Rizzo takes center stage as Cubs visit Padres

One team has already used the San Diego Padres as a springboard this week to take the lead in a National League division race heading into the All-Star Game break.
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Up to that night, Rizzo, who made his major league debut as a Padre, was still a favorite among Padres fans.

It will be interesting to see what his reception is Friday night when two struggling pitchers who like working at Petco Park — Padres left-hander Clayton Richard (7-8, 4.50 ERA) and Cubs right-hander Tyler Chatwood (3-5, 5.01) — are paired.

Richard will be making his Padres-leading 20th start of the season Friday night and is 6-4 with a 3.70 ERA over his last 12 starts with 56 strikeouts against 22 walks in 80 1/3 http://www.tampabaylightningofficialonline.com/Adidas-Erik-Condra-Jersey innings.

But Richard has struggled over his last three starts, allowing 12 runs on 21 hits and 10 walks against seven strikeouts in 18 innings — for a 6.00 ERA and a 1.72 WHIP. His five-inning outing in his last start snapped a streak of 11 straight starts of six or more innings.

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It hurt bad. To be totally honest, she was the only coach I ever played for that challenged me and forced me to be better, said Tina Charles, who played for Donovan on the Connecticut Sun. At a young age I didn’t understand it. For me it (stinks) because I always wanted to text her, thank you for being hard on me. Thank you for saying to me before practice you’re not taking a hook shot this practice, get to the basket, figure it out. It’s sad.

Liberty coach Katie Smith, who played for Donovan on USA Basketball was emotional in her postgame press conference, just saying it’s tough, it’s tough. Smith saw Donovan at the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame where the Liberty’s coach was inducted as part of this year’s class. Donovan’s high school coach Dr. Rose Marie Battaglia was also part of that class.