And Arizona wakes up to find themselves... Well, still last in the NL West, but things are looking up as the result of a four-game winning streak. Another victory today would be a great way to end the week, and going 5-0 on the homestan would help wash out the taste of the 0-6 previous stay in Phoenix. But more on that later. Here's the recaps from last night, and after the jumo, some other stuff.
- [Bluebird Banter] Dana Eveland Gets Shelled, Jays Lose to Diamondbacks - Well, Dana, you really did pitch well in spring training and you started the season well. I did enjoy watching you pitch, changing speeds and hitting spots, getting by with control and smarts. But I'm afraid, it is time for you to go. The Tribe has spoken. Well, perhaps not the Tribe but the rest of the league has."
- [dbacks.com] D-backs hold off late Jays rally in win - "We've set ourselves up nicely," D-backs manager A.J. Hinch said. "We're playing better baseball, the momentum is in our favor, we've got our confidence back a little bit. We need to take care of business [Sunday]."
- [AZCentral] Diamondbacks beat Blue Jays again - Nick P auditions for a role doing 'Pit recaps. "Nothing takes the heat off a bullpen that has had more runaway collisions than a factory-recalled Toyota like a starting pitcher going deep into games. Edwin Jackson, the Diamondbacks' relief squad salutes you. OK, so he ran into a wreck of an eighth inning, but Jackson was in cruise control most of the night "
- [Yahoo!] Young drives in 4 as D'backs top Blue Jays 8-5 - "People are starting to heat up," Edwin Jackson said. "The pitching staff is starting to do well. Things are starting to jell. That’s what we’ve been waiting for."
- [AZCentral] Qualls, like rest of team, starting to get hot - "I've just tried to go out there as positive as I can and throw the pitches to the best of my ability. My confidence never really went anywhere. My slider was just staying up a little bit. But it's come back. I never lost faith. I just kept working my butt off and knowing it would turn around."
- [dbacks.com] Buckner hopes to solidify No. 5 starter role - "Consistency, that's really what keeps you in the big leagues, is being able to do it," Buckner said. "Guys can come up here and have successful games and back them with two poor outings. That's pretty much the difference in stabilizing a Major League career."
- The Other Drew (Arizona Version) | FanGraphs Baseball - "The fourth member of the infield, shortstop Stephen Drew, has gotten relatively little attention this season. However, he’s actually leading the Diamondbacks’ value leaderboard as of today at 1.6 Win Above Replacement."
- [AZcentral] Reynolds hitting home runs, striking out - AJ Hinch said, "It's nice to see him draw a few walks along with the hits. With any hitter, you get a couple hits in a row, and you can really take off, and it can be a confidence builder... Our guys as a whole, we've gone through this stretch of up-and-down offense, we've maintained our composure and our confidence level."
- [dbacks.com] Good timing for Snyder's day off - "D-backs manager A.J. Hinch had already planned to start John Hester behind the plate for Saturday's game. That's good because Chris Snyder's agenda was chock-full. Snyder was with his wife, Carla, who gave birth to Trevor, the couple's second son and third child, at 4:52 MST. "It was good timing for that, too," Hinch said of the lineup change."
- [MLB.com] Surging D-backs look to sweep slugging Jays - "Following Saturday's 8-5 victory against the Blue Jays, the D-backs are riding four-game win streak and have a chance to sweep the Jays and finish their five-game homestand undefeated."
- [CBC.ca] Early innings crucial for Blue Jays' Marcum - The Blue Jays' Shaun Marcum will try to earn his fourth win in five starts and third in as many outings as he faces Arizona for the first time in Sunday's finale of a three-game series at 4:10 p.m. ET.
Other News and Notes
- [bluejays.com] Jays manager Cito Gaston wants everyone to use the DH - "I can't figure out how it can be fair to come and not use my DH when [NL teams] come to our place and get to use one of their pinch-hitters that needs some at-bats anyway. I don't know how you call that fair." Gaston went a step further, saying he would not mind seeing the DH used in both leagues all the time. "I think people come out to watch offense."
- [msnbc.com] Jose Lima dies of massive heart attack - "ESPNDeportes reports that former major leaguer Jose Lima has died of a massive heart attack at his home in Los Angeles."
- [SI.com] Yankees, Rays, get interleague edge while Phillies, Dodgers hurt - "Interleague play, like many of the changes made on Bud Selig's watch, is defined by the unintended consequences left in its wake -- in this case, serious damage to the structural and competitive integrity of the schedule. It is a cosmetic change made for short-term benefit as an alternative to addressing complicated problems."
- [Yahoo!] Dice-K loses no-hit bid in 8th - "With his defense making stellar plays behind him on one hard-hit ball after another, Daisuke Matsuzaka(notes) moved closer and closer to a no-hitter. And then Juan Castro sent a soft looper into shallow left field. Just like that, it was over."