Petco Park San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone

Maybe home cooking is just what the San Diego Padres need.

The team, reeling since the All-Star Break, returns to Petco Park Friday to open up a quick five-game home stand.

The San Francisco Giants arrive first, followed by the Baltimore Orioles. After an off-day Wednesday, the team heads to Los Angeles for a four-game set with the first-place Dodgers.

The Padres lost 4-0 to the New York Mets Thursday. The game closed a nine-game road trip in which the Padres went 3-6. Since the All-Star break, the team has lost nine of 12 games.

The Giants, however, have been hot, winning eight of their last 10 and rising out of last place in the National League West.

Due to the recent slide, MLB.com speculated about the team’s approach, days ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. The Padres, according to the report, have desirable trade targets, such as closer Kirby Yates, and several outfielders, including Hunter Renfroe, Franmil Reyes, Manuel Margot and Wil Myers.

NESN.com reports the Boston Red Sox have shown interest in Yates, but the Padres will seek top talent in return.

In addition, an unnamed scout told MLB, “with the talent in their farm system, they can be creative. They can improve the team by trading some prospects and not make a dent in what they have.”

In other words, despite July’s woes, the future looks bright.

– Staff reports

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