Early Morning Friar Dump

Channel 4 San Diego “probably” will not continue to carry Padres baseball games following the 2011 season, station manager Dennis Morgigno said Thursday.

The Cox Communications-owned station has been the primary home of Padres telecasts since 1997, and its exclusive home since 2004, but its contract expires after the current season.

Perhaps only Adrian Gonzalez, being the fellow whose signature is actually on the bottom line, could make a seven-year, $154 million contract extension seem like no big deal. He does allow the tiniest of smiles, however, when you suggest he took the “Boston discount” of $22 million per year to stay with the Red Sox beyond this one season.

Mat Latos struggled. The Padres’ bats continued their slumber. And the Philadelphia Phillies were in town.

Not a good combination. Latos gave up two home runs and walked five in 4 1/3 innings as the Phillies dealt the Padres a 3-0 loss Thursday night before 27,056 at Petco Park.

Watching San Diego Padres starting pitching prospect Simon Castro pitch for the (Triple-A) Tucson Padres on Wednesday, I saw the same potential from him that I have in the past, but also the same inconsistencies.

When the Padres claimed reliever Pat Neshek off waivers from the Twins on March 20, one of the things that was watched early — when San Diego scouted him as well as after he joined the team — was his velocity.

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