SnakeBytes 7/15: Big Apple Living

"Oh yeah, that'll be a cool shot if he showed up between the umpire's legs." - Norm Hall

After a disappointing end to the "first-half", most of the D-Backs will rest up and get ready for Friday's game against the Giants while 2 others will showcase their talents in this year's All-Star Game in New York. Ian Kennedy, Miguel Montero and Chris Owings are showcased in this edition of SnakeBytes.

Quotables

Terrible. I didn't pitch to my abilities; I was very inconsistent. ... It'll be nice to relax. It has been frustrating, but I'll have the break to think things through.

- Ian Kennedy

The secondary stuff isn't as sharp; he used to be a guy that would get punchouts with changeups and curveballs, but that hasn't happened. Right now, he might be in his head a little bit, and that's when he gets in trouble. It's been a tough year for him. Sometimes you lose your confidence; I've gone through the same thing. Hopefully these four days can refresh him, and he'll get a new start for the second half.

- Miguel Montero

I don’t know if we could have done anything more. Bradley goes out there and looks awesome. Davidson wins the MVP award, hits a homer. And we played some good defense. Overall, I think it was a good day for the Diamondbacks.

- Chris Owings

Diamondbacks Daily

Kennedy faces disappointing end to first half | MLB.com
The All-Star break could not come at a better time for Ian Kennedy. Pegged as the ace of the staff entering the season, the right-hander has yet to consistently show the top-of-the-line stuff in 2013 that thrust him to the front of the rotation back in 2011. Continuing the theme of his season to date, Kennedy struggled Sunday, while the D-backs' lineup went hitless with runners in scoring position as the club dropped the series finale to the Brewers, 5-1, at Chase Field.

Arizona's path to division title starts in San Francisco | MLB.com
For the fifth time in franchise history and the first time since 2003, the D-backs won 50 games before the All-Star break and are first in the National League West. Arizona, which led the division for the majority of the first half, entered the break with a 2 1/2-game lead over second-place Los Angeles. The club is hoping that a strong second half will lead to a second division crown in three seasons, as it took the title in 2011, manager Kirk Gibson's first full season.

McCarthy nears final stage of recovery | dbacks.com
Sidelined since May 31, Brandon McCarthy is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno next weekend, the final step before rejoining the D-backs' rotation. He threw 60 to 70 pitches of a simulated game at Chase Field on Sunday.

Arizona Diamondbacks prospects shine in Futures Game | azcentral.com
When the Diamondbacks hosted the All-Star Game a couple of years ago, third baseman Matt Davidson and shortstop Chris Owings were working their way through Class A in the minor leagues, and Davidson remembers talking to Owings about someday playing together in the Futures Game. Davidson took home MVP honors after drilling a go-ahead two-run homer, Bradley tossed a scoreless inning, and Owings made a couple of nice plays in the field as their U.S. squad beat the World team 4-2.

D-backs Matt Davidson named Futures Game MVP after big homer | dbacks.com
Matt Davidson didn't even think he belonged here. Then he walked away with the Larry Doby Most Valuable Player Award for the 2013 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game. His two-run blast in the bottom of the fourth inning put the U.S. Team ahead en route to a 4-2 victory at Citi Field and earned him the Larry Doby Most Valuable Player Award for the game.

Matt Davidson, Archie Bradley, Chris Owings attend Futures Game | dbacks.com
Call it the Baby Snakes Take Manhattan. And they took Queens by storm. For the three kids from the D-backs' organization picked to play for the U.S. Team in Sunday's 4-2 victory over the World Team in the SiriusXM Futures Game at Citi Field, it was their first time in New York.

Futures Game notes: Matt Davidson, Chris Owings & Archie Bradley | azcentral.com
"Honestly, it makes you want to work harder and get back and play in a stadium like this," he said. "The ball looks a little bigger here. Or today it did. I know sometimes it probably won’t. It’s just amazing to be in this atmosphere. Obviously, that’s the goal, and it makes you want to work harder."

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