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Daily Friar 3.20.13 

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Let me start off this morning by saying congratulations to the Dominican Republic on winning this year’s World Baseball Classic. This is the first time that Japan has not won the competition as Puerto Rico knocked them off in the previous round. What was amazing about the DR is that they won this thing undefeated. All the way from game one they hadn’t been beat at all, and they won against a team they had met two times prior. Not too often do you get a team that goes undefeated in a playoff-like atmosphere. You could tell too that the players were genuinely happy to win this for their country, and you know the Dominican is happy as well. This brings up the question if the USA had won, would Americans care? For most countries involved this was a big deal. Now that baseball isn’t in the Olympics this was the immediate substitute. However, for most Americans they probably had no idea this was going on. It kind of figures though, the whole tournament was buried on the MLB Network instead of a prime channel like Fox where everybody could watch it. I just don’t think the tournament will be as popular here as it is in other countries. Anyways, the Padres also played yesterday and came out with a victory with Eric Stults doing a lot of work. Read about all this below:
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Stults helps own cause in strong outing in win – Padres.com

“The Padres rode a strong performance from starter Eric Stults and a four-run fourth inning to beat the D-backs, 6-2, on Tuesday afternoon at Salt River Fields.”

A recap of the Dominican Republic’s win last night – MLB.com

“At AT&T Park, where the Dominicans received their gold medals after defeating neighboring Puerto Rico, 3-0, in the championship game, orange, white and blue confetti was sent streaming into the damp air.”

Joe Wieland planning to play catch next Monday – NBC Sports

“‘It’s not going to be a bullpen and it’s playing catch from 45 feet,’ Wieland said Tuesday.”

Padres traded minor leaguer Jose Dore – MLBTR

“The Cubs acquired minor league infielder Jose Dore from the Padres for a player to be named later or cash, MLB.com’s Corey Brock reports.”

Latest on Rick Porcello – MLB Buzz

“The Padres made an ‘aggressive’ offer for Porcello last week, only to be rejected, according to a source.”

Q&A with Jedd Gyorko – Fangraphs

“Gyorko addressed his development — on both sides of the ball — prior to Wednesday‘s game at the Peoria Sports Complex. Also weighing in were manager Bud Black and hitting coach Phil Plantier.”

Padres fans are losing hope even before season starts – Voice of San Diego

“The Padres have missed every opportunity to build on the hope of 2012. The lack of activity during free agency was deafening, leading many fans to wonder whether the new ownership would be at an even greater disadvantage to compete with the rest of the league due to financial issues.”

Padres lineup for today against Giants – Corey Brock 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.