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Daily Friar 7.23.13 

You know for a guy that doesn’t get a lot of playing time, Jesus Guzman has done alright for what he is. Yeah his average isn’t much to write home about, but he seems to be able to come through during some big moments lately. Of course the team has been bitten by bad luck when he does well, which is just something of an anomaly. This goes back to the Tampa Bay series when he hit that grand slam and then the bullpen let the game get away. It seems that when he hits a home run the team wound up losing, especially when the home run put the team in the lead. Last night Guzman had a home run, but he also added two more RBIs via a double to give the Padres the lead and ultimately the game against the Brewers. The other thing is that the bullpen was able to hold onto the lead and not blow it like they have done in the past. In fact, this win along with the win a couple of days ago were because the bullpen was able to hold on. It’s definitely nice to see, and of course it’s just an audition for other teams, as you never know who will be traded eventually. Hopefully Byrnes will actually pull the trigger on some moves and not sit on his hands like he did during the offseason.
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This Date In Baseball History: July 23, 1991

Texas’s Nolan Ryan notches his 308th career win in a 5 – 4 victory over the Red Sox. Rich Gossage garners his 308th career save in relief. The game marks Ryan’s 545th consecutive start, surpassing Steve Carlton’s major league record. – Baseball Reference

Padres News:

Padres post four-run sixth inning to top Brewers – Padres.com

“That Cashner was still pitching — and pitching well — in the sixth inning was of paramount importance to himself and the Padres, who shook off a slow start for a 5-3 victory over the Brewers in front of a crowd of 30,348.”

A preview of today’s game – ESPN

“Tyson Ross (0-4, 3.60) is returning to the rotation for the first time since injuring his left — non-throwing — shoulder while getting a hit in a win over the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 17.”

Tigers inquire about Padres’ relievers – Call To The Pen

“FOXSports.com’s Jon Paul Morosi is now reporting that the team has reached out to the San Diego Padres about their potentially available options, including both Huston Street and Luke Gregerson.”

The latest on Jason Marquis’ injury – Ian Edward Russell Smith of The Friarhood

“Almost on cue following the announcement of the Padres newest addition to the DL, MLB.com’s own Corey Brock got word that RHP Jason Marquis has sustained a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), assuring that the pitcher will need to undergo Tommy John surgery to repair the damage.”

Alexi Amarista has potential to help Padres’ weak offense – Rant Sports

“Amarista has a career batting mark of .240, but he’s picked up his hitting this season in 89 games to .262 with five home runs, 24 RBIs, nine doubles and three triples. His slugging percentage is .408. But it would obviously help the Padres for Amarista to increase all of his numbers.”

Daily Farm Report: July 22, 2013 – MadFriars

“Keyvius Sampson wins Texas League pitcher of the week. Unfortunately that is the main highlight as the system went 1-5.

The Padres’ first 100 games – Gaslamp Ball

“With 44 wins the 2013 team is tied with the 2011 team after 100 games and 2 ahead of the 2012 team.”

Fowler, Kotsay and the Mole – Padres Public

“It’s been a strange month in Padres land, where things have been turned on their head and one man has done as close to nothing as possible.”

Five good things from the St. Louis series – Jeremy Nash of The Friarhood

“Mine was relaxing but it’s great to have baseball back. Hope you enjoyed the games but if you didn’t, here are five things that stood out to me during that last series in St. Louis.”

MLB News and Rumors:

Ryan Braun suspended for remainder of season – MLB.com

“His suspension is without pay and effective immediately, covering the Brewers’ final 65 regular-season games and any potential postseason games.”

Rangers get Garza in deal with Cubs – Fox Sports

“In exchange for Garza, the Cubs received Triple-A infielder Mike Olt, Single-A right-hander C.J. Edwards, right-hander Justin Grimm and at least one player to be named.”

An argument to move the trade deadline – Fangraphs

“I’m still a fan of the second wild card, but a boring trade deadline seems like an unintended consequence rather than an actual goal being accomplished.”

NL West Scores From Yesterday:

Los Angeles 14, Toronto 5.  W: Ryu (8-3)  L: Johnson (1-6)

Miami 3, Colorado 1.  W: Koehler (2-5)  L: Pomeranz (0-4)  S: Cishek (18)

Chicago Cubs 4, Arizona 2.  W: Rusin (1-0)  L: Skaggs (2-2)  S: Gregg (19)

Cincinnati 11, San Francisco 0.  W: Arroyo (9-7)  L: Lincecum (5-10)

NL West Schedule For Today:

Cincinnati at San Francisco 4:05 PST
Cingrani (3-1, 3.23) vs Surkamp (0-0, -.–)

San Francisco at Cincinnati Game 2 of double-header (played in SF. CIN is home team)
Zito (4-7, 4.88) vs Reynolds (0-0, -.–)

Los Angeles at Toronto 4:07 PST
Capuano (3-6, 4.63) vs Redmond (1-1, 4.32)

Miami at Colorado 5:40 PST
Fernandez (5-5, 2.75) vs Chacin (9-4, 3.50)

Chicago Cubs at Arizona 6:40 PST
Wood (6-6, 2.79) vs Corbin (11-1, 2.35)

Latest Standings:

Team

W

L

PCT

GB

L10

Streak

Home

Road

Dodgers

51

47

.520

8-2

W4

27-23

24-24

DBacks

51

48

.515

0.5

4-6

L1

27-21

24-27

Rockies

48

52

.480

4.0

5-5

L1

28-23

20-29

Giants

45

53

.459

6.0

5-5

L2

27-22

18-31

PADRES

44

56

.440

8.0

4-6

W1

27-23

17-33

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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.