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Daily Friar 5.3.12 

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San Diego collectively mourned the loss of a sports icon for the city. What Tony Gwynn is to San Diego baseball, Junior Seau was to San Diego football. I am sad that he is gone from the world, but at the same time happy that he isn’t battling his own demons anymore. It’s sad that he had to go the way he did though. That being said, the Padres gave this city exactly what they needed yesterday: hope. They shut out the Brewers for the second day in a row in route to their first series win of the season, all while remaining perfect in May. Read about it more below. Here are your Padres links below:
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Suppan earns win with 5 scoreless innings – Padres.com
“Black wasn’t merely speaking about the Padres’ 5-0 victory over the Brewers on Wednesday in front of a crowd of 15,786 at Petco Park, but much more so to the performance of 37-year-old pitcher Jeff Suppan in his first Major League start since Oct. 3, 2010.”

Luebke hits the diasbled list – NCT
“The Padres want to ensure Cory Luebke is completely healthy the next time he takes the mound. So instead of rushing his return and risking further injury, the club opted to place Luebke on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday afternoon with a left elbow strain.”

Dave Roberts jolted by friend Seau’s death – Union Tribune
“Padres first-base coach Dave Roberts, also a former multi-sport prep star from North County, spoke with reddened eyes as he reacted to the death of friend Junior Seau.”

Baseball Prospectus takes a look at five Padres prospects
On Casey Kelly:
“The knock on Kelly coming into the season was that his stuff was good, but not good enough to survive loose adventures in the zone of quality opponents.”

Old man Suppan still has it – Chicken Friars
“Soup gave the Padres a great outing, and a veteran presence that this team could use. Once Cory Luebke

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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.