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Fluke Watch: Tim Stauffer

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Spoiler Alert: He's not a fluke. He may not be quite as dominant if his walk rate goes back to 2010 levels, but he's the real deal. One thing I learned in this article is that a big difference in his results come from a switch to a 2-seam fastball from a 4-seamer.

Escondido Ballpark Dead for Now

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Article from the Tucson paper on how the Escondido ballpark for the AAA team is toast thanks to the state.

I didn't know what his plan was. I just saw a raging bull coming at me. I thought he was on PCP...

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I didn't know what his plan was. I just saw a raging bull coming at me. I thought he was on PCP the way he was sprinting.

Bruce Bochy was surprised by Heath Bell's entrance into the All Star Game. XX Sports Radio: Bruce Bochy Interview with Darren Smith (MP3)

Spanky is movin' on up the minor league ladder

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He's now rockin' a Tin Cap for Fort Wayne. Not the best of debuts, but he managed a walk. Also, Rymer Liriano is really showing why he's a legitimate prospect. He is fast, hits for power, and gets on base. I'm wondering if a promotion is in his near future...

"There was a little fistpump when I scored. I'm embarrassed every time I see it now because it's...

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"There was a little fistpump when I scored. I'm embarrassed every time I see it now because it's like one of the few times I ever did that. (Gwynn's son) Anthony rags me about it: 'Look at that left hand; look at that left hand! But that was a cool moment for me," Gwynn says. "The National League won. That was the first time the National League won in (six) years. I wanted to win. And I'm sure it's the same thing now, with the World Series homefield advantage at stake."

West Coast Bias: Join Tony Gwynn On Guided Tour Of All-Star Memories in Sports & Recreation Blog - Tree.com

Do the Padres Trade Away Their Stars?

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"I love when folks give me story ideas, and this is a fun one… if a bit easy to debunk."

Padres are the least popular baseball team in the U.S.

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Harris Poll has the Padres and Blue Jays tied for last based on 2,163 adults surveyed online between June 13 and 20, 2011

The Electric Dock Ellis Acid Test: An Attempt To Recreate His Drug-Addled No-Hitter, On Xbox

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Dude tries to throw a no-hitter against the 2011 Padres on Xbox while on acid, gets continually thwarted by Nick Hundley