DAILY LINKS: Padres playing well in World Baseball Classic

Chacin’s gem vs. DR a case for SD’s rotation – MLB.com
Team Venezuela manager Omar Vizquel gave Jhoulys Chacin the ball for what was essentially a must-win game against Team Dominican Republic on Thursday in Pool F action of the 2017 World Baseball Classic. Though Chacin ended up the hard-luck loser in Venezuela’s 3-0 loss to the Dominican, the righty brought his “A” game — in terms of both his final line and by Statcast™ metrics — while facing a lineup that essentially doubles as an All-Star team.

Pads’ Andy Green frustrated with use of Yangervis Solarte at WBC – ESPN
San Diego Padres manager Andy Green is unhappy Yangervis Solarte has not seen much playing time with Venezuela at the World Baseball Classic.

Solarte had gotten just one at-bat, appeared in three games and scored two runs before last night’s game, in which he went 2-2 (2 singles) and played some Left Field for Venezuela.

Castillo gives glimpse of what could be for Padres – San Diego Union-Tribune
Those prospects the Padres have been touting in their farm system? One of them already looks comfortable on the mound at Petco Park.

Jose Castillo, a 21-year-old Venezuelan, has yet to pitch beyond Single-A Lake Elsinore.

You wouldn’t have known it the way he pitched Wednesday night. Venezuela manager Omar Vizquel went to Castillo in a tight spot in the sixth inning against the U.S., bringing the 6-foot-4 left-hander in with two on and one out.

Castillo promptly got back-to-back strikeouts of All-Stars Christian Yelich and Nolan Arenado to end the inning and protect a then 1-0 lead.

Dominican Republic Shuts Out Venezuela in Must-Win Game – NBC San Diego
It took over four hours but the Dominican Republic got the job done. It was a crucial game for both the Dominican Republic and Venezuela as both clubs were fighting to take control of their fate in round two of the World Baseball Classic and escape the brink of elimination.

AUDIO: Randy Jones “Luckily I Caught It Early And It Wasn’t A Spreading Cancer”
Padres legend Randy Jones joined Hank and BR to talk about his battle with throat cancer and when we can expect to see him at a Padres game.

Bulging disk sidelines Dickerson for 3-4 weeks – MLB.com
The news could have been worse but it wasn’t good for Padres outfielder Alex Dickerson, who has been diagnosed with a bulging disk in his back and will be out 3-4 weeks.

Padres manager Andy Green said the good news was that Dickerson won’t need surgery but acknowledged that it’s a significant setback for the second-year player who showed strong offensive promise last year as a rookie.

AUDIO: Pedro Gomez On WBC “This Is Anything But An Exhibition To The Players”
ESPN’s Pedro Gomez discussed some exciting WBC games at Petco Park, why the players see it as much more than an exhibition and why the Padres have a real chance to brand themselves in the city with the Chargers gone.

VIDEO: Dylan Hernandez On Chargers Impact In LA “We Complained & Then We Forgot About Them”
Does anybody care about the Chargers in Los Angeles and how have they been received since they announced the move: LA Times’ Dylan Hernandez discussed it with Marty Caswell.

AUDIO: Why Was Darren Smith Trash Talking Landon Donovan?
Darren Smith recaps an eventful celebrity game with the San Diego Sockers plus hear reports from Germany, Mexico and MLS.

Report: Raiders ‘strongly considering’ acquiring Marshawn Lynch
The Oakland Raiders are strongly considering acquiring retired running back Marshawn Lynch by trade or by his release, reports ESPN.com’s Adam Schefter and Josina Anderson.

The 30-year-old last played in the NFL during the 2015 season with the Seattle Seahawks and appeared in seven games that season after signing a two-year, $24 million contract extension during that offseason.

AUDIO: Craig Elsten: “The Gulls Are Getting Pretty Close To Being Able To Call Themselves A Playoff Team”
San Diego Gulls play-by-play wizard Craig Elsten joins Kevin Acee on this Thursday evening to talk about the last couple of Gulls games and set up this weekend series between San Diego and the San Antonio Rampage.

VIDEO: BR’s Winners And Losers Of NFL Free Agency
Billy Ray Smith breaks down his winners and losers of NFL free agency.


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