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SnakeBytes 9/15: Signs of Life

With the season all but over, the team is finally showing some life in their bats as they scored 23 runs; 2 more than they scored on their entire road-trip. We'll see if the trend continues tonight against the Giants.

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chris owings works on his fumbling problems by keeping it high and tight
chris owings works on his fumbling problems by keeping it high and tight
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Daily D-backs

D-backs take game, series as offense rolls |
After a dreadful 2-8 road trip in which they scored more than two runs only twice, the D-backs wrapped up a three-game series victory against the Padres with an 8-6 victory at Chase Field on Sunday. In the three contests against San Diego, Arizona averaged nearly eight runs per game.

Diamondbacks wrap up Padres series with victory |
The Diamondbacks continued to swing the bats with authority, surviving a late rally to beat the San Diego Padres 8-6 on Sunday at Chase Field. It was Arizona's first series win since taking two of three from the Rockies at home to close out August.

Miley seeks revenge in rematch |
If the Giants see the same Wade Miley who pitched against them Sept. 9, then they would already be a long way toward starting their road series against the D-backs with a victory. Miley lasted only two innings at AT&T Park in his last outing, giving up three runs on five hits. Miley's command did not make the trip to San Francisco, as the 27-year-old left-hander walked four batters while striking out one.

Anderson shines amid dim season |
When the season began, right-hander Chase Anderson did not occupy a prominent place in the Diamondbacks' starting pitching pecking order. Once an intriguing prospect, his struggles last year caused his stock to drop.

Trevor Cahill continues erratic play |
Diamondbacks right-hander Trevor Cahill began the 2014 season with a 9.17 ERA through four starts, only one of which saw him survive the fourth. Five months later, Cahill has a 9.53 ERA in his last four starts, and has again made it past four innings only once.

Dave McKay is to thank for D-Backs' baserunning stats
Before this year, the Diamondbacks aspired to be a strong baserunning team but weren't quite able to pull it off. In an otherwise disappointing 2014 season, that has changed. In 2013, the Diamondbacks ranked near the bottom of the league in advanced baserunning metrics calculated by Fangraphs and Baseball Prospectus. This year, they are at least average.

After two years, Hudson returns to Chase Field mound |
The last time Daniel Hudson stepped foot on the pitcher's mound at Chase Field during a regular-season D-backs game was a disaster. Hudson, then 25, gave up seven runs on 10 hits against the Mariners. In his next outing, against the Braves in Atlanta, he left after 1 2/3 innings and five more runs.

La Russa set to trim list of GM candidates |
D-backs chief baseball officer Tony La Russa is getting closer to cutting his list of general manager candidates down to a few finalists, according to baseball sources. The first round of discussions involved 10 candidates, including Allard Baird, Larry Beinfest, Billy Eppler, Gary LaRocque, Thad Levine, Ray Montgomery, Hal Morris, Tim Purpura, Dave Stewart and De Jon Watson.

Brad Ziegler won't be rushing back from knee surgery |
Diamondbacks reliever Brad Ziegler made his return to the clubhouse Saturday on crutches after undergoing microfracture surgery on his left knee Tuesday. He said his recovery is going as well as could be expected this early into the process, although how closely he'll follow the six-month timetable for a return is yet to be seen.

Around the MLB

Video: Jones breaks camera with foul |
9/14/14: Adam Jones fouls a ball back and shatters the lens of the camera behind home plate