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Daily Friar 2.5.13 

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Can you all hold on for one more week? I know it’s hard when you have been patiently waiting for months for baseball to come back. Well in just one week pitchers and catchers will be reporting to Peoria. It will be like Christmas morning for most baseball fans. We will wake up knowing that out in the desert our pitchers are taking in bullpen sessions getting loose and ready to pitch a big league game. There is nothing like hearing the sound of the ball popping in the catcher’s mitt for the first time in spring, it is more soothing than hearing a baby bird chirp. The other nice thing about spring training is that everyone gets a clean slate. We pretty much know two or three of the guys who will be in the rotation come opening day, but who will take over the other spots? That is what I love about this time of the year, the sense of competition. Not a whole lot to report today, but there are some stories, so let’s get to them:
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Official story on the signing of 2B Adam Buschini – Padres.com

“Buschini recently won the Triple Crown of the Australian Baseball League, hitting .363 with 15 home runs and 50 RBIs in 42 games for the Canberra Cavalry.”

Baseball’s back and not a moment too soon – Union Tribune

“But it’s baseball, so anything can happen. That’s the Padres’ selling point, and while not creative, it beats this factoid: nine losing seasons in 14 years and a payroll around $70 million.”

2012 Friarhood fantasy baseball champions – The Friarhood

“In the next week we will be setting up competitive and free leagues for 2013.  Make sure you like us on facebook and follow us on twitter for your chance to join the leagues.  Congratulations to all the winners from 2012.”

Oakland A’s acquire Jed Lowrie from Astros in five player deal – MLB.com

“Beane and his staff can let out a sigh of relief now, having immediately bolstered the organization’s infield depth via the deal. Yet in doing so, the A’s were forced to give up power bat Chris Carter, along with highly touted prospects in pitcher Brad Peacock and catcher Max Stassi.”

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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.