Lawrence not getting any better

Brian Lawrence, the opening day starter for the San Diego Padres has not progressed as others have in his five spring starts. Concerns about velocity have surfaced and he is not keeping the ball down. Major League players are taking advantage.

Brian Lawrence has always been a notoriously slow starter. He works into a rhythm and usually recovers well. These days, however, he is not recovering very quickly at all. Lawrence allowed five runs in the first two innings to the Angels on eight hits.

In 5-2/3 innings Lawrence allowed seven runs on 13 hits. He walked none, but does that matter?

Lawrence admits, " "The first three innings were tough. When I throw the ball belt high, I'm not going to get people out. I get pretty decent results when I get the ball down."

Now he has one more start to put it all together before heading to LA for the home opener. The Padres are apparently not concerned but many fans are.

Ryan Klesko hit his first homer of the spring on Friday, a three run shot. Ramon Vasquez added a two run homer, his second of the year. Sean Burroughs continues to hit. He added two singles and scored two runs. Mark Loretta, Brian Giles and Brian Hunter each added an RBI.

For all the woes of Lawrence, it was Mike Bynum who lost the game in the ninth inning. With a runner on, Bynum allowed a one out double to Josh Paul to end the game.

Notes: The Padres will meet the man they never really chased on Saturday. Greg Maddux comes to town with the Cubs. Jake Peavy will start opposite Maddux.


News from the Oregonian

"No news is good news as far as I'm concerned," Padres director of player development Tye Waller told John Hunt of The Oregonian. "I'll assume we're playing in Portland unless I hear otherwise."

Waller said it's possible the Beavers could stay at the Peoria Sports Complex until the ownership situation is resolved. The University of Portland also has been mentioned as a possibility, but UP athletic director Joe Etzel said he has not been contacted.

"But," Waller said, "we're not going to play on some high school field or something; for one thing, the liability issue would be too great."

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