Sport: Watch: Brandon Drury clears bases with first-pitch grand slam in Padres debut

Report: Reds' Brandon Drury drawing trade interest from Mariners, Dodgers, Braves

  Report: Reds' Brandon Drury drawing trade interest from Mariners, Dodgers, Braves According to MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the Mariners, Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves have "checked in" with the Reds about Brandon Drury.After dealing away All-Star starting pitcher Luis Castillo earlier this week to the Seattle Mariners, super utility man Brandon Drury may be the next Reds player headed elsewhere.

Brandon Drury sure knows how to make a great first impression.

Aug 3, 2022; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres designated hitter Brandon Drury (17) warms up before the game against the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park. © Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports Aug 3, 2022; San Diego, California, USA; San Diego Padres designated hitter Brandon Drury (17) warms up before the game against the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park.

One of several shiny new toys acquired by the San Diego Padres before the MLB trade deadline, Drury made his debut with the team in grand fashion Wednesday night.

Drury didn't wait long to make an impact. With the bases juiced in his first at-bat in a Padres uniform, Drury turned on the first pitch he saw from Colorado Rockies' starter Chad Kuhl, depositing a grand slam over the left-centerfield wall.

Astros showing interest in Christian Vazquez, Ji-Man Choi

  Astros showing interest in Christian Vazquez, Ji-Man Choi The Astros have reportedly been in the mix for upgrades at catcher and at first base, prominently connected to both Willson Contreras and Josh Bell. However, while those two represent the arguable top options at those respective positions, the asking price on both has been high, and Houston is exploring alternative options. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic writes this morning that the ’Stros “are focusing more on Vazquez” than Contreras at this point, adding that they’ve also expressed interest in Rays first baseman/designated hitter Ji-Man Choi.

Drury's grand slam drove home the Padres two other significant trade deadline acquisitions, Juan Soto and Josh Bell, capping off a five-run first inning for the Padres.

The Padres traded their sixth-ranked prospect, Victor Acosta, to the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for Drury.

The 29-year-old batted .274/.335/.520 with 20 home runs and 59 RBI in 92 games with the Reds before the trade to San Diego.

The Padres had arguably the busiest trade deadline in baseball, trading for Drury, and All-Stars Josh Hader, Soto and Bell.

Earlier on Wednesday, while being introduced by the club to the media, Soto shared his excitement for what the Padres' lineup could accomplish, saying, "I wish good luck to the other pitchers."

Angels reportedly listening to offers for MVP Shohei Ohtani, trade before deadline 'highly unlikely'

  Angels reportedly listening to offers for MVP Shohei Ohtani, trade before deadline 'highly unlikely' What transpires with Washington Nationals superstar Juan Soto before Tuesday's trade deadline could impact what happens with Ohtani. "A team that loses out on Soto could pivot and come for Ohtani, who will be a free agent after next season. Despite being five years older than Soto and having one less year of control, Ohtani has similar trade value because he’s a two-way star, and could bring back a similarly valued package," Bowden wrote. "It appears the Angels will need to revisit the Ohtani situation in the offseason. At this stage, I think he stays put, at least until the winter, but you never know.

Only a handful of innings into this new era of Padres' baseball, and Soto's words are already ringing true.

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