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Mostly Real Quotes

"It's frustrating. I think the guys are a little frustrated at this point. I think the pitchers are frustrated. I think the whole organization is frustrated. You get the lead against a good team, exciting game, and continually give it up. It's tough, tough for the guys in the field. I think it's starting to wear on the pitchers coming out of the bullpen. They feel like they have to pitch perfect." - Chip Hale

"It started with (catcher Welington) Castillo. His nickname is Guagua (pronounced wa-wa), which means like a big truck. That's kind of what he is. He's kind of a big truck so it's like, ‘Hey, he's driving the bus.'" - David Peralta

"They just look like they have a lot of fun with each other, playing. That's the first thing I notice whenever I watch them or just watch their at-bats. They really seem like they care for each other. That's something we really work hard to try and promote with our club, too." - Chip Hale

"Now I'm not sure why they fired me." - Mike Harkey

"Just with speed I can get on base and use that speed a little bit more efficiently and steal bases and do some different things out there. It also gets me closer to hitting in front of guys like Goldy and guys at the top of the lineup, so I'm going to score a lot more runs." - Nick Ahmed

"It's not a platoon." - Chip Hale

So That Happened

Cubs beat Diamondbacks 14-6, Schwarber hurt in collision - Anthony Rizzo matched his career high with six RBIs and the Chicago Cubs beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 14-6 on Thursday night but lost Kyle Schwarber with a sprained ankle in an outfield collision.

More of the same: Cubs feast on D-backs pitching - This is not the sort of follow-the-leader, anything-you-can-do-I-can-do-better internal competition the Diamondbacks hoped their starting rotation would develop.

Slugging Cubs bash D-backs but lose Schwarber - The power-packed Cubs have 29 runs and 34 hits in their first three games, and the way the stats are coming pleases manager Joe Maddon the most.

Sedona Red Recap: D-backs fall to Cubs behind Rubby De La Rosa’s rough outing -  Jean Segura added two more hits, both home runs, to continue his impressive D-backs career start. It came in a loss as the D-backs dropped the series opener to the Chicago Cubs, 14-6, in front of an announced crowd of 24,656 on Throwback Thursday at Chase Field.

Pit Review...

Diamondbacks News

Arizona Diamondbacks keep things loose thanks to train horn and steering the bus - As disappointed as the Diamondbacks were about losing their season-opening, three-game series against the Colorado Rockies, they weren't about to go into a shell and be afraid to show any emotion entering a four-game series against the Chicago Cubs.

Arizona Diamondbacks SS Nick Ahmed prefers batting 9th - If it was his choice — and let's be clear it is not — Nick Ahmed would place himself ninth, slotted behind rather than in front of the pitcher, in the lineup.

Diamondbacks deserve your attention this year - The Arizona Diamondbacks don't receive much national attention, in part because they've rarely been good in recent years. Since the end of the Randy Johnson-Curt Schilling era in 2003, the Diamondbacks have made just two playoff appearances in 12 seasons and have just one other season above .500.

D-backs mascot flips out on Addison Russell after flying bat almost nails him - Bats flying into the stands at baseball games are nothing new. Fortunately, injuries are avoided most of the time, but it's a scary sight, nonetheless.

Bradley paces Reno to shutout victory - Archie Bradley might be a level down from this time last season, but he's another year ahead in mind-set, maturity and composure. On Opening Night in Reno, it showed.

Arizona Diamondbacks - PlayerWatch - RHP Josh Collmenter opened the season on the disabled list with what could be a minor infringement of his right shoulder. "It doesn't quite give you normal usage," Collmenter said.

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