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Around the Mission: 6/3 Padres Links

  • Grand slam makes a happy ending -
    "A walkoff anything is great," said the All-Star first baseman. "A walkoff homer and a walkoff grand slam is pretty much the same thing."

  • Padres' 3:35 p.m. starts not a hit? -
    The April 21 turnout of 14,906 for the Giants was the smallest crowd of the 2010 season and the sixth-smallest in Petco Park history. Wednesday’s crowd of 15,880 was the third-smallest of the season and the April 15 crowd of 16,356 was the fourth-smallest.

  • insidethepadres: San Diego summit
    I've seen comments from Hoyer that he takes little credit for the team's fast start, instead praising the Gunslinger. Nice touch.
  • PADRES NOTES: Blanks shows progress in elbow rehabilitation 
    "I got a little bit more rhythm and timing between my body and my arm," Blanks said. "I felt a lot better today. But I need to get my arm strength back. It felt good today, but toward the end of it I started to feel a little tired. I started losing my arm slot and definitely had to focus on it. There's probably still a decent amount of time left."
  • Tip of the cap to Eckstein - Mets Blog - ESPN New York
    Eckstein has come to bat 29 times in the ninth inning or later in a regular season or postseason game in the following situation. * One out from defeat * Opportunity to tie game (one-run down, or representing tying/winning run) He's succeeded in either extending the game, or putting his team ahead, with either a hit, walk, or hit by pitch 13 times. That's a 45 percent success rate. Wow.

  • The Friarhood - Announcer critics detract from padres winning ways
    "Enberg is a true professional and in my opinion, these mini-diatribes (aimed towards BOTH Dick Enberg and Mark Grant) from bloggers and on twitter, from the casual and die hard fans alike, have sunk to a new low."

  • Option play is working with Padres catchers -
    "We (both) want to be in there every day," Hundley said after Sunday’s 3-2 victory over the Washington Nationals. "But that’s kind of up to Buddy and, fortunately now, I think we’re making it tough on him to decide."

  • Gonzalez walks off Padres in grand style | News
    Adrian Gonzalez hit a walk-off grand slam in the 11th inning to lift the Padres to a 5-1 win over the Mets on Wednesday in front of 15,880 at PETCO Park.

  • Padres activate Scott Hairston from DL | News
    Outfielder Scott Hairston was reinstated Wednesday off the disabled list by the Padres, who created roster room for him by optioning Luis Durango to Triple-A Portland.

  • Hundley catches Reyes for Padres' first | News
    Nick Hundley became the first San Diego catcher to throw out the speedy Jose Reyes when he fired a strike to Jerry Hairston Jr. in the fifth inning while Reyes was trying to swipe second base.

  • PADRES: Gonzalez's grand slam in 11th inning delivers dramatic win over Mets
    "With Adrian, you feel pretty good about him because he has bat control," manager Bud Black said. "We were in pretty good shape there, especially with how he's swinging the bat."

  • Mailbag: Cumberland, Tekotte, and the Rest – Ducksnorts
    Before we get started, I must thank David Eckstein for making me look smarter than I am.

  • Nearly perfect :: Friar Forecast
    A game happens, and then it is over. We can’t, nor shouldn’t, go back and change things around after the fans have left the ballpark or turned their TV sets off, and the players have left the field.