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Daily Friar 6.30.13 

Edinson Volquez pitched well in game one of this series. Yesterday was Eric Stults’ turn and he didn’t do so hot. Think about that for a second, the guy that has been pretty much the most consistent in the rotation had a worse outing than the guy that you never know what you’re going to get. Stults only lasted 3.2 innings giving up five earned runs in that time. Tim Stauffer then came in and was able to pitch pretty well for 3.1 innings only giving up one run. The game was over after the first inning though, as the Padres were only able to touch Jacob Turner for one run as he went the full nine. The only run came when Will Venable tripled and Nick Hundley drove him in on a double. You know how I am about runners in scoring position, and last night the Padres did not do well. They were 1-3 compared to the Marlins’ 4-8. 1-3 comes to a .333 average, but it was only three opportunities. So now we sit at a tie series with two more to play. Very early start today as the game is already going.
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Today in Baseball History: June 30, 2012

“In the Padres’ 8-4 victory over Colorado, Yasmani Grandal becomes the first player to homer from both sides of the plate for his first two major league hits.” – nationalpasttime.com

Padres News:

Stults exists early as counterpart goes the distance – Padres.com

“The left-hander lasted only 3 2/3 innings in San Diego’s 7-1 loss to Miami on Saturday night in front of 19,266 fans at Marlins Park.”

A preview of today’s game – ESPN

“Cashner (5-3, 3.34 ERA) is 3-0 with a 2.05 ERA in three starts against the East — all at home. The first one was a 5-0 victory over the Marlins on May 6 as he lasted 7 1/3 innings in the longest outing of his career at that time.”

Gyorko tests leg with swings and grounders – MLB.com

“Jedd Gyorko felt some improvement in his right leg Saturday after Padres trainers examined him Friday. The second baseman experienced tightness while running the bases Wednesday in a rehab game with Double-A San Antonio.”

Luck not doing Headley any favors in slump – Union Tribune

“Chase Headley is looking for answers. Searching, really, and on some days the Padres’ switch-hitting third baseman swears he’d consider just about anything if it could pull him out of the deep funk that has followed a March trip to the disabled list with a fractured left thumb.”

Cabrera could begin rehab on Tuesday – NBC Sports

“Everth Cabrera (hamstring) is tentatively scheduled to begin a rehab assignment with Class-A Fort Wayne on Tuesday. Padres manager Bud Black said Cabrera could rejoin the Padres as early as Thursday if all goes well.”

What do the contenders need at the trade deadline? – CBS Sports

“Closer Huston Street (77 ERA+) is homer machine despite playing in Petco Park, and setup men Dale Thayer (100 ERA+) and Luke Gregerson (132 ERA+) are among the league leaders in appearances. For the first time in a long time, the Padres need pitching, pitching, and more pitching.”

Padres’ new owners remaking the franchise the San Diego way – Los Angeles Times

“The Padres were sold last year, and the new owners quickly learned the mayor is not the only one in town tired of bad baseball and broken promises.”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 6-29-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“Max Fried led the Fort Wayne pitching staff to a shutout of the Captains in 5-0 victory. Jeremy Baltz collected 2 hits, one being a 3-run home run, as the Storm won 9-6. Trae Santos homered for the Emeralds, but Eugene’s pitching staff couldn’t contain the Hawks in their 8-6 defeat.”

NL West News and Rumors:

Josh Beckett to undergo season ending surgery – Yahoo

“The Los Angeles Dodgers confirmed on Saturday that Josh Beckett is scheduled to undergo surgery to relieve pressure on the compressed nerve in his neck and shoulder area that is the source of the lingering numbness is his right fingers.”

The Rockies sign Xavier Nady – MLBTR

“The Rockies have signed Xavier Nady to a minor league deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter).  The Boras Corporation client was released by the Royals yesterday.”

NL West Scores From Yesterday:

Arizona 5, Atlanta 11. W: Walden (3-1)  L: Hernandez (4-5)

San Francisco 1, Colorado 2. W: Betancourt (2-3)  L: Affeldt (1-4)

Phillies 3, Los Angeles 4. W: Jansen (2-3)  L: De Fratus (2-3)

NL West Schedule For Today:

Arizona at Atlanta 10:35 PST
Cahill (3-9, 4.29) vs Maholm (8-6, 3.75)

San Francsico at Colorado 1:10 PST
Bumgarner (7-5, 3.20) vs Pomeranz (0-0, -.–)

Philadelphia at Los Angeles 1:10 PST
Kendrick (7-4, 3.46) vs Fife (2-2, 3.41)

Latest Standings:

Team W L PCT GB Streak Home Road
DBacks 42 38 .525 L2 21-16 21-22
Rockies 41 41 .500 2.0 W2 25-18 16-23
PADRES 40 41 .494 2.5 L1 25-18 15-23
Giants 38 42 .475 4.0 L6 24-15 14-27
Dodgers 37 43 .463 5.0 W1 24-21 13-22

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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.