Snake Bytes 3/27: Homer Happy Edition

Christian Petersen

The Diamondbacks teed-off against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday to the tune of 14 runs while Brandon McCarthy threw a quality start.

Quick Quotes

"This is what the doctor ordered right here," D-backs bench coach Alan Trammell said. "We hope that we continue swinging the bats well. We need to be able to sustain rallies and do those things, so that was very encouraging. We've been waiting for that for a while."

-Alan Trammell on the Diamondbacks' offensive explosion against the Cubs

"The report we got back to our training staff was that surgery was definitely needed. We felt, even before [Corbin] went there, that rather than trying to do what we did with Reynolds, giving him three to four months to try to avoid surgery which just kind of pushed things back, Patrick mentally wanted to get it done so he could start the rehab process and hopefully be ready for next year."

-Kirk Gibson on Patrick Corbin undergoing Tommy John surgery

"We faced two really tough pitchers. At the end of the day, I don't think the results had anything to do with the trip. We were prepared for those games. We started early."

-Derick Hall on dropping the first two games of the season in Australia

Daily Digest

Diamondbacks Put on Power Display, Rout Cubs / Trumbo Leads Homer Barrage

Six Diamondbacks crushed home runs against the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday en route to a 14-4 drubbing of the North-Siders. Brandon McCarthy looked solid, surrendering only three hits over a spring-high six innings, allowing three earned runs. Oliver Perez and Will Harris teamed up to pitch a scoreless seventh while David Hernandez surrendered a solo shot to Chris Coghlan in the eighth (hopefully that's out of his system now) and J.J. Putz threw a scoreless ninth, striking out two (hopefully he keeps the pressure on Addison Reed for that 9th inning).

McCarthy Finishes Spring Training Strong / Gibson Announces Rotation (sort of) / 3 Battles Remain

Brandon McCarthy coasted through the Diamondbacks' shelling of the Chicago Cubs, making his final start of Spring Training. The right-hander threw six innings, allowing three runs. Kirk Gibson announced that Brandon McCarthy will be the starting pitcher for the team's home opener on Monday the 31st against the Giants. Wade Miley and Trevor Cahill will follow, starting games two and three, with Bronson Arroyo tentatively scheduled to start game four, depending on his fitness. Meanwhile Archie Bradley, Randal Delgado, and Bo Schultz continue to battle for the fifth starter slot. Owings and Gregorius continue to make their cases for shortstop, and Blanco and Gosewisch are still in competition for the backup catching duties.

Bronson Arroyo: It's About Talent

Bronson Arroyo answered questions on Wednesday and discussed the difference between winning and losing teams, having been a member of both a 100-loss team and a World Series Champion.

No Reason to Delay Corbin Surgery

The Diamondbacks' young star pitcher, Patrick Corbin, underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday instead of risking non-surgical rehab, officially bringing an end to his 2014 season.

The 2014 Diamondback Preview

CNN and Sports Illustrated make their predictions for the 2014 Arizona Diamondbacks.

Gilbert Chats with Berthiaume

Diamondback beat writer Steve Gilbert sat down with the team's play-by-play announcer, Steve Berthiaume for a short interview.

Diamondbacks' Trip to Australia - Great Except for the Games

Jack McGruder takes a look at the recently completed trip to Sydney, Australia.

Goldschmidt: The Scholar who Pays It Forward

After finishing the course work necessary to complete his Bachelor of Science degree in Management during road travel last season, Paul Goldschmidt will now be funding 3 full-ride scholarships to the University of Phoenix and be part of the selection process.

Around MLB

MLB Unveils State-of-the-Art Replay Center

MLB's Replay Operations Center will be open and ready to go for Opening Day (v. 2).

Verducci's 2014 Predictions

Long-time baseball analyst Tom Verducci gives his 2014 predictions.

Boras Corporation Loses Grievance Against Carlos Beltran

Power agency Boras Corporation lost its grievance filed against New York Yankee outfielder Carlos Beltran in a decision that could have substantial impact on future agent/player relations.

Forbes Names Yankees Most Valuable MLB Franchise

In the world of "Duh, no kidding," Forbes named the New York Yankees as the most valuable franchise in MLB for the 17th consecutive year. The Dodgers and the Red Sox rounded out the top three while the Tampa Bay Rays ranked last. The gap between the Yankees and the Dodgers was more of a chasm as the differences in value was greater than the entire value of the Rays.

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