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Daily Friar 6.19.13 

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The Padres and Giants always seem to give us some well-played games that come right down to the wire. The first game of this series went into the 13th inning, and last night’s game wasn’t decided until the later innings. The Padres had a chance to move into second place last night, but failed to do so and fall back down to fourth. I know we’re caught up in the standings right now, which is fine, but we have to remember too that it is only June. There are still three months of baseball left to play and ultimately decide who will win the division. Right now it is a tight four horse race and I love the excitement that it is bringing. This is especially true right now since we are playing in the division and every game means something. The Padres made some mistakes last night that ultimately hurt them. I know I talk a lot about RISP, but last night was another problem with that going 1-7. This was a follow up to a night that saw a 4-22 RISP stat. The one head scratcher to me was why did Glenn Hoffman send Mark Kotsay home only to be thrown out by a few steps? That turned out to be a crucial missed run late in the game. Dale Thayer had an atypical outing that wound up doing the Padres in. But today the Padres still have a chance to take the series and keep their spot in the standings.
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Power rally not enough to extend win streak – Padres.com

“The game: The Giants scoring twice in the eighth inning for a 5-4 victory over the Padres before a crowd of 41,884 at AT&T Park.”

A preview of today’s game – ESPN

“San Diego has not won a series at San Francisco since October 2010, but would have a good chance to end that drought if Stults (6-5, 3.28 ERA) performs well again.”

Padres to place Everth Cabrera on disabled list – Fansided

“Sadly, the infielder came up lame during a game this past Sunday and while he was hopeful to just miss a day or two it appears the hamstring strain will keep him out longer as the Padres elected to place him on the disabled list this morning.”

Jedd Gyorko takes grounders Tuesday – NBC Sports

“He’s eligible to return in a week but will need to go out on a rehab assignment first. It’s not clear when he’ll be ready for that.”

Padres farmhand Tate reports to extended spring training – The Fresno Bee

“In a statement, Tate says he feels he’s put those problems behind and has ‘surrounded myself with positive people in my life and that I’m ready to focus on baseball to accomplish the things I’m capable of.'”

Padres sign Ben Francisco – MLBTR

“The outfielder was designated for assignment by the Yankees in late May and released in early June.  Francisco will report to Triple-A Tuscon and provide San Diego with some additional minor league depth.”

Bans likely, MLB starts investigating Biogenesis report – CBS Sports

“Major League Baseball has started interviewing big leaguers linked to the Miami PED investigation, and people who have spoken to MLB investigators are convinced there will be at least some suspensions handed down in the explosive case.”

The changing effects of Petco Park – Fangraphs

“And though the doubles rate decreased well beneath 2013 levels, it nearly equals the 2006-2011 levels. The homer rate is considerably higher than the preceding years, but is not much above the Padres’ late “steroid era” years.”

An interview with Jim Callis – MadFriars

“Jim Callis is Executive Editor of Baseball America, regarded by nearly everyone in baseball as the last word on the minor leagues, amateur baseball and one of the best available sources for the draft. We caught up with Jim again this year to get his views on the Padres’ 2013 draft.”

Dave Winfield debuted on this date 40 years ago – Gaslamp Ball

“He reached the bigs without spending a day in the minors, one of only 21 players since the draft began in 1965 who can make that claim. Unlike the majority of the others, Winfield was never demoted or even as much as played a rehab stint in the minor leagues.”

A Quack in the hand worth two in the Bush? – Chris Kelly of The Friarhood

“With the Missions, Quackenbush tallied 31.0 IP and allowed 16 hits and 1 earned run. Yep. You read that correctly. ONE earned run. He struck out 46 batters for a jaw-dropping K/9 of 13.4.”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 6-18-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“Excellent starting pitching provided all 3 farm teams that played today with W’s. Led by 2013 draft picks Bryan Verbitsky and Justin Livengood, Eugene recorded a shutout. Not only did the Missions enjoy a masterful start from Matt Andriese, but the offense scored 8 runs for the second night in a row. Jeudy Valdez was just a double short of the cycle. Burch Smith enjoyed a solid outing while Kevin Quackenbush made his Triple-A debut as the T-Pads won 5-2.”

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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.