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Daily Friar 6.28.13 

The Padres had a much needed day off yesterday as they made their way across the country to Miami to start a four game set with the Marlins. This is the start of a long ten game road trip that sees stops in Boston and Washington as well. After they will come home for a seven game home stand against the Rockies and Giants before rolling into the All-Star break. Interesting to note that the Padres have been interested in the Marlins’ Ricky Nolasco and they will see him pitch tonight against Edinson Volquez. I don’t know what types of moves Josh Byrnes is drawing up, but at this point I think anything is possible. It’s just crazy to think that the Padres at this point in the season are being seen as buyers rather than sellers. The same can be said for the entire NL West as everybody is in the race, including the Dodgers who are only six games back. Speaking of the Dodgers, they won again last night to stretch their winning streak to six. They along with the Diamondbacks were the teams that won last night, while the Rockies lost. The Padres and Giants had the night off. All five teams are in action tonight as you can see in the schedule below.
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Today in Baseball History: June 28, 1994

Before a crowd of 55,021, the Rockies split a pair with the visiting Padres. The Rocks outslug the Pads to win the opener, 10 – 9, as the two teams combine for six homers. No balls leave the park in game 2, an 11 – 3 Padre win. San Diego scores a National League-record 9 runs in the 11th, and the 10 runs in the inning by two teams is one short of the NL mark. – Baseball Reference

Padres News:

A preview of today’s game – ESPN

“Edinson Volquez (5-6, 5.67) has gone 4-0 with a 1.74 ERA in five career starts against Miami, but the right-hander is coming off a shaky outing. He walked a career high-tying seven and allowed five runs — two earned — in 5 2/3 innings of a 6-1 loss to the Los Angeles Dodgers on Saturday.”

Blanks making most of opportunity –

“His .280 batting average and 31 RBIs are both career highs. It helps that Blanks is getting regular at-bats — his 175 at-bats this season are already a career high — because of an injury that landed first baseman Yonder Alonso on the disabled list.”

Donovan Tate looking to reboot Padres career –

“Just last week, 22-year-old Donavan Tate, who received the largest signing bonus in Padres franchise history in 2009, pulled his Jeep into this parking lot and went inside to the Padres’ temporary training facility, looking for a chance — a second chance — to resume a career that to this point has been deterred by injuries and, to a greater extent, substance addiction.”

Jedd Gyorko’s setback is not major – NBC Sports

“The Padres don’t consider Jedd Gyorko’s setback major, but he could meet the team in Miami this weekend to be examined by the training staff.”

Padres might continue surprising in July – NBC 7 San Diego

“Heck, this could be another version of 2005, when the Padres won the West at 82-80. That’s why I’m here to make an impassioned plea for the Padres to trade for Matt Garza.”

Padres listed as a possible trade destination for Kevin Gregg – Yahoo

“These realities mean that Gregg becomes an attractive option for any contender down the stretch, whether he is the closer or not. They don’t have to pay him much, but his performance will make teams have to buy high (but not that high).”

The Untouchables – Padres Public

“These are the guys that the Padres should not part with no matter what (unless the aforementioned Trout/Weaver deal presents itself).”

Five good things from the Phillies series – Jeremy Nash of The Friarhood

“After losing to the Giants in SF and splitting with LA, it would have been nice to get back into the “W” column before heading to Miami. But there were many bright spots during the last three days.”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 6-27-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“Tucson won both games of a double header due to home runs from Jonathan Galvez and Brandon Allen. Despite a strong start from Matt Wisler, the Missions were unable to beat the Drillers. Jace Peterson hit his 3rd home run over his past 10 games and Travis Jankowski went yard for the first time all year in the Storm’s 5-3 loss. Zach Eflin continues to be the most consistent pitcher in the Padres farm system as he led the TinCaps to an 8-1 blowout.”

NL West Rumors:

Diamondbacks interested in Gallardo, Samardzija – MLBTR

“Gallardo figures to be available for the right price, but that’s unlikely to be the case with Samardzija.”

Dodgers seen as front runners for Ricky Nolasco– Fox Sports

“The San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants continue to talk to the Marlins; the Baltimore Orioles are less confident of their chances and the Colorado Rockies no longer appear to be a factor, sources say.”

NL West Scores From Yesterday:

Arizona 3, Washington 2 F/11. W: Collmenter (4-0)  L: Stammen (4-3)  S: Bell (14)

New York Mets 3,  Colorado 2. W: Hawkins (3-1)  L: Belisle (4-5)  S: Parnell (14)

Phillies 4, Los Angeles 6. W: Greinke (5-2)  L: De Fratus (2-2)  S: Jansen (7)

Today’s NL West Games:

Arizona at Atlanta 4:30 PST
Delgado, R (0-1, 4.50) vs Teheran (5-4, 3.32)

San Francsico at Colorado 5:40 PST
Zito (4-5, 4.40) vs Chacin (6-3, 3.92)

Philadelphia at Los Angeles 7:10 PST
Lannan (0-2, 5.84) vs Capuano (2-4, 4.09)

Latest Standings:

Team W L PCT GB Streak Home Road
DBacks 42 36 .538 W1 21-16 21-20
PADRES 39 40 .494 3.5 L2 25-18 14-22
Rockies 39 41 .488 4.0 L3 23-18 16-23
Giants 38 40 .487 3.5 L4 24-15 14-25
Dodgers 36 42 .462 6.0 W6 23-20 13-22



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.