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  • FOXNews.com - Former GM helped shape Padres success
    "It took two years to figure out how Petco was actually going to play, then it takes two or three years to get the draft moving and three or four years to get the drafted players through the system," Towers said. "Now, I think that is coming together."

  • Alderson out to fix Dominican baseball - SignOnSanDiego.com
    "My goal is to preserve baseball as it exists in the Dominican Republic, but enhance the overall reputation of baseball in the country," Alderson said. "It’s something that’s been long overdue. On the other hand, there are many ways to approach it."

  • "Could Young be transferred to 60-day D.L." by Padres Scorecard
    Transfer Chris Young from the 15-day to the 60-day disabled list. That move would create an opening.

  • Jon Garland is Average :: Friar Forecast
    "Garland has now started seven games, and my projection is looking pretty solid. That’s right, despite an ERA of 1.71, Garland has been exactly the pitcher we thought he would be. Here are Garland’s overall stats for 2010, 2009, and his career"

  • PADRES: Astros rally to beat Padres
    "We're sorting through that," Black told mlb.com. "Things will become more clear when we get to San Francisco and we know how Kevin's doing."

  • Uncharacteristic lapses haunt Padres | padres.com: News
    Hunter Pence drove in the winning run with a walk-off double to lead the Astros to a 4-3 victory over the Padres in 11 innings before a crowd of 23,526 at Minute Maid Park.

  • Padres show solidarity with pink bats | padres.com: News
    Each of the Padres' position players used a pink bat in a show of solidarity in the battle against breast cancer on Sunday.

  • Correia scratched due to brother's death | padres.com: News
    Padres pitcher Kevin Correia, who was to start Sunday against the Astros, was scratched following a death in the family.

  • Durango impressing down on the farm | padres.com: News
    Randy Smith, the Padres director of player development, spent part of last week watching San Diego's Triple-A affiliate, the Portland Beavers, and was impressed by what he saw from outfielder Luis Durango.

  • A-Gon rests sore right shoulder | padres.com: News
    First baseman Adrian Gonzalez wasn't in the starting lineup for the second consecutive Sunday, though this time it was because he's nursing a sore right shoulder.

  • MRI confirms Young's shoulder strain | padres.com: News
    On Friday afternoon, Padres pitcher Chris Young received the results of his second MRI exam of the week on his injured right shoulder.

  • insidethepadres: Kouz and Braden
    Seeing Kouz at Angel Stadium last month, I told him he looks strange in green. "Green brings out the color in my eyes," he said, laughing. He likes the A's vibe, say it's a good group of teammates.

  • RJ's Fro Chats with Hall of Famer Dave Winfield
    "Dave Winfield: No, I've always loved baseball and it was always my dream to play America's pasttime. I always joke, 'I'd've been a small man in basketball and a broken man in football.' I still believe baseball is the greatest game of all."

  • The Friarhood - Your New #3 Hitter Kyle Blanks
    You may think that sounds crazy out or out of left field....Wink, but this is where I'm coming from.......

  • Friars on Cardboard
    Check out TTG's Tony Gwynn tribute.

  • Exploring Adrian Gonzalez Trade Returns | Chicken Friars | A San Diego Padres Blog
    "The Padres can take two strategies when trading Gonzalez. The first is to simply get the greatest combination of quality and quantity of young talent they can. The second is to attempt to address needs in their bank of young players."

  • Padres, Giants set for first-place showdown | MLB.com: News
    When the Giants and Padres lock horns for a National League West showdown this week, San Francisco will be looking to avenge an early-season sweep by division-leading San Diego. The surging Padres, however, likely have other ideas.

  • Perpetual Padres Saga: Future Star of Today: Wade LeBlanc
    I am looking forward to see Wade pitch whenever it is his turn to have the baton on his hand throughout the season. Watching him grow is a delight. He is definitely a future star of today.

  • Unfinished Business: Gem of a Performance
    "I'm so excited about these boys. They're good. They're solid. They're winning and they're going to keep doing that. I can't wait to see what else this season holds."

  • Padres Take Two in Houston, Give Third Away – Ducksnorts
    "Some losses are excusable; this was not one of them."

  • Padres done in by Astros' Pence, own infield - SignOnSanDiego.com
    "And for me to blow it ... the first five weeks of the season I’ve played terrible. I need to play better than that, and I will. I’m just sick that I let that happen after we overcame so much."

  • Stauffer shines under sad circumstances - SignOnSanDiego.com
    "Tim was outstanding," Black said. "That was a great effort on what was obviously short notice. He did everything we asked him to do and more. He pitched really well."

  • With the Giants looming, key hitters struggling - SignOnSanDiego.com
    Blanks is 6-for-44 with six RBI against 25 strikeouts since April 20. Gonzalez is 5-for-33 with three RBI and 10 strikeouts since April 29. Venable is 6-for-38 with one RBI and 21 strikeouts since April 26. Jerry Hairston is 4-for-30 with four RBI since May 1.