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Snake Bytes 4/9: First Off Day

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It may only be three games into the new season, but the Arizona Diamondbacks look like a team ready for their first off day, having stumbled badly against the San Francisco Giants and emergency starer, Charlie Heston.

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Quick Quotes

"It's an issue that we knew there was a chance could happen," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "I think the second time around we'll see better. You have to expect it early in the season."

-Chip Hale on short starts

"We've already made that clear to them that if they're not starting, they're going to get a chance to play late in the game and win the game for us."

-Chip Hale on forming his lineup

"The first one, I actually thought I killed, I thought it was no doubt (a home run), then it fell a little short. Don't know what to blame it on."

-Mark Trumbo discussing his triples

It Happened Last Night

Giants 5, Diamondbacks 2

For the third night in a row, Arizona's starter was unable to get into the sixth inning. San Francisco's emergency starter gave Arizona's lineup its first taste of adversity, and the bullpen finally faltered. All-in-all, this was not a good night for the Diamondbacks.

The Recap

Diamondback Digest

Arizona Looking for More from Starters

It was a known weakness going into the season, but the opening series against San Francisco has brought into specific focus one of the bigger concerns regarding the Diamondbacks' starting rotation - their inability to pitch deep into games.

Tomas Gets Weight Goal from Diamondbacks

The Diamondbacks' slugger has been given a conditioning and dietary regimen designed to slim him down and improve his conditioning.

Set Lineups Unlikely in 2015

One thing that was a given under Kirk Gibson, predicting the daily lineup was always a challenge, as he used 105 different lineups over the course of 2014. Don't expect much to change on that front in 2015.

Trumbo Talks Triples

Mark Trumbo leads the league in triples. No, this is not a late April Fools joke.

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