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SnakeBytes 7/14: First-half Over

As Jim posted earlier, the D-backs will take their All-Star break with the most games played ever to this point. What does it mean? Probably nothing since they're 16 games under .500 and 13.5 games behind the Dodgers.

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get out of here rookie.
get out of here rookie.
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Daily D-backs

Pair of Giant Grand Slams seal D-backs fate | ARI Recap
The Giants walloped a pair of grand slams en route to an 8-4 win over the D-backs in the final game before the All-Star break at AT&T Park. It was just the third time in San Francisco Giants history that they hit two grand slams in a game.

Grand slams doom D-backs vs. Giants |
With a win on Sunday, the Diamondbacks could have won their second consecutive series and their fifth game in their past seven. They could have pulled themselves out of last place in the National League West and provided hope that the second half of their season might be better than the first.

Braden Shipley has fun, exciting time at All-Star Futures Game |
The D-backs are hoping that right-handed pitcher Braden Shipley will be the next big pitcher to emerge from the depths of their Minor League system. The 15th overall pick in the 2013 First-Year Player draft, Shipley was the lone Arizona player to represent the organization in Sunday's SiriusXM Futures Game at Target Field.

Matt Stites trying to fix sudden control issue |
Matt Stites pitched parts of four seasons in minor leagues before his promotion to the majors last month, and at no stop did he have much trouble throwing strikes. His time with the Diamondbacks has been different. After issuing two walks on Sunday — one of which scored on opposing pitcher Madison Bumgarner's grand slam — Stites has walked seven hitters in 102/3 innings.

Diamondbacks' bargains reveal Phoenix's low affluence |
The Arizona Diamondbacks have put together quite a winning streak, off the field of course. Attending a game at Chase Field is again the best bargain in the 30 stadiums in Major League Baseball — for the sixth consecutive year.

Around the MLB

Gallo's two-run blast |
7/13/14: Rangers prospect Joey Gallo crushes a two-run home run deep over the right-field wall to give the U.S. Team a 3-2 lead in the 6th.

And Escobar with the clean tag for the out.

Seager hit in the butt
That counts as a 4UnASSisted.

Bat 1, Carlos Gomez 0

Major League Baseball needs to shift the All-Star week schedule | HardballTalk
One of baseball's coolest things is about to happen, but no one will see it.