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Daily Friar 7.31.13 

One night removed from the bottom of the ninth home run from Chris Denorfia, the Padres needed late night heroics yet again. This time it came in the form of a two run double in the bottom of the eighth from Nick Hundley. It figured to be a pitchers duel with Mat Latos going against Edinson Volquez, both going against their former clubs. It certainly proved to be just that as it was a 2-2 game going into that bottom of the eighth. By that point both starting pitchers didn’t factor into the decision, but it was definitely a battle of pitching. So that is now two wins in as many games for the Padres on the home stand and four in a row for them as well. The broader picture shows that it is also eight of the last eleven being wins and three series wins in a row as well. Who knows how long it will last, but as of right now the Padres are poised to sweep the Reds before the day off tomorrow. You read that right, sweep the Reds! Lastly, today is the trade deadline and some moves have already been made around MLB last night. The trade deadline strikes at 1:00 PM PST, which is 20 minutes after first pitch for today’s game. Stay tuned to the Friarhood twitter and facebook for any last minute deals.
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This Date In Baseball History: July 31, 1998

Kevin Brown wins his 10th straight for the Padres, beating the Expos, 5 – 4. He strikes out 10 for the second straight game. Greg Vaughn adds his 39th homer and Trevor Hoffman saves his 35th. – Baseball Reference

Padres News:

Hundley’s clutch double lifts Padres to late victory –

“Nick Hundley lined a two-run double down the left-field line in the eighth inning to break a tie game and lead the Padres to a 4-2 victory over the Reds on Tuesday at Petco Park in front of a crowd of 29,207.”

A preview of today’s game – ESPN

“The Reds (59-49) hope that trend continues after falling 4-2 on Tuesday. They’ve scored five runs during their skid and are on the verge of being swept by the Padres for the first time since May 15-17, 2009.”

Trade deadline, suspensions loom over Padres – Union Tribune

“A Padres official said he expects any suspensions to happen between Thursday and the weekend with those dates lining up with the last 50 games of the season.”

Padres make a flurry of roster moves – Ian Edward Russell Smith of The Friarhood

“For the second time this season, a Padres player will be heading out on paternity leave as right-handed pitcher Sean O’Sullivan was placed on leave due to the expected birth of his first born child.”

Padres in active discussion for Ian Kennedy – MLBTR

“The Padres are getting closer to a deal for Kennedy, tweets Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.”

Teams are asking about Luke Gregerson – MLBTR

“The Pirates and Red Sox are two of the teams sniffing on Gregerson, tweets Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe.”

Buster Olney has the latest on Gregerson and Thatcher – Via Twitter

“Padres are listening on Gregerson/Thatcher interest, but they’d have to be inspired by an offer to move either guy.”

Petco Park’s Bub’s at the Ballpark – Padres 360

“Their menu is limited but appropriate as it provides you with a couple chicken sandwich options as well as the standard Friar Frank, snacks … PLUS … Bub’s Tots and Brownies! What more could you wish for?”

A look at the Fred McGriff trade – Ghost of Ray Kroc at Padres Public

“So let’s do some analysis of the trade that sent Fred McGriff to the Atlanta Braves for Melvin Nieves (not to be confused with Sacrifice Bunt Melvin), Vince Moore, and Donnie Elliot on July 18, 1993.”

The direction of the Padres front office – Chris Kelly of The Friarhood

“I think it comes down to this. Who is this new ownership group, and what are they doing with this team? I have no answers, and I’m fairly certain I’m not the only one looking. But their lack of…anything, really, has left me feeling on the outside of my fandom for this team.”

Tuscon Padres Weeks 15 and 16 – Mylo Erickson of The Friarhood

“The Tucson Padres finished off the past two weeks a bit on the down side as its record was 4-7 for that time span, including the All-Star break week.”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 7-30-13 – Alex Bartlett of the Friarhood

“The Missions were the only farm team able to record a victory today. Offense was scarce all around the farm; the T-Pads and the Emeralds were shutout and the Missions and the Storm both scored 4 runs. The TinCaps were the lone team to provide any substantial offense, but unfortunately their pitching let them down as they lost 10-9.”

MLB News and Rumors:

Red Sox acquire Jake Peavy –

“To pry Peavy away from the White Sox, the Red Sox also had to include the Tigers. Jose Iglesias, who started at third base for Boston on Tuesday only to be removed in the ninth inning once the deal seemed probable, is headed to Detroit.”

A’s acquire Alberto Callaspo –

“The A’s bolstered their infield on Tuesday, acquiring Alberto Callaspo from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for Minor League infielder Grant Green, Oakland’s first-round Draft pick in 2009.”

NL West Scores From Yesterday:

San Francisco 3, Philadelphia 7.  W: Lannan (3-4)  L: Zito (4-8)

Arizona 2, Tampa Bay 5.  W: Hernandez (6-11)  L: Kennedy (3-8)

Colorado 3, Atlanta 11.  W: Wood (1-2)  L: Nicasio (6-5)

New York Yankees 2, Los Angeles 3.  W: Jansen (4-3)  L: Kelley (3-1)

NL West Schedule For Today:

San Francisco at Philadelphia 4:05 PST
Gaudin (4-2, 2.77) vs. Kendrick (9-7, 3.96)

Arizona at Tampa Bay 4:10 PST
Miley (7-8, 3.86) vs. Hellickson (10-3, 4.48)

Colorado at Atlanta 4:10 PST
Chatwood (7-3, 2.48) vs. Minor (10-5, 2.89)

New York Yankees at Los Angeles 7:10 PST
Kuroda (10-6, 2.51) vs Kershaw (10-6, 1.96)

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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.