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Daily Friar 3.28.13 

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I guess if you’re going to be wild you might as well be very effectively wild. Such was the case yesterday as Edinson Volquez took the hill against the Reds. Padre fans know what we are getting out of Volquez each time he goes to the mound and that is that we don’t know which Volquez we will get each time he goes to the mound. We either see a great pitching performance where he only gives up one hit in nine innings, or we see him pitching out of jams set up by walks. Yesterday was a little bit of both. In five innings he only gave up two hits and one run with a strike out. One of the hits was a home run. However, and it is a big however, he walked six. SIX! Now let that sink in for a moment. He put six men on base and none of them crossed the plate. If we can get this Edinson Volquez each time he gets wild then I will take it. It will be interesting to see which side of him shows up April 1 in New York. Here are your links for today:
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Volquez walks six but minimizes damage in loss – Padres.com

“Ryan Ludwick’s three-run home run in the bottom of the seventh broke up a tie game and led the Reds to a 7-3 win over the Padres on Wednesday afternoon.”

Bud Black says roster is almost set – Padres.com

“It appears that right-handed pitcher Tyson Ross will be the fifth starter in the rotation and will pitch April 6 against the Rockies — the first time the Padres will need their fifth starter.”

Padres know the fragility of pitching – New York Times

“Byrnes said the Padres had studied all of the injuries but had not reached conclusions about the causes. They would seem to be set up well to develop pitchers, with a well-respected former pitching coach, Bud Black, as their manager.”

April will make or break Padres in 2013 – Chicken Friars

“There are a lot of games to be played and we’ve seen teams get hot at the end of the year to sneak into the playoffs. However, the Padres could very well have their season all but decided before May rolls around.”

A look at what to do when your opponent thinks like you – Gaslamp Ball

“So what’s a Padres Front Office to do? That’s right… Overspend in free agency! Brewster’s Millions. That’s the movie we’re going to run with for a while.”

The retired numbers baseball – Padres Public

“I came up with the idea one day to collect autographs from every Padre who has had his number retired by the team on one baseball. As you now know, the situation has to be right for me to get the autograph, so this process has taken a while.”

Padres lineup for today – Baseball Press

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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.