After an excessively long game like last night, let's take a few minutes to see what the rest of the internet has to say about our beloved Diamondbacks. For the authentic experience, pause two minutes between links so the Dodgers can make another visit to the mound.First, some recaps, complete with quotes on the game:
- [AZ Central] Diamondbacks edge Dodgers in marathon 11-inning game - "Literally everybody in the lineup contributed to the win tonight," Young said. "It shows a lot about our offense and the things that I think we can do this year. There was a few times last year when we got down and we just couldn't get that energy to pick it back up."
- [Dbacks.com] D-backs find a way to get best of Dodgers - AJ Hinch said, "For us to be able to battle back, it's a big win for us. They made us work really, really hard as a pitching staff and they put pressure on our defense and we answered the bell. That's a good sign for us."
- [Yahoo!] Young's single in 11th lifts D-backs past Dodgers - "It is what it is. They just outplayed us at the end and got the win," Matt Kemp said.
- [FoxSportsArizona.com] Post-Game Report (April 14): Resilient D-Backs top Dodgers - "It was hard to miss Mark Reynolds, who made three athletic plays at third base. He went to the ground to stop three ground balls, two to his left and one to his right, and each time threw the batter out at first from his knees."
- [True Blue LA] Dodgers Hurt By The Finish, But Burned By The Start - True Blue LA - "Rather than pin all of the blame for this loss on Ortiz the younger, or even Joe Torre for his bullpen usage patterns, the key to this game was yet another poor outing by the Dodger starting pitcher."
Next, we've got a few injury updates, neither necessarily great news:
[NBCSports.com] No ligament damage, so Miguel Montero due back in 4-6 weeks. Could be worse news for Miggy, so hopefully he'll be back in May.
- [MLB.com] Johnson departs early with stiff back. Johnson is listed as day-to-day. Aren't we all day-to-day?
A few more things for you to read and pass your afternoon with the nagging feeling there was something you were supposed to do by today:
[Canoe.ca] A preview of tonight's game. Hiroki Kuroda looks to follow up on his season start, while Haren hopes to bounce back from his start against the Pirates.
- [Dbacks.com] Toy helps D-backs 'dispose' of bad at-bats | dbacks.com: News - "Flush it away. That's what D-backs hitting coach Jack Howell wants his hitters to do after a bad or frustrating at-bat. This spring, Howell found a way to illustrate that point so that everyone could visualize it. The former big league third baseman ordered a small toy toilet that makes a flushing sound when you press the handle."
[AZ Central] Arizona Diamondbacks' Rusty Ryal moves past scary 2009 incident. Speaking of Kuroda, Nick Piecoro has a piece about the unfortunate injury last year.
[Yahoo!] Cliff Lee didn't intend beanball? Lee got to state his case about the incident with Chris Snyder in Spring Training, and says it was an accident. Seems likely to me- I mean, I wouldn't want to intentionally anger Snyder.
- [Examiner.com] Around the NL West: Giants starting fast - Examiner.com gives us a glance around division to see how everyone did on their first week of play.
- [azstarnet.com] Former D-backs pitcher Lopez signs deal with Toros. Albie Lopez becomes another ex-DBack to sign with the Tucson team. Is Junior Spivey still down there? Maybe we could just reunite the 2001 Diamondbacks in the Golden Baseball League.
[D-backs Venom] Juan Gutierrez continues his stellar relief pitching Amit reckons, "It may not be long before the Diamondbacks turn to Gutierrez in save stuations."
- [ESPN.com] Jayson Stark Rumblings and Grumblings - Jayson looks at players off to hot starts and whether they can keep it up. That included Kelly Johnson and Chris Young of Arizona, and both men appear to be capable of confusing the panel polled by Stark.
And that's it for this afternoon, though Nick Piecoro did just post on Twitter that we'll see Kris Benson as our #5 starter this season, making his debut against the Padres on Saturday. Well, if you're going to ease into the majors, starting against the Padres in Petco isn't a bad way to do it.