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Daily Friar 5.13.13 

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Let me start off by saying I hope that all the mothers had a great Mother’s Day yesterday. Now it is time for some business. I know I haven’t posted as regularly this week, but I have had some family stuff I’ve been doing in the past week and just didn’t have time to get a post up every day. So this weekend saw the Padres take on the Rays in Tampa Bay and we saw three very winnable games go the other way and wound up losing them. The big one was Saturday’s game when Huston Street gave up the game winning home run to Evan Longoria. Yesterday’s game could have been won too in my opinion if the pitching could have just locked it down better. I thought maybe there would be a chance, but once James Loney hit one out to expand the lead to two I knew it was over. I was hopeful and thought that the Padres could come out of there with two wins under their belt, but it was not to be as they were swept. Now it is on to Baltimore to take on the Orioles, who are putting up yet another nice season so far. Last week I predicted a surprise sweep, but now I am not so certain. It’s a short two game set, but it would be nice to get a little morale boost before having to come home to face the Nationals and Cardinals. No baseball today as the Orioles series starts tomorrow, but enjoy the links I have for you all:
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Another lead escapes Padres in series finale – Padres.com

“For the third time in as many days, the Padres fell to the Rays, the latest a 4-2 decision Sunday in front of a crowd of 17,396 at Tropicana Field.”

Matt Andriese is quietly putting up great numbers – Union Tribune

“After seven starts, the 6-foot-3, 210-pound Andriese is 5-0 with a 2.19 earned run average. He has allowed 27 hits and seven walks in 37 innings with 34 strikeouts. He ranks third in the Texas League in runners reached base per inning (0.92) right behind Smith. Andriese is tied for the league lead in wins and not out of the top 10 in any vital statistic.”

Padres made a minor league signing – MLBTR

“The Padres have signed pitcher Trevor Holder, according to MLB.com’s transactions page. Holder, 26, was a third-round pick by the Nationals in 2009.”

A preview of the Baltimore series – CBS Sports

“Baltimore (23-15) has won six of eight and looks forward to an eight-game homestand – the first two coming versus the Padres – after playing 14 of 17 on the road. The Orioles capped that stretch with a 6-0 win at Minnesota on Sunday, though it was bittersweet.”

A look at Matt Wisler – Fake Teams

“He made six starts for Lake Elsinore (High-A) to start the season, throwing 31 innings, allowing 22 hits, walking 6 and striking out 28. As a result, the Padres promoted Wisler to AA San Antonio, where he debuted yesterday with a fair start (5 IP, 2 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 6 K).”

Chad MacDonald talks about the 2013 draft – MadFriars

“‘You have to take what the draft gives you,’ Chad MacDonald, the Padres’ Vice-President and General Manager explained on his philosophy on the draft.”

A tough week and half starts tomorrow – Chicken Friars

“Unfortunately for the Padres, they will not have much time to reflect on what transpired this past weekend.  In fact, over the next week and a half, San Diego will probably face their toughest stretch of opponents so far this year.”

Recent minor league moves as of Saturday – Ian Edward Russell Smith of The Friarhood

“The San Diego Padres made a handful of roster moves this morning in order to make room for Pitcher Burch Smith’s first big league start against the Tampa Bay Rays. In order to make room for Smith, RHP Brad Boxberger was optioned down to Triple-A Tucson according to Bob Scanlan via twitter.”

Anthony Rizzo signs extension with Cubs – MLB.com

“The Cubs announced Monday they have signed the first baseman to a seven-year, $41 million contract extension with two club options worth $14.5 million each. The deal includes escalators which could increase the total value of the contract to $73 million.”

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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.