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SnakeBytes, 3/14: Pi Day Edition

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Too much of a nerd to let Pi Day go un-noted here at the SnakePit. This could also be termed "substitute edition" as I am in for kennokishi who is at Disney Land with mrskishi, soco, and mrssoco. And no, apparently they're not bringing us back anything.

Diamondbacks News - Roster Notes

[] Arizona Diamondbacks' Russell Branyan makes big case for roster spot
Arizona Diamondbacks' Russell Branyan makes big case for roster spot; Manager Kirk Gibson said he could envision carrying a slugging position player on his roster for having a big bag to go to off his bench.

[] Branyan or Pena could swing way onto roster
If Russell Branyan and Wily Mo Pena keep on hitting the way they have so far this spring, there may be a way for one of them to make it as a bench player.

[] Arizona Diamondbacks 2011: The Race for the First-Base Job | Bleacher Report
One of the more intriguing position battles this spring is the battle for the Arizona Diamondbacks’ first-base job. There are three candidates to win the position - Brandon Allen, Juan Miranda and Russell Branyan.

[] Arizona has entire 40-man roster under contract for 2011
The Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to terms on one-year contracts Friday with 26 pre-arbitration players and renewed the contracts of pitcher Ian Kennedy and infielder Juan Miranda.

[] D-backs like the look of lefty Paterson
Rule 5 selection from Giants impresses with funky delivery.

[] Diamondbacks' pitcher Zach Duke likely out 6-8 weeks with broken hand
Diamondbacks' pitcher Zach Duke likely out 6-8 weeks with broken hand. That surplus of starters is looking a little better right about now...

[] Gibson disappointed with D-backs' results
Kirk Gibson said he is not frustrated by his team's poor play thus far in Cactus League action, but the D-backs' manager sure sounded like it after watching his club commit three errors on Sunday. Really, Gibby? You're not frustrated? Because the rest of us are...

[] Putz uses sim game to stay on schedule
D-backs closer J.J. Putz said that his simulated game on a back field at the club's Spring Training facility Saturday was more productive than pitching in a Cactus League game. Please tell me I'm not the only one who read "sim game" and thought "How would little animated characters help him with baseball?"

[] Sources: D-backs inquired about Rangers' Young
The Diamondbacks renewed their efforts last week to acquire Michael Young from Texas, according to's Ken Rosenthal. I don't want to rehash the debate, but I'd be remiss if I didn't include it, and the Diamondbacks would be remiss if they didn't at least consider Michael Young.

[] Commissioner Bud Selig: Jeff Moorad's stake in D-backs sold
Commissioner Bud Selig said on Saturday that the sale of Padres chief executive Jeff Moorad's general partnership in the D-backs has been completed.

[] Audio Interview With Diamondbacks Beat Writer Nick Piecoro
Ever wondered what Nick P sounds like? Now you can find out...

[] Diamondbacks Top 14 prospects
Zephon offers his list of the top members of the Arizona farm system. 


Around Baseball / Your Daily Natinals


[] Prospects: Suspension Helped Former Diamondback Net $1.1 Million From Yankees
A suspension due to fraudulent paperwork helped a Dominican righthander score a $1.1 million bonus from the Yankees. 'Skins said it best: UGH.

[] Rangers pitcher Brandon Webb looked good in latest Spring Training throwing session | News
Brandon Webb's return to health is a key to the Rangers' 2011 season, and if Sunday's throwing session is any indication, their chances are looking very good. Sure, that's what they always say...

[] Anthony Castrovince: Bryce Harper shows there's much to like in first Spring Training
From his sweet swing to his colorful sayings, Bryce Harper has impressed many people during his first Spring Training with the Nationals.

[] Japanese MLB players feel powerless
Players frantically check in on loved ones in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and tsunami.