Quotes of the Day
"Just completely out of sync. I was not able to do a whole lot. I don't know what it was. I couldn't get right."
- Brandon McCarthy on his outing.
“I wanted pretty much the same change-up he threw to the batter before. It was a pretty nasty one. I thought he had a good feel for it.”
- Miguel Montero on McCarthy's ill-fated pitch to Robinson Cano.
“We just had some trouble scoring late. We got the two runs early but couldn’t put anything together after that. (Nova) did a pretty good job. We needed to get after him when we had his pitch count up and we weren’t able to do it.”
- Eric Hinske on the Diamondbacks' late-game offensive drought
Brandon McCarthy pitched better than he has so far, though that's a fairly low bar. McCarthy loaded the bases twice in the first two innings, yet Houdinied his way out out of the jams no worse for the wear. Things didn't go quite so swimmingly in the fourth inning however, as Robinson Cano deposited the ball into the right field bleachers with two aboard to put the Yankees up 3-2. Also of note, Cody Ross collected his first hit and RBI as a Diamondback. Also, also of note, Heath Bell confirmed the existence of miracles (magnets, etc.) by working a perfect inning, striking out the side in the eighth.
Brandon McCarthy's change-up, Andy Pettitte's influence on Ian Kennedy, Aaron Hill's broken hand, and a farm report in Nick Piecoro's latest roundup.
Players discuss the role living in Phoenix played in deciding to sign with the D-Backs. Did you know Cody Ross was almost a Ranger? Too bad free agency is dead.
A nice interview with Eric Chavez from a Yankees perspective. Incidentally, Chavez confirms the previous article's conclusion. Discussing his decision to sign with Arizona, Chavez said, “[p]laying at home, you don’t want to lose that opportunity by waiting around. We never really got into discussions or anything. (Arizona) was perfect for me, the setting, playing at home, spring training is five minutes from my house."
In what looks to be a recurring feature, Carson Cistulli examines five fringe prospects. He has a particular methodology for defining "fringe", but the cliff's notes version is "not in any of the big publications' top 100." Chase Anderson gets a little blurb here.
Around the League
I'm ashamed to say it, but Bryce Harper is appointment television for me. I wind up watching so many Nats games on MLB.tv.
You can pretty much set your watch to J-Up knocking one out the park on the daily. Flying under the radar a bit is Chris "the other piece" Johnson. CJ is having a nice year in Atlanta.
This was pretty cool.