11:48 PM EDT, Wed July 23, 2014
Sons of Steve Garvey 1 min ago

Post-Game 103 Thread: Haren, Eaten Up

PIRATES 6, DODGERS 1 After becoming deluded into thinking otherwise, thanks to Josh Beckett's no-hitter, coupled with Dan Haren's 4-0 start to the season by Dan Haren. But Beckett proved yesterday over his ephemeral 3.2 IP that he is not reliable, and Dan Haren came out today and evidenced why his season start was just a mirage. The back of the Dodgers' order is just a train wreck. And with each car crash, we have to suffer through Paul Maholm. Haren gave up five runs in the first two innings, and though he stretched out to a somewhat-less-implausible 5.0 IP (in which he apparently...
Bless You Boys 3 hours ago
Tigers 11, Diamondbacks 5: Detroit staves off Arizona comeback, pulls away late with four eighth inning runs.

Tigers 11, Diamondbacks 5: Detroit staves off Arizona comeback, pulls away late with four eighth inning runs.

What had been a blowout became tense in the late innings, the Tigers giving back five runs after taking a 7-0 advantage. But four two out runs in the eighth inning, three coming on a Miguel Cabrera home run, gave Detroit needed breathing room. The Detroit Tigers took a 7-0 lead, nearly lost it, then pulled away by plating four eighth innings runs after two were out, taking the rubber game of their series with the Arizona Diamondbacks 11-5. The getaway day victory in Arizona extends Detroit's lead in the AL Central to 6 1/2 games over the Cleveland Indians. Anibal Sanchez managed to hang...
Friars on Base 4 hours ago

Padres Look To Rebound After Losing First Game Of Series

Following the trade of third baseman Chase Headley to the New York Yankees, the Padres were shutout by the Chicago Cubs 6-0 last night. The Padres’ look to rebound tonight in when they square off against the Cubs in the second game of three game series tonight. The Padres will send Ian Kennedy (7-9, 3.62 ERA) to […] Padres Look To Rebound After Losing First Game Of Series - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Brandon Belt's concussion not improving

Bad news from Bruce Bochy regarding Belt's stay on the 7-day concussion DL. Bruce Bochy addressed the media about several topics on Wednesday, and he offered bad news on Brandon Belt. From Henry Schulman: Belt arrived at the park this afternoon and felt so bad he went back to the hotel, his concussion symptoms worse. It’s clear that he is going to be on the disabled list longer than seven days and likely will get further tests when the team returns to San Francisco after Thursday’s game. Every time the Giants play the Cardinals now, the TV broadcast shows a supercut of the foul tips...
Friars on Base 5 hours ago

Quadruple-A Baseball: Padres Fans Need To Weather the Storm

I like taking the pulse of the Padres fan base on Twitter. After the Huston Street and Chase Headley trades, Twitter blew up with disgusted Padres fans, doomsayers and pessimists. I do share in some disappointment seeing these players go. I also got the same vibes when we re-signed Seth Smith. That reaction puzzles me. […] Quadruple-A Baseball: Padres Fans Need To Weather the Storm - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base 7 hours ago

BREAKING NEWS: Cameron Maybin Suspended 25 Games for PED Use

Cameron Maybin was suspended for 25 games today for the use of performance-enhancing drugs, according to Bob Nightingale of USA Today. Maybin tested positive for the use of amphetamines. The suspension signified that this is the second time that Maybin tested positive. According to the Joint Drug Agreement in Major League Baseball, players who test […] BREAKING NEWS: Cameron Maybin Suspended 25 Games for PED Use - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
NoNoHitters.com 7 hours ago

5 years ago today, Buehrle completes 27-up, 27-down hat-trick

Five years ago today, Chicago White Sox hurler Mark Buehrle threw a perfect game to become the only major league pitcher to toss three complete games while facing the minimum 27 batters. Buehrle’s second effort was on April 18, 2007, …
Sons of Steve Garvey 7 hours ago
Game 103 Thread: July 23 @ Pirates, 4p

Game 103 Thread: July 23 @ Pirates, 4p

Dan Haren (8-7, 4.30) vs. Francisco Liriano (1-7, 4.43) Well, who's ready for the inevitable gut punch today? Will it be a fast-regressing Haren allowing multiple home runs and getting bounced in the 4th? Will it be the Noffense? Will it be our zombie bullpen walking in three runs? Will it be because we can't field a full squad after having so many of our players hit and hurt? Will every Dodger batter swing at the first pitch? Will Dodger outfielders switch positions between Pirate at-bats? These questions and others persist. Yes, as many have pointed out the team still has as many wins as...
Friars on Base 7 hours ago

Padres’ Minor League Round Up For July 22

  Last night, the San Diego Padres played their first game without Chase Headley since 2007 after being traded to the New York Yankees. Headley’s career with the Padres was a roller coaster ride, but his most successful year came in 2012 when he was a finalist in the 2012 MVP voting . With the […] Padres’ Minor League Round Up For July 22 - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Wonko / Gaslamp Ball 8 hours ago

Cameron Maybin suspended 25 games

The Padres CF becomes the 3rd player in the last 2 years to be suspended by the league. It was announced today that Padres CF Cameron Maybin is suspended for the next 25 games. This is the reason the Padres were able to call up veteran OF Jeff Francoeur. The suspension is due to a violation of the league's substance abuse policy and reportedly was due to amphetamine usage. Amphetamines are basically a performance enhancing drug, but are not treated as such by the CBA. The first offense is kept quiet and no suspension is given, but mandatory follow-up testing for the player is enacted.. The...
Bless You Boys 8 hours ago

Game 98: Tigers at Diamondbacks

The Tigers hope to rebound behind Anibal Sanchez to take the rubber game of their series with the Diamondbacks. Detroit Tigers (55-42) at Arizona Diamondbacks (44-57) Time/Place: 3:40 p.m., Chase Field SB Nation blog: AZ Snake Pit Media: Fox Sports Detroit, MLB.TV, Tigers Radio Network Pitching Matchup: RHP Anibal Sanchez (6-4, 3.22 ERA) vs. RHP Trevor Cahill (1-6, 5.63 ERA) Pitcher GS IP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 WHIP FIP SIERA fWAR Sanchez 17 100.2 6.88 2.32 0.27 1.04 2.87 3.87 2.6 Cahill 5 46.1 9.13 5.24 0.97 1.68 4.33 4.05 0.0 Trevor Cahill failed to log at least 175 innings for the...
Jake Peavy rumors and the Giants

Jake Peavy rumors and the Giants

The Giants might be in the market for a starting pitcher. Let's look at Jake Peavy, the most likely fit. Andrew Baggarly writes that the Giants are "intensifying their search for a starting pitcher". This means it's time to write about him writing about the Giants intensifying their search. Specifically, the pitcher mentioned in the article, Jake Peavy. Jake Peavy won a Cy Young. He's also kind of janky now, with an adjusted ERA under the league average for four out of the last five years. His strikeouts are falling. His walks are increasing. The odds are excellent that he just allowed a...
Friars on Base 9 hours ago

Trade Rumors: Francoeur’s Call Up Sets Up Denorfia Trade

    Veteran outfielder and current El Paso Chihuahuas’ Jeff Francoeur is officially getting the call back up to the big leagues. It is confirmed by NBC Sports Hardball Talk’s Aaron Gleeman that Francoeur will be called up and play outfielder for the Padres’ However, it was first tweeted out by Major League Baseball insider for […] Trade Rumors: Francoeur’s Call Up Sets Up Denorfia Trade - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Friars on Base 11 hours ago

Morning Coffee with Mark Whelan: Neither Star not Goat: A Chase Headley Retrospective

In the 140-character world that is Twitter, it appears that there were two schools of thought on Chase Headley. One, that he was another Padres superstar who got traded for less than he was worth, and that the Padres blew it by trading him. (I’m guessing those are the people who don’t really follow baseball […] Morning Coffee with Mark Whelan: Neither Star not Goat: A Chase Headley Retrospective - Friars on Base - Friars on Base - A San Diego Padres Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Wonko / Gaslamp Ball 11 hours ago
Jeff Francoeur getting called up to Padres

Jeff Francoeur getting called up to Padres

The 9 year major league veteran will return to the big leagues. This time with the San Diego Padres. Jeff Francoeur first debuted in the major leagues with the Atlanta Braves 9 years ago as a 21 year old. He finished 3rd in the rookie of year voting despite only playing in 70 games because of his strong arm and powerful bat. The next season he hit 29 home runs. At age 23 he earned a gold glove award. To that point in his career he had accumulated 6.9 WAR and was looking like he would be an above average major league player for years to come. Fast forward to today and his career WAR is 7.0....
McCovey Chronicles 12 hours ago

San Francisco Giants Link Dump, 7/23

I tried to think of the most harmless thing. Something I loved from my childhood. Something that could never ever possibly destroy us. Mr. Link Dump! Here's a little known fact about last night's game: it ended. You might be surprised to learn that, but you can look it up. It's true! Giants broadcaster Mike Krukow fighting through muscle diseaseWhile it's sad that Krukow is having this affect his life, I think we're all thankful that it isn't life-threatening. But there's a quote I'd prefer to focus on, because it illustrates the Kruk and Kuip relationship so well: On the road, Kuiper has...
Sons of Steve Garvey 14 hours ago

Post-Game 102 Thread: Pirates Plunder Dodgers

PIRATES 12, DODGERS 7 It was almost a game. Pirates had two solo shots in the second; Dodgers return with two runs in the top of the third (Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier RBI). Pirates get two more runs in the bottom of the third; A.J. Ellis knocks in two in the top of the sixth. but with A.J. Ellis on second and one out, the Dodgers keep Paul Maholm (who took over for Josh Beckett in the fourth) to bat. Maholm Ks, and Dee Gordon flies out. And then immediately afterward, Maholm gives up two leadoff singles, is replaced by Jamey Wright, but the floodgates are open and the Pirates...
Sons of Steve Garvey 14 hours ago
At-Game Recap: Dodgers in Sydney (Part 6)

At-Game Recap: Dodgers in Sydney (Part 6)

Here's another post in the series recapping the Dodgers' historic trip to Sydney, Australia, for 2014 MLB Opening Day. Going into the tunnels underneath the big scoreboard, heading from the Noble and Bradman Stands toward the O'Reilly Stand. Would you believe, instead of dot racing,...sailboat racing? Back in the original seats. Wish I could remember what was on the scoreboard at this time, as it's kinda blurry (the scoreboard, as well as my memory). Game over! Dodgers win! Diamondbacks sulk off the field in defeat! More soon! Earlier: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
McCovey Chronicles 21 hours ago

minor lines, 7/22/14

Tuesday highlights from the Giants' farm: Jarrett Parker homered among four hits, and Jason Berken had 5.0 shutout IP.AAA: Fresno defeated Albuquerque 1-0 (5 innings)(completed early due to rain)Fresno: SS Chris Dominguez: 2 for 3, 2 2BFresno: SP Jason Berken: 5.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 7 KPlaying shortstop for a change, Dominguez hit his 15th and 16th doubles.With 5.0 scoreless IP, Berken achieved his first CG SHO in six years.AA: Richmond defeated Akron 8-2(scoring three runs in both the 3rd and 4th innings)Richmond: RF Jarrett Parker: 4 for 5, HRRichmond: DH Ricky Oropesa: 1 for 5,...

Giants outlast Phillies in glorious 14-inning marathon

Tim Lincecum got a save, and the Giants are in first place. This is the game you remember, the game in the drop-down menu of your brain when you think "2014." The game that you keep revisiting the next day at work, scanning your memories and hoping to find different nuances and quirks. You'll remember the sound of the empty ballpark, the suddenly audible hecklers, the way every bat sounded like it broke on a hard-hit ball. You'll embrace the wackiness of Tim Lincecum getting a save, the uncomfortable feeling you had when you realized that George Kontos's eyeballs were replaced with...

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