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Daily Friar 3.22.12 

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The Padres are in a very interesting, but good, situation at the catching position. In past years the catcher has been a revolving door. Not until recently with Nick Hundley have we actually had some foundation at catcher. He has a new contract extension, which I personally think is well deserved. The problem we have though is the two guys in the minors that want Nick’s spot. I’m talking about Yasmani Grandal and Austin Hedges. Both are highly regarded as top proespects in the league. So I am waiting to see if either of them is used as trade bait or what will happen to them. Anyways, here are your Padres links for today:
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Stauffer a big hit on the mound and at the bat – Padres.com
“Tim Stauffer pitched six scoreless innings and singled home two runs Wednesday as the Padres beat the Dodgers, 3-0, for their eighth win in the last 10 games.”

Padres value placed at $458 Million by Forbes – Union Tribune
“The valuation represents a 13 percent increase over 2010, although the Padres slipped two spots in the rankings from 18th last year.”

Venable starts to feel comfortable – NCT
“Will Venable said he and hitting coaches Phil Plantier and Alonso Powell won’t review tapes this spring of his bad swings, only the good ones. In Venable’s case, that means watching more footage than the Padres have discarded.”

Day 33: Did you pack your lunch? – Follow The Padres
“But, all of these split-squad games have some benefit

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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.