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Daily Friar 3.15.13 

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One thing can be said about the World Baseball Classic: there isn’t a lack of drama! The US could have won the game last night and wrote their ticket to the semis. Instead Craig Kimbrel had a rare meltdown and the Dominican Republic moved on instead. It is not over for the US yet though as they get one more shot tonight to make it to the next round. Standing in their way is Puerto Rico who can be a very tough team to deal with. It will be a fun game to watch and there will be more drama I am sure. In my opinion though it will be hard to unseat Japan. This may be an American made game, but the Japanese have taken it to a new level and are superb at what they do. The Padres had their taste of WBC as well as they played against the Netherlands last night. The Netherlands had just flown in from Japan and were looking to work out before heading to San Francisco for the next round of the WBC. Speaking of the next round, if the US advances to the semis then a fellow Padre will be joining Luke Gregerson on the team. Find out who in the articles below:
Also I will be out in Peoria this weekend taking in tomorrow’s game against the DBacks. I will be wearing my 98 Friarhood shirt, so if you see me walking around be sure to say hi!
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Decker goes deep, but Padres fall to the Dutch – Padres.com

“It hardly showed Thursday, as the Netherlands strung together 14 hits en route to a 9-3 victory over the Padres before a crowd of 3,142 at the Peoria Sports Complex.”

Erick Aybar’s clutch hit sends DR past US and into semis – MLB.com

“And outside Marlins Park on Thursday night, salsa continued to play long after Erick Aybar came off the bench in the ninth inning to drive home Nelson Cruz with a pinch-hit single off Craig Kimbrel that sent the D.R. to a 3-1 victory over the U.S.”

Chase Headley accepts invitation if US advances – MLB.com

“If that happens, Headley will in all likelihood be the starting third baseman, if Wright is unable to return.”

Casey Kelly awaits second opinion before opting for elbow surgery – Union Tribune

“Kelly said the exam showed “micro tears” in the ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. Tears in the UCL are treated by either prolonged rehab sessions or “Tommy John” surgery…”

Jedd Gyorko on verge of winning 2B job – CBS Sports

“While the Padres haven’t officially named Gyorko the starting second baseman yet, word is that team higherups are satisfied he can make the switch from third base, so barring something unforeseen, he will begin the year as the team’s everyday second baseman.”

Minor League Camp Report: Day 1 – Mad Friars

‘Wisler, who turned in a fantastic debut season as a teenager in Fort Wayne last season, got everyone’s attention striking out four hitters in two innings of work. The righty’s fastball sat comfortably 94-95 MPH, and popped higher several times in the first inning.”

Carlos Quentin not in lineup again – NBC Sports

“It was reported Thursday that he could return, but he’s not ready yet. Padres manager Bud Black said Quentin’s status for Opening Day isn’t in question “at this point.”

Things are still ugly between FSSD and TWC – KPBS.org

“Ultimately the committee voted to begin the process of getting financial records from the companies, but there’s still no end to the dispute in sight. The city says it will keep the pressure on Time Warner Cable and Fox Sports San Diego until a deal is reached.”

The Padres need the pitching to support the offense – Chicken Friars

“So as we approach the middle of spring training and with less than three weeks until opening day, the question for me is can the starting rotation remain stable and healthy enough to give the offense enough support?”

Three for the Show: Starting Pitching – Chris Kelly of The Friarhood

“I’ll start off with a couple of disclaimers. I realize that pitching is pitching and that starters easily become relievers and vice versa. However, for my own sanity, I opted to break the position into SPs and RPs. SPs this time. RPs next time. Oh, and I’m covering more than three players, so deal with it.”

Padres at Royals lineup – Corey Brock via Twitter

Padres pitching vs Royals - Union Tribune via Twitter

Padres vs Dodgers lineup – Corey Brock via Twitter

Padres pitching vs Dodgers – Union Tribune via 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.