make a push for the Padres who are.
San Diego players on the ballot include shortstop Everth Cabrera, first baseman Yonder Alonso, second baseman Jedd Gyorko, third baseman Chase Headley, catcher Yasmani Grandal and outfielders Chris Denorfia, Carlos Quentin and Will Venable. Outfielder Seth Smith is being promoted as a write-in candidate.
Fans can cast their votes for starters at MLB.com and all 30 club sites -- online or on a mobile device -- using the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Ballot Sponsored by Experian until Thursday at 8:59 p.m. PT. The 2014 All-Star Game will be played at Target Field on Tuesday, July 15.
Fans may submit up to 25 online ballots, but they can also earn a one-time bonus of 10 additional online ballots. To access these additional online ballots, you must be logged into your MLB.com account when you submit any online ballot. If you do not have an MLB.com account, register on the site in accordance with the enrollment instructions for a free MLB.com account.
Fans this year once again can participate in the . Fans will have the opportunity to select three players in each league who they would most like to see participate in the Gillette Home Run Derby. The 2014 Home Run Derby will be broadcast live on ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Deportes and ESPN Radio in the United States beginning at 5 p.m. PT on Monday, July 14.
The 2014 American League and National League All-Star teams will be unveiled on the Taco Bell All-Star Selection Show on Sunday beginning at 4 p.m. PT on ESPN, with further details to follow on MLB.com. Immediately following the announcement of the AL and NL All-Star rosters, fans can begin voting to select the final player for each league's 34-man roster via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com Final Vote Sponsored by Experian. Fans will cast their votes from a list of five players from each league over the balloting period.
And the voting doesn't end there. The final phase of All-Star Game voting will again have fans participating in the voting for the Ted Williams All-Star Game Most Valuable Player Award presented by Chevrolet. During the Midsummer Classic, fans will vote exclusively online at MLB.com via the 2014 All-Star Game MLB.com MVP Vote Sponsored by Pepsi, and their voice will represent 20 percent of the overall vote that determines the recipient of the Arch Ward Trophy.
MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage of the All-Star Week festivities.
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Spangenberg back in action as outfielder
SAN DIEGO -- Cory Spangenberg, the No. 10 overall Draft pick by the Padres in 2011, is back on the field after missing more than two months with his second concussion in two years.
Spangenberg recently joined Class A Short-Season Eugene of the Northwest League but will head to Double-A San Antonio on Wednesday.
When he gets there, Spangenberg -- a second baseman -- will have a new position.
Spangenberg, ranked as the Padres' No. 19 prospect, has been playing center field for Eugene, as he continues some of the work he did during Spring Training to add to his versatility. He has five hits in 17 at-bats for Eugene.
"This will maybe give him a little more versatility," said Padres vice president of player development Randy Smith. "He has good instincts out there."
Spangenberg played in 12 games with San Antonio before suffering a concussion. He was only recently cleared to play. He appeared in two games for the team's Arizona League entry before heading to Eugene, where he started his professional career in 2011.
Smith thinks adding the outfield component could help Spangenberg in the future.
"That extra versatility, when you're trying to make it to the big leagues, can help," Smith said.
In parts of four seasons in the Minor Leagues, Spangenberg is hitting .290/.355/.390 with 93 steals in 317 games.
Spangenberg missed six weeks with a concussion in 2012 and then hit a combined .292 last season in two Minor League stops.