Another day, another loss. What are the odds? I shrug and move on. Here are the details of last night's game - Eugenio Velez might find these links particularly helpful - and after the jump, more rumblings on the Dan Haren deal, the Hall of Fame, and the release of another ex-Diamondback. How many is that now this season?
- [AZCentral] Diamondbacks routed by Giants at home - "We had something going there for a few days, and we kind of lost the momentum," first baseman Adam LaRoche said. "A few plays here and there, some baserunning mistakes, some guys left on base, you name it. We seem to find a way to give up more and not score as many."
- [dbacks.com] D-backs held in check by Giants - "It's a brutal game sometimes, and we have to try and push through it," said interim skipper Kirk Gibson, holding out hope for a 4-3 record the past week at Chase Field. "We have a tough task with Lincecum tomorrow. We'll try to get one out of this [series] and have a [winning] homestand. It could have been better."
- [Yahoo! Sports] Velez carried off during SF's 10-4 win - "The prognosis is good. Bochy said Velez never lost consciousness, though wasn’t real responsive after first being struck, and CT scans were negative. Velez was talking at the hospital, where he’s expected to spend the night for further tests." I'm truly glad to hear that.
Team News and Notes [non-Haren]
- [FoxSportsArizona] Kennedy's confidence reinforced - "I have really enjoyed being able to throw every five, six days. I’ve enjoyed being given the opportunity and capitalizing on it... I felt like I didn’t capitalize it with the Yankees the first time and was yet to prove it. This year I feel like I go out and try to stay consistent as possible."
- [dbacks.com] Montero gets extra rest before road trip - "The skipper explained that Montero, who caught 23 innings total between Wednesday and Thursday, would be counted on heavily during the club's upcoming six-game trip, which begins Tuesday."
- [AZCentral] Arizona Diamondbacks' pitching staff works on fielding - "While it's hard not to correlate the extra work with Friday's poor fielding performance, Gibson said there wasn't necessarily a connection. "We're getting ready to go on the road, so if you don't do it now, when are we going to do it?" Yeah... Sure...
- [The D-blog] Getting to Know Jerry Dipoto - This is the entire Q&A with D-backs Interim General Manager Jerry Dipoto, an abridged version of which runs in the current issue of D-backs Insider. Interesting stuff on our zombie GM. I'm not kidding - in the interview, he talks about his heart stopping in 1998 as the result of an IV reaction.
Your Daily Haren
- [Fanhouse] Source: Phillies Not Relenting in Pursuit of Roy Oswalt, Dan Haren - "The Phillies, according to an official of an American League team, are determined to acquire Dan Haren or Roy Oswalt. The official expects a Phillies deal to involve a third team that would acquire outfielder Jayson Werth."
- [TheYankeeU.com] Addressing the Haren complaints - "I must admit I’ve been surprised at some of the push back among fans who don’t want the Yanks to make a deal for Dan Haren for a variety of reasons." Look! A smart, baseball-savvy Yankee fan! Quick, get the camera!
- [NY Daily News] Joba Chamberlain linked to Dan Haren trade rumors "Honestly, it's actually kind of an honor," Chamberlain said. "It means some team actually thinks you're pretty good."
- [New York Baseball Digest] Mets in the Haren Sweepstakes? - "The Yanks are not willing to give Joba Chamberlain in a deal that requires them to take on the contract of both Chris Snyder and Chad Qualls in any Dan Haren deal. Although Joba is not untouchable they would prefer to keep him."
- [Twitter] Tigers release Billy Buckner - We traded him to Detroit for Dontrelle Willis and cash. I guess we still have the cash...
- [ESPN] Jennie Finch, Casey Daigle making marriage work - "Finch has put up stunning numbers at every level -- a career 119-16 record and 1.07 ERA at Arizona, a career 0.15 ERA at La Mirada High (Norwalk, Calif.) and a 2-0 record in the Olympics... Daigle, a journeyman pitcher with his fourth major league club in 11 years, collected on July 7 his first win in 2,249 days, a record among active pitchers." Remind me again, which one made the D-backs 2004 rotation?
- [AZCentral] Andre Dawson soars into Hall of Fame - "A five-tool player, Dawson did it all - hit to all fields for average and power, ran like the wind, flashed a tremendous throwing arm from center and right fields, and was an eight-time Gold Glove winner."
- [SBNation.com] How The Baseball Hall Of Fame Decides Which Team's Cap A Player Will Wear - "Tampa Bay Rays. Is this person named Ray?" Ok, I laughed.