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Cards, depleted Padres begin key series

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The injury-depleted San Diego Padres will call on newly signed starting pitcher Vince Velasquez when they visit the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday night.

The Padres added Velasquez (3-6, 5.95 ERA) after the Philadelphia Phillies let him go. He steps into a starting rotation that recently lost Blake Snell (left adductor strain) and Chris Paddock (elbow inflammation) to injuries.

"It's unfortunate that they lost two of their starters, but I got a lot left in the tank," Velasquez said. "I'm here to demonstrate what I'm capable of doing and try to help them out. I know that this is pretty much a pretty big moment for the squad, but I'm trying to get familiarized with all the guys right now and trying to pick their brains and see exactly where their mind is at."


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Rank Name HR
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1t S. Perez, KC45
3 S. Ohtani, LAA44
4 M. Semien, Tor39
5t J. Gallo, NYY35
5t M. Olson, Oak35
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2 J. Abreu, CWS109
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3t V. Guerrero Jr., Tor103
3t T. Hernández, Tor103
6 M. Olson, Oak101
7 A. Meadows, TB99
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8t K. Seager, Sea96
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