Mark Prior is coming home to San Diego!
Padres sign Prior to one-year deal
Right-hander will look to avoid injury bug for hometown team
By Corey Brock / MLB.com
Prior, 27, has struggled with injuries in recent years and missed the entire 2007 season after undergoing surgery on his right shoulder April 24. He last pitched in 2006, compiling at 1-6 record and 7.21 ERA in nine starts for the Cubs.
“Mark Prior is a competitor and is working hard to regain the form that made him one of the great young pitchers in the game,” Padres GM Kevin Towers said in a club release.”We are confident he is going to help us in our rotation this season. It’s exciting that Mark is coming home to San Diego to pitch for the Padres.”
Over five Major League seasons (2002-06), Prior is 42-29 with a 3.51 ERA in 106 starts covering 657 innings. He has registered 757 strikeouts and 223 walks, while limiting opponents to a .235 batting average.
Prior was the No. 2 overall pick in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft out of USC, having graduated from University of San Diego High. He made his Major League debut less than a year later, striking out 10 Pirates in six innings for the victory on May 22, 2002. He was an All-Star in 2003.
In his career, Prior has tallied 21 double-digit strikeout games and 65 outings in which he has issued two or fewer walks. He is averaging 10.37 strikeouts per nine innings over his career.
Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Here’s one of the best car commercials ever! It features the 1997 Nissan Maxima taking the highway to the danger zone!
It’s time again to give thanks to the Lord, our God and King…His love endures forever (1 Chronicles 16:34,41; 2 Chronicles 5:13, 2 Chronicles 7:3,6; 2 Chronicles 20:21; Ezra 3:11; Psalm 100:5, Psalm 106:1; Psalm 107:1; and more)!
Softball – Team Edmunds co-ed softball team (now 6-3) won their fourth straight game on Monday night 17-14 over the top team in the league (7-2) in eight innings (one extra inning). I went 1-for-4 (pop up to the pitcher, line single between the first and second basemen (sure felt nice to rope), groundout to the pitcher, and reached on an error on a hard groundball I hit back to the pitcher) with 2 runs scored. The error I reached on occured as I led off the top of the 8th inning. We had a 12-10 lead going into the bottom of the 7th, but were unable to hold the home team to less than two runs as the balls they hit seemed to find all the holes. It was a good, fun game. The only bad thing that happened was I didn’t have to slide at all and get dirty. This team was the team I had my worst game ever against. They hold the tiebreaker over us as they beat us twice and lost to us once. I hadn’t joined the team yet the first time we played them. Any progress my injury made toward recovery was thrown away by playing and running the bases (and also basketball on Sunday nights). I probably won’t be 100% until a few weeks after the softball season is over (3 games remain in the season with playoff games afterward).
I had dinner with my wonderful, old (not in age…old in that I’ve known the person for almost nine years) friend, Talene Lee, tonight. It’s always nice to catch up with people you don’t regularly see!
I missed most of tonight’s (Tuesday night) 2007 MLB All-Star Game. Padre pitcher Jake Peavy pitched an okay, scoreless first inning for the National League team. Padre pitcher Chris Young was credited with the loss thanks to an amazing inside-the-ballpark 2-run home run by Ichiro Suzuki of the Seattle Mariners. At least Padre pitcher Trevor Hoffman didn’t get rocked again this year.
Puttin’ on the
I threw some old shoes back on to Devoted Dan tonight. It took me about 90 minutes to do it all myself which wasn’t too bad. I then took him for a nice, “spirited” spin for about 20 minutes.
Why the change? I can’t totally tell you all why I did it yet. Let’s just say I felt I need to get a good feel for Dan’s capabilities again with “stock” all-season rubber (Bridgestone Potenza RE92 – 215/45R17…the tires that came off were Bridgestone Potenza RE-01R – 225/45R17 summer (read sticky/grippy) tires).
Here are a couple of hints:
Finally, Subaru has a new commercial that makes me want to drive! Off the top of my mind, Mazda, Audi, and BMW have awesome commercials that have been evoking this feeling in me for years.
I spy STI!
Here’s another treat for you all! The next-generation Subaru Impreza WRX STI has been spotted at the famed Nürburgring track in Germany. Click on the photo or the link below to watch an exclusive video at Edmunds.com Inside Line.
Article and video here: http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/GeneralFuture/articleId=121620
Thou shalt not steal
Photo: ©2007 Dann Chen – Russell Martin gets “owned” breaking the eighth commandment in the 11th inning of the game played on June 30, 2007. As a result, the Padres won by scoring two runs in the top of the next inning off Brett Tomko and Trevor Hoffman shut the Dodgers down in the bottom frame to produce a 3-1 victory.
The Los Angeles Dodgers: Property of the San Diego Padres
The Pads lead this year’s series 7-5. Who wants to see the Swingin’ Friars rough up the (other) Blue Crew on Wednesday night, September 12, 2007? I’ll be there! Will you?
The Cal State Fullerton Titans lost to the defending national champion Oregon State Beavers on Saturday and the UC Irvine Anteaters lost to Arizona State on Saturday. Because of their loses, they will be pitted against each other today at 11 AM (UC Irvine is the “Home” team). The loser will have to pack their backs and return to Southern California, which is usually a good thing, but not under these circumstances.
Click the “GameTracker” link at the following page to get live virtual coverage of today’s game.
UPDATE: The UC Irvine Anteaters won, 5-4, in 13 innings to survive! Amazing! They’ll have to take on the Arizona State Sundevils again tomorrow at 4 PM PDT. The Sundevils beat the ‘Eaters 5-4 in a close game on Saturday. The loser of tomorrow’s game will be sent home packing.
Since USC’s 12-time national champion baseball team hasn’t been up to par the last few years, here are two local teams I’m rooting for this year.
1) Cal State Fullerton Titans
The Titans are currently leading the UCLA Bruins 2-1 in the top of the 8th inning. A Titan victory should send them to Omaha for the College World Series.
2) UC Irvine Anteaters
The Anteaters defeated the Wichita State Shockers 3-2 today to advance to the College World Series for the first time.
Those of you who went to or currently attend these schools, please track their progress and support them in their quest for supremacy on the diamond!
The healing process doesn’t get any easier for USC Trojan fans…
- 11 national titles (out of USC’s 12…double the 2nd most in the NCAA held by LSU with 6)
- Coaching nearly 60 major leaguers (includes Tom Seaver, Mark McGwire, Randy Johnson, Fred Lynn, Dave Kingman, Roy Smalley, Don Buford, Ron Fairly, Rich Dauer, Steve Busby, Jim Barr and Steve Kemp)
Here’s the photo I had with my friends Jon Mak (his idea) and Steve Quon (“his” camera) and Fox Sports Net’s Lindsay Soto (She’s happily married, gentlemen!):
Keep fighting on for ol’ SC!
More importantly, keep fighting on for ol’ JC!!!