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Slumping San Francisco Giants losing ground to Arizona Diamondbacks

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Tim LincecumThe San Francisco Giants have been anything but worthy defenders of their World Series championship lately. They’ve lost more than they have won lately and have seen a somewhat comfortable lead in the NL West over the Arizona Diamondbacks shrink to a mere half game. The latest insult came on Thursday night when Cliff Lee – who last pitched against the Giants as a member of the Texas Rangers in the Fall Classic – shut them down and kept them off the scoreboard, handing them their ninth loss in 14 games.

 

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EndScore Report: Buck Showalter calls out Derek Jeter and Theo Epstein

Posted by Dennis Velasco Categories: Front Office, MLB, News,

Buck Showalter calls out Derek Jeter and Theo EpsteinDV and Chris discuss the motives, background, and validity of Baltimore Orioles manager Buck Showalter's statements about Derek Jeter and Theo Epstein. Naturally, Showalter would say something about AL East rival teams, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. When you consider that he's lost two jobs (Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks) because he would alienate his players and management, going after someone outside of the organization is a breath of fresh air. Does Showalter make good arguments? Hear what we have to say.

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D-Backs avoid arbitration with Kelly Johnson

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Kelly JohnsonThe Arizona Diamondbacks and Kelly Johnson avoided having an arbitration hearing when the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth $5.85 million, slightly lower than the $6.5 million Johnson was hoping for, but still a hefty increase from his $2.35 contract last season. For now, Johnson and the D-Backs can focus on rebuilding the team that has taken less than a decade to fall from World Series champions to worst in the NL West.

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Willis takes unwanted break from baseball

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB, Rumors,

Dontrelle WillisIt seems nobody wants Dontrelle Willis. On July 4, the 2003 NL Rookie of the Year was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks. It was the second time this season he’s found himself unwanted, as his first DFA of the season came from the Tigers on May 30 and traded to Arizona a couple of days later. Willis once again finds himself in no man’s land hoping somebody else across the baseball landscape will show interest in his arm, if nothing else.

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Diamondbacks racking up the K’s in a bad way

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Mark ReynoldsCan strikeouts be an indicator of standings? Going into Monday, the Arizona Diamondbacks had struck out 597 times; 90 more than any other team in baseball. They also have a firm hold on last place in the National League West and are the only team in their division with an under-.500 record. Their team batting average was a measly .252, good enough for fourth-worst in the National League, which is definitely not helped by their gargantuan K-total.

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Re-defining “DH” with Dan Haren

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Dan HarenWho needs a designated hitter? Not the Arizona Diamondbacks; or at least not when they have Dan Haren on the mound. Haren made hitting look easy on Friday night when he single-handedly took on the Toronto Blue Jays. Haren gave up four solo home runs in an 8-6 victory, but contributed to his own cause on the offensive side by cracking a pair of doubles – one after faking a bunt – and driving in three runs.

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Lee’s loss won’t impact a thing

Posted by Adrien Griffin Categories: Athletes, MLB,

Cliff LeeThe Seattle Mariners’ fans are going to have to wait an extra few days before they can meet their newest star in Cliff Lee. In case you hadn’t heard, Lee has been suspended for the first five games on the upcoming season for an incident that occurred last Monday in a Spring Training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks. An errant pitch from Lee soared above D’Backs catcher Chris Snyder’s head, and a bench-clearing scuffle followed before the dust settled.

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Diamondbacks Acquire Adam Dunn

Posted by Milo Taibi Categories: Athletes, MLB, Trades,

Adam Dunn
The non-waiver MLB trading deadline passed last month, but as the Arizona Diamondbacks proved, that does not mean that big deals can’t still happen. Yesterday Arizona acquired slugger Adam Dunn from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for a minor league pitcher and two players to be named later. The D-Backs had to answer to the Los Angeles Dodgers, who acquired Manny Ramirez at the trading deadline.

“It was one of those pleasant surprises,” Dunn said on a conference call. “To come off the terrible month that we had in Cincinnati, and you get a phone call today saying you’re being traded to a first-place team. As a player that’s all you could ask for.”

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Jon Rauch Dealt To Arizona

Posted by Milo Taibi Categories: Athletes, MLB, News, Trades,

Jon Rauch
Jon Rauch will no longer be closing games, but he’s going to be a part of a competitive team, the Arizona Diamondbacks. Though the D-Backs have a record at exactly .500 (50-50), they are on top in the NL West division. In exchange for Rauch, the Diamondbacks gave the Washington Nationals second base prospect Emilio Bonifacio.

“I’m extremely excited,” Rauch said. “Coming over to a ball club like this who is winning their division—tied for first I believe right now. It’s a good group of young and old. … I don’t think it could have worked out any better.”

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Marlins Beat D-Backs 3-1

Posted by Milo Taibi Categories: Athletes, MLB, Scoreboard,

Ricky Nolasco
The Florida Marlins came right back from the three game sweep at the hands of the Tampa Bay Rays by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks 3-1. Ricky Nolasco got the start for Florida, and went eight innings, with nine strikeouts. Nolasco’s impressive effort resulted in his eighth victory of the year, and Florida’s 41st.

“That was the most important thing today was to snap that losing streak and get on the right page again,” Nolasco said. “We had a rough stretch of games there.”

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