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Daily Friar 3.26.13 

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There is a bunch of good news coming from the Padres today. Not only did they win the game yesterday on the back of a stellar pitching performance from Jason Marquis, but two guys are entering the lineup today that were questionable for Opening Day. Speaking of Opening Day, we are now less than a week from first pitch! Camp breaks on Thursday then it’s off to New York via San Antonio. I don’t know about you all, but I am pretty excited for the season to start. Going back to the two guys, as you will see in the very last link below (the lineup for today’s game), Carlos Quentin and Logan Forsythe are in the starting lineup. This is great news as Quentin has been nursing his knee that he had operated on (again) over the offseason. Forsythe was dealing with a planters fasciitis issue. He now says that it doesn’t bother him too much, only when he sprints. So we’ll see how his foot holds up. I know people that have had that problem in the past and it can be very painful to deal with and to overcome. Not a whole lot of major news stories today as spring is winding down, but there are plenty of articles getting us ready for Opening Day. Here they are:
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Marquis’ sharp outing leads Padres in win – Padres.com

“Jesus Guzman hit a two-run home run and Jason Marquis allowed one run over six-plus innings Monday as the Padres defeated the Rangers, 3-1, in a Cactus League game at the Peoria Sports Complex.”

X-ray on Headley shows good news – NBC Sports

“An X-ray on Chase Headley’s injured left thumb show no movement in his bone.”

Can the Padres be a surprise team? – USA Today

“There is certainly some talent in San Diego. Chase Headley could have another breakout year at the plate and help earn some wins for this team. And if Carlos Quentin can stay healthy, he might also boost this lineup.”

Positional Power Rankings: Starting Pitching – Fangraphs
Padres come in at number 28:

“A strong healthy season from Cashner would be a positive step, but they’re going to need more than that to fix this rotation long term.”

Options at third base with Headley out – Rant Sports

“It remains to be seen how willing the Padres are to move Gyorko around early in the season from second base after he worked exclusively there all spring. Gyorko does have significant minor league and collegiate experience at third base and the Padres may be willing to play him there depending upon how the final roster takes shape.”

Minor League Camp Report: March 24 and 25 – MadFriars

“The best collection of Padres’ position prospects, and probably athletes, will be at Lake Elsinore with Austin Hedges behind the plate, Jace Peterson and Corey Spangenberg at short and second and Travis Jankowski patrolling center field.”

Petco Park Preview 2013 – Gaslamp Ball

“Petco Park was just named the 7th best ballpark in the country by TripAdvisor and strangely enough the 7th best attraction in San Diego. That doesn’t mean they’re going to sit back and rest on their laurels. Here come the changes:”

A Taste of Optimism: Padres Win The NL West – Steve Adler of The Friarhood

“I’m not going to talk about if Sheehan is crazy or not, but I did feel this was a good launching pad for your thoughts on where you feel the Padres can finish 2013.  Your comments are welcome below.”

Padres lineup for today’s game – 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.