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Padres Daily Links: We must beat boredom back

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It’s Saturday and it just doesn’t feel the same. Yes, it’s probably because I’m working on a weekend and it can make your weekly circadian rhythm feel off kilter. But even with that being the case, weekends don’t have the same joy anymore. Every day of the week might as well just be called “Day” since we’re all stuck doing the same thing on a loop like we’re in the sequel to Groundhog’s Day.

But I hope you’re all staying safe and clean as much as possible. We’ll get through this, one day at a time. I just bought the first three books in The Witcher series so that’s what I have to look forward to nowadays.

Here’s some links to kill some time. Have a great weekend, everyone. I’ll see you on Monday.

PadresZach Davies: Cements No. 4 spot in rotation

“Davies solidified his spot in the Opening Day rotation with a strong showing in Cactus League play, Jeff Sanders of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports.”

Ex-Tiger Gordon Beckham released by Padres

“Beckham, 33, spent all of last year as a Tigers’ backup infielder, posting a .643 OPS in 240 plate appearances. He signed a minor-league deal with the Padres at the start of what turned out to be an abbreviated spring training.”

MLB, players reach deal addressing key issues

“Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association have finalized a deal that addresses both salary and service-time issues, among others, as the entire sport continues to wait out the coronavirus pandemic. With no start date set for the 2020 season, the two sides had been negotiating for the past”

25 Forgotten MLB Sluggers from the Last 25 Years

Barry Bonds, Ken Griffey Jr., Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa, Frank Thomas, Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols, David Ortiz, Manny Ramirez and Miguel Cabrera are sure to be among the first names mentioned.”

The best pitching performance ever for all 30 teams

“I wondered: Was this the best start in Astros history? Cole’s Game Score was 100, a rare achievement. There have been just 15 such games in outings of nine innings or fewer since 1908, so while Cole’s game didn’t receive the notoriety of a no-hitter or perfect game, it was more impressive in many ways, less reliant on the fortune of where a ball was hit and more dependent on his pure dominance.”

Sam Hilliard drives in 6 as Rockies stay unbeaten with 3rd straight win against Padres in MLB The Show 20 simulation

Padres hold Opening Day ceremony despite coronavirus-delayed season

“The San Diego Padres held an Opening Day ceremony at Petco Park Thursday, despite the coronavirus pandemic postponing what was supposed to be the first game of the 2020 Major League Baseball season.”

Padres’ Breyvic Valera: Doubtful to make big-league roster

“The Padres claimed Valera off waivers in mid-February but limited him to 11 Cactus League at-bats. The sparse spring playing time and unimpressive results — he collected only one hit — leave Valera with a distant chance of breaking camp with San Diego in spite of his versatility in the field. The 28-year-old is likely destined to open the season with Triple-A El Paso.”

Padres’ Juan Lagares: Roster status in limbo

“Lagares was competing for a spot on Opening Day roster before spring training was suspended, AJ Cassavell of reports. He has the option to opt out of his contract if he does not make the 26-man roster, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today.”