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Daily Friar 5.4.13 

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The bats were certainly alive last night as the Padres were able to score seven runs on fourteen hits. All the starters in the lineup contributed with at least one hit with the exception of Nick Hundley who had a rough night at the plate. Yonder Alonso had a towering home run in the fifth inning, that amazingly enough would have hit the wall last season. The night was not without its theatrics though as Brad Brach came into the ninth inning with a four run lead and gave up a base hit and a walk. He was then taken out for Huston Street who gave up a three run home run with two outs. He then got the last out, but the game should not have gotten that close. I have been worried about Street this season, as it seems like he is a bit off for some reason. Chase Headley went 1-4 tonight as I am beginning to wonder if what has transpired this week could be getting in his head. I know he doesn’t want it to, but in his final at bat (which ended in a double) he swung at ball four twice. That is usually uncharacteristic for him. I hope that he can put that behind him and that the Padres can come out tonight swinging again!
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Headley’s running, Alonso’s homer lift Padres – Padres.com

“Sure, it was a run-scoring double by Headley in the eighth-inning Friday that proved to be critical, as the Padres held on for a 7-6 victory over the D-backs in front of a crowd of 31,223 at Petco Park.”

Preview of today’s game – Union Tribune

“The Diamondbacks could exactly who the struggling Richard needs to face. Richard is 6-0 lifetime against Arizona with a 4.06 ERA in eight starts.”

Chase Headley says contract talks are distracting – ESPN

“Headley said he and Fowler “had a good conversation. We both kind of reiterated that there is no misunderstanding the way it came out. He wanted me to know that he wasn’t negotiating through the media.”

Cameron Maybin has splint removed from wrist – NBC Sports

“The injury likely contributed to his slow start, as he was hitting .091/.167/.121 with no homers, no steals and one RBI through his first 10 games. The Padres have yet to disclose a clear timetable for his return.”

Everth Cabrera leading off working well for Padres – Rant Sports

“Cabrera is handling the leadoff spot with ease, something that has San Diego very excited. It is difficult to find a player that can consistently get on base in front of the top sluggers on the team, but Cabrera has managed to do just that.”

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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.