The Morning Friar – 3/8/11

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Given the criteria, I’d be more inclined to think either team would be more interested in Rodriguez than any of the other three. He’s only under contract for 2011, and his influence on younger players, even short-term, can be considerable. The Nationals would likely want less in return, and if indeed Jesus Flores is 100%, a Ramos-Flores catching tandem would make sense this year, with Norris getting an everyday gig in the higher minor leagues. Pudge spent 93 games with Houston in 2009, and would likely get many more plate appearances there this season in his quest to reach the 3,000 hit plateau.

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Heath Bell said he was nervous. It didn’t show in his performance.

Bell struck out a pair of hitters in a scoreless inning and the San Diego Padres rallied for a 7-6 win over the Oakland Athletics on Sunday.

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“They were strong last season with their pitching and defense, but this year they could be better defensively with those moves,” says San Francisco Giants manager Bruce Bochy, whose team knocked the Padres out of the playoffs in that final regular-season game.

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