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SAN DIEGO -- It was a rough year for the San Diego Padres, and things will probably get worse before they improve.The Padres are missing the playoffs for the 10th straight season and finished last in the NL West at 68-94.It was the Padres sixth straight losing season. One of their owners, Ron Fowler, doesnt think theyll even be .500 for two more years.Their general manager, A.J. Preller, who is deep into a rebuilding mode, was suspended for 30 days without pay by MLB for failing to disclose required medical information when they traded All-Star Drew Pomeranz to the Boston Red Sox.Despite the embarrassing and unprecedented punishment, the Padres are sticking by Preller, who gambled and lost with a win-now approach in 2015 before making massive changes during this season.Were well aware that our building process is going to take a while, but its exciting at the same time, first-year manager Andy Green said.Here are some things to take away from the Padres season:REBIULDING MODE: The Padres are retrenching with youth after failing to win with several veterans obtained in a wild spree of trades and signings after the 2014 season. They loaded up then with Matt Kemp, Justin and Melvin Upton, James Shields, Wil Myers, Derek Norris and Craig Kimbrel, and still didnt have a winning season. Only Myers, a first-time All-Star, and Norris remain. Justin Upton left as a free agent after last season and Kimbrel was traded to Boston. Kemp, Melvin Upton and Shields were traded this season in a salary dump.With just more than a week left in the season, they brought up catcher Austin Hedges, infielder Carlos Asuaje and outfielders Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe, the core players who led Triple-A El Paso to the Pacific Coast League title. Preller also spent tens of millions of dollars on international signings.WIL MYERS: Converted from the outfield to first base, Myers got the healthy, full season he desired. He got to play in the All-Star Game in his own ballpark and finished the year with 28 homers, 94 RBI and 28 stolen bases. Slowed by injuries the previous two seasons, he played in 157 games.He went through stretches where he was outstanding, Green said. Wil has many more steps out in front of him where he can be as good as he possibly can be. He is from a base stealing perspective substantially better than hes ever been in his career. Never been a real big part of his game at the major league level. Theres been a lot of work put in at first base. He does some things that are very unique over there because of his athleticism. Hes a Gold Glove first baseman and offensively I think if he stays married to his approach he can be as dominant as anybody in the game.HUNTER RENFROE: The teams first-round draft pick in 2013, the outfielder showed his raw power by hitting four home runs and driving in 14 runs in his first 11 games. He hit his first career homer off Madison Bumgarner; drove in seven runs in one game with his first career grand slam and a three-run homer; and became the first batter to hit a home run onto the roof of the Western Metal Supply Co. brick warehouse in the left-field corner at Petco Park.I think its very exciting for the Padres and also just for the city of San Diego to see something like that, Myers said. Ive been nothing but impressed.RYAN SCHIMPF: The 28-year-old rookie infielder showed a crazy propensity for extra-base hits, with 20 home runs, 17 doubles and five triples among his 60 hits.I waited a long time to get here and I tried to prepare in the offseason and during the season like I was in the big leagues and expecting to get here at some point, he said. Once I got here, I just tried to be me and tried to relax as much as possible.CHRISTIAN BETHANCOURT: The Padres are flirting with having him pitch and play outfield as well as play catcher. No team has really tried to deploy a guy in that capacity probably ever when you consider those three dynamics, Green said. The arm works at 96 (mph). ... Well run as far down that road as his arm will allow us to. I dont know if were firmly committed or married to that but its worth exploring at this point. Dolphins Womens Jerseys . 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HOUSTON -- Brock Osweiler is comfortable in Houston and ready to show the Texans they were right to invest $72 million in him.The quarterback, who started just seven games in his four-year career before the Texans lured him away from Denver with that huge contract, has looked good in preseason. On Sunday, hell get his first test when the Texans host the Chicago Bears.My confidence continues to grow every single day, he said. It definitely grows every single time I step on the game field because you cant really replace anything with game reps, so the more Im able to (practice) this offense, the more comfortable I become with it.Coach Bill OBrien is beginning his third year in Houston after building a reputation as a quarterback guru with New England and in his time at Penn State. Last season, he was forced to use four quarterbacks because of injuries and inconsistent play.Despite the revolving door at quarterback, Houstons 9-7 record was good enough to win a weak AFC South and reach the playoffs for the first time since 2012. But Brian Hoyer threw four interceptions in a 30-0 wild-card loss to Kansas City and sent Houston looking for an upgrade at the position.OBrien believes he found it in the 25-year-old Osweiler, who started the last seven regular-season games for the Broncos last year before being benched for the playoffs in favor of Peyton Manning. The coach loves the work ethic of his new quarterback and raved about the 12-hour days he has routinely put in so he could master the offense.Hes come in here and done exactly what weve asked him to do, OBrien said. Hes worked extremely hard ... in order to understand our offense basically like a coach does, you have to put in a lot of time. He has certainly done that.Some things to know about the 2016 Texans:WATT WILL PLAY IN OPENER: J.J. Watt will play in the season opener after missing all of training camp and the Texans four preseason games after back surgery. Watt returned to practice on Monday for the first time since surgery to repair a herniated disk in July, and coach OBrien said after practice that he would play. Watt, the NFLs Defensive Player of the Year in three of the past four seasons, hasnt missedd a game in his five-year career.ddddddddddddThe defensive end also sat out the entire preseason in 2012 because of an elbow injury and returned for the season opener.OFFENSIVE LINE SHAKEUP: The offensive line took a hit when second-round pick Nick Martin, who was expected to start at center, had season-ending ankle surgery. Greg Mancz, a second-year player who appeared in three games last season, took over on a line that will be without veteran left tackle Duane Brown (quadriceps surgery in January) when the season begins. Brown was also activated from the PUP list Saturday, but isnt sure when hell be able to return. Despite the injuries, OBrien is confident in the unit.I really like that group of guys, OBrien said. I think they practice hard. They take it very seriously. Football is very important to them, so I know theyll work hard to get better.HELP FOR HOPKINS: Top receiver DeAndre Hopkins was third in the NFL with 1,521 yards receiving despite dealing with near-constant double teams. The Texans looked to take some pressure off Hopkins by choosing Will Fuller in the first round of this years draft and adding former star Ohio State quarterback-turned-receiver Braxton Miller in the third round. OBrien has been impressed with their development throughout camp and said the pair will both get plenty of playing time in the opener.Hopkins has been hard on the pair and loves how theyve responded.We demand the best out of all the rookies, Hopkins said. Especially, in that receiving group, I demand the best out of you.CLOWNEYS GOAL: The Texans are

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