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SnakeBytes: Sunstroke edition

After our excursion to Salt River yesterday, spent most of the evening lying down with something cold to hand. Yeah, pretty much how I like to spend Sunday nights. But what of the Diamondbacks?

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  • [] Pair of calls upheld by replay in Padres-D-backs game - Gibson jogged onto the field to discuss the play with first-base umpire Paul Schrieber. While Gibson did that, bench coach Alan Trammell was on the walkie-talkie in the dugout with the D-backs video room. Trammell signaled to Gibson that he should challenge the play and umpires went over to the first-base camera well where after a review of 2 minutes, 34 seconds they decided the ruling on the field stood. "First thing we wanted to do was the mechanic of it because we hadn't done it," Gibson said.
  • [FOX Sports] D-backs game report - "Pollock, who hit his first spring home run Saturday, is hitting .400 in 11 games, a handful in the leadoff spot against left-handed pitchers. Pollock had another hit taken away when shortstop Alexi Amarista went behind second to field his grounder and throw him out in the fifth. Gosewisch's double into the left-field corner in the second inning was his second in as many at-bats after his two-run double in the ninth inning was the game-winner in a 6-4 victory against the White Sox on Saturday. Gosewisch had missed more than a week with a calf injury."

Team news

  • [AZ Central] Putz has spring struggles, but manager Kirk Gibson isn’t worried - "The thing about J.J. is, he's pitched a lot games, he's been through a lot of spring trainings, he's saved a lot of games, and I think that when the season starts it'll be a whole different game for him," Gibson said. "He's one of those guys." Putz has made four appearances, giving up three runs on six hits, three walks and a hit batter. His stuff has also been down, with scouts reporting his fastball has gone from the 86-88 mph range early in camp to 88-90 mph more recently.
  • [FOX Sports] Bradley to start exhibition in Australia - "I feel good. That's what spring is all about, figuring out where you are stuff-wise. Arm-wise, I feel good. I'm just going to keep fine-tuning things until it's time to go," Bradley said. "Pitching in Australia is a lot different than an eight-hour bus ride to Birmingham, Alabama, or something like that. I'm looking forward to it. I think it's an honor."
  • [AZ Central] As Australia trip looms, Arizona Diamondbacks say they’re ‘ready to go’ - Gibson gave reporters a few more scraps of information about how his roster might look in the season-opening series, namely that starting pitchers Wade Miley, Brandon McCarthy and Bronson Arroyo are likely to be the three players the club will designate as inactive for the series. "We’ve kind of hit that part of the spring where it feels like a grind," reliever Brad Ziegler said. "The monotony of it is getting old and we want to start playing games that count."

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