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SnakeBytes 7/18: Baseball is Back!

This time it counts for real, as the MLB starts back up its 2nd half. Trevor Cahill starts the first game against the Cubs and we see if the D-backs will right the ship.

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You have such a way with children!
You have such a way with children!
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Daily D-backs

D-backs look ahead after injuries, struggles in first half |
The second half of the 2014 season is really about 2015 when it comes to the Arizona Diamondbacks. A horrendous start to the season along with crucial injuries left the D-backs buried in the standings at the All-Star break, but no less determined that the second half will be productive.

Trevor Cahill back from minors, still tweaking delivery
Diamondbacks General Manager Kevin Towers said last month that there was a worst-case scenario timeline for when pitcher Trevor Cahill would be back in the majors. That seems to have been the All-Star break.

Cahill set for return after more than a month in Minors |
Trevor Cahill hasn't played a Major League game in more than a month. But he will get a second chance when he gets the ball against the Cubs on Friday night at Chase Field.

Players feeling rejuvenated after the break |
For the D-backs, the All-Star break was a welcome reprieve from a first half marred by injuries and losing streaks.

MLB team outlooks: What to expect in second half
What went right: Paul Goldschmidt is having another great year, hitting .308 with 16 home runs and 61 RBI.
What needs attention: A rash of elbow injuries decimated the staff, and Arizona ranks 27th with a 4.27 ERA.
Contend or pretend: Pretend. Dealing Brandon McCarthy to the New York Yankees could be just the beginning.

Arroyo, other players jam in Diamondbacks' new 'Rock Room' |
It used to be just another storage room in the bowels of Chase Field, an unmarked catch-all area behind two silent, green double doors. But it's not silent there anymore.

Around the MLB

The Curious Case of Mark Buehrle |
By almost every metric, Mark Buehrle is a thoroughly average pitcher. So how has he managed to find such success, especially at his age?

Corked | Vimeo
20 years ago one of baseball's most ambitious heists was executed.

Yasiel Puig is scared of thunder

All 100 Times Jeter's Name Was Mentioned On Fox—And All Zero Of Gwynn's
Lest you forget, Fox was sure to make you aware that this is Derek Jeter's final season in the majors. The Captain's name was spoken no fewer than 100 times on tonight's All-Star Game broadcast, but at what cost? That of remembering people like Tony Gwynn, Don Zimmer, or Bob Welch—none of whom were mentioned during the broadcast.