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Daily Friar 7.13.12 

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Friday the 13th is upon us. Normally it’s a day filled with bad omens and superstition. However, today is filled with happiness for me as Padres baseball is back! We are up in Los Angeles for a new series to start the fresh and new second half. A second half that will hopefully be filled with winning and exciting story lines. I am looking forward to seeing what will happen, as I am sure most of you are too. Here are your Padres links for today:
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Padres’ pitching success credited to Balsley – Padres.com
“And while an excuse-free Balsley would be loathe to accept anything less than top-notch performance, the fact remains that for all that first-half turmoil, the Padres’ pitching has, well, hung in there.”

5 things to watch in Padres second half – Union TribuneJedd
“The club was in trouble even before the season started due to spring training injuries to cleanup hitter Carlos Quentin and projected Opening Day starter Tim Stauffer.”

Another pitcher could be lost for year - NCT
“Starter Joe Wieland is meeting with team doctors on Friday to get additional clarification on his right (throwing) elbow injury.”

Dodgers eyeing Chase Headley - MLBTR
“Los Angeles has a clear need at the hot corner; Dodgers third basemen rank 26th in MLB with a combined .631 OPS.”

Reds interested in Mark Kotsay - CBS Sports
“Outside of Joey Votto and Jay Bruce, the Reds don’t have another left-handed bat on their team. Kotsay could be a valuable asset against a right-handed reliever late in games.”

Tom Krasovic talks Carlos Quentin
“The American League and a different ballpark seem to better suit Quentin’s skills. Like many hitters, he’d probably be better off in the National League Central.”

What to watch for in the Padres second half – Chicken Friars
“Nevertheless, there is still a large amount of baseball to be played and still plenty of reasons to watch.

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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.