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Daily Friar 3.27.13 

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Padres took on the Giants yesterday and they had a decent outing even though they took the loss. Andrew Cashner got the start as he went into the fifth inning allowing two runs on three hits. He did walk two also, but countered with four strike outs. I mentioned it before, but as we get closer to the start of the season the roster is starting to take shape. We still don’t know who will be the fifth starter, but we do know some other moves that have happened. As you will see in one of the articles below, Logan Forsythe will most likely start on the disabled list due to his foot problem. With Chase Headley already hurt, this will open the door for Cody Ransom to make the Opening Day roster. The NBC Sports article below will highlight some of the minor league moves made today as well. One that isn’t mentioned though is the release of Eric Hamren. Hamren had a brief stint with the Padres in 2011, but pitched exclusively in AAA Tuscon last year. It won’t be long before he is picked up elsewhere though. Alright lots to get to today so let’s get to it:
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Cashner pitches into fifth inning against Giants – Padres.com

“Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Hunter Pence continued their torrid springs Tuesday for the Giants, who outlasted the San Diego Padres, 4-2.”

Padres make few changes to 4th place team – CBS Sports

“The 2013 San Diego Padres look almost exactly like the 2012 version that finished fourth in the NL West, 18 games behind the World Series champion San Francisco Giants.”

Padres make series of roster cuts – NBC Sports

“Padres reassigned RHPs Tim Stauffer and Sean O’Sullivan, C Juan Rivera, OF Travis Buck and INF Gregorio Petit to minor league camp.”

Positional Power Rankings: Relief Pitching – Fangraphs
Padres rank at number 26:

“Luckily for San Diego, they still get 81 games at PETCO Park. If they can just get some leads to the seventh inning there, they’ll be in good shape.”

Jason Marquis continues to make unlikely comeback – Rant Sports

“Marquis is expected to be the third starter in the rotation this year and although it is only spring training, his work so far this Spring has been very encouraging for the Padres who will be in need of solid starting pitching performances in 2013 in order to win consistently.”

Edinson Volquez and the Quest For Control – Padres Public

“To that end, perhaps the only control the Padres can hope for out of Edinson Volquez isn’t in how he attacks the strike zone, but in how they can maximize output through efficiently managing his match-ups.”

Logan Forsythe likely to start season on DL – Brandon Cline of The Friarhood

“Logan only played eight games this spring training batting .270/.343/.390 before he developed his plantar fasciitis on March 9th.”

Three For The Show: Relief Pitching – Chris Kelly of the Friarhood

“In the immortal words of Huey Lewis: This is it! The tenth and final piece in the series is here. Whew! I have concluded my identification of the top three players at each position in the Padres’ minor league system. Up last: Relief Pitching.”

Padres lineup for today against Reds – Union Tribune via Twitter

Padres depth chart – Baseball Prospectus

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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.