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Sunday, April 04, 2004

Dry Run #2

The Padres had their first looks at their new digs yesterday, losing 7-4 in an exhibition game to the Mariners. Brian Giles smacked the first homerun there. All unofficial, of course.

Strangely, the players say they fear spitting on the field. That won't last.

In other news, the Pads traded Mike Darr crash survivor Ben Howard to Florida for a live-armed reliever by the name of Blaine Neal.

MIT grad and soon to be overblown story Jason Szuminski has made the team, as has Eddie Oropesa. Eddie really flew below the radar but here he is.

Sterling Hitchcock will start the year in the minors, but not before getting today's start against Gil Meche in Petco's final exhibition tuneup.

Bummer of the week:

Trojan alum and Padre super-sub (assuming he keeps hitting like he has the last week) Jeff Cirillo is out for 4-6 weeks after breaking his finger. Bochy says he can hit but can't throw. Subsequent roster moves to compensate for the injury are not known at this time.

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