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Around the Mission: 4/25 Padres Links

  • insidethepadres: Tune and broom
    The best part of the Padres-Phillies series was the Steve Poltz national anthem Saturday. Up tempo yet unhurried, flavored yet true to the anthem. As good as I've heard in awhile. And I'm a bit of an anthem snob after hearing thousands of them

  • A Weekend of Offensive Phailure
    "You can’t worry about other teams, you have to worry about how you play," said Black.

  • Less Is Less | Ducksnorts
    Brad Hawpe? I can’t even pick on the guy anymore; it’s like making fun of someone with a speech impediment.

  • PADRES: Hitters hapless as Phillies complete sweep
    "You feel a little better if going in you have a bunch of guys going well," Chase Headley said. "But I guess we'll look at it on the other hand: Those are four (pitchers) who, when they're going well, can put a whole team in a slump. At least we were already there."

  • PADRES NOTES: With job secure, Maybin settles into comfort zone
    "I found it a lot easier to go out and play when you know you're going to be in there," said Maybin, who has started 20 of the Padres' 22 games this season. "It makes it easier to not try so hard and let the game come to you.

  • Pitchers not pointing fingers at struggling hitters -
    "Your job as a pitcher is to go out and get outs," Black said. "Ultimately, you’d like to get wins. But hey, these guys as a group … they’re doing fine. They know their role is to take the ball every fifth day, be reliable, be durable, get their outs and that’s what they’re doing."

  • Another loss, another bad day at the plate -
    "We might do something crazy," Cantu said. "We might do something stupid."

  • Halladay's big day aided by offensive no-show -
    "The biggest thing about him, you appreciate how he competes. That’s what makes him better than a lot of pitchers: He never quits; he competes till he’s done. That’s why he’s one of the best in the game, if not the best."

  • Atlanta Braves at San Diego Padres - April 25, 2011 | Preview
    "It's frustrating, but you go out there and do your job and leave it up to the hitters," he said after a recent start. "These guys will start scoring 10 runs a game for me. I look forward to them getting their swings and confidence back."

  • Philadelphia Phillies at San Diego Padres - April 24, 2011 | SD Recap
    "[Halladay] is one of the best in baseball, and he was on today," Padres manager Bud Black said. "We got to him just a little too late. He was really throwing the ball well."