The Morning Friar – 3/7/11

Sportsnet has learned that San Diego Padres catcher Gregg Zaun is set to retire from Major League Baseball.

Kicking the dog isn’t Chase Headley’s style when he’s mired in a slump. Neither is destroying a clubhouse toilet with a bat or dumping the postgame buffet.

“No,” said Casey Headley, Chase’s wife of two years. “Chase goes quiet.”

San Diego Padres baseball single-game tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. on Tuesday.

Gleaming green fields spread before Darrel Akerfelds. He sits at a picnic bench under a canopy behind the spring training clubhouse of the San Diego Padres, where he has been the bullpen coach for a decade. He gazes at the reassuring sights — mounds and batting cages, grass and dirt — and it seems as if he might cry.

The San Diego Padres hope center fielder Cameron Maybin can return to the lineup Monday after missing five games with concussion-like symptoms.

“Mat again was a little too erratic,” said Padres manager Bud Black. “He doesn’t look comfortable. We’ve got to make sure we iron some things out next time in the bullpen.”

“I was really nervous,” Bell said. “I just felt like it was a long day and a long game, and just like, ‘blah.’ But I went in there and kept the pitches down, and that’s how you pitch.”