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Daily Friar 4.16.13 

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The Padres were finally able to get a win last night after dropping five in a row since their win on Opening Day at Petco last Tuesday. It has been a season so far where either the pitching doesn’t pick up the offense, or the offense doesn’t pick up the pitching. Rarely have we had a game where the two come together and actually play as one. Last night was a different story as the pitching helped out the offense so to speak. Eric Stults had a great outing only allowing three hits through six innings. His only major flaw was that he gave up nine hits in those six innings as well. He also helped out his own cause at the plate by launching a three-run home run to center field. The Padres then were able to tack on some more runs later in route to the win. Now let’s hope they can go back on the field tonight and do the same thing and not lose another series. These are important division games to win and could get us on the right track if we do. Some help is on the way though as it appears that Chase Headley could be back as early as tomorrow, so I would look for him during the San Francisco series. I have a few articles for today, so I hope you enjoy them.
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Stults a two-way threat in win over Dodgers – Padres.com

“Stults tossed six solid innings against his former club and belted his first career home run, and the Padres benefited from a bases-loaded walk to beat the Dodgers, 6-3, on Monday night at Dodger Stadium.”

Rival managers get subtle warning from Joe Torre – Union Tribune

“Major League Baseball’s executive vice president of operations reminded the managers what the day is all about – honoring the 66th anniversary of Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in major league baseball.”

Future Chase Headley suitors – MLBTR

“Padres third baseman Chase Headley aims to make his 2013 season debut this week after fracturing his thumb in March.  Headley, who turns 29 in May, has a lot of factors conspiring to make him a trade candidate this summer.”

An interview with Rico Noel – MadFriars

“Rico Noel, 24, was taken in the fifth round of the 2010 draft by the San Diego Padres out of Coastal Carolina. Starting his fourth year with the organization Noel biggest assets are his plus speed and defensive ability which allows him to play all three outfield positions.”

Padres won’t be seen on Time Warner in 2013 – Gaslamp Ball

“FSSD explained to everyone that they were charging the market price for their programming. Four other carriers paid the same price they are asking of TWC. That’s what makes it the market price.”

Edinson Volquez and his early season struggles – Chicken Friars

“An 0-3 record, an 11.68 ERA over 12.1 inning pitched, a 7 to 9 walk to strikeout ratio, and a .356 batting average allowed is simply not going to help a team without its two best hitters.”

Tuscon Padres Week One – Mylo Erickson of The Friarhood

“The Tucson Padres has started its 2013 season with a losing record of 3-7 through its first 10 games. The T-Pads have seen some changes starting this year, starting with a new manager. Pat Murphy has started out this new year with the T-Pads after spending the past two seasons managing the Eugene Emeralds, the San Diego Padres Class A Short Season affiliate.”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 4-14-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“Thanks to some quality pitching by 2012 supplemental first round pick, Zach Eflin, the TinCaps win a pitcher’s duel against the Captains.”

Help Cody Decker pick a walk up song – The Friarhood

“The Tucson Padres 1B/LF/RF/C is searching for a new walk-up song and he wants you to be part of the selection process.  Just vote for the song that you think Cody Decker should hear ringing in his ears as he steps to the plate.”

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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.