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SnakeBytes 7/7: Time to Retool

With the Diamondbacks seemingly out of contention from the beginning, now comes the uneasy process of admitting defeat and unloading aging players and bloated contracts. Kevin Towers wasn't lying when he said there'd be more trades on the horizon, and hopefully it doesn't stop here.

The man, the myth, the legend.
The man, the myth, the legend.
Scott Cunningham


It's still really no excuse to let the one guy in their lineup that you knew and had a good plan for beat you. It's baseball. It comes down to not letting their guy beat you. We let the one guy we had pointed out, Goldschmidt, beat [us]. He's a heck of a ballplayer, and Wade Miley pitched a heck of a ballgame. He's a great pitcher.

- Alex Wood on giving up the home run to Paul Goldschmidt

You'd think it'd be weird emotionally to leave [Arizona], but it never felt like we were out of it, which was the weirdest thing here," said McCarthy of his time with the D-backs. "With the group of guys here, everybody kept being professional and working as hard as they could, so it doesn't feel like you're going from the depths of something to a pennant race. I feel like I'll probably go somewhere that feels like this. It's still guys being professional and working hard every day, but to know that there's a chance of playoffs and something even more is very cool.

- Brandon McCarthy on being traded to the Yankees

He came and he worked hard. The results didn't match our expectations, and this happens when you get in situations like this. You wish him well. He wishes us well. He's had a tough year, yet he's got a new opportunity. He's been dedicated to what he's trying to do.

- Kirk Gibson reflects on Brandon McCarthy's time in the desert

Daily D-backs

Goldschmidt leads Miley to victory |
Goldschmidt reached base safely for a 27th straight game and muscled a two-run homer over the left-field wall against Braves starter Alex Wood in the third, providing the necessary support for Wade Miley's second consecutive gem in a 3-1 win that snapped Atlanta's nine-game winning streak on a sunny afternoon at Turner Field.

Montero gets rare day off in finale vs. Braves |
D-backs catcher Miguel Montero got the day off against Braves left-hander Alex Wood on Sunday afternoon at Turner Field, a rare break for the backstop. He has played in all but two of Arizona's 33 games since May 30.

D-backs get Vidal Nuno from Yankees for Brandon McCarthy |
The D-backs traded right-handed starter Brandon McCarthy to the Yankees on Sunday morning for southpaw Vidal Nuno.

Anderson looks for 1st win in past 5 starts |
It's been a month since Anderson pitched deep into a game. On June 8 against the Braves, he tossed 100 pitches in seven innings and allowed two runs on five hits. That start was the last in which he received a victory. Since recording wins in each of his first five big league starts, the rookie starter entered Monday with a four-game losing streak.

Paul Goldschmidt named NL All-Star starter at first base |
Paul Goldschmidt has been the lone bright spot in an otherwise gloomy season for the D-backs, and the first baseman was rewarded for his efforts by being named the National League's starting first baseman for the 2014 All-Star Game.

Around the MLB

A's fan struggles with sign |
An Athletics fan has difficulty spelling new acquisition Jeff Samardzija's last name, and eventually settles on his nickname 'Shark'

Not even video replay could catch this.
You make the call.

Despite flooding, River Bandits play on at Modern Woodmen Park |
Mississippi River floodwaters approaching a crest nearly seven feet above flood stage may be lapping at portable flood panels and an earthen berm which protect Modern Woodmen Park.

Jeter wins player vote - The LoHud Yankees Blog
We all know that Jeter was elected to the All-Star Game by fans, but it’s worth noting that he was also the American League’s leading shortstop on the players’ ballot. Jeter had 344 player votes while Alexi Ramirez had 313. It’s not only Yankees fans who want to see Jeter in one last All-Star Game. His peers do as well.

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Kennedy on team's pitching |
While being peppered with sunflower seeds and bubble gum, Ian Kennedy talks about the Padres' great pitching staff.