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Daily Friar 7.24.13 

Well what do you know! The Padres actually have strung together a winning streak! This is a first in quite a long time for them. In fact you have to go back all the way to June 20-21 when they strung together two games in a row against the Dodgers. So here we are just over a month later and they finally have been able to get another streak. You can even say that they are playing all right in this small stretch as they have won four of their last six games. I mean you could say that, but I’m not going to. Last night they won on the back of a great pitching performance from Tyson Ross who made his return to the rotation for the first time since dislocating his shoulder against the Dodgers in April. The team was also picked up by the bottom third of the rotation as Will Venable, Mark Kotsay and Nick Hundley went a collective 9-13 on the night with two home runs and five of the six runs batted in. That is how you are going to win games, when you get a collection of guys hitting one after the other. I don’t care where it happens in the lineup, just as long as it happens. So now the Padres are guaranteed at least a series tie and can clinch the series win with a win tonight!

This Date In Baseball History: July 24, 1931

For the second time in ten days, Babe Herman hits for the cycle. The Dodger outfielder is one of only three men to hit for the cycle three times (the third will come in 1933). The Robins still lose to Pittsburgh, 8 – 7. It will be 81 years until another major leaguer, Aaron Hill, has two cycles in a season, in 2012. – Baseball Reference

Padres News:

Ross twirls gem to give Padres rare win streak – Padres.com

“He wasn’t referring to the Padres’ 6-2 victory over the Brewers on Tuesday at Miller Park, a victory that was punctuated by several notable performances — offensively, defensively and especially on the mound.”

A preview of today’s game – ESPN

“San Diego (45-56) has broken out at the plate while winning four of six, batting .308 with seven homers and 34 runs. That equaled its scoring and home run totals over the previous 15 games, which included 14 losses and a .200 average.”

Padres notes – MLBTR

“The Tigers ‘are showing continued interest’ in acquiring Luke Gregerson, Morosi reports.”

What should the Padres do? – CBS Sports

“The Padres are on the right track, but they still have some work to do. Moving some extraneous veterans for building-block youngsters is the way to go.”

An interview with Burt Hooton – MadFriars

“The staff in Ft. Wayne this year has as many high-profile arms as any team the Padres system has ever fielded. The man with responsibility for this group of young potential stars is Burt Hooton, the TinCaps’ pitching coach.”

On the farm with catcher Robert Kral – Padres 360

“While with Lake Elsinore Storm this year, Robert averaged .291 – including 14 2B, 4 3B, 12 HR, and 41 RBI. Shortly after our interview, Robert was called up to the San Antonio Missions – Double-A Texas League. This hit machine that he is seems to carry on in AA as he is hitting .300 and has 2 HR in 6 games.”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 7-23-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“There was a lot of offense around the farm tonight as 4 different teams enjoyed a victory. Led by Tommy Medica and Jeudy Valdez, the Missions blew out the Hooks 11-3 while Jaff Decker stayed hot in an 8-4 T-Pads victory. Lake Elsinore won a close game as Jace Peterson tallied 3 hits.”

MLB News and Rumors:

Orioles acquire Francisco Rodriguez – ESPN

“The Baltimore Orioles bolstered their bullpen with a late-inning arm Tuesday, acquiring reliever Francisco Rodriguez from the last-place Milwaukee Brewers for minor league infielder Nick Delmonico.”

Cubs and Yankees are discussing Alfonso Soriano – Chicago Tribune

“The Alfonso Soriano-to-the-Yankees report may have been premature, though Cubs President Theo Epstein spoke to the veteran outfielder Tuesday night after news of their trade conversations leaked to the media.”

NL West Scores From Yesterday:

Cincinnati 9, San Francisco 3.  W: Cingrani (4-1)  L: Surkamp (0-1)

Los Angeles 10, Toronto 9.  W: League (4-3)  L: Oliver (3-2)  S: Jansen (12)

Miami 4, Colorado 2.  W: Fernandez (6-5)  L: Chacin (9-5)  S: Cishek (19)

Chicago Cubs 4, Arizona 10.  W: Corbin (12-1)  L: Wood (6-7)

San Francisco 5, Cincinnati 3.  W: Casilla (4-2)  L: Reynolds (0-1)  S: Romo (24) Game 2 of double header in SF, CIN was home team

NL West Schedule For Today:

Los Angeles at Toronto 4:07 PST
Nolasco (6-9, 3.75) vs Rogers (3-4, 3.84)

Miami at Colorado 5:40 PST
Turner (3-2, 2.44) vs De La Rosa (9-5, 3.12)

Chicago Cubs at Arizona 6:40 PST
Samardzija (6-9, 3.91) vs Kennedy (3-7, 5.29)

Cincinnati at San Francisco 7:15 PST
Leake (9-4, 2.79) vs. Gaudin (4-1, 2.15)

Latest Standings:

Team

W

L

PCT

GB

L10

Streak

Home

Road

Dodgers

52

47

.525

8-2

W5

27-23

25-24

DBacks

52

48

.520

0.5

5-5

W1

28-21

24-27

Rockies

48

53

.475

5.0

5-5

L2

28-24

20-29

Giants

46

54

.460

6.5

6-4

W1

28-23

18-31

PADRES

45

56

.446

8.0

4-6

W2

27-23

18-33

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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.