PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Justin Upton homered and Matt Kemp went hitless in three at-bats in their debuts with the San Diego Padres, a 4-3 loss to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday.
Kemp and Upton, each two-time All-Stars, were two of the main acquisitions in a busy offseason for the Padres. Upton, the centerpiece of a trade with the Atlanta Braves, was 0 for 2 until he hit a towering home run to straightaway center field in the seventh.
"That was a good start to spring," Upton said. "At the end of the day if you're taking good swings and you're on time, the hits will start coming."