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Daily Friar 3.8.13 

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That was a rough game yesterday for our Padres. The hits were there, as most of the starters managed to find at least one hit in their stat column, but the pitching was way off. Freddy Garcia got the start and again did not do well. He gave up three runs on the back of two home runs in just three innings. On top of that Casey Kelly came in for three innings as well giving up two more runs. These are two guys that are trying to crack the rotation and they have a 13.50 and 7.71 ERA respectively. Tommy Layne and Daniel Stange also gave up home runs late in the game. It seemed yesterday that home runs were the way to score as all three Padre runs came off three solo shots. This is all summed up in the first article below. Looking at the box score though Nick Hundley went 2-2 raising his average to .524 and Chase Headley went 2-3 raising his average to .588. Today the Padres are in Glendale to take on the White Sox. Look below for starting lineups and the pitching schedule:
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Garcia, Kelly struggle in rotation auditions – Padres.com

“Howie Kendrick continued to swing a hot bat on Thursday as he and teammates Chris Iannetta, Travis Witherspoon and Taylor Lindsey all hit home runs in the Angels’ 12-3 Cactus League victory over the Padres at the Peoria Sports Complex.”

Donovan Tate a no-show to minor league camp – Union Tribune

“Tate, the outfielder signed by the Padres for $6.5 million as the No. 3 overall pick of 2009, informed the club that he will not be reporting on time with the rest of the minor league position players on Friday. Tate’s reason for not showing in Peoria was described by the club as ‘personal.'”

Andrew Cashner looks good during live BP – NBC Sports

“Padres manager Bud Black said the ball was coming out of Andrew Cashner’s (thumb) hand “great” during live batting practice Thursday.”

The Padres are listening to offers for Chase Headley – Bill Madden at New York Daily News

“Even though it’s spring, when GMs supposedly make only garbage-dumping deals, the word is the Padres are starting to listen to offers for Headley, their 28-year-old All-Star third baseman who led the National League with 115 RBI last year but who is a free agent after 2014 and will undoubtedly command a contract they can’t come close to affording.”

“With 11 hits in 21 at-bats, including a 2-for-2 day on Thursday, the catcher is tied for the team lead along with fellow redemption story Kyle Blanks. More importantly, he’s hitting the baseball with power, with four doubles and a homer to show it.”

How does the rotation look after 13 games? – Gaslamp Ball

“Thirteen games are in the books and the rotation watch is still on. It’s time to check in on which rotation candidates have seen their stock go up and who saw it go down”

Will Kyle Blanks fit into the Padres 2013 plans? – Chicken Friars

“What I cannot see however is Blanks receiving a large, or any extended amounts of playing time at the big league level if the players I alluded to before perform up to par, or stay healthy.”

Padres starting lineup for today’s game – 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.