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Use the force: Padres’ bullpen becomes mini-Star Wars convention

Maybe the San Diego Padres wish they were back home for Comic-Con this weekend, as Chicken Friars suggested. Or maybe they were just bored out of their minds. Whatever the case, the members of their bullpen found a way to amuse themselves on Wednesday afternoon by folding and shaping towels into Princess Leia-esque headgear.

Although I'm not completely sure who was behind the mischief, it appeared at one point that All-Star closer Heath Bell(notes) was instructing wookie, err, rookie pitcher Josh Spence(notes) (pictured shaping the towels), which leads me to believe — along with the presence of Bell's Yoda backpack (pictured bottom, far left) — some sort of initiation was taking place.

Then again, everybody was wearing the towel, so I'm not certain who the joke was on. If anyone.

That was the action in the bullpen. On the field, Cameron Maybin(notes) was the force behind the usually tepid San Diego offense, collecting four hits and scoring twice. His scintillating defense was also critical in helping the Padres hold on to the 5-3 victory, completing the three-game series sweep of the Florida Marlins.

Bell pitched the ninth to earn save No. 28.

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