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MLB: Boston Red Sox-Spring Training Media Day Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

If I were to publish this with links to only good news, there probably wouldn't be anything here. Sadly, there is plenty of news, (almost) none of it good.

Last Night's Game

Ray Labors with Location, Efficiency

Padres Hit Four Home Runs to Beat Diamondbacks

My prediction of five home runs was off by one. On the bright side, Brandon Drury and Jake Lamb added dingers of their own!

Solarte Homers Twice, Padres Cruise Past Diamondbacks

Diamondbacks News

D-backs Shake it Up After Sluggish Start

Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to have helped...

D-backs Lose 40% of Rotation as Miller, De La Rosa, go on DL

Unfortunately, the one we want back might not make it back. Blaming Miller's performance on his finger (especially since his best starts have come post-finger incident) is rather disingenuous.

Around Baseball

How to Lose Friends and Alienate People: The 2016 Atlanta Braves

A lot of this sounds too familiar, but especially this last bit:

“I think Bobby Cox cried the day he traded Dale Murphy. Well, okay! That’s my general manager. He feels the way I feel. I think [GM John] Coppolella traded Simmons to show everyone he could do it.

Exploring a New Statistic: Nolan Ryan Percentage

Julio Urias' Family Excited About His Callup

While his debut failed to live up to the hype (seriously, who thought he would be the next Fernando Valenzuela?) there's still a lot of promise here.

Looking Ahead

The season isn't over yet! In fact, there are 112 games left. There's plenty of time for great moments and getting to know some new faces. Tonight, Zack Greinke takes the mound looking to continue building on his last few good starts. Sunday sees the return of Archie Bradley. Monday sees the Diamondbacks debut of Edwin Escobar. Know who Escobar is?

Escobar is a left handed pitching prospect who hasn't lived up to his potential, but the potential is clearly there. Initially signed out of Venezuela by the Rangers, he was quickly dealt to the Giants (for a Rule 5 pick), and later traded to the Red Sox as part of the Jake Peavy deal. He made his major league debut shortly thereafter, tossing two relief innings and giving up one run with the Red Sox in August of 2014. In 2015, he dealt with the dreaded "elbow inflammation" and made only seven starts between A ball and AAA. He was waived by the Red Sox after only three appearances (one start) this season, and picked up by the Diamondbacks.

In Reno, the Diamondbacks had to stretch him out, so he threw three innings his first start and five his second. The three since have been a mixed bag. On the good side, two were quality starts, as he tossed seven innings and allowed one run in Sacramento, and six scoreless innings in New Orleans. But sandwiched in between was 11 runs (9 earned) in four innings against Omaha.

The Diamondbacks are hoping Escobar will show the stuff that made him the #56 prospect across all of baseball prior to the 2014 season, according to Baseball America. He has a fastball that sits around 92, with a slider and changeup that, at least in 2014, weren't very effective. Other reports I've found indicate that he is fastball-changeup with a curve, so there's some inconsistency here. It's possible that he's scrapped the slider for more of a curveball.

At any rate, Escobar looks like Robbie Ray-lite. Hopefully, he'll have a bit more success getting hitters out than Ray has of late.