Strong 2nd half, Headley's season give Padres hope

Updated: October 4, 2012, 5:58 PM ET
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- A strong second half, fueled by Chase Headley's breakout season, showed that there's promise for the low-budget San Diego Padres.

That hope was strengthened when the Oakland Athletics, who have baseball's lowest player payroll, won the AL West.

General manager Josh Byrnes said the TV in the Padres' clubhouse was tuned to the A's game against Texas on Wednesday.

"Seeing Oakland, if that doesn't sort of get your attention, big market or small, our players were riveted ...

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