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Dingerz! And I don't mean a bunch of purple dinosaurs not named Barney.

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All Fake Quotes

"I whooped 'em good!" - Kirk Nieuwenhuis

"I felt good.  I was getting ahead in counts and locating my fastball where I wanted it."  - Rubby De La Rosa in an alternate universe

"21 is my favorite number.  I wanted to get to it before the All Star Game because I'm all about me and my accomplishments." - Paul Goldschmidt

"At this point we're looking at what teams are willing to offer for Dave.  He's been a great marionette for me thus far." - Tony La Russa

Yesterday

(All my troubles seemed so far away, now it looks as though they're here to stay)

Nieuwenhuis hits 3 HR, Mets win 5-3, sweep DBacks - Kirk Nieuwenhuis homered three times to help the New York Mets beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 5-3 on Sunday and complete a three-game sweep.

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Pit Recap

Team News

Arizona Diamondbacks Swept by New York Mets - It was a rough series for the Arizona Diamondbacks as they were swept by the New York Mets to close out the first half of the season going into the All-Star Break. The D-Backs offense struggled against two of the Mets' young aces. On the other side, the D-Backs pitching staff couldn't keep the ball in the yard all series long.

Arizona Diamondbacks Close out First Half on Sour Note - Just when it seemed the Arizona Diamondbacks were poised to get back in the thick of the N.L. Wild Card race after gaining ground in the West division, they took a trip to New York that revealed that more progress is needed.

Arizona Diamondbacks trade rumors: Jeremy Hellickson - The Arizona Diamondbacks, after an absolutely terrible year, are in a position to compete for the second wild card spot in 2015. GM Dave Stewart has decided to take his shot this year and is buying come the deadline. Yet SP Jeremy Hellickson has been made available, eight months after he came to the D'Backs from the Rays.

Diamondbacks' Prospects Participate in the Futures Game - All-Star Events on the field started yesterday with the 2015 Futures Games. Once again, a team comprised of United States-born prospects squared off against prospects representing other countries from around the world. The U.S. team prevailed by a score of 10-1. Two prospects of the Arizona Diamondbacks participated from the World side and received a little bit of playing time.

Other News

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