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Daily Friar 3.16.13 

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If you are a Padres fan (if you’re reading this, you should be) and if you were also rooting for the US team in the World Baseball Classic, then you witnessed two comeback attempts in one day. Only one of them worked though and the other ended in a loss and ends a run to the WBC title. Puerto Rico was able to hold off a surge at the end of the game that the US tried to pull off. Trailing 4-1 in the eighth inning, the US team started to rally and put more runs on the board. Unfortunately they were only able to get two more runs up and lost the game 4-3, which eliminated them from contention in the WBC tournament. The Padres played yesterday against the Dodgers and needed a three run bottom of the ninth rally to win. The beauty to it all was that by then the starters were out of the game, and it was up to the minor leaguers to get things done. And as we can see from the final score they did just that. This was just one game played yesterday as there was a second split squad game against the Royals, which ended in a loss for the Padres. Tim Stauffer once again had a rough outing, which you can read about below:
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Minor leaguers rally Padres past Dodgers in the ninth – Padres.com

“The Padres scored three runs in the ninth inning to rally past the Dodgers, 8-7, on Friday at the Peoria Sports Complex.”

Tim Stauffer struggles late in Padres’ loss to Royals – Padres.com

“Hot-hitting Nick Hundley belted a two-run homer in the first inning, but the Padres couldn’t hold an early lead and lost to the Royals, 7-5, in a split-squad Cactus League game on Friday at Surprise Stadium.”

Team USA rallies twice but falls short vs Puerto Rico – MLB.com

“Behind the two-hit pitching of journeyman right-hander Nelson Figueroa, Puerto Rico defeated Team USA, 4-3, on Friday night at Marlins Park, knocking the Americans — the only team replete with Major Leaguers — out of the World Baseball Classic.”

Who’s to blame for Tommy John woes? – Union Tribune

“It’s a trend that seemingly won’t end. If top prospect Casey Kelly undergoes Tommy John surgery, he’ll be the fourth pitcher in 10 months to have the procedure.”

Positional power rankings: 2B – Fangraphs

“But it looks more and more like the Padres’ second base job will go to converted third base prospect Jedd Gyorko. Forsythe, as such, will be relegated to a utility role — a role in which he should be very efffective.”

Minor League Camp Report: March 15 – MadFriars

“After complex games on Thursday, the Padres minor leaguers faced off against Kansas City Royals farmhands on Friday. The advanced squads stayed in Peoria, while the younger guys went on the road.”

Thoughts on Jedd Gyorko – Chicken Friars

“There’s no time like the present to let Gyorko “cut his teeth” at the big league level, and I hope that the Padres will give him the chance to contribute early and often over the course of the 2013 season.”

Padres lineup for today’s game against the DBacks – 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.