DAILY LINKS: Padres Spring Training games get underway

Lee attacks early and often in Padres’ debut – MLB.com
Zach Lee, a December waiver claim from Seattle, allowed one run over two innings — a Nelson Cruz blast on a fastball up in the zone. The former first-round pick is looking to bounce back from a rough 2016 in which he posted a 6.14 ERA between the Dodgers and Mariners farm systems.

Ultimately, the Padres acquired Lee to infuse some much-needed pitching depth into their system. Barring something unforeseen this spring, Lee will likely open the year at Triple-A El Paso.

Young Padres arms wild in loss to Mariners – San Diego Union-Tribune
A wild afternoon for the Padres’ young arms unfolded at a glacial pace on Sunday. San Diego pitchers issued 14 walks in a 13-2 loss to Seattle at Peoria Stadium.

Michael Kelly and Dinelson Lamet, two right-handers who had never pitched in a big-league spring training game, combined for eight walks without recording an out.

Margot, Jankowski get long looks in center – MLB.com
Green added that center field will be split between the two over the next couple weeks — and potentially longer. That platoon could continue into the regular season.

Jankowski opened his spring by going 1-for-2 with a solo homer in a 13-3 loss to the Mariners. Margot finished 0-for-3.

As it stands, the two center fielders join Alex Dickerson and Hunter Renfroe as favorites to crack the Padres outfield. The four of them will likely share three spots during the season.

Kurt Busch discards rearview mirror, finally captures Daytona 500 – Sports Illustrated
A last-lap pass was the silver-lining moment that decided a crash-filled Daytona 500. And the driver who made it was Kurt Busch, a beleaguered former Cup series champion who had managed no better than second place in 17 previous attempts to capture the Harvey J. Earl trophy.

3 thoughts: Colorado State 56, SDSU 55 – San Diego Union-Tribune
This much is certain if the Aztecs want to avoid sixth place and the dreaded play-in game in the Mountain West tournament: They MUST win at New Mexico on Saturday. Lose, and they’re facing the specter of winning four games in four days to reach the NCAA Tournament and save their season.

Dirty 30 – SanDiegoGulls.com
The Gulls (30-14-2-2, 64 pts.) won for the 12th time in its last 14 games with a tightly contested 3-2 win over the Rockford IceHogs (21-25-8-3; 53 pts.) in front 10,077 fans at Valley View Casino Center on Saturday night. Tyler Morley scored the game-winning goal in the third period, Jaycob Megna (1-1=2) contributed a multi-point effort and rookie goaltender Kevin Boyle (6-3-3) made 30 saves in his first appearance since Jan. 22 in the victory.

Shaq says his mom told him to drop Twitter feud with JaVale McGee – FOX Sports
Even one of the most dominating players in NBA history takes orders from his mom. Shaquille O’Neal’s war of words with Golden State Warriors center JaVale McGee appears to be over, and it sounds like the peacemaker was Shaq’s mom.

Aztecs spring football: Five things to keep an eye on – San Diego Union-Tribune
San Diego State opens spring football camp on Monday.

The workouts will culminate with the Aztecs’ annual Spring Game scrimmage on March 18. Here are five areas to keep an eye on over the next four weeks.

The sports world had so many jokes after the Best Picture confusion at the Oscars – For The Win
The sports world had plenty of fun with last night’s Oscars fiasco, comparing the moment to some of the great blown leads we’ve seen recently. Falcons and Warriors fans should look away.


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