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SnakeBytes: April 27, 2010

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Finally found some reliable wifi downtown (Epic Cafe, frequented by Nick Piecoro during spring trainings past), so here are today's SnakeBytes! As usual, recaps first, and I'm totally relying on the recaps for this game, because, once again, my epicfail of a job took precedence (and it didn't help that it was on the FSNplus channel.)


  • [] Haren, D-backs top Rockies  
    And just like that, a team that seemed to be in five-alarm panic mode is just a win from the .500 mark after victories in three of its past four in games against playoff teams from last year. "We've got to beat everybody," Diamondbacks manager AJ Hinch said. "We try not to get too far ahead of ourselves as far as who we're playing. We feel like we can play with anybody."
  • [The Associated Press] Haren strikes out 10 as Diamondbacks beat Rockies
    Haren got all the support he needed in the first inning when the Diamondbacks jumped on Hammel. With two outs, Justin Upton walked, Mark Reynolds singled, and LaRoche homered into the Rockies bullpen to give Arizona a 3-0 lead.
  • [] Night of big losses for Rockies
    On the 15th anniversary of the Rockies' first home run in the inaugural game at Coors Field, Dante Bichette threw out the first pitch to former teammate Larry Walker. That qualified as the premier highlight, as mounting injuries proved a buzz kill in the Rockies' 5-3 loss that spawned a dramatic roster shuffle. 
After the jump, previews of tonight's game, team and player updates, and some other random baseball news (including an update on the Dominican drama).


Team and Player News/Updates
  • [] Arizona Diamondbacks' home run-heavy offense may concern A.J. Hinch
    "You're going to run into a pitcher you have to manufacture runs against. You're going to go into a dry spell when you're not going to hit a ton of homers. We shouldn't be the team that has to hit homers."
  • [] Johnson not surprised by hot streak
    "I don't look at this like 'Oh my God, this is unbelievable," Johnson said. "I look at it like this is a very, very small grain of salt because it's so early. Everyone will tell you that it's just the way baseball is sometimes. There are crazy stretches."
  • [] Webb relearning his mechanics
    "My arm angle was really over the top, not three-quarters like it used to be," Webb said. "It didn't feel like it was like that, but you could see it on the video."
    Hopefully, this means Webb has figured it out and is on his way back to the mound.
Random Baseball News
And here's some extra ones from Jim