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This Day In Diamondbacks History: July 13

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Record: 5-3 - Home: 3-1 - Road: 2-2

  • 1991: Tyler Skaggs born. He's pitching tonight for the Reno Ghost Riders. What? Yep. This weekend, for our Triple-A affiliate's 'What Could Have Been' promotion, they're using one of the alternate names proposed before the team came into being in 2009. According to ESPN, "Ghost Riders bobblehead dolls will be given away on Saturday, and the team will auction off game-used Ghost Riders uniforms on Sunday for charity." Which is pretty cool. Hopefully, Skaggs can make it a birthday to remember.
  • 1999: The All-Star Game took place at Fenway, with Matt Williams and Jay Bell becoming the first Diamondbacks to start in the event. Williams went 1-for-3 with a strikeout; Bell 0-for-1 with a walk and a K. Luis Gonzalez came in as a replacement for Larry Walker, and went 1-for-2. Curt Schilling started the game, and took the loss, allowing two runs on three hits in two innings - he was replaced by future team-mate Randy Johnson, who took only nine pitches to retire Nomar Garciaparra, Ken Griffey Jr. and Manny Ramirez, the last with a swinging strikeout.
  • 2009 Arizona released Tony Clark. And this time they meant it. Clark finished his career with a 112 OPS+ and 251 home-runs over his 15-year career, including 59 over five seasons with the D-backs. Most of those came in less than 400 PAs during the 2005 season, and his second stint - around a foray to San Diego was a lot less successful. Clark hit .194 with six homers in 74 games for Arizona over the 2008-09 campaigns. "You realize that when staff changes happen in the middle of the season that realistically the next adjustment that's going to be made are the players in uniform," Clark said.
  • 2009: Also on that day, Dan Haren became the first pitcher in Major League history to lead the Majors in ERA (2.01), strikeout to walk ratio (8:1), WHIP (0.81), and opponents' on-base percentage (.219) at the break. However, as he has been somewhat notorious for doing in his career, Haren had a second-half slump, going 5-5 with a 4.62 ERA. All told, his ERA after the break is almost seven-tenths of a run higher than before it (3.36/4.05). With a 4.86 ERA for the Angels already this year, he'll be hoping to buck that trend.