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Youth movement sparks Padres offense

The Sports Xchange

What has gotten into the San Diego Padres?

Behind notable homers by Alexi Amarista, Cameron Maybin and Yasmani Grandal, the Padres scored a 6-2 win in Arizona Monday night to complete the first half of their record with a 31-50 record.

Yes, that's a 100-loss pace.

But recently the Padres have shown new life spiked by some new blood.

The three homers Monday night gave the Padres 12 in the first eight games of a 10-game road trip to Houston, Colorado and Arizona. By comparison, the Padres have hit only 14 homers at home in their first 40 games at Petco Park.

The Padres are 5-3 thus far on this trip and 10-7 in their last 17 road games. Overall, they are 12-10 over their last 22 games -- a strong rally considering their 19-40 start.

As for the footnotes to the Padres three homers Monday:

--Maybin's homer traveled 485 feet, making it the longest home run hit in the majors this season and the longest ever hit by a visiting player at Chase Field.

--Grandal's homer was his third and also his third major league hit, making him the first player since 2000 and only the seventh player since 1900 to have his first three major league hits all be homers.

--Amarista's was the fourth in five games for the 5-foot-4 infielder.

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