SnakeBytes 5/13: The Prodigal Son Returns

Who ever said he didn't like it here never saw this photo. - Christian Petersen

On the heels of a disappointing loss to wrap up the 4-game series with the Philadelphia Phillies, Justin Upton makes his first appearance back in Arizona since the off-season trade that sent him to Atlanta. Brandon McCarthy and Kirk Gibson talk about the loss, and Eric Hinske relishes in his 2nd start of the season.

Quotient Quotables

That's their job to tell you if you're going back out or not. No conversation, they came up and said you're done, that was it.

-- Brandon McCarthy

We thought it was the best thing to do, it just didn't work out. That was my decision. I did what I thought was the right move and it didn't work out.

-- Kirk Gibson

It's hard to get starts the way he [Goldschmidt] has been playing. I'm just hoping to contribute and keep it going.

-- Eric Hinske

Dbacks News

Philadelphia Phillies at Arizona Diamondbacks - May 12, 2013 | MLB.com
After Brandon McCarthy completed eight scoreless innings Saturday on just 88 pitches, no one could blame him for being upset with the decision to pull him in favor of the bullpen, especially considering how disappointing the relievers have been in close games this season.

Blown save spoils McCarthy gem in D-backs' loss | foxsportsarizona.com
Brandon McCarthy had his best outing of the season, putting himself in position to win for the first time since a horrific head injury last year. After a call to the bullpen by Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson, McCarthy's winless streak is still going.

Atlanta Braves at Arizona Diamondbacks - May 13, 2013 | MLB.com
"I think it's going to be cool," Upton said earlier this week. "I'm going to spend a few days in my own house, sleep in my own bed and play in surroundings that I'm used to. My five years there were fun. I had a blast playing there and being a part of those winning teams. A lot of friendships and relationships that I had in Arizona, they were great and I enjoyed my time there."

D-backs break out pink gear in Mother's Day tribute | dbacks.com
In celebration of Mother's Day on Sunday, D-backs players and coaches donned an array of pink apparel stamped with the MLB breast cancer awareness logo.

Upton, first-place Braves arrive for three-game set | foxsportsarizona.com
Both teams are playing well as they are newly structured -- the Braves (21-16) are in first place in the NL East and the D-backs (21-17) are in second in the NL West. Upton got off to a blistering start and still leads the major leagues with 12 home runs, although he does not have one in his last 40 at-bats, and his .990 OPS is sixth in the National League.

Prado looks for his happy place in Arizona | myajc.com
Nearly a quarter of the baseball season gone, and still not all of Martin Prado’s belongings have caught up to him on the move west.

Nightengale: Justin Upton deal not yet a win-win | usatoday.com
Do the Diamondbacks regret dealing Justin Upton?

Aces pitcher Zeke Spruill flourishes after promotion | rgj.com
Spruill is 1-0 with a 1.42 ERA in his two starts since his promotion from Double-A on May 2. He was acquired by the Diamondbacks as part of the Justin Upton trade this past offseason.

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Shades of Willie Mays.

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Yeah that's a decent slider, I guess.

That's actually pretty sad if that really is Alberto Callaspo.

Even the Padres front office thinks those uniforms are hideous.

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