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Daily Friar 4.17.13 

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I just want to beat the Dodgers. No matter what happens each season as far as the team and standings go, I just want to beat the Dodgers. They think they are better than the Padres just because they have a longer history, play in a bigger city, have more money, etc. But we all know down here that isn’t the case at all. The Padres are better than the Dodgers in every aspect of the word better. “But they have a better record than we do, both during the season and historically.” Yeah? So what? The Padres will always be better than the Dodgers simply because the Padres aren’t the Dodgers. If that made sense to you then you are truly a Padres fan (or just crazy like me). Anyway as we know this season has not started too well for the Padres and they are fulfilling their low expectations. Last night, however, they were able to clinch their first series win of the season and are prime and ready for a sweep tonight of the much hated Dodgers. This also gives the Padres a winning record against the Dodgers believe it or not. You have no idea how good it felt to type those last two sentences. Jason Marquis pitched outstanding last night and was backed by some great offense. I’m hoping the Padres can get more of the same out of Tyson Ross tonight and get that sweep before having to go to San Francisco. Read about the game and more below:
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Amarista’s four RBI’s back Marquis’ gem in LA – Padres.com

“How about the Padres’ struggling offense, which was able to accumulate 15 hits, seven with runners in scoring position, en route to a 9-2 victory over the Dodgers in front of crowd of 35,898?”

Cameron Maybin bothered by wrist injury – NBC Sports

“Padres manager Bud Black indicated that Cameron Maybin was a late scratch from Tuesday’s lineup due to a recurring right wrist injury.”

Is San Diego new ownership sending mixed signals to fans? – Through The Fence Baseball

“I tend to believe that if Byrnes could have made some baseball and business savvy moves, he would have, given the lack of immediate depth in the Padres system due to injuries to key players.”

An interview with Kevin Quackenbush – MadFriars

“Kevin Quackenbush, 24, was taken in the eighth round out of the University of South Florida by the Padres in the 2011 draft. In four years with the Bulls he struck out 141 batters in 107 innings against only 53 walks.”

Rate the latest win – Gaslamp Ball

“We might want to enjoy it, because this could very well be the high point in the season. Chase is likely coming back for the final game against the Dodgers and a sweep would be amazing, but it’s also tough to imagine considering the way a bunch of our other games have been going.”

Chase Headley expected to return Wednesday – Ian Edward Russell Smith

“The Padres own Corey Brock posted on Twitter that Chase Headley is expected to join the club later this week for the Padres/Dodgers series finale in Los Angeles. Brock noted that Headley’s return was contingent upon how he felt after tonight’s game, but the outlook was optimistic nonetheless.”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 4-16-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“Offense was a problem in the Padre farm today for everyone but the Storm. The T-Pads, Missions, and TinCaps combined for 3 runs and 3 losses while the Storm blew out the Quakes 10-1.”

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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.