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Daily Friar 6.6.13 

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After two close games that the Dodgers won, the Padres decided to say no to a sweep. If the Padres had lost last night then they would have swapped places with the Dodgers and ended up in last place for the time being. As it stands the Padres still have a 1.5 game lead over the Dodgers and are 4 games back of the Giants in third place. The Padres and Dodgers are the only teams in the division that are under .500. They can change all that very quickly though as they are off to Colorado for a 4 game series. It will be tough because Colorado has had a good season so far, but I think it can be done. If they were to sweep the Rockies then the Padres would be coming back home 1 game under .500 for the season. One person who won’t be making the trip is Kyle Blanks. As well as he has played recently, he was the one chosen to be sent back to AAA for Cameron Maybin. Now I know a lot of people are upset at this move, frankly I’m none too pleased with it either, but you have to think realistically. The best thing for Kyle right now is consistent AB’s. If he were to stay in San Diego he would be a bench guy. It won’t be long before you see him again though, I can assure you that. Alright let’s get to those links so you can read about Jason Marquis’ great outing as well as get you prepared for the Rockies series.
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Padres stop Dodgers behind Marquis’ gem –

“Sensing early on that his sinker was dancing, right-hander Jason Marquis went to that particular pitch over and over and got big results in the Padres’ 6-2 victory over the Dodgers before 40,040 at Dodger Stadium on Wednesday night.”

A preview of today’s game – ESPN

“Colorado will try to remain undefeated against the Padres this season as these divisional rivals open a four-game series in Denver on Thursday night.”

Padres not fretting over PED investigation – Union Tribune

“We’ve already felt the initial impact with what happened when Yasi was suspended. With Everth’s name being mentioned, he was mentioned three or four months ago, so that doesn’t affect us.”

Padres reinstate Maybin – Ian Edward Russell Smith of The Friarhood

“The Padres announced that outfielder Cameron Maybin would be reinstated off of the 15-day Disabled List and join the club in Denver this Thursday according to the Padres official twitter account.”

Padres should trade Luke Gregerson – Rant Sports

“San Diego could get a lot of value out of a trade of Gregerson, and if they fall any further out of first place in the NL West, I expect them to make the move.”

A review of last year’s draft – MLBTR

“Max Fried, LHP, Padres (California HS): Fried got off to a quick start to the year and has shown glimpses of his immense talent but he’s also displayed the need for improvements in a number of areas.”

At Lake Elsinore with Kyle Gaedele – Padres 360

“When I asked about his timeline with the organization he said, ‘it’s up to the organization’ and that I just “’ry to go out and get better every day and if they see me in their plans, I am thankful for that.'”

A look back at Kurt Bevacqua – Gaslamp Ball

“This paid off when Bevacqua hit a three run go-ahead home run in Game 2 that evened up the series. It is still the only World Series game the team has won. He went on to add another homer in the Game 5 loss and batted .412 for the series.”

A look at Kyle Blanks – Padres Public

“Kotsay and Guzman are just filling out roster spots and Amarista is a role player who can do time in both the infield and outfield. But Blanks could be a full time player . . . if they jettison some of the excess bodies.”

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

“One out of three isn’t bad, right? When it comes to preventing a sweep by the Dodgers, that statement rings true as our boys beat Clayton Kershaw to prevent falling back into last place.”

Hitter and Pitcher of the Month: May – Richard Dorsha of The Friarhood
Jedd Gyorko is your hitter of the month

“The learning curve may not be as steep for some as it is for others.  The rookie used April to figure out Major League pitching because he owned May.  Not only did the kid collect his first 6 Big League Home Runs, but the 24-year-old made Petco Park his playground by leading the team in each triple-slash category at home so far this year.”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 6-5-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“Zach Eflin has been extremely consistent this year for the TinCaps and that did not change tonight as he threw 5 innings with 2 earned runs while the TinCaps won 8-5. After scoring 6 runs in the 1st inning, Lake Elsinore failed to score throughout the rest of the game as they lost 7-6. The defense plagued the Missions tonight; 5 unearned runs scored in their 7-3 loss against the RoughRiders. Tucson had the day off.”




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.