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Daily Friar 5.6.13 

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The Padres are actually playing good baseball of late. It has been a fun team to watch, with some hiccups here and there, but they are getting the job done. The only question mark right now is the starting pitching. Clayton Richard was awful two nights ago, but Edinson Volquez did a great job yesterday. Of course now Clayton Richard is on the DL with a nasty intestinal virus, so maybe that was the cause to all the problems. We won’t know until he comes back and pitches after his DL stint. So Volquez shut down the DBacks yesterday giving the Padres the series win. He did so with some help from Jedd Gyorko and Will Venable who hit back to back jacks in the sixth inning. The Padres are now 13-18 on the season and six games out of first place, but they are only a half game behind the Dodgers. The Dodgers have to face the DBacks this upcoming series and the Padres get the Marlins. I’m thinking that after the end of each series we could see the Padres flip spots with the Dodgers. My goal for the team right now though is to get back to .500. It’s only 5 games and a three game sweep of the Marlins would be a perfect start.
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Volquez shuts down D-Backs to capture series – Padres.com

“On the field, Gyorko hit his first home run at Petco Park as the Padres defeated the D-backs, 5-1, before a crowd of 29,101 as San Diego took two of three games vs. Arizona.”

Padres need to rely on long term deals – Barry Bloom from MLB.com

“It’s a similar market size with comparable attendance and revenues, yet, unlike the Padres, the D-backs have made a habit of signing their own star players, at one time creating sizeable debt in the process.”

Preview of tonight’s game – Union Tribune

“The Marlins come to Petco Park with the second-worst record in the major leagues and minus All-Star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who is on the disabled list.”

Padres place Clayton Richard on DL – ESPN

“The San Diego Padres placed winless left-hander Clayton Richard on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with an intestinal virus and activated right-hander Tyson Ross.”

Tyson Ross activated from DL – NBC Sports

“The Padres will use him in relief for now, as Ross is unable to swing a bat. With a couple off days, the club will use four starters over the next week.”

Padres sign Kalian Sams to a minor league deal – MLB Daily Dish

“Sams is off to a great start for the Padres’ Double-A club, as he hit two long balls in his debut on Sunday.”

A revisit of the Mat Latos trade – MLBTR

“San Diego GM Josh Byrnes secured three prospects that he can control through at least the 2017 season in exchange for an established arm that will be in Cincinnati through the 2015 campaign.”

April hitter of the month – MadFriars

“With a number of strong candidates, Danny Robertson gets the nod for his production at the highest level, just edging out Rey Fuentes and Lee Orr.”

Reymond Fuentes showing signs of growing into his potential – Gaslamp Ball

“Fuentes is currently batting a solid .310 after 30 games, considerably higher than his .261 career mark and vastly more so than the .218 he put up last year, his first with the Missions.”

Playing time could be scarce for Maybin when he comes back – Chicken Friars

“In fact, the center fielder will probably have to leap-frog a multitude of players on San Diego’s depth chart if he wants to get back into the mix for some playing time when he returns.”

Our own Jeremy Nash with a painting of The Norf – The Friarhood

“I really wanted to do one of Norf and see if I could make the Marpat appear realistic. I’m pleased how it came out.”

Tuscon Padres hitter/pitcher for April – Mylo Erickson of The Friarhood

“After finishing off the month of April one game below .500 with a record 11-12, the Tucson Padres are going to try and get on the upside of .500.”

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

“The T-Pads were the lone affiliate to win tonight. Robbie Erlin’s strong start combined with home runs from Allen and Buck were easily enough for the T-Pads to earn the victory. Despite a 2 home run night from Kalian Sams, the Missions were unable to contain the Hooks as they lost 7-3. For the second night in a row, both Lake Elsinore and Fort Wayne were shutdown offensively as both again collected losses.”

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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.