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Trevor Cahill struggled, but gave the D-backs a chance to win and that's all this team needs as Paul Goldschmidt carried the offense in the 3-2 victory last night. Brandon McCarthy deals with luck, Heath Bell finds a comfort zone, and D-backs talk about last nights' win. Oh and gifs, lots of gifs.

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Parra tries a new way of taking a base that ends in the same result.
Parra tries a new way of taking a base that ends in the same result.
Norm Hall

Quotient Quotables

There's only so much you can do with bad-contact balls blooping in. Once it leaves my hand, I can't control it. The innings are mostly falling like that. Most of the innings where I've given up runs, it's just pitches that are finding holes.

-- Brandon McCarthy

He’s got confidence. When he had his little blip there, we went and looked at some film and figured some things out. The thing about it is if you’re throwing the ball well but not making your pitches, maybe it’s a confidence issue. We need to get you relaxed and get you to believe in certain things so you can go out there.

-- Heath Bell

I'm searching for command. I'm getting behind in the count and it's like I'm losing a feel for the sinker. It's not going where I want the pitch to go.

''When your pitch count is up, it's tough to play behind that pitcher (Thursday night). Cahill gave us just enough to get the bullpen.

-- Trevor Cahill and Kirk Gibson

Diamondbacks News

Arizona Diamondbacks defeat Colorado Rockies in series opener |
Arizona Diamondbacks defeat Colorado Rockies in series opener as Paul Goldschmidt’s two-run home run in the fourth inning powered the Diamondbacks to a 3-2 win over the Rockies in the series opener at home.

Goldschmidt's homer lifts DBacks over Rockies | Yahoo! Sports
The victory was the Diamondbacks seventh, one-run victory in their 13 wins this season after J.J. Putz got three outs in the ninth for his fourth save.

McCarthy eyes first win; D-backs eye fourth straight |
The Diamondbacks' Brandon McCarthy once again couldn't avoid a big inning when he faced the Rockies last weekend. When he takes the mound against them Friday night, the right-hander will again seek his first win as he tries to help lead the Diamondbacks to a season-high-tying fourth straight victory. McCarthy (0-2, 7.06 ERA) has allowed 15 of his 19 runs in just four of his 21 2/3 innings, and he yielded three in the third frame in his first career start against Colorado on Sunday.

Arizona Diamondbacks RHP Heath Bell finds his confidence |
Since giving up four hits, three runs and two homers in one-third of an inning in his season debut against St. Louis on April 2, Bell has surrendered just one run since and has struck out 13 batters in his past seven appearances.

It's early, but Gregorius deal has look of steal |
Gregorius smiled when asked about the Jeter comparison Thursday. “I didn’t pay attention to it. He (Towers) told me. Everybody has their own opinion. I wouldn’t go around saying, 'I’m this, I’m that.' I just want to play the game as hard as I can. Try to give 100 percent or more than 100 percent every time I play,” he said.

Your Daily Link Dump

MLB Power Rankings: Rangers climb near top | Yahoo! Sports
10. Arizona Diamondbacks (12-9; Previous: 12) – D-backs management decides to release knuckler, draws straws on who gets to make Booty call.

Sabermetrics? Hawk prefers TWTW | ESPN Chicago
Chicago White Sox announcer Ken Hawk Harrelson may have started a new ad campaign for the team when he offered the will to win -- TWTW -- as an alternative to sabermetrics.

1869: The Most Important Year in Baseball History? | Last Word On Sports
The first professional baseball team was established in 1869 – the Cincinnati Red Stockings. The team played with 10 players, who all received a salary.

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Every Yu Darvish pitch at one time? Yeah it's pretty cool I guess.

Victor Martinez says nope.

Animated GIF File: Nelson Figueroa Is Neither Menacing, Violent | NotGraphs Baseball

Giving people what they want - Baseball Nation
Brad Ziegler found this video, and the video transmuted into a GIF because that's how the physical sciences work: You know what people like? When other people take one in the beans. How that...