So, we face Tim Lincecum looking to avoid the sweep. Funny how that proposition is a great deal less scary that it would have been a season or two ago.
- [AP] Cabrera leads Giants past Diamondbacks 3-1 - ''Look, we had our opportunities to beat him and we let it go,'' manager Kirk Gibson said. ''It's as simple as that. Not to take anything away from him, but we're much better than this.''
- [AZ Central] Diamondbacks mistakes lead to loss against Giants - "It feels as if they've lost about as many games due to a defensive misplay or a baserunning mistake as they have because of a bad outing by a pitcher or a lack of hitting."
- [MLB] D-backs squander chances vs. Giants - Unhappy Gibby Is Unhappy. "I'm not at the plate. I don't have any answers for you as to why we didn't hit the ball out of the infield. We had a chance to probably take control of that game and were unable to do so."
- [dbacks.com] Regular routine a good sign for Hudson - "Hudson spent time this spring working on a slower breaking ball with more tilt to go along with his fastball, changeup and slider, which is tighter and faster than his new pitch."
- [AZ Central] Diamondbacks will continue to be aggressive - Gibson said, ""In the end, we hope to tighten it up. We'll get into some games down the road that become more meaningful, (and) we'll be much sharper at it. " Meaningful games "down the road". I'm not optimistic...
- [Nick Piecoro] Baserunning update & other stuff - However, Nick P looks at the numbers and concludes, "That all seems less sky-is-falling than actually watching the games would lead you to believe." However, to me it feels that the team's current margin for error is so thin, they can ill-afford mediocrity elsewhere.
- [dbacks.com] D-backs working to ease Bell in - "We wanted to give Josh some work on some things as well," Gibson said. "He's been working, getting him a little more comfortable, a little more acclimated." The SnakePit hive-mind has not been impressed, this far.
- [MiLB.com] Bolsinger nearly no-hits Suns in twinbill - No hits through 5 2/3 innings. "Basically, I was just locating my cut fastball in," he said. "That basically is my fastball. I was locating well, going inside with it, going outside with it and they'd roll over on it."
- [FSAZ] D-backs farm yields talent, wins in abundance - "That is something that’s important to us," said Mike Bell, the D-backs’ director of player development and the man in charge of overseeing the minor league system. "It definitely sets a standard. We want guys to get used to winning and that winning feeling, and not being OK with losing."
- [MLB.com] Ripken began 'Iron Man' streak 30 years ago - "An 0-for-2 day with a walk doesn't sound like much, but that's the performance Cal Ripken submitted 30 years ago today, the first of 2,632 straight games played."
- [ESPN] Hotel room of Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman robbed - "The downtown Pittsburgh hotel room of Cincinnati Reds closer Aroldis Chapman was robbed Tuesday night, according to a report in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Pittsburgh police found a 26-year-old woman tied up and crying in Chapman's room when they arrived." The interesting life of Chapman recently takes another turn.
- [SFGate.com] Baer: 'No plans' at this time for Barry Bonds - "Team president Larry Baer confirmed Barry Bonds spoke with him about rejoining the Giants in some capacity, but nothing is guaranteed." If McGwire can coach the Cards... Maybe Bonds can teach the Giants his very special set of legal skills....
- [thegavoice.com] Atlanta Braves bring back 'Out in the Stands' - "The Atlanta Braves will host their second annual "Out in the Stands" event for LGBT fans of the summer classic during a Wednesday night showdown with the Arizona Diamondbacks on June 27." Seems to be a result of the incident a couple of years back in SF, between the Braves' pitching coach and some fans.