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Daily Friar 5.28.13 

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Clayton Richard is back and he hasn’t missed a beat from when he left. I wish that I could say this as a good thing, but Clayton was awful before going on the disabled list and he was just as bad yesterday. Coming into this game he was 0-4 with a 8.54 ERA. In 26.1 innings pitched he had given up 37 hits, seven of those were home runs. He then went on the DL for a stomach virus that was supposedly making him tired and not able to pitch well. Alright no problem, let’s hope he gets better. After a couple rehab starts in the minors, where he pitched pretty well, he was ready to make his return to the big leagues. Enter Jason Bay as the first batter and Clayton Richard promptly gives up a home run. Okay, just get the jitters out and get back on track. Next batter walks, next batter doubles, then finally another home run before recording out number one. All told Clayton Richard lasted six innings giving up 5 runs on 7 hits, three of those being home runs. It’s so good to have our old Clayton Richard back! And it just gets better today, as Edinson Volquez will take the mound. Hope it’s a good one!
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Richard gets rough welcome in first start off DL – Padres.com

“That statement wasn’t meant as a sign of disrespect of Harang, but it was made more out of discontent, especially after Harang tossed a four-hit shutout as the Mariners topped the Padres, 9-0, in front of a crowd of 18,942 at Safeco Field.”

A preview of today’s game – ESPN

“Both teams’ starting pitchers — Edinson Volquez for San Diego and rookie Brandon Maurer for Seattle come in trying to right their struggles this season, particularly recently.”

Yasmani Grandal to make his return today – Ian Edward Russell Smith of The Friarhood

“The Padres are opting to pickup rookie catcher Yasmani Grandal and have him return to the big league club Tuesday and send John Baker down to Triple-A Tucson, according to the Padres own Corey Brock.”

NL West questions answered? – Hardball Times

“The only bright spots in the rotation have been 26-year-old Andrew Cashner, an erstwhile reliever who’s performed solidly in seven starts since late April, and 34-year-old veteran Jason Marquis, who’s 6-2 with a 3.70 ERA, but an FIP of 5.75 and a spotty track record suggest the Padres can’t count on that.”

Padre Problems – Ken Rosenthal at Fox Sports

“The Cardinals visited San Diego just before Los Angeles, and one of their veterans remarked to me that the Padres were an enigmatic bunch, difficult to figure out. Specifically, he talked about right fielder Will Venable, raved about his tools and said, ‘Why isn’t he better?'”

Farm Report: 5-27-13 – MadFriars

“Robbie Erlin had a career night taking a no hitter into the sixth while striking out 11. Keyvius Sampson also had a strong outing striking out a season high of nine in seven innings.”

Padres history during the first 50 games – Gaslamp Ball

“So here we are 50 games into the season. Six games under .500. Seven games behind the Diamondbacks. A half a game ahead of the Dodgers and the NL west cellar.”

The birth of a rivalry: San Diego and Seattle – Padres Public

“But I would like to share with you a bit of history, a history that goes a long way towards explaining that there is indeed a rivalry between the Padres and Mariners – a history that dates back to 1936.”

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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.