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Daily Friar 5.3.13 

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Ideally it would have been nice for the Padres to go into Chicago and take three of the four games at least, but splitting the series isn’t too bad either. The game yesterday was moving along pretty quickly as both pitchers were getting guys out in timely fashion. I don’t know if it was the cold weather or what, but they weren’t hanging around on the field long. The scoring broke open in the seventh inning when Scott Hairston was able to muscle out a two run home run off Eric Stults. This was not an easy task as the wind as blowing in from center field off the lake, but he was able to do it. The Padres then answered back in the eighth inning with a mix of timely hitting and Cubs mistakes. Now the Padres are back home tonight to start a three game set with the Diamondbacks. It should be a pretty competitive series and it will be a fun weekend for all that go with Beer Fest tonight and the towel give away on Saturday. There are still tickets available to sit in the Friarhood section. Just go to the Friarhood facebook page and you will be able to find the link for 40% off tickets.
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Padres come to life late, bat around to rally in eighth – Padres.com

“Most importantly, the Padres were 4-2 winners after a four-run gift of an eighth inning was helped along by some cumbersome Cubs play and timely at-bats from a San Diego lineup that was unproductive for most of the afternoon.”

Chase Headley not happy with timing of pending offer – Union Tribune

“Chase Headley admittedly was caught off-guard Wednesday afternoon when he was told that the Padres were preparing make him a franchise-record contract offer by mid-season.”

Will the Padres extend Chase Headley? – MLBTR

“For what it’s worth, Headley had great things to say about San Diego and added that he hopes extension talks can be revisited after the season. Whatever the outcome, it stands to reason that the Padres will have resolved the situation by Opening Day 2014.”

Should MLB eliminate the entire playoffs? – Fangraphs

“Over at NBC, Joe Posnanski raises this provocative question: Would Major League Baseball be better off if it eliminated the postseason, and just crowned its champion based on regular-season record, the way that England’s Premier League does?”

MadFriars April pitcher of the month

“With a number of strong candidates, Burch Smith just barely edges out Matt Wisler, getting credit for the higher level of competition he faces in San Antonio.”

Observations from the Cubs series – Chicken Friars

“Everth Cabrera is the most productive player on the team right now. He is playing very solid defense and he’s getting on base.”

Former Padres in animated TV shows – Gaslamp Ball

“Off the top of my head, I can think of three former Padres who have appeared on an animated show. There might be more out there for all I know.”

Tuscon Padres ’13 week 3 – Mylo Erickson of The Friarhood

“Tucson started off the week with a record of 8-9 on the season and has a current win streak of five games.”

Five good things from the Chicago series – Jeremy Nash of The Friarhood

“The Padres finished their brief road trip in Chicago today, evening the series with the Cubs at two games. While such a feat is not as mouth-watering delicious as a sweep of the hated Giants, there were many high points of this series.”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 5-2-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“Every starting pitcher performed well tonight, yet the Padres minor league affiliates combined for just a 2-2 record.”

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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.