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Daily Friar 4.3.13 

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The Padres get a shot at redemption tonight as we get to see game two of the season played against the Mets at Citi Field. We all know how Opening Day went, and I for one am hoping that was more of a fluke than a constant. Either way I am excited that Padres baseball is back and on television for us to watch. I just hope that they catch a break today and are able to keep a close game, or maybe even blow the Mets out of the water this time. Speaking of catching breaks, last night Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers was one out away from a perfect game. It was broken up on a comebacker right through his legs that went into center field. I couldn’t believe that he was that close only to have it broken up in that fashion. It was certainly fun to watch and it’s too bad it didn’t happen, but that is the nature of the game as we Padre fans know all too well.
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A preview of today’s game – Padres.com

“For the Padres, Richard presents a consistent option in the rotation after making all 33 of his starts last season and tying a career high with 14 victories. San Diego would gladly take that type of production again this season, but it will need the rest of its rotation to follow Richard’s example if it wants to improve on its 76-86 record and fourth-place finish in the National League West a season ago.”

Gyorko officially a major leaguer now – Union Tribune

“Gyorko surely will play in bigger big-league games – his second one comes Wednesday night against the New York Mets — but he’s gotten past the only first one he’ll have to play.”

Bud Black views Andrew Cashner as a starter – NBC Sports

“Padres manager Bud Black expects Andrew Cashner to join the team’s rotation at some point this season.”

Padres showcase five first rounders in Arizona – Fangraphs

“Overall, the Padres were a mixed bag for me in terms of talent. Wisler, Peterson and Gaedele were better than anticipated while Spangenberg, Hedges and Ross fell short of expectation.”

The Padres phantom pitching staff – Voice of San Diego

“I’ve argued before that the largest difference between the Padres and world champion San Francisco Giants isn’t just the size of the payroll, it’s luck. Specifically luck with injuries to starting pitchers.”

Padres ownership see baseball as their business – Rant Sports

“By making smart decisions and thinking like businessmen, Fowler and company are hoping that they can help the Padres can turn things around and make it to the playoffs.”

A preview of the 2013 Tuscon Padres – MadFriars

“This is a classic Triple-A team with some prospects, others that are blocked and some guys trying to work their way back. The thin desert air and near cement infield at Kino Stadium in the summer months make this very much a hitter’s paradise but not as much as some of the other stadiums in the PCL South.”

Padres began season with third highest payroll in club history – Gaslamp Ball

“According to Cot’s Contracts the Padres owe $68,333,600 to the players currently on the 25 man roster and on the restricted and disabled lists. That’s a total of 32 players and an average of $2,135,425 per player.”

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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.