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SnakeBytes 5/19: Home Cooking

After a month and a half of trying, the D-backs finally leave home with a series win under their belt thanks to some timely homers by Cody Ross and Eric Chavez. The D-backs look to pick up where they left off as they face the Cardinals and Mets starting Tuesday.

Praise the hip gods I'm cured!
Praise the hip gods I'm cured!
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We got into this series and kind of got a little momentum last night. It was good for us. The thing about last night's game, unless you play good tonight, it doesn't really mean anything.

- Kirk Gibson

Other than the two balls they hit out, I felt really good. I was down in the zone, and that's something that I've been really focusing in on. My fastball plays a lot better when it's down in the zone. ... So the big emphasis was just keeping things down.

- Josh Collmenter

There was talk of me not ever playing again, or coming back midway through the season. And here we are in May, and I'm able to produce and we get a big win today. It's pretty special.

- Cody Ross

Daily D-backs

D-backs power up to claim series win at home |
For the first time in 2014, an opposing team left Chase Field with a series loss. The D-backs clinched their first home series win of the season with a 5-3 victory over the Dodgers on Sunday afternoon at Chase Field.

D-backs finally solve Dodgers, get home series win | FOX Sports on MSN
With the Dodgers coming to town and two of their aces scheduled to pitch, this seemed perhaps an unlikely weekend for the Diamondbacks to collect their first series win at Chase Field this season.

Martin Prado exits game with blurred vision |
Prado did not accompany the team on its charter flight to St. Louis on Sunday night. He will see an eye doctor Monday morning in Phoenix and then take a noon flight to meet his teammates in St. Louis.

D-backs celebrate Randy Johnson's perfect game |
D-backs manager Kirk Gibson can't remember where he was when Randy Johnson tossed his perfect game on May 18, 2004, but he knew where he wanted the members of his current team to be when the Big Unit threw out the ceremonial first pitch before Sunday's game.

Changing Culture for Diamondbacks | FOX Sports on MSN
With 2,728 wins on his resume, you can expect Tony La Russa to overhaul how things are being done in Arizona.

What If: All of Towers’s Trades Were Reversed? | Inside the 'Zona

Kevin Towers has completed 32 trades with 22 different teams. What would the current roster look like if we reversed each and every one of them?

Around the MLB

Financial Cost Of Tommy John Surgery To Young Pitchers | FanGraphs Baseball
Rondon, Fernandez, Griffin and Corbin will face similar issues, depending on how quickly they recover and how many innings they pitch in 2015, the last season before they each become arbitration eligible. I can see Fernandez and Corbin pointing to the first year arbitration salaries of Max Scherzer ($3.75 million in 2012), Justin Masterson ($3.825 in 2012) and David Price ($4.35 million in 2012) to establish a baseline for their first year arb salary, but the system is based on comparable players, and those guys weren’t injured when they got those deals. Rondon and Griffin will have fewer comparables still.

A Week of Andrelton Simmons Missing Plays | FanGraphs Baseball
We’ve known Simmons as the guy who’s broken the advanced defensive metrics, and talent doesn’t disappear overnight. We’ve always cautioned that you need big samples of defensive data to draw conclusions, and a month and a half isn’t enough.

This Is SportsCenter -- Stephen Strasburg | YouTube
Stephen Strasburg ices his arm.

Nationals fans fail at a chest bump

High Schooler ends the game with a brilliant catch | YouTube
Up 2-1 in the top of the 7th, Sam Atwell gets full extension to rob a hit and end the game.

Classy move by Miguel Cabrera
It's the little things ballplayers can do to brighten someone's day.