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Daily Friar 2.23.13 

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Yesterday was the first spring training game of the year, and the Padres opened up in style beating the Mariners 9-3. The story of the day was how Jedd Gyorko sent a ball over the left field fence for a grand slam in his first at bat. No doubt that eyes will be on him all spring as he looks to crack the roster and become the starting second baseman. The Padres and Mariners are at it again today in about an hour as Tyson Ross will take the hill and get some work in. I tell you, it feels good to be writing about live games again. This is especially true after the offseason we had, where not a whole lot was taking place. At least now I can talk about who did well the night before, or what the team needs to work on and whatnot. I’m excited and I hope that you are too. If you’re not excited, then I hope these articles help that:
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Gyorko’s slam powers Padres past Mariners – Padres.com

“Rookie second baseman Jedd Gyorko launched a grand slam in the first inning Friday as the Padres jumped on Mariners starter Hector Noesi and rolled to a 9-3 victory in the annual Charity Game at Peoria Stadium.”

Cameron Maybin is ready to play – NBC Sports

“Cameron Maybin (wrist) is expected to make his Cactus League debut Sunday.”

Sean O’Sullivan pleased about opportunity with Padres – Bettor.com

“The pitcher has been a Padres’ fan forever and is glad that he has finally got a chance to be associated with the team that he loves so much.”

Steve Garvey is fighting a battle with cancer – Gaslamp Ball

“More misfortune has struck another member of the “triumphant and tragic” 1984 team. Steve Garvey announced in a press release that he has been fighting prostate cancer since last fall.”

Spring Training Position Battles: Right Field – Chicken Friars

“There is no positional battle here. Will Venable and Chris Denorfia will platoon right field in 2013, and maybe even 2014 now with the injury to top prospect Rymer Liriano.”

Left Coast Bias gives us an actual Vedder Cup – Padres Public

“Having a name is find and dandy. But we needed more. We needed something…tangible. Something that copious amounts of Sculpin IPA (or perhaps, more appropriately, red wine) from.”

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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.