Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 2/28/14
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tucson Padres manager Pat Murphy wanted to convince his audience (a reporter) that he's boring. That the team's success was hardly about him. Both are tough sells. We'll start with the boring counter-argument. He's engaging and personable -- part philosopher, psychologist and offensive lineman. And let's not forget influential father and manager of the hottest thing in Tucson besides the typical July heat. He has his Padres atop the Pacific Coast League Southern, playing some of its best baseball. Thursday night's victory over second-place Las Vegas, watched by a holiday crowd of 10,950, best of the season -- gave the Padres a 1 12-game lead. Thursday's win followed a 9-4 road trip. Of course, Murphy knows baseball championships aren't won in July. "I'm never kind of pleased with the way we are playing," Murphy said before the fireworks went off late Thursday. "I'm one of those guys who look at the way w...
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