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Snake Bytes 4/17/10: The Morning After

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After another lovely showing by the Arizona bullpen, we've got some not-so-positive links, and some interesting ones from around the league and the world

Follow us through the jump.

Some game recaps and previews, complete with quotes from our fearless leader AJ Hinch

Cut to Chase: Padres, Headley walk off | News

Chase Headley hit a three-run, walk-off home run to lift the Padres to a 6-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday night at PETCO Park -- the first walk-off hit of his career.

Diamondbacks-Padres Preview - STATS Writer - MLB - Sporting News

For the Diamondbacks, the loss overshadowed a fantastic performance by starter Edwin Jackson, who pitched six scoreless innings. Juan Gutierrez was charged with the blown save and a loss after giving up four runs in the ninth. "We had nine outs to keep them from scoring three runs and we had a difficulty throwing strikes," Hinch said. "That's another game in hand that I feel like we should have pulled out."

Padres hope to ride momentum vs. D-backs | News

"You can't dwell on it," D-backs center fielder Chris Young said. "We've had a couple of tough ones in a row and that's just what it is right now, but it won't affect us [Saturday]. No chance."

D-backs unable to finish off Padres | News


Team News

Arizona Diamondbacks' Kris Benson set to make long-awaited start

Diamondbacks bypass prospects, tab 35-year-old Kris Benson as fifth starter - HardballTalk - Baseball -NBCSports

 Chad Qualls (Pray for Squalls?) | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball

Visalia teams stocking players on major league rosters | | Visalia Times-Delta and Tulare Advance-Register
Who knew so many big leaguers had come out of Visalia?


Around the League

Lee looks sharp in simulated game | News
Good news for the Mariners, and bad news for the rest of the AL West.

Lender trying to block sale of Rangers | News
Wait. The Rangers are being sold? News to me...

Windy City Scribe's "No, Canada" Column: Just Hot Air About Blue Jays - Andy Hutchins - The Sporting Blog - Sporting News
Emily and I had a discussion the other night about what the MLB should do about Canada...apparently, we're not the only ones thinking about it.

Politics | MLB asked to chew on tobacco ban | Seattle Times Newspaper
The end of chew in the MLB?

Message From Union Says Upper Deck Owes Players -

Brad Thomas is My 25th Favorite Detroit Tiger | Bleacher Report
Emily told me to put this one in...I guess not everyone understands the statistics behind "replacement level" players

San Francisco Giants center fielder Aaron Rowand suffers broken cheek in beaning - ESPN


Baseball Around the World

New Australian league hopes to lure major leaguers - Daily Pitch: MLB News, Standings, Schedules & More -
This one should make mrssoco pretty happy. Eliminate the language barrier in winter ball, and screw with the boys' internal clocks some more.

David Dagan: German baseball hopes to drive in a star
We've got Aussies, a ridiculous amount of players from Central and South America, and two from the Indian subcontinent: time for Europe to get in on the action.