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SnakeBytes 8/25: Bucking the Trend

After the series finale loss to the San Diego Padres on Sunday, the Dodgers come to town starting tomorrow for their first matchup since June. Trevor Cahill has been excellent and looks to continue that trend against the NL West leaders.

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wow how did you hit the ball so far chad?
wow how did you hit the ball so far chad?
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Five of their seven runs came on home runs and walks today,. In this ballpark, that's not what you want to do. Got to keep the ball out of the air.

- Kirk Gibson on Chase Anderson's performance

I kind of just lost feel in that fifth inning. I can't really tell you why. I felt good going into the game, my command was coming back to my fastball in the third and fourth innings, so no real rhyme or reason. Just got to work on it.

- Chase Anderson

Daily D-backs

Wild Anderson loses grip on Padres|
Chase Anderson entered Sunday's game against the Padres looking to make up for his subpar two-inning, six-run outing against the Marlins on Aug. 19. He didn't get what he wanted. Anderson struggled through five innings and the D-backs missed out on completing a sweep of the Padres, falling, 7-4, at Chase Field.

D-backs plan to go to six-man rotation | News
Kirk Gibson said the D-backs plan to go to a six-man rotation in order to preserve their pitchers' arms, but he said the club has not decided whom that sixth person will be, but Randall Delgado is one candidate.

Lamb celebrates first homer with style |
D-backs rookie third baseman Jake Lamb hit his first big league home run on Saturday night, and celebrated with imaginary high-fives as his teammates gave him the silent treatment when he returned to the dugout.

Diamondbacks continue infield shuffle | FOX Sports
Starting second baseman Aaron Hill likely will see much of his playing time at third base over the final month, manager Kirk Gibson indicated Sunday in what seemed to be the natural extension of Saturday's news that Chris Owings will be used at second base when he returns from a rehab assignment at Triple-A Reno.

D-backs' Didi does it all | FOX Sports
Diamondbacks shortstop Didi Gregorius hits a key three-run homer Saturday one night after making a breathtaking play in the field that left former Gold Glove shortstop Alan Trammell astonished.

Ian Kennedy credits Padres coaches for his reversal |
The last time Ian Kennedy pitched at Chase Field, the trade that sent him from the Diamondbacks to the San Diego Padres was less than a month old. After struggling with the Diamondbacks for much of the season, Kennedy had posted middling results with the Padres and ended up giving up six runs in 42/3 innings to his former club.

Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Braden Shipley learns, grows in Double-A |
There was one pitch right-hander Braden Shipley wanted back on Saturday evening, but in the grand scheme of things, maybe it wasn't such a bad thing that he threw it. Shipley, one of a handful of top prospects the Diamondbacks have assigned to their Double-A affiliate here, threw five strong innings, giving up just one run in a 5-1 win over Huntsville, a strong return to the mound after missing his previous start a start with a blister.

Dbacks lead with Cahill in opener vs. Dodgers |
Cahill has had a resurgence since returning from the Minor Leagues, where he spent six weeks after struggling in the first half. In four August starts, Cahill is 2-0 with a 2.33 ERA. He hasn't allowed more than two earned runs in a start since July 29.

Around the MLB

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Yasiel Puig Runs into Two Triple Plays | YouTube

Bob Motley, Last Surviving Negro League Ump, Recalls Baseball History : NPR
The 91-year-old former Marine went from borrowing a mask at an Okinawa hospital to umpiring in the Negro League, where he made calls against legends like Satchel Paige, Hank Aaron and Willie Mays.

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