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Daily Friar 5.11.12 

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Off days are always weird to me. I think “off” is the correct term for any day the Padres don’t play. Without baseball on TV I feel a little off, it just feels like something is wrong in the world. I don’t even care that they have been losing (that’s a lie), I just want to see them play. And tonight’s game starts earlier because they are playing in the east. Unfortunately for me I have a final tonight, so I will miss most of the game, and not be able to make it out to Qualcomm either for Junior Seau’s celebration. This day officially sucks. Here are your pokergames.com Padres links for today:Submit article and follow me on twitter

Padres see natural leader in prospect Peterson – Padres.com
“He’s a born leader,” said Padres VP of player development and international scouting Randy Smith. “And he does something every day to help you win. This is a guy who still hasn’t played a lot, so he’s still learning. But I love the way he plays.”

Cabrera’s arrest complicates call up to the Padres – Union Tribune
“On March 16, Cabrera, 25, was arrested in Glendale, Ariz., on a domestic violence charge of misdemeanor assault. A pretrial conference in the case is scheduled in court next week.”

Spring audition paid off for Thayer - NCT
“Thayer’s confidence has allowed Black to trust him in spots not normally assigned to pitchers with 32 innings in the majors. On Tuesday, Black didn’t hesitate to use Thayer in the ninth inning even though Andrew Cashner was available.”

Padres brass impressed by TinCaps’ arms – Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne
“Fort Wayne is second in the Midwest League with a 3.15 ERA. In the last five games, the TinCaps have a collective 1.34 ERA.”

MadFriars chats with Chad MacDonald
“Chad MacDonald is the vice-president and assistant general manager for the San Diego Padres and with it has one of the most important jobs in the organization.”

Who not to trade: A Padres handbook on rebuilding – Chicken Friars
“There are those player so integral to the rebuilding process, trading them away for any number of highly-touted prospects would still hinder the organization.”

Sisterhood of the traveling jersey made its way to San Francisco – Gaslamp Ball
“But the truth is that everyone was pretty nice. For the most part, I received a whole lot of smiles followed by a some lighthearted, “boos!”. Giants fans were much more gracious in their own home than when they visit PETCO.”

Fort Wayne player and pitcher of the month: April – Cheri Bell of The Friarhood
“The Friarhood will try to bring a spotlight to some of those performances as we name monthly players and pitchers for the minor league teams.”

2012 Padres organizational depth: Starting Pitchers – Cheri Bell of The Friarhood
“The starting rotation for the 2012 San Diego Padres lacks a true Ace (having traded Mat Latos in the offseason) and is considered by many experts to have five number 3-5 starters to begin the season.”
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Best in the West at each position – Richard Dorsha of the Friarhood
“A look at the landscape of the 5 teams offers an interesting observation: extreme talent exists at some positions and a dearth at others.”

Daily Farm Round-Up from Wednesday – Matt Baker of the Friarhood
“Jorge Reyes picks up his first win and Alexei Amarista hits his first homer as the T-Pads roll past the Zephyrs. Adys Portillo allows only 1 hit in 7 innings to lead the Tincaps to victory.”

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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.