"What are they saying?" I don't read any of that stuff. That's one good thing about not being involved in social media: I don't get updates. I do get a lot of text messages saying, 'Are you getting traded?'" I don't know; players are the last to know anyway."
- Aaron Hill on trade rumors
The D-backs could do little against right-hander Tim Lincecum as they dropped the series opener against the Giants, 5-0, on Friday night at AT&T Park. Lincecum (9-5) tossed seven shutout innings and allowed three hits while walking two and striking out six.
Hill is under contract through 2016 and is owed $12 million in each of the next two seasons. Various rumors have had teams like the Blue Jays being interested. Hill and his wife have made Scottsdale, Ariz., their year-round residence and the thought of leaving the area is not a pleasant one for them. The D-backs activated outfielder Mark Trumbo from the disabled list Friday and optioned Roger Kieschnick to Triple-A Reno. Trumbo had been on the DL since April 22 with a stress fracture in his left foot.
On Thursday, we asked who the Arizona Diamondbacks should turn to as their closer following next week's All-Star break. Not surprisingly, our readers would like to see Kirk Gibson turn to a bit of a youth movement in the ninth inning.
The Diamondbacks weren't waving the white flag on the 2014 season, but when they designated for assignment struggling former closer J.J. Putz for assignment on June 20, it signaled the start of a new era.
Just because the Arizona Diamondbacks are sellers at the trade deadline doesn't mean everyone on the team is available. The D-backs have a list of at least seven players who are "untouchable" according to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal.
Left fielder Mark Trumbo's return from the disabled list Friday gave the Diamondbacks a power bat their lineup has sorely lacked. But the move created a ripple effect that forced David Peralta into center field, a position at which the rookie outfielder has limited experience.
Wade Miley will take the hill against the Giants on Saturday looking to add some stability to the D-backs' rotation. Of the five pitchers in Arizona's starting rotation at the beginning of the season, Miley is the only one still taking the mound regularly for the D-backs.
With a strikeout of Jordy Mercer in the ninth inning of Friday's 6-5 win over the Pirates, Aroldis Chapman set a Major League record, dating back to 1900, for most consecutive relief appearances with a strikeout, fanning a batter in his 40th consecutive game. His streak began on Aug. 21, 2013.