Patrick Corbin managed to surrender only three runs in 5 1/3 innings, but the bullpen was unable to shut the door on the sixth inning and the Arizona offense was unable to add runs late, sending Arizona to its fourth consecutive loss. Ichiro had the go-ahead hit, a two-run single, to bring his MLB career hits total to 2947.
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It's no secret that newly acquired Diamondbacks starter, Shelby Miller, has had a brutally rough start to the season. Despite Miller's early struggles though, the team does not appear ready to make a move regarding his place as the number two arm in the starting rotation.
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Maybe all it took was Pedro Martinez calling him out through social media. Maybe, after five years he simply figured it out. Regardless of what the catalyst was, Rubby De La Rosa has found a new level of success in his last two outings, and that success can be linked directly to an improvement in his slider.
With the team having per-season expectations of making a run in the playoffs, Chip Hale's April is not doing him any favors.
Further briefings about the Zika virus have the teams and the MLBPA re-considering whether or not to play a pair of games in Puerto Rico on May 30-31.
Craig Edwards makes a detailed study of how PED use may or may not have led some owners into being duped into giving out large contracts to players unable to play up to them. The results were interesting.