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SnakeBytes 9/19: #Tankapalooza2014

As Jim pointed out last night, Vidal Nuno is the 1st player since Stumpy Wiedman to have 13 starts in a season and 0 wins. This is either a horrible curse or a sign of things to come. The D-backs continue their series with the Rockies in Colorado.

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I don't know what to do with my hands
I don't know what to do with my hands
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Daily D-backs

D-backs' bullpen unable to protect five-run lead |
Vidal Nuno has pitched well enough to get at least one win in his 13 starts for the D-backs this season, but for the most part, the offense has not given him much support. Thursday night it was the bullpen that cost Nuno a win, as the relievers coughed up a five-run lead and the Rockies walked off the D-backs, 7-6, at Coors Field.

Anderson to finish rookie season vs. Rockies |
Already at a career-high 148 1/3 innings this season, the D-backs have decided that Friday will be right-hander Chase Anderson's final start of his rookie campaign. And it couldn't be coming against a more ideal opponent. Anderson has faced the Rockies three times this season. In each outing, he's held Colorado to just one run over six innings, compiling a 3-0 record.

Kirk Gibson ponders A.J. Pollock's place in Diamondbacks' order |
When he lined a ball over the center fielder's head for extra bases on Wednesday afternoon, A.J. Pollock looked like a middle-of-the-order hitter. But when he used his legs to essentially steal a run from the San Francisco Giants a few pitches later, Pollock looked like the kind of player who would fit well at the top of a lineup.

Right-hander Hudson shut down by D-backs |
The D-backs are not going to push their luck when it comes to Daniel Hudson as they will shut down the right-hander for the remainder of the season. The move is not injury-related, Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. Hudson made three appearances after missing more than two seasons because of a pair of Tommy John surgeries.

Around the MLB

Jake Arrieta with a filthy curveball

Heavy heart for Carlos Beltran, who tragically loses unborn son | NY Daily News
Carlos Beltran and his family suffered a personal tragedy on Wednesday as he and his wife, Jessica, lost their unborn son to a miscarriage.

Made in New York ft. Derek Jeter | YouTube
Ahead of his final playing days, Derek Jeter soaks in the atmosphere on a walk in the Bronx.

Ultimate Team Rankings - All Sports - SportsNation - ESPN
The Arizona Diamondbacks ranked #30 of the #122 professional teams in North America.

Examining the A’s Epic Collapse | FanGraphs Baseball
One of the biggest stories of the season’s second half has been the historic decline of the Oakland Athletics. They are flirting with accomplishing the extremely difficult feat of having the best record in baseball at the All Star break, and then missing the playoffs.