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Daily Friar 5.16.13 

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In yesterday’s post I asked for a no drama game. That is exactly what the Padres gave to us as they put up an early lead and never looked back as they beat the Orioles 8-4 to complete the two game sweep. Huston Street pitched again in the bottom of the ninth and that final out seemed to elude him as well. I don’t know what it is, but the first two outs are easy to get and that final one always takes some work. Anyways, the Padres came away with that win in the end. Imagine though if the Padres had swept the Rays as well they would be sitting on a nine game winning streak and would have a 21-18 record. This would be good for third place in the standings as they are now with a half game lead over the Rockies. But instead they are 18-21 in fourth. Not a bad record all things considered, but we do have a tough home stand ahead. They have proven they can beat a good team though, so maybe there is a chance we can escape this home stand with a winning record. Tonight starts with the Nationals and Stephen Strasburg is on the hill for them. This is the first time pitching in Petco Park, so maybe he will get nervous in front of the home crowd. I for one hope he does and the Padres ruin his homecoming.
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Bottom of the order produces in Padres win – Padres.com

“Baker’s two-run single in the second wasn’t the decisive blow in the Padres’ 8-4 win over the Orioles before a crowd of 32,418 at Camden Yards, because the bottom of the lineup produced over and over again, as San Diego won for the second time in this brief two-game series.”

Grandal to join Triple-A on Saturday – NBC Sports

“Grandal is still serving his 50-game suspension for a positive PED test, but he is allowed to begin a 10-game minor league assignment. The 24-year-old backstop is eligible to join the Padres on May 28 and may split playing time with Nick Hundley upon his return.”

Padres must find a trade Partner for Headley – Rant Sports

“Headley is well on his way to another very successful season. With the fantastic production that he has put up the past two years, he will certainly be a hot name if the Padres do decide to put him on the trading block.”

Tuscon Padres are bringing back an old uniform – Yahoo

“The San Diego Padres’ minor-league affiliate at Class AAA is reviving Tucson’s take on the “Tequila Sunrise” uniforms worn famously by the Houston Astros from the middle 1970s until 1986, when Houston was Tucson’s parent city.”

There’s no shame in passing the torch – Padres Public

“Dick Enberg didn’t trust his eyes to make the call and that’s a huge problem for a man who is calling the play-by-play for a major league franchise.”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 5-15-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“Fort Wayne was the only affiliated that recorded a victory today as Max Fried dominated and Jeremy Baltz went yard. The Storm’s season continues to spiral out of control; starting pitcher John Hussey was awful and the Storm couldn’t keep pace with the Nuts. Sloppy defense contributed greatly to San Antonio’s loss. The Missions only lost by 2, but 5 unearned runs scored against starting pitcher Matt Andriese were the difference in this game. Tucson had the day off.”

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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.