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Daily Friar 4.10.13 

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What an awesome game yesterday! Nothing like coming home in front of the home crowd and getting a win against the Dodgers. I had a blast and I hope that those of you that went had a great time as well. Last year it felt like there were more Dodger fans in attendance than this year. That is always a good thing when the Padre fans can outnumber the enemy on their home turf. Of course this wasn’t a weekend series, so that makes a little bit of a difference. The bats came to life as the Padres were able to put nine runs on the board to grab the win; two of those runs came via home run. The ironic thing is that the two home runs hit by the Padres would have been home runs last season and the one hit by the Dodgers was aided by the new fences. Tonight they play again, this time at the normal 7:05 start time so we will really see how this ballpark plays when it comes to the fences. One of my bigger fears was that balls in the gap would only go for doubles now, but Will Venable proved my wrong with his triple yesterday. Let’s hope there is more offense in those bats tonight!
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Padres return to Petco with a victory – Padres.com

“The Padres scored six runs over the final two innings of their 9-3 victory over the Dodgers before a sold-out crowd of 44,336, who not only saw the team hang its first crooked number on the scoreboard of the season, but get seven two-out runs in the process.”

On Deck: Padres face Billingsley – Union Tribune

“In a rehab start for Rancho Cucamonga against the Storm last Thursday, Billingsley allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and three walks in four innings.”

X-rays on Carlos Quentin’s wrist are negative – NBC Sports

“Quentin was hit by a pitch just above the wrist Tuesday, but it sounds like he’s escaped anything serious. Consider him day-to-day.”

Jedd Gyorko proving to be solid major leaguer for Padres – Rant Sports

“He puts a good at-bat out there almost every time up. That is so important for a team to know one of their guys for sure is going to make the opposing pitcher show what he has working or not working on a particular night.”

Opening Day Winner – Tenth and Island

“It is always fun to come back to Petco Park after a long off-season. There were many changes made to the park besides bringing the fences in.”

Information on the top 50 draft ratings – MadFriars

“Kiley brings us behind the scene on the most recent 2013 MLB Draft Top 50 Rankings with information on the 74 players mentioned and a few more bonus names.”

Gaslamp Ball offers their take on Opening Day

“The Padres were apparently just waiting till the home opener before they actually started playing baseball.”

As does Chicken Friars

“What a relief. Just when you can’t you think the season go any worse, the season opener is against a bulked up Dodger team favored to win the division. The rival isn’t even the problem. None of us want to hear our stupid friends or coworkers rant about losing to them. Well, good thing the boys stepped up.”

Good, Bad and Ugly from yesterday’s game – Steve Adler of The Friarhood

“It wasn’t pretty, but it was effective.  Richard was pinch hit for in the bottom of the fifth inning following a solo home run from Hundley.  So essentially he did leave the game with the lead.”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 4-9-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“Despite a 4 RBI night from Yeison Asencio, the Storm lost 13-8 to the JetHawks due to sloppy defense. Donn Roach impressed again in his 2nd start of the season; he’s only allowed 2 hits over 10 innings of work.”

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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.