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Daily Friar 3.9.13 

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Rain was the culprit yesterday as it spoiled Carlos Quentin’s first game back since last season. He is playing right now though in a “B” game as they call it. Basically it’s an added game that gets guys more work, but doesn’t count in Cactus League standings. Since the Mariners were also rained out yesterday, the teams decided to play each other this morning so that guys can stay sharp. This afternoon the “A” game is against the Oakland A’s. The links below will have full lineups and pitching for you all to see. Also last night was the first game for the USA in the World Baseball Classic. The game was anything but a classic for the US team as they lost the game to Mexico. Tonight they have to play a pretty good Italian team in a must win game if they want to make it to the next round. You can read about the game and more in the links below:
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Quentin’s Cactus League debut cut short by rain – Padres.com

“It was a very brief Cactus League debut for Padres outfielder Carlos Quentin on Friday, as he had two plate appearances before rain canceled the game after three innings.”

Team Mexico defeats Team USA – MLB.com

“Mexico first baseman Adrian Gonzalez hit a two-run, third-inning homer and had three RBIs off U.S. knuckleballer R.A. Dickey in a 5-2 victory. The game was played in front of 44,256 rowdy fans decidedly split in their loyalties.”

Bud Black a WBC guy…to a limit – Union Tribune

“But he also understands why some other major league managers might be reluctant to let their players – and pitchers in particular – take part when spring training is underway.”

Chase Headley available this summer? – Rant Sports

“Reading between the lines, it seems that Byrnes wants to hold out on moving the team’s biggest star until as late as possible, much as the team did with Gonzalez.”

Mariano Rivera announces this will be his final season – MLB.com

“Mariano Rivera vowed to leave the game that he loves under his terms, and now the all-time saves leader is ready to begin writing the final chapter of his illustrious and remarkable career.”

Padres lineup against the A’s – Union Tribune via Twitter

Padres pitching against the A’s – Union Tribune via Twitter

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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.