DAILY LINKS: Chris Paddack strengthens case for Opening Day start

Chris Paddack

Ron Fowler joined Ben & Woods: “We Want To Put The Best 8 Position Players Out There As Soon As Possible”
Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler gives a full 2019 season preview. Who does he want to see start on Opening Day? Will Fernando Tatis Jr. crack the roster or start out in Triple-A? Is Andy Green the guy to lead this team to the postseason? All that and more.

Paddack continues strong spring with sharp start – MLB
This spring, Chris Paddack is facing big league hitters for the first time in his life. It’s worth remembering that fact. Because it sure doesn’t look like it. With another dominant performance in Wednesday night’s 9-3 win over the Angels, Paddack moved into the Spring Training strikeouts lead with 20 over 12 2/3 innings. In the process, he further cemented his case to make San Diego’s rotation — if not an Opening Day start.

Myers, Padres work to make outfield work – Union Tribune
There have been increased sightings of Wil Myers, center fielder. The outfield the Padres tried to play Tuesday night was ostensibly the continuation of an experiment. It wasn’t the first time we saw Hunter Renfroe in left field and Franmil Reyes in right with Myers between them this spring. And there is too much potential payoff for the rain-shortened appearance to be their last time playing in concert.

Eli Manning and Odell Beckham

Sid Rosenberg joined Scott & BR: “The Writing Is On The Wall For Eli, The Giants Are Building Around Barkley”
From WABC New York, Sid Rosenberg joined Scott Kaplan to talk about the Giants trading Odell Beckham Jr. to the Browns, and what this means for Eli Manning and Saquon Barkley.

Clark Judge joined Darren Smith: “When’s The Last Time The Steelers Gave Up On A Good WR And Regretted It?”
Clark Judge discussed the Giants shocking trade of Odell Beckham to the Browns, if the Steelers made a mistake by not trading Antonio Brown sooner and if the criticism of Giants GM David Gettleman is justified.

2019 NFL free-agency and trade grades: Tracking every big signing and move – ESPN
Welcome to 2019 NFL free agency. Bill Barnwell is grading the most notable offseason moves — signings and trades — and what they mean for each player and their new teams.

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NCAA tournament bracketology: How Saint Mary’s upset of Gonzaga alters No. 1 seeds, bubble – USA Today
The difference from February to March is significant. Saint Mary’s lost to Gonzaga by 48 points just a month ago. On Tuesday the Gaels shocked the top-seeded ‘Zags in the West Coast Conference tournament to claim the league’s automatic bid and affect the outlook of the bracket. The upset loss doesn’t move Gonzaga out of a No. 1 seed — yet. But it certainly leaves the door open for a No. 2 seed like Kentucky, Tennessee or Michigan State to steal a top seed that the ‘Zags seemed destined to secure.

Aztecs try to recapture magic and repeat history at Mountain West tournament – Union Tribune
A year ago, the Aztecs were riding the euphoria and confidence of a six-game win streak that culminated with a 79-74 win against then-No. 21 Nevada on Senior Night at Viejas Arena. There was a palpable sense of momentum, of magic. Now? The Aztecs enter their quarterfinal against UNLV (2:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network) on the heels of a two-game losing streak, and not just any two-game losing streak.

East Village Opening Weekend Block Party
2019 East Village Opening Weekend Block Party
The East Village Association, Inc. (EVA) is stepping up to the plate with the 9th Annual 2019 East Village Opening Day Block Party on Thursday, March 28th AND Friday, March 29th vs. the San Francisco Giants! EVA is ready to hit the ball out of the park with this FREE, FAMILY-FRIENDLY, TWO-DAY BLOCK PARTY on “J” Street between 6th & 10th. This San Diego tradition is a fan-favorite in welcoming back the “Boys of Summer” to East Village’s very own PETCO Park.

Russell Westbrook and Why the Jazz Fan Had to Be Banned – SI
By banning a Jazz fan who crossed the line and fining Russell Westbrook, the NBA and the Jazz struck the perfect balance between punishment and empathy after a month of uneasiness among superstars around the league.

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