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SnakeBytes 7/28: Afternoon Snack

The D-backs look to rebound after losing Sunday's game and the series in questionable fashion after the Posey rule allowed Ryan Howard to score after being all but out at home. It's just another low point in a season full of them. The D-backs continue their road-trip in Cincinnati.

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Miscues spoil Nuno's quality start |
The D-backs lost a game Sunday in which the go-ahead run scored when the runner was out at the plate. Ryan Howard was thrown out by a wide margin at home plate in the sixth inning, but the call was overturned after replay because it was ruled catcher Miguel Montero blocked Howard's lane to the plate.

Rule change hurts Diamondbacks in loss to Phillies |
Ryan Howard homered in his second game since a three-game benching and scored the go-ahead run on an overturned call at the plate in the Philadelphia Phillies' 4-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.

Anderson looks to build on quality starts |
Rookie right-hander Chase Anderson gets the ball for Arizona and is looking to build on back-to-back quality starts. Anderson went six innings in both of his last two starts, allowing just three earned runs and recording 13 strikeouts in that span.

Tony La Russa: Support system key to Hall of Fame career |
Speaking without looking at his notes on Sunday in Cooperstown, Tony La Russa made it clear during his 17-minute Hall of Fame induction speech that his unease at taking credit for all those accomplishments is rooted in a deep conviction that he benefited from an uncommonly good support system.

Trade Deadline likely to keep Arizona Diamondbacks busy |
The D-backs will turn their focus this week to making some moves before Thursday's non-waiver Trade Deadline. With the playoffs all but out of reach, the team is looking to deal.

Archie Bradley remains atop D-backs' updated Top 20 list |
With the passing of the Draft signing deadline, teams have had a recent influx of talent into their farm systems, and with that, has updated the Top 20 Prospects lists of all 30 teams.

Brawl breaks out between Diamondbacks and Dodgers affiliates |
The rivalry between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers added a new wrinkle Saturday night, this time in the minor leagues. A brawl broke out between the two clubs' Triple-A affiliates, leading to 10 ejections, including six for the Arizona-affiliated Reno Aces.

Tony La Russa's latest challenge: Revamp struggling Diamondbacks |
Will he clean house? What kind of team and front office will he construct? Will his old-school beliefs translate in baseball's new analytics landscape?

Red-hot Martin Prado likely raising trade value |
Prado continued plugging away, and ended up batting .319 with an .856 OPS over the last three months of the season. By September, his averages were within striking distance of his career numbers. He seems to be at it again. He's batting .349 since July 3, raising his average from .266 to .280. On Saturday, he tied a career high by knocking in five runs, including the go-ahead score in the 10th to give Arizona a 10-6, 10-inning victory while falling a triple shy of hitting for the cycle.

Nationals trade rumors as deadline nears |
One evaluator without ties to either the Nationals or Diamondbacks said second baseman Aaron Hill "makes a ton of sense" for the Nationals. Hill could play second while Zimmerman is on the shelf, but things would get tricky once Zimmerman returns. Next year, though, it could hit nicely: Adam LaRoche has a mutual option for next season, and if he leaves, Zimmerman could play first, Hill could play second and Anthony Rendon would move to third. Hill also has a connection with Matt Williams, who coached him with the Diamondbacks. Hill loved playing for Williams. The only question is whether Hill’s contract would work: Hill will make roughly $4 million the remainder of this season, then $12 million each of the next two years.

Cubs and D-Backs will keep evaluating, wait to deal young hitters | Metsblog
The D-Backs may move OF Gerrardo Parra, who the Mets could have interest in, but infielders, such as Chris Owings, Didi Gregorius and Nick Ahmed, are more likely to part of an offseason package than an in-season scramble.

Tampa Bay Rays have some big decisions as trade deadline nears | The Boston Globe
7. Martin Prado, 3B, Diamondbacks — A few teams, including the Red Sox, were contemplating him because he has the reputation of making a big impact with his energy, spirit, and ability. He’s also versatile enough to play the corner outfield spots and second base. It doesn’t appear the Diamondbacks are eager to deal him, but his name could pick up steam as the deadline nears.