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Daily Friar 10.17.12 

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I’m going to go out and say that Justin Verlander is the best pitcher in baseball. After shutting down the A’s 5 days ago, he came back last night and almost shut out the Yankees before being pulled with two outs left to go. After a small scare from the bullpen, Phil Coke slammed the door shut after striking out Raul Ibanez and gave the Tigers a 3-0 lead over the Yankees. Tonight is game 4 and game 3 of the the Giants and Cardinals series as well. Can the Tigers make it a clean sweep? That will remain to be seen, but in my opinion any World Series without the Yankees will be a good one. In Padres news not a whole lot is going on other than Carlos Quentin is recovering from his knee surgery and Phil Mickelson is still in talks with the team. All can be found below:
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After surgery, Quentin preps for offseason workouts – Padres.com
“With his surgery now behind him, Quentin is focused on getting healthy — his entire body, and not just his knee — for the 2013 season, one where he would like to play at a lighter weight.”

Mickelson continues ownership talks with the Padres – Golf Channel
“Already in San Diego for a high-stakes shot under the lights, Phil Mickelson confirmed Monday that talks are still ongoing for the four-time major winner to take a minority ownership stake in the San Diego Padres baseball team.”

2012 MadFriars’ PCL Pitcher of the Year
On the mound, Tucson relied on a mix of journeyman minor leaguers, former big leaguers in various stages of reclamation efforts for the injury-riddled big league club, and guys pulled up from lower in the system to patch the many holes in the rotation.

What should we expect from Yonder Alonso? – Gaslamp Ball
“The question for discussion is this: Will Alonso improve significantly in the coming seasons, or is what he did in 2012 a fair expression of his abilities?”

AFL Box Score from yesterday; The Javelinas win again – MLB.com

Yankees at Tigers – MLB.com
“Five days after Verlander diverted the destiny of the upstart Oakland A’s, he all but sealed the fate of the top-seeded New York Yankees, one win away from an American League Championship Series sweep after a 2-1 Tigers win in Game 3 Tuesday night.”

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About the author: Matt Rennick

Born and raised in San Diego and a Padres fan since day one. On that fateful night of September 6, 1989 when I came into this world, the game was on in the delivery room and the Padres beat the Astros and I have been forever engrained with Padre blood. I have followed sports my whole life and have written the Daily Friar for over a year and enjoy bringing all of you the news each morning.