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Daily Friar 7.19.13 

Just like that the All-Star break is over. The All-Star game was largely uneventful as the AL beat the NL in shut out fashion. This game has become somewhat of a joke in my eyes as I think it should just be an exhibition. Unfortunately Bud Selig has decided to “make it count” and in doing so the game has become competitive and teams want to win. This mentality is okay at times, but it also leads to players not being used at all. This was the case this year for Everth Cabrera. As we know he was the only Padres representative and the only screen time that he had was during the opening introductions. After that we saw Troy Tulowitzki and Jean Segura. So now that is over and the AL has the home field advantage come October. Woohoo. Let’s move on. The Padres are on the road to start the second half of the season as they look to take on the Cardinals. Hopefully that win last Sunday will give the Padres some momentum going into this game.
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This Day In Baseball History: July 19, 2012

Edinson Volquez throws a one-hitter as San Diego defeats Houston, 1 – 0. Matt Downs gets the only Astro hit with a squibbler off Volquez’s glove in the 4th. It is only the third complete game shutout thrown by a Padres pitcher since the otherwise pitcher-friendly PETCO Park opened in 2004. – Baseball Reference

Padres News:

In duel, AL prevails over NL to earn home field – MLB.com

“American League pitchers held the National League to three hits in a 3-0 blanking at Citi Field, scoring World Series home-field advantage for the Junior Circuit for the first time since 2009.”

A preview of today’s game – CBS Sports

“Jason Marquis (9-4, 3.77) will attempt to end this slide, though he’s 0-2 with a 4.18 ERA over his last five starts — walking 17 in 22 innings — after winning eight consecutive decisions April 28-June 15.”

Mike Dee joins Padres’ front office – ESPN

“Miami Dolphins CEO Mike Dee announced Wednesday that he was leaving the team to become the president and CEO of Major League Baseball’s San Diego Padres.”

Padres not seeking rentals – MLBTR

“As Sanders notes, Byrnes’ stance seems to take the Padres out of the market for the Cubs’ Matt Garza, who will be eligible for free agency after the season and had been linked to San Diego.”

Yankees called about Headley – CBS Sports

“The Yankees recently called for Padres star third baseman Chase Headley and were told there wasn’t a deal to be made, according to people familiar with the brief discussion.”

Padres trying to steady roller-coaster season – Padres.com

“Tomorrow is pretty important, too, especially if San Diego wants to get back to .500 and get back into contention in a division that no one — to this point, at least — wants to run away with.”

New Petco fences suiting Padres fine – Union Tribune

“Fifty home games into this new era, there have been 16 homers hit at Petco Park that wouldn’t have cleared the fences last year. Opponents hold a 9-7 advantage. That ratio is consistent with the 102 home runs allowed by the Padres overall this season, compared to the 88 hit by San Diego.”

Jedd Gyorko not getting attention he deserves – Rant Sports

“Gyorko, in his first MLB season, is batting .272 going into the All-Star break with eight home runs and 25 RBIs in 63 games. He’s giving the Padres solid contributions at second base and is looking for a strong second half of the season.”

An interview with Dan Robertson – MadFriars

“This season after a very hot April he has slowed down some but is still putting up his typical numbers; .290 batting average,.381 on-base percentage with 45/45 K/BB ratio, 17 stolen bases and playing all over the outfield.”

Dean Anna represents Padres at AAA All-Star game – Gaslamp Ball

“Unlike our MLB All Star, Everth Cabrera, our sole representative last night actually got some playing time. Anna entered the game, playing second base, in the top of the 6th and stayed in it until the end.”

A story on Mel Queen – Padres Public

“According to a Corey Brock article from 2009, Queen also worked with a young right-hander out of Mount Carmel High School and Palomar College who never reached the big leagues as a player. Darren Balsley now serves as Buddy Black’s pitching coach.”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 7-18-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“It was a rough night offensively for most of the farm as 4 different teams failed to score more than 3 runs. Tyson Ross continued to stretch out his arm in Tucson. Max Fried pitched very well for the TinCaps while A.J. Kirby-Jones continued to drive in runs at a prolific pace for the Storm.”

MLB News and Rumors:

Garza trade could be close – Ken Rosenthal via Twitter

“One official in #Rangers-#Cubs talks believes Garza deal getting closer. Prospects from various levels in play. Olt “possibly” involved.”

Some Bud Norris rumors – Jeff Passan via Twitter

“Should Rangers not get Garza, sources say they’ve been in on Bud Norris. Other teams in on Norris: Pirates, Dodgers, Jays, Giants and more.

Tigers not on Lincecum no trade, but trade not likely – CBS Sports

“But several baseball executives still see a trade of Lincecum and simultaneous switch of jobs from starter to reliever as unlikely.”

Rockies rumors – MLBTR

“Renck also tweets that when asked about the possibility of trading Michael Cuddyer, Monfort replied, ‘No way. Not happening.’”

NL West Schedule For Today:

Los Angeles at Washington 4:05 PST
Nolasco (6-9, 3.76) vs Strasburg (5-7, 2.99)

Chicago Cubs at Colorado 6:40 PST
Samardzija (5-9, 4.06) vs De La Rosa (9-5, 3.21)

Arizona at San Francisco 7:15 PST
Kennedy (3-6, 5.42) vs Gaudin (3-1, 2.39)

Latest Standings:

Team

W

L

PCT

GB

L10

Streak

Home

Road

DBacks

50

45

.526

6-4

L1

27-20

23-25

Dodgers

47

47

.500

2.5

7-3

L1

27-23

20-24

Rockies

46

50

.479

4.5

4-6

W1

26-21

20-29

Giants

43

51

.457

6.5

4-6

L1

25-20

18-31

PADRES

42

54

.438

8.5

2-8

W1

27-23

15-31

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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.