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Daily Friar 3.1.13 

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Happy March Padres fans! We are exactly one month away from opening day! The team is chugging along in Arizona to get everything ready for when they take on the Mets in New York. Yesterday’s game resulted in another loss to a Royals team that has yet to lose this spring. Some things to take away from yesterday’s game though is Jason Marquis was outstanding. In two innings he only gave up one hit and no runs. Tyson Ross was not as fortunate as he gave up three runs in two innings on four hits. On the offensive side, Nick Hundley added another hit, a double at that, and Jaff Decker and Alexi Amarista had doubles as well. Amarista also had two RBIs in his stat line which is always nice to see from him. Today the Padres will take on the Dodgers with Freddy Garcia and Casey Kelly getting majority of the time on the mound. There is a lot to get to today, so let’s do this:
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Marquis makes strong start in return to Padres – Padres.com

“Marquis, also making his first Cactus League appearance, worked two scoreless innings. He allowed one hit and struck out one. The Royals edged the Padres, 5-4.”

Bob Filner tells TWC to put the Padres on TV – Union Tribune

“San Diego Mayor Bob Filner has written a tough-sounding letter to Time Warner Cable executives, urging them to end a yearlong impasse with Fox Sports San Diego that prevents about 22 percent of the county’s pay TV households from watching Padres games.”

Carlos Quentin is 7-10 days away from action – NBC Sports

“The Padres are taking it slowly with Quentin this spring after he underwent arthroscopic knee surgery at the end of last season. He’s expected to be used in the DH spot initially this spring but isn’t in danger of missing Opening Day.”

Padres place Joe Wieland on 60-day disabled list – NBC Sports

“Wieland underwent Tommy John surgery last July and is not expected to be ready to pitch until the middle of the 2013 season. The move clears a 40-man roster spot.”

Gyorko turns the switch – MadFriars

“Despite being a third baseman by trade, Gyorko’s fielding percentage at second (.989) is much better than at third (.951), though he has only played 48 games at second, while playing 223 at third in the minors.”

Chase Headley wins Padres archery competition – Gaslamp Ball

“This morning the Padres players participated in an archery contest on one of the back practice fields where they shot deer, coyote and turkey decoys.”

2013 NL West Predictions – Chicken Friars

“The NL West plays some exciting baseball, and I expect that to continue in 2013. There are a lot of things to like with each ball club, but we can only have one winner.”

Left Coast Bias remembers when Garth Brooks played for the Padres – Padres Public

“You won’t be stunned to hear that Garth Brooks, though great at selling records, was not so great at baseball. Officially Garth Brooks went 1-22 as a Padre.”

Top 5 third basemen in Padres history – Richard Dorsha of The Friarhood

“Third base will be difficult.  Where do you want an admitted cheater who is an all-time fan favorite?  Also, how do you rank a bitter guy who got run out of town but who has sublime numbers?  Where do you put the current guy who’s really only had one stellar year?”

Padres starting lineup for today’s game – Union Tribune on Twitter

Padres pitching for today’s game – Union Tribune on Twitter

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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.