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Last Night's Game

Three Defensive Gems Help Preserve D-backs Win

Greinke Rewards Hale's Trust as D-backs Top Dodgers

Diamondbacks' Greinke Dodges Trouble, Delivers vs. ex-team

Greinke Rewards Manager's Faith

Dodgers See the Greinke of Old in Loss to Arizona

Brad Ziegler Now Seventh on MLB Consecutive Saves List

Other Diamondbacks News

Shortstop Walton Signs with Diamondbacks
The draft may be over, but the D-backs are still filling out their farm system.

After Slow Start, Ahmed Heating Up at Plate
Or he was, anyway, until this article was written and he went 0-for-3 last night...

Around Baseball

Grichuk, Pham, and the Cardinals' Center Field Problem
In which the Cardinals are found to be copying the Diamondbacks (at least to an extent) and seeing if a slumping middle infielder can play center field.

Another Thing at Which These Cubs are Best

Ichiro Rolls Towards Combined-Hits History
Is 4,256 more impressive when done all in MLB, but only because you were the manager and kept putting yourself in the lineup, or accomplished on merit, but 1/4 of the hits in what is certainly a lesser league? Consider this: Ichiro averaged .357 his final four seasons in Japan. He averaged .339 his first four seasons in MLB. So there was a drop-off, but not a big one. His Japanese seasons were also considerably shorter; he picked up 660 hits in those four seasons, but if he had averaged the same number of plate appearances he did in his first four MLB seasons at a .290 average (lower than he averaged in any MLB season until he was 37) he would have picked up almost 800 hits.

Rose will still be the rightful MLB record holder, as there's no telling how Ichiro would have produced. But even allowing for a normal developmental curve, if he had started his career in MLB (an option that was closed to him) he would almost certainly be in about the same spot.

Looking Ahead

Archie Bradley faces Kenta Maeda in a key game for the Diamondbacks at 6:40 tonight, Arizona time. If you are a Dodger fan, the game is at 9:40 Arizona time, which would put the third inning around 10:30. Hope this helps!