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The D-backs find themselves in a different kind of race as this season comes to a close. No, not a pennant race guy. #Tankapalooza2014 of course! After a road sweep by the hands of the Rockies, the D-backs find themselves in 1st place. So congrats on that.

trumbo we're trying to lose games here you big dummy
trumbo we're trying to lose games here you big dummy
Doug Pensinger

Daily D-backs

Miley struggles, Trumbo homers in series finale | MLB.com
The D-backs have long since been out of the playoff hunt, but now they find themselves in a race to avoid having the worst record in baseball. The Rockies beat the D-backs, 8-3, on Sunday afternoon at Coors Field to complete a four-game sweep and put them three games ahead of Arizona in the battle to stay out of the National League West cellar.

Twins, D-backs set for interleague series | MLB.com
They'll face D-backs starter Josh Collmenter, who has pitched as well as anyone over the past month. In his last five starts, Collmenter has an exceptional 1.01 ERA and opponents have a meager .433 on-base-plus-slugging percentage. "He was dominating, you know, he made good pitches," D-backs catcher Miguel Montero said after Collmenter's last start, in which he held the Giants to two runs over 8 2/3 innings.

Rockies complete 4-game sweep of Diamondbacks | azcentral.com
The Rockies outscored the Diamondbacks 35-13 in the four-game series; the only competitive game was on Thursday night, with the Rockies winning 7-6 on Wilin Rosario's walkoff two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Trumbo: 'No money' in hitting grounders | azcentral.com
"There's no money for me on the ground," Trumbo said. "I need to drive the ball. I need to hit the ball in the air. It's frustrating when you're not doing it, but fortunately today I was able to get a few out there, and that's kind of what I need to do."

Diamondbacks in race for top draft pick | azcentral.com
The Diamondbacks are involved in the sort of late-season race no team wants to experience. And their recent losing skid has only made them more likely to come out ahead. Or behind, as it may be.

Trevor Cahill feels good, but results aren't there | azcentral.com
It was like a cruel trick had been played on Trevor Cahill. Or maybe more like one last twist of the knife in the final days of an agonizing season. He felt good Saturday. He threw strikes. More or less, the ball went where he wanted it to go. And yet he was still hit hard, giving up five runs in five innings in the Diamondbacks' 5-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field.

Around the MLB

Josh Donaldson's bat-flip

Astros fans give Altuve ovation | MLB.com
9/21/14: Fans at Minute Maid Park give Jose Altuve a standing ovation as he takes an early exit from the game.

Derek Jeter Opens the Door | NYMag
The retiring legend offers a photographer access to his private world—the first project in a new career that is all about control.