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SnakeBytes, 8/13: Win some, lose some edition

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Well, while the double-header could have gone better, it could certainly have gone worse.

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Recaps

[AZ Central] Montero: "Best I've ever seen" of Trevor Bauer - "It was really impressive," Montero said. "I tip my hat. He did a great job. I'm honestly happy for him. I hope he's figured it out because he has an opportunity to be a really good pitcher in the big leagues." "He's a good guy," Montero said. "He has a different personality, but not everybody has the same personality. But once again, I'm happy to see the way he threw the ball today. If he throws the ball like that every five days, he's got a pretty good future."

[dbacks.com[ D-backs score in 12th to earn twin-bill split - Gosewisch's hit off C.C. Lee didn't exactly open the floodgates, but they were pried open enough to squeeze out one run, which was enough for the victory. "Obviously, it's a long day, and you're getting tired, and you have to keep grinding it out," Gibson said. "We've had many opportunities, and we didn't perform very well. It was kind of a day for pitching on both sides, and to come out with a split is good. We get a nice happy plane flight [to Miami for the next series]."

[AZ Central] Diamondbacks rookie pitcher Andrew Chafin solid in his debut - Making it even better: It fulfilled a long-shot birthday present for his girlfriend, Shelbi. "The funny thing about all of this, a week and a half ago, before I was called up or anything, she's like, 'You know what I want for my birthday? I want you to pitch in Cleveland on my birthday.' "I'm like, 'OK, yeah.' I'm thinking to myself, 'Good luck with that.' "

Team News

[dbacks.com] Game slowing down for D-backs rookie Lamb - "First few games, in and out of the box, it was really fast," Lamb said. "That's obviously somewhat natural and partly my fault, but I was overanxious at the plate." [After he went 2-for-5 on Sunday] the game suddenly didn't feel so fast. "It was starting to slow down," Lamb said. "I was starting to take the pitches I usually take, starting to swing at the strikes more often. But it's just a matter of time, just getting used to the pitching. "It's just repetition. It helps that I've been at third so many times since I've been called up."

[ArizonaSports] Towers responds to former D-backs pitcher McCarthy's comments - "A lot of it comes down to pitchers executing, as well. You know, if pitchers don't execute pitches, regardless of what you're calling -- you know, if they miss their spots, it's going to be poor results... It's always good to place blame on others once you leave the organization. But I don't think his lack of success here was because we took the cutter away and Miguel can't call a game. That's not correct."

[NorthEscambia] The Night The Lights Went Out For The Wahoos - As John mentioned last night, the Mobile BayBears had their game suspended due to a power outage in Pensacola. Here's more on the unusual end to the evening's proceedings.

And, elsewhere...

[LA Times] Baseball commissioner vote could result in a coup - Thursday was supposed to be Coronation Day, at least the way Bud Selig planned it. Baseball's owners would unanimously approve his lieutenant and handpicked successor, Rob Manfred, as the new commissioner. Selig would smile for the cameras, his arm around Manfred's shoulder, and the torch would have been passed smoothly. Instead, Thursday's vote might turn into something of a palace coup. The owner with the longest and allegedly greatest loyalty to Selig has turned on him, and so the ballot for Thursday's election will have three names, not one.

[SI.com] How a small-time handicapper concocted a wild MLB game-fixing tale - All over the country, people who bet on baseball in the fall of 2012 began hearing that Locke and a mysterious handicapper were fixing Pirates games... Before it was over, the investigation would lead to a tense standoff by the side of an Arizona desert road, where more than a dozen armed officers confronted two frightened young women with a baby in an effort to track down James Hunter.

[ESPN] How chikungunya may impact baseball - Although now overshadowed by the Ebola virus epidemic in several nations in Africa, the arrival and establishment of the chikungunya virus in the Americas had been the emerging infectious disease story. This may not seem at first like a baseball story, but it certainly does have some potential impact on the game. Rays relief pitcher Joel Peralta contracted the virus during his stay in the Dominican Republic over the All-Star break and spent two weeks on the disabled list with flu-like symptoms and fatigue.

[MLB] Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to undergo season-ending left hip surgery - Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki -- the National League leader in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage -- will undergo season-ending surgery to repair the labrum in his left hip. Tulowitzki said he hopes the procedure will help put an end to a series of leg muscle injuries that have hampered the last seven years of his career. Since the start of 2010, Tulowitzki has averaged only 106 games a season.