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Daily Friar 4.29.13 

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When the Padres swept the Dodgers they surprised many people. A team that had only won two games prior to that was able to go into Dodger Stadium and sweep the billion-dollar team. They then went into San Francisco and were shown what a championship winning team looks like, and the sails were deflated. Fast-forward to this weekend and the Padres and Giants are at it again. This time the little guy has prevailed as the Padres were able to complete the three game sweep of the Giants for the first time since 2010. It was exciting offensively as the ball was flying out of the ballpark today (with the aid of the new fence). All told there were four total home runs today, three from Padres hitters (Headley, Hundley, and Amarista). The one by the Giants was off the bat of Buster Posey and it just made its way out scraping off Chris Denorfia’s glove. If you’re keeping score at home the new fences have given the opponents 4 home runs, while the Padres have 1 as Amarista’s landed in the Jack Daniel’s deck today. So now the Padres are headed to Chicago to take on the Cubs starting today. If they win today they will be 10-15, and could be 11-15 tomorrow, which would be a pretty good April all things considered.
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Padres hit homer trio, hang on for sweep – Padres.com

“Denorfia’s grab of a sinking liner in the eighth inning prevented two runs from scoring and allowed the Padres to pull off a three-game sweep of the Giants with a 6-4 victory.”

A preview of today’s game – MLB.com

“Richard has excellent numbers against the Cubs. He made just one start against the Cubs last season, tossing a five-hit shutout, and he has not allowed a run in his last 13 2/3 innings against the Cubs, with his only run allowed in the second inning of that first start on Aug. 18, 2010.”

Tyson Ross to begin rehab assignment – NBC Sports

“Out with a left shoulder subluxation, it’s not clear how many rehab starts Ross will need before being activated. He’s not a given to be re-inserted into the rotation when ready.”

Did Everth Cabrera’s bat knock something loose in the Padres? – Rant Sports

“I’m not sure and it sure sounds strange; but it sure seems like that bat flying into the dugout and Denorfia’s hilarious genuine reaction, busted something loose in the Padres.”

Monday Morning Ten Pack – Baseball Prospectus
On Burch Smith:

“Smith has been perhaps the most impressive pitcher in the Texas League this month, posting a 1.38 ERA with 31 strikeouts and just four walks over 26 innings. The 23-year-old has flashed plus command of a dominant fastball that sits between 93-96 mph and reaches up to 98.”

Historically bad start not so historically bad – Gaslamp Ball

“The Padres have been tied for the worst start in franchise history twice, but thrilling sweeps of the Dodgers and Giants have the team on the same pace as the 2006 National League West champions.”

Nick Hundley quietly bouncing back offensively – Chicken Friars

“Since that time, Hundley has been one of San Diego’s most productive hitters.  Overall, the backstop has gone 20 for his last 55 (.364 batting average) during his last 15 games.  Over said span, Hundley has scored 10 runs, clubbed 6 doubles, 2 home runs, and racked up 7 RBI’s.”

The Vocal Minority has a song proposal – Padres Public

“We’ve already got a Padres song, so let’s use it! At least once? Please? And yes, it is awful. So is ”San Diego Super Chargers”, but we love it anyway.”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 4-28-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“Both the TinCaps and the Missions win their games in the 11th inning. Jeremy Baltz hit a walk-off double for Fort Wayne while Reymond Fuentes drove in the go ahead run with a sac fly for the Missions. The T-Pads smack 3 home runs while Gregorio Petit goes a perfect 4-4 as the T-Pads beat the Sky Sox 7-4. Lake Elsinore was the only affiliate to collect a loss tonight despite a solid start from Matt Jackson. The loss moves the Storm’s record to 6-17.”

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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.