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Arizona Diamondbacks’ Stephen Drew hits inside-the-park home run

Posted by GameSetMatch on 6th April 2010

Dan Haren was so winded running the bases in front of Stephen Drew during the shortstop’s inside-the-park home run Monday on Opening Day that the Diamondbacks pitcher said it took him nearly two full innings to recover.

Drew’s fourth-inning shot off Jon Garland, the sixth by a Diamondbacks player, took a lot of people’s breath away.

“Probably the most exciting play in baseball,” manager A.J. Hinch said.

“Man,” right fielder Justin Upton said, “that was fun to watch.”

Drew has hit for the cycle, turned a triple play and now hit an inside-the-park homer. Where does the latter rank in his career?

“It’s up there,” Drew said. “I was telling (first baseman Adam) LaRoche, ‘I’ve seen it on TV, but I’ve never been a part of it on the field.’ To actually do it, it was exciting.

“With the roof open, the wind was kind of swirling all around and the ball just kept carrying and going left. . . . It hit (off the wall) and I got a good bounce. It was unexpected. You don’t think about it. You’re just running hard and you see the ball do that and nobody’s near the ball, you get a chance to score so, it’s pretty neat.”

Click here to read the full article – By Bob McManaman of The Arizona Republic



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D-Backs end season with win

Posted by GameSetMatch on 5th October 2009

Doug Davis said he thought about the possibility all week leading up to his start on Sunday afternoon, and if it in fact turns out to be his last game with the Diamondbacks, it was a good one for the veteran left-hander.

The Diamondbacks finished with a 70-92 record that amounted to a surprising fall into last place in the National League West just two years after coming a series victory short of playing in the World Series.

It is the third last-place finish in the franchise’s 12-year history and their third-worst record, behind 2004 (51-111) and the inaugural season in 1998 (65-97).

Davis, who completed a three-year, $22 million deal, said he was satisfied with the way he ended his season as he prepares to enter the free-agent market.


Click here to read the full article – By Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic



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Snyder feels better after back surgery

Posted by GameSetMatch on 30th September 2009

Chris Snyder noticed the difference almost immediately.


The D-backs’ catcher underwent microdiscectomy surgery on his back on Wednesday, and not long after the anesthesia wore off he knew his back was better.

“It’s completely different now,” he said by phone Monday. “I feel much better. Obviously, it’s still sore from where they did the incision, but as far as what I felt before, that’s gone. There’s no more shooting pain down my leg.”

Snyder’s back has bothered him almost all season, and it finally landed him on the disabled list June 23. If he had to do it all over again, Snyder would have had the surgery at that time and possibly missed the rest of the season.


Click here to read the full article – By Steve Gilbert of MLB.com



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D-backs looking to finish season strong

Posted by GameSetMatch on 22nd September 2009

The last few weeks of a baseball season pose many challenges physically and mentally. They are even greater for a team like the D-backs that will not be going to the playoffs.



“I think everybody at this point in the season is worn down, but the adrenaline that kicks in when you’re in a pennant race can take over,” D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said. “When you’re not in the pennant race and you’re physically worn down or mentally down you have to dig down very deep to get yourself out of that rut.”

That’s the challenge the D-backs face right now, with several young players still trying to get established in the Majors.

“It’s all part of growing and maturing into a productive big leaguer for 162 games,” Hinch said.


Click here to read the full article – By Steve Gilbert of MLB.com



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Reynolds rings Bell in ninth for Haren

Posted by GameSetMatch on 16th September 2009

Boxing champion Manny Pacquiao may have thrown out the ceremonial first pitch on Tuesday night, but it was Mark Reynolds who provided the knockout punch at PETCO Park.


Reynolds slammed his 42nd home run, a two-run shot off Heath Bell in the top of the ninth inning, to snap a 2-2 tie and give the D-backs and pitcher Dan Haren a 4-2 victory over the Padres.

Eric Byrnes accounted for the first two D-backs’ runs. He hit his sixth home run off Padres starter Wade LaBlanc in the third inning to give Arizona a 1-0 lead and then doubled home Brandon Allen in the seventh, tying the game at 2.


Click here to read the full article – By Sandy Burgin of MLB.com



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Roberts settling in with increased time

Posted by GameSetMatch on 6th August 2009

The trade of second baseman Felipe Lopez left the D-backs with a hole.

It also gave Ryan Roberts an opportunity.

Roberts has gotten the bulk of the playing time since the trade, and the more he plays at second base, the more comfortable he gets. It’s the same at the plate, where the more consistent at-bats he gets, the better his numbers.

Click here to read the full article – By Steve Gilbert of MLB.com


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Petit flirts with no-no, allows one hit to Bucs

Posted by GameSetMatch on 5th August 2009

Arizona right-hander Yusmeiro Petit knew he was pitching well, but until he was halfway to history he didn’t realize just how good.

Petit eventually lost his bid for the no-hitter when Ronny Cedeno lined a single to left with no outs in the eighth, but wound up winning his second straight start as the D-backs one-hit the Pirates for a 6-0 victory Tuesday night in front of 11,294 at PNC Park.

The season has been anything but smooth for Petit, who after allowing six earned runs in 4 1/3 innings to the Pirates 10 days ago seemed to be on the verge of losing his spot in the rotation

Click here to read the full article – By Steve Gilbert of MLB.com


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Webb relieved by results of surgery

Posted by GameSetMatch on 4th August 2009

Brandon Webb got the news he was hoping for Monday. The D-backs’ right-hander underwent successful minor surgery on his right shoulder in Arlington, Texas, which revealed that he did not have any tears in his labrum.

Instead, Dr. Keith Meister performed what is known as a debridement, which is the surgical removal of lacerated, devitalized or contaminated tissue. Webb said that some shaving was done to the labrum area where it was frayed. The so-called gravel has kept Webb from pitching since Opening Day this year, but he said he was told that he should be ready to go for Spring Training next season.

Click here to read the full article – By Steve Gilbert of MLB.com


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D-backs going green during homestand

Posted by GameSetMatch on 23rd July 2009

The D-backs have added green to its team colors. The team, in partnership with Arizona Public Service Co., will be using renewable energy during the seven-game homestand starting Thursday against the Pittsburgh Pirates and concluding with the Philadelphia Phillies. Selected D-backs fans attending games will receive compact fluorescent bulbs and free energy home audits, courtesy of APS.

The APS Green Homestand will be powered by renewable energy purchased from a “green-e certified” provider that will cover the entire energy needs of Chase Field for the homestand. The total energy displaced is 1,820,000 kWh, which is equivalent to the energy needed to power 6,500 homes for a week. Moreover, the total energy displaced is equivalent to a reduction in water consumption by more than 424,060 gallons of water, which is enough to serve the needs of 216 homes for a week, and a reduction in carbon dioxide (C02) emissions by 1,670 pounds, the equivalent to removing six cars off the road for one week.

Click here to read the full article – By Jesse Sanchez of MLB.com


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Teams to share spring site on tribal land

Posted by GameSetMatch on 16th July 2009

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies are NL West rivals. Now they’re partners in a spring training facility planned for the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community near Phoenix.

Under an agreement announced Thursday, the tribe will build an 11,000-seat ballpark and a complex that includes 12 practice fields, training facilities and offices. The facility is expected to be ready for the 2011 exhibition season. The 140-acre site is adjacent to Scottsdale. It is believed to be the first major league spring training facility on tribal land.

Click here to read the full article – By Associated Press of ESPN.com


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