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Daily Friar 5.20.13 

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This lineup really showed it’s potential yesterday during the final game of the series with the Nationals. Dan Haren was pitching for the Nationals and after seeing him pitch I am glad the Padres didn’t pick him up. They did however pick him apart yesterday. He lasted five innings giving up seven runs on nine hits, two of those home runs. I turned on the game a little late so I missed the whole first inning, but when Ryan Zimmerman hit the home run in the fourth inning I got a little worried. Andrew Cashner held things down though and the offense got extremely hot and my worries went away. Everybody in the lineup had a hit yesterday with the exception being Nick Hundley, though he did have an RBI. I really liked the lineup with Venable in center, Quentin in left and Blanks in right. I think that setup and will work well going ahead until we know for certain what Maybin can do when he comes back. I also have been very impressed with Everth Cabrera this season as he put up another great game going 2-6 with two RBIs. It amazes me to be saying that with a runner on second or third I want Everth Cabrera at the plate. He seems to find a way to get the ball past the infielders to drive the run in lately. He now has more RBIs than Quentin who is consistently hitting fourth in the lineup. Today the Padres take on the Cardinals who have the best record in the National League. It will be fun to watch, but if we can sweep them we will be at .500. Let’s hope.
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Offense breaks out behind Cashner’s solid start – Padres.com

“The Padres pounded out 15 hits, three of which were home runs, on their way to a 13-4 victory over the Nationals before a crowd of 27,080 to earn a split of a four-game series that began with two losses.”

A preview of today’s game against the Cardinals – ESPN

“These clubs are meeting for the first time since splitting six 2012 matchups, with the home team winning every time. San Diego (20-23) scored 20 runs in its Sept. 10-12 sweep.”

Maybin could begin rehab stint on Friday – NBC Sports

“Maybin was recently cleared to resume hitting activities and hasn’t had any setbacks. On the disabled list since April 17, he should be close to making his return.”

Blue Jays claim Thad Weber – MLBTR

“The Blue Jays have announced they have claimed right-hander Thad Weber off waivers from the Padres and assigned him to Triple-A Buffalo.”

Jedd Gyorko showing great promise – Rant Sports

“Through the first 43 games of the season, Gyorko is batting .273 with a .337 OBP and a .764 OPS. He’s also already knocked 11 doubles, four homers, driven in 15 runs and scored another 18.”

Farm Report: 5-19-13 – MadFriars

“The starting pitching was a mess, the offense was quiet, and the defense gave away extra outs and bases. Not hard to see how the system got shut out on Sunday.”

Jason Marquis: Where stats disagree – Gaslamp Ball

“Jason Marquis leads the team in wins and innings, but when looking at some of his 2013 advanced statistics there is a conflict brewing as to whether he’s been an asset to the Padres or a detriment.”

A look at Kyle Blanks and Yonder Alonso – Padres Public

“What Blanks hasn’t done is secured himself the opportunity for 600 plate appearances in a season. Unfortunately for him, the thing that got him into the majors is also the thing that keeps him from being a starter. Kyle Blanks is versatile.”

Tuscon Padres Week #6 – Mylo Erickson of The Friarhood

“The Tucson Padres finished off its sixth week of play in 2013 going 4-2. Tucson is sitting with a record of 23-20. Tucson is third place in the division and is only a game and a half behind the first place Fresno Grizzlies and are a only a game behind the second place Sacramento River Cats.”

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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.