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Daily Friar 4.18.13 

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What a game the Padres had last night. Actually scratch that. What a SERIES the Padres had these past couple of days! Man this team came out to play and show the Dodgers and the rest of Major League Baseball that they will not be thrown around. When they won on Tuesday that gave the Padres a series win for the first time this season. It was also the first time that they had won two games in a row. They now have extended that winning streak to three and have swept the Dodgers in Los Angeles. This is the first time since 2006 that the Padres have swept the Dodgers in Dodger Stadium. I had my doubts last night since we had to face Clayton Kershaw who is one of the top 5 best pitchers in all of baseball, but the Padres were able to get to him early and were able to get him out of the game in the sixth inning. On the offensive side of things we had Kyle Blanks, Chris Denorfia and Everth Cabrera all with home runs last night. Also Chase Headley made his return to the team going 1-4 with an RBI and walk. The team has the day off today as they head to San Francisco to take on the Giants in a three game weekend series. This should be fun to watch because if the Padres can play like they did in LA, they will give the Giants a run for their money. Alright enough of me, let’s get to those articles:
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Padres homer thrice to sweep Dodgers – Padres.com

“But that’s exactly what happened, as Kershaw allowed three home runs and the Padres ran off with a 7-2 victory before a crowd of 52,393 who saw San Diego complete its first sweep of three games or more at Chavez Ravine since July 2006.”

Impact of Headley’s return will be far reaching – Padres.com

“But having Headley hit in the middle of the order, coming off a monster season during which he hit 31 home runs and earned NL Player of the Month Award honors in August and September, figures to help the team in obvious ways, and some that aren’t so conspicuous.”

Cameron Maybin could miss more than 15 days – NBC Sports

“Maybin has been diagnosed with an impingement of his right wrist, an injury that he’s dealt with off and on all season. He’s also had past wrist issues.”

Thoughts on Headley and the Padres offense – ESPN

“Headley hit third in Wednesday’s surprising 7-2 win at Dodger Stadium, though the news of his return was muted a bit by center fielder Cameron Maybin taking his place on the shelf with a right wrist impingement.”

Tom Garfinkel had some words about Greinke – Yahoo Sports

“In a 4-minute, 29-second clip of a recent talk with Padres season-ticket holders obtained by Yahoo! Sports, Tom Garfinkel outlined the festering history between Greinke and Quentin and concluded the fastball that hit Quentin’s arm was deliberate despite Greinke’s claims otherwise.”

Rate last night’s game – Gaslamp Ball

“So where do we go from there? I would not be surprised if finishing a series sweep in convincing fashion was the most satisfying way to win a game, but I will be reserving my 10 vote.”

Thoughts on Garfinkel’s comments – Padres Public

“As for the rest? If Garfinkel chooses his words a bit more carefully in the future (and he’s a smart guy, so I’m sure he will), I don’t see how this has to change anything for any of us.”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 4-17-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“Walker Weickel made his second start for Fort Wayne and did well. However, the TinCaps lost a tight pitcher’s duel. Lake Elsinore won a close game due to a perfect night at the plate from Duanel Jones and a couple of hits fro Austin Hedges. Jaff Decker provided the offense and Brad Boxberger delivered the save as the T-Pads beat the Bees 10-7. The Missions had an off day.”

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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.