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Daily Friar 8.7.12 

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It wasn’t but a few days ago that the Padres designated Kip Wells for assignment and recalled Eric Stults. As of last night, I think the move has really paid off. Stults, along with the bullpen, shut down the Cubs and en route to a 2-0 win for the Padres. Anthony Rizzo made his return to the Petco for the first time since being traded, and he did exactly what he did while he played here as a Padre, didn’t hit a thing. He still has that hole in his swing, which Luke Gregerson found to strike him out on a slider down and in. In contrast Yonder Alonso went 1-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Sure Rizzo has a higher average overall and more homeruns, but you would too hitting in Wrigley Field instead of Petco Park. The biggest news of the night is that an agreement has been finalized for the sale of the team. Here are your Padres links for today:
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Stults, Bullpen guide Padres past Cubs – Padres.com
“Eric Stults, Eddy Rodriguez and the Padres’ bullpen combined to sail the team to a clean, smooth 2-0 win — the team’s seventh shutout of the season.”

Padres have been sold last night, pending owners approval – Union Tribune
“The transaction was finalized Monday night pending approval by other Major League Baseball owners. That approval could come as soon as Aug. 16 when the owners meet in Denver.”

Cashner makes progress as he rebounds from injury – NCT
“Across the way, Andrew Cashner —- acquired in the deal that sent Rizzo to the Chicago Cubs —- took the next step in his comeback from a strained right lat, throwing pain-free from flat ground in right field for the first time since landing on the disabled list in late June.”

CBS Sports has a story on the sale
“It’s been a long time coming,” said Moores. “It’s on the agenda for the August meeting, and I’m optimistic that Commissioner [Bud] Selig and the other 29 owners will approve it.”

As does Fox Sports
“The agreement came months after Jeff Moorad’s attempt to buy the team on a layaway plan fell apart. Moores’ deal with Moorad, who began his attempted purchase of the club in 2009, was valued at about $500 million.”

MadFriars interviews Jedd Gyorko
“One of the reasons that there was so much talk at the trade deadline of moving Chase Headley, who is leading the Padres in most offensive categories, has been the play of Tucson Padres

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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.