Ok, so last night didn't go QUITE as well as expected, did it. Still, onwards, ever onwards - and there certainly something to look forward to tonight, with the home debut of Trever Bauer. Think there might be some mention of this in today's link round-up? Could be... Also to be found within, the rotation for after the All-Star break, an unfortunate update from Milwaukee and the latest news - or, rather, non-news - on Daron Sutton. And if you were planning on picking up a ticket for tomorrow's game... Alternative plans may be needed..
- [MLB] Cahill struggles as D-backs drop opener to Padres - "We made it hard on ourselves, that's not who we are," Gibson said. "It's hard to come back and win a game like that. It's disappointing and it was bad baseball. I never like that."
- [AP] Richard, Amarista lead Padres over Diamondbacks - 'I didn't feel comfortable out there the whole game,'' Cahill said. ''They were swinging early and I couldn't get my offspeed over for strikes so I had to go with fastballs. With an aggressive team like that, they know what is coming and they are going to hit it.''
- [AZCentral] Diamondbacks drop series opener to Padres - "The biggest blast of the night came off the bat of San Diego center fielder Cameron Maybin, who hit a 485-foot homer in the top of the sixth. It's the longest homer hit in the majors this season."
- [FSAZ] Here to stay, Bauer ready for 'fun' home debut - "After a couple starts, the luster kind of wears off and you just become another pitcher," Bauer said. "And then it's 'The Diamondbacks won today' or 'They didn't win today' instead of 'The Diamondbacks won, but it was Trevor Bauer's first start or Trevor Bauer's first home start.' And that's really what it's all about."
- [SBN Arizona] Trevor Bauer Ready To Make First Start At Home Bauer's groin has been something that has bothered him all year, but he doesn't plan to let it distract him. "I've dealt with it all season, it's been something that has nagged. I thought I had gotten rid of it and it kind of popped up again," Bauer said. "I haven't missed a start and it feels completely fine today, so I'll be ready to go."
- [MLB] Bauer makes home debut against Padres - "It was good to get my feet wet [against the Braves], I'd never played in a stadium that big with that many people," Bauer said. "I wasn't out there a whole lot, I didn't get a chance to learn a whole lot, but I'll be more comfortable with the energy and the routine this time."
- [dbacks.com] Bauer bracing for Chase Field debut - "Hopefully it's 250 pitches," Bauer joked. "Probably not realistic, but Nolan Ryan threw 244 pitches in a complete game 16-inning win. Most in MLB history. It hurt him so much, he quit pitching 15 years later."
- [ArizonaSports] Trevor Bauer ready for first home start - "I try to take it day by day, and take everything kind of as it is and as it comes," he said. "I try not to look forward too much past what I have to get done that day. It will definitely be fun; I've been looking forward to it."
Team News (non-Bauer department)
- [AZCentral] Kubel feels healthy as power returns - "With his 12th home run on Sunday afternoon, Jason Kubel equaled his season total from last year in exactly 100 fewer plate appearances. The biggest difference from this year to last year? "I'm just healthy," Kubel said."
- [dbacks.com] Saunders to throw simulated game - "I feel like I'm good enough to come back, but it's up to [the team]," Saunders said. "I want to get back on the bump before the All-Star break, but they're waiting to see how I come out of it."
- [AZCentral] Diamondbacks rotation set for post-break - "Assuming left-handed starter Joe Saunders (shoulder) returns as expected following the break, the rotation likely will consist of Ian Kennedy, Trevor Cahill, Wade Miley, Saunders and Trevor Bauer."
- [dbacks.com] Fourth of July Game at Chase Field sold out - "A limited number of standing room only tickets will be available for $15 starting at 9 a.m. tomorrow and can be purchased at the Chase Field Box Office or by calling 602.514.8400. "
- [AZCentral] Daron Sutton to remain suspended - "Senior Vice President of Communications Josh Rawitch said Sutton will not broadcast any of the club's remaining games heading into the All-Star break. Rawitch declined to say whether Sutton would return following the All-Star break."
- [MLB] Chipper Jones, Yu Darvish holding early leads - Aaron Hill is currently fourth in the National League voting, trailing Chipper Jones, David Freese and Bryce Harper. That's a shocker.
[htrnews.com] Longtime Milwaukee Brewers groundskeeper dies - "51-year-old Jeff Adcock collapsed in the home bullpen against the Diamondbacks Sunday. The game was delayed at the top of the second while medical personnel tried to revive him, but he died at a hospital. Adcock was grounds crew lead and had worked there for 33 years." Our sympathies to his family and friends.
- [AP] One-time lefty phenom Dontrelle Willis calls it quits - MLB - Left-hander Dontrelle Willis is retiring. Remember his stint with AZ? 27 walks in 22.1 innings. Worst rate of any pitcher in team history with more than four IP.