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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

San Diego Means Chicken to Dodgers

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LOS ANGELES -- No offense to that large portion of the United States still in a tizzy over this recent string of heroic feats by little-known athletes, but be serious.


The San Diego Padres are not going to win the National League West championship.


Don't care if they have been in first place for 106 of 128 days. Don't care that they haven't led this late in the season since World Series days of 1984.


Don't even care that Fernandomania has accounted for only two fewer wins than Nomomania. Or that they still have the chicken.


The Padres will not win the West because that will require a final-month, high-pressure sprint with the Los Angeles Dodgers.


And as everyone from Chris Brown to Bobby Brown to Ollie Brown knows, the Padres can't stand next to the Dodgers in the sun that long without wilting.


This has nothing to do with this year's San Diego club, which hits intelligently and catches everything. It's about something bigger than all of them. It's about history.


Sure, the Padres can whip the Dodgers for a championship, as they did in 1984, embarrassing them by 13 games.


But actually win a championship with the Dodgers scratching at their wallets? To go into the final week in a tie with the Dodgers and survive?


Never happened, never will.


The Chicken has a better chance of replacing Nancy Bea Hefley.


The reasons? The people of San Diego so loathe Los Angeles -- probably because many of them used to live there -- that its teams are pressured beyond their limits against L.A. teams.


The Padres play the Dodgers as if it's the World Series. The Dodgers play the Padres as if it's the ... Florida Marlins?


Cardinal 8, Padres 2. Andy Benes won his eighth straight decision, overcoming Greg Vaughn's first National League homer as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Padres. Benes (11-8) allowed two runs and four hits in 6 2/3 innings Monday. He became the first St. Louis pitcher to win eight straight since John Tudor won 11 in a row in 1985.


Cubs 7, Mets 3. In Chicago, Mark Grace and Sammy Sosa hit back-to-back homers and Steve Trachsel reached 10 wins for the first time in his career. Trachsel (10-6) allowed four hits in 7 1/3 innings to win his third straight decision.


Phillies 3, Pirates 0. In Philadelphia, Curt Schilling pitched a four-hitter for his first shutout in three years, and Benito Santiago hit his career-high 19th homer. Schilling (5-4) struck out a season-high 10 and walked two in his seventh career shutout.


Orioles 13, Indians 10. In Cleveland, Chris Hoiles homered and drove in four runs and David Wells beat the team he was almost traded to. The Orioles put up four in the seventh and six in the eighth to break a 3-3 tie.


Red Sox 3, Blue Jays 1. In Boston, Tim Wakefield pitched a six-hitter for his third complete game and Boston scored three unearned runs off Juan Guzman.


Darren Bragg went 2-for-3 with the only RBI for Boston. ()