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Daily Friar 7.5.13 

After losing three of four games in Miami, it was time for the Padres to head to Boston for a three game set. I knew it was going to be hard to go up against the best team in the American League, but I didn’t realize that the team would put up no fight whatsoever. The first game was lost very easily as yesterday’s game. The only game that we had a chance at winning was the middle game and that was lost on a walk-off home run. Now it is time for the Padres to head to Washington D.C. and take on the Nationals in a three game set. What scares me about this series is that they have to go up against their three best pitchers in Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmerman and Stephen Strasburg. The Padres are riding a six game losing streak and are not really able to hold their heads high as they haven’t been able to score more than two runs in a game since Friday. Going up against those three won’t make run scoring any easier either. I’m hoping they can win a couple of the games, but I’m not holding my breath on it. It would be nice to grab some momentum before coming home again to face Colorado and San Francisco before the All-Star Break. It remains to be seen, but it is really feeling like April again.
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This Date In Baseball History: July 5, 1987

In a 7-player swap, the Padres trade pitchers Dave Dravecky and Craig Lefferts and OF Kevin Mitchell to the Giants for 3B Chris Brown and pitchers Keith Comstock, Mark Davis and Mark Grant. In 1989, Mitchell will win the MVP Award for the Giants, and Davis will win the Cy Young Award for the Padres. –Baseball Reference

Padres News:

Offense remains in funk as losing skid hits six – Padres.com

“The scuffling Padres will surely welcome the return of their shortstop and leadoff hitter, especially after being swept by the Red Sox, the latest setback, an 8-2 loss Thursday afternoon at Fenway Park, serving as another example of how the offense needs some kind of boost or spark.”

A preview of today’s game – ESPN

“The Padres hope to avoid their longest losing streak since a nine-game skid from Aug. 24-Sept. 3, 2011, as they give the ball to Andrew Cashner (5-3, 3.31) to open this three-game series.”

Everth Cabrera to be activated today – NBC Sports

“Everth Cabrera (hamstring) will return to the Padres’ active roster on Friday in the nation’s capital.”

Padres to sign Mayky Perez – MLBTR

“MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez tweets that the Padres have agreed to terms with MLB.com’s No. 9 international prospect, Dominican right-hander Mayky Perez, on a $635K signing bonus. Perez ranked 19th on the Top 30 list compiled by Ben Badler of Baseball America.”

Denorfia praises college coach for his development – Padres.com

“So Podbelski moved Denorfia into the outfield, where he stuck. He’s been there ever since and now, at age 32, Denorfia has not only found a niche with the Padres, but appears to be getting better with age.”

Homers are killing Padres – Union Tribune

“For a while now, Padres’ opponents have gotten homer-happy, especially when they’ve gotten into a San Diego bullpen that’s already lost 18 games. That’s three fewer than Padres relievers lost all last season, which overall was not a great year, and second only to the Chicago.”

David Schoenfield believes the Padres should go after Cliff Lee – ESPN

“Traditional thinking says the Padres wouldn’t be in the Cliff Lee market if it exists: He’s too expensive. There’s about $12.5 million still owed to him this season plus $50 million over the next two seasons and then a possible vesting option. But why cede to the Dodgers the possibility of acquiring Lee?”

At Lake Elsinore with Matt Jackson – Padres 360

“2012 saw Matt pitch for the Padres A+ team in Lake Elsinore, their AA team in San Antonio and their AAA team in Tucson making 25 starts for all 3 teams going 9-5.  2013 has been about the same for Matt bouncing between Lake Elsinore and Tucson.”

Daily Farm Round-Up: 7-4-13 – Alex Bartlett of The Friarhood

“Not a lot went right for the Emeralds in their 10-3 defeat. Max Fried was the lone bright spot for the TinCaps as Fort Wayne lost 6-0. Jeremy Baltz has been putting up video game numbers since his promotion to Lake Elsinore. Despite Baltz’s presence the Storm lost 8-3. Led by Donn Roach, the Missions were able to hold the Drillers to just 2 runs in their 4-2 victory. Jaff Decker went yard and drove in 3 runs as the T-Pads won 6-3.”

NL West News and Rumors:

The other day many teams were watching Rick Nolasco – Danny Knobler via Twitter

“Giants, Padres, Rockies all among those with scouts at Nolasco game tonight in Atlanta”

Diamondbacks and Brewers are talking – CBS Sports

“The Diamondbacks and Brewers have been talking about possible trades involving Milwaukee veteran right-handed starter Yovani Gallardo, and one of the Arizona names that’s surfaced in discussions is top pitching prospect Tyler Skaggs.”

NL West Scores From Yesterday:

Arizona 5, New York Mets 4. W: Roe (1-0)  L: Corbin (3-5)  S: Ziegler

Los Angeles 5, Colorado 9. W:Chacin (8-3)  L: Oswalt (2-6)

San Francisco at Cincinnati postponed due to rain

NL West Schedule For Today:

Colorado at Arizona 6:40 PST
De La Rosa (8-4, 3.09) vs Skaggs (1-1, 5.40)

Los Angeles at San Francisco 7:15 PST
Ryu (6-3, 2.83) vs Cain (5-4, 4.29)

Latest Standings:

Team W L PCT GB Streak Home Road
DBacks 44 41 .518 W2 21-16 23-25
Rockies 41 44 .482 3.0 L3 25-21 16-23
Dodgers 40 43 .482 3.0 W4 25-21 15-22
PADRES 40 46 .465 4.5 L6 25-18 15-28
Giants 39 45 .464 4.5 L3 24-15 15-30

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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.