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In case you missed it, I’ve started doing nightly recaps of the San Diego Padres games. I started with the Padres being shut down by an unknown Dodgers pitcher, talked about Yasiel Puig’s 2-HR 5-RBI game, and was happy to recap a win by the Padres behind a stellar performance by Jason Marquis. That victory not only helped San Diego avoid a sweep at the hands of Los Angeles, but it kept the Padres out of last place (and kept the Dodgers in last place) for a little while longer.
Last night, the Padres kicked off a four-game series with a win over the Rockies in Colorado. Cameron Maybin returned from injury and stole the show. I don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves, but a sweep of the Rockies would move the Padres into 3rd place in the NL West, and could move them into 2nd place if the San Francisco Giants get swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks over the weekend.
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MLB Goes After Players Suspected of Cheating
• Major League Baseball is preparing to suspend the 20 or so players that they found to be connected to the Biogenesis anti-aging clinic in Miami. That’s bad news for Everth Cabrera, who is having the best season of his career, and Yasmani Grandal, who returned from a 50-game suspension last week. Both of their names were found in the clinic’s records and they could both be a part of the group that is suspended.
• Maybe Cabrera and Grandal shouldn’t be worried. As Tim Marchman explains in this article, any of the players suspended by MLB will have plenty of legal ground to stand on if they want to fight back. It’s smart to assume that the MLB Players’ Union would fight on behalf of all of those penalized.
• Perhaps the scariest, and oddest, part of this story is that the federal government is working hand-in-hand with MLB in an attempt to publicly shame players suspected of cheating. As Matt Welch points out, “It is wildly inappropriate for federal law enforcement to be collaborating openly with a multi-billion industry to change the terms of its industrial relations.”
The San Diego Chargers’ Offseason Keeps Chugging Along
• Antonio Gates has been the forgotten man in fans’ optimism over the Chargers’ 2013 passing game, but he shouldn’t be. A reworked offensive line and a surplus of talented receivers could help Gates just as much as it’s expected to help Philip Rivers, and it could extend his career a few years as well.
• In the category of “important but inevitable offseason news,” the Chargers signed first round draft pick D.J. Fluker to a four-year contract. The interesting part of the contract is the offset language the prevents the Chargers from continuing to pay Fluker if he’s released by San Diego and signed by another NFL team. That’s new to rookie contracts this season, but will surely become trendy now that Fluker has set the standard.
• The NFL Network took some time to talk about Philip Rivers’ struggles in recent seasons and his transition to a new offense for the first time in 7 years (VIDEO). He’ll need to continue to pick it up quickly if he’s going to have a good season in 2013.
Stories You May Have Missed
• USD’s Kris Bryant was the 2nd overall pick in yesterday’s MLB draft, going to the Chicago Cubs. Scouts believe that Bryant could play 3B or a corner OF spot, and that he could skyrocket through the Cubs’ minor league system.
• The San Diego Padres demoted Kyle Blanks to make room for Cameron Maybin, who is returning from injury. BOO! Then, they brought Kyle Blanks back! YAY! Unfortunately, it was because Yonder Alonso was placed on the disabled list with a wrist injury. Is this good news or bad news? I can’t tell anymore.
GIF of the Week: 34-year-old Marian Hossa can still do amazing things on the ice, and he’s proving it in the NFL Playoffs with the Chicago Blackhawks.
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