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Daily Friar 3.13.13 

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The Padres played under the lights last night as they went to Scottsdale to take on the Giants. Freddy Garcia took the hill and looked to make up for a couple rough outings that he had prior. Well he definitely made up for them and pitched a stellar four innings. The only blemish that he had on his line was a third inning solo home run, but other than that he gave up only three hits and struck out six. The only other run the Giants managed to score came in the bottom of the ninth when a ball hit to right field hit Travis Buck in the glove and he failed to make the catch. This put the runner on third and he came in to score later in the inning. All in all it was a great game as the pitching did their part and the offense was spectacular. Tim Lincecum again didn’t have a great night as he is still trying to figure out his struggles from last season (apparently the hair cut isn’t working yet). That basically sums things up, but you can read into more detail in the articles below:
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Freddy Garcia racks up six strikeouts vs Giants – Padres.com

“The Padres defeated the Giants, 6-2, to even their Spring Training record to 9-9, while San Francisco fell to 6-8-3.”

Randy Jones likes Donn Roach’s sinker – Union Tribune

“The first time I watched Roach throw a bullpen, I thought ‘he gets it’ . . . sinker and slider, in and out,” said Jones. “I like him a lot. He pounds the strike zone. He’s ahead on the scale of understanding. He’s a right-handed Randy Jones.”

Fautino De Los Santos optioned – NBC Sports

“Claimed off waivers from the Brewers last month, De Los Santos allowed three runs in four innings this spring. He’s flashed promise in the past but is coming off a poor season at Triple-A.”

Tyson Ross has something to prove with Padres – Rant Sports

“They are trimming the number of fastballs Ross throws and working to better his changeup in addition to leaving his nasty slider like it is.”

John Sickels gives us his top 150 prospects – Minor League Ball

“Here is a list of Top 150 Prospects for 2013. This list supplements, updates, and integrates the Top 50/50 Hitters/Pitchers list in the 2013 Baseball Prospect Book and adds another 50 names.”

Padres lineup for today’s game against the Angels – Union Tribune via Twitter

Pitching for today’s game – Union Tribune via Twitter

World Baseball Classic scoreboard from yesterday – MLB.com

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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.