[FOX Sports] Welington Castillo delivers 4 hits to lift D-backs over Mets - Robbie Ray has seen some stellar pitching efforts go unrewarded in recent weeks. Monday night was payback time for the 24-year-old Diamondbacks left-hander. Hale said, "He was feeling really good with his fastball, and he was letting it fly, maybe wasn't pitching as much as he had the last three or four outings, and he got away with it, because he was able to strike people out with lots of guys on base. I told him after the game I really wanted you to go seven, possibly eight innings with the stuff you've had and the way he pitched in New York, but this is what happens."
[Arizona Sports] D-backs bats continue beating up on Mets - Hitless during the recent road trip and 0-for-22 overall, Lamb needed just one at-bat to end his slump. With one out and two on in the first inning, he lined a single to centerfield, which scored Segura from third base to put the D-backs in front, 1-0. Lamb added a sacrifice fly three innings later, giving him 75 total RBI, moving him past Paul Goldschmidt for the team lead.
[dbacks.com] Castillo's 4-hit return ignites D-backs - With his worries behind him, the Arizona catcher returned to the field and immediately made an impact. He singled in a run off Mets starter Bartolo Colon in the first inning, part of a three-run rally. He doubled and scored in both the third and fifth innings. Then, with a single in the sixth, Castillo matched his career high of four hits, previously set on April 18, 2013. "I guess we can give him a week off and then expect some hits," manager Chip Hale joked. "It's tough to miss a whole road trip and have all the stress you have with the wife and the baby. And then to come back and get those hits was great, they were all key hits for us."
[Arizona Sports] Bartolo Colon earns first career walk in 500th game - Colon, who is now 43, recorded his first career walk in the fourth inning when a seven-pitch at-bat against D-backs pitcher Robbie Ray ended with a full count and, finally, a ball. The walk came in Colon’s 500th game and his 282nd plate appearance. "That surprised me as well," Colon said through translation after the game. "I don’t know why that pitcher didn’t strike me out. He could’ve. I couldn’t really do much more at that point. My wrist has been bothering me a little bit."
[AZ Central] After scolding, Diamondbacks catchers responding - Hale, basically called his catchers out several days ago. It was a scolding, to be sure, and looking back he said he has absolutely no regrets. "No, not at all," he said Monday. "That’s part of coaching, part of teaching, is letting these guys know that that’s something we need to improve on and they understood that. Chris Herrmann understands it. Welington has been an unbelievable studier this whole year. He’s improved every month. You watch him, he’s in there whether it’s with pitchers, with coaches, on his own, and that’s what Chris has started to do and that’s what Tuffy has always done."
[FOX Sports] Hale hopes for short stay in bullpen for Corbin - Hale said he expects A.J. Pollock would need "at least another two weeks, 10 days" before being considered for activation from his rehab for a broken elbow -- a timetable that would push him near the Sept. 1 roster expansion. "He's swinging the bat well, still has to get comfortable at things like, diving back into bases, head-first slides, diving in the outfield, those are things that are going to take some time," Hale said. "He's been a little timid on it yet."
[AZ Central] Diamondbacks' pitching staff in perpetual flux - Among the latest developments is the demotion of left-hander Patrick Corbin from the starting rotation to the bullpen. Hale said. "He can help us with some length if we need it, but also work with (pitching coach) Mike (Butcher) and (bullpen coach) Garvin (Alston) and (quality control coach) Mike Fetters on the mechanical stuff and tightening up his breaking ball and location," Hale said. "That’s been a big deal for him this year. Middle and up has hurt him, so work on all these things, repeating your delivery, which we do with everybody. And hopefully, be back starting."
[VAVEL] A look at Arizona Diamondbacks prospect Marcus Wilson - Wilson’s arrival in Kane County was a bit of a homecoming as well, Cougars manager Mike Benjamin who once was an assistant coach at Arizona State, recruited the Los Angeles native while he was in high school. Wilson ended up committing to ASU however he never ended up putting on the Maroon and Gold for the institution. In the summer of 2014, the Arizona Diamondbacks drafted Wilson in the 2nd round of the MLB Draft; Wilson had a choice between cashing in a guaranteed million dollars or going to school? Wilson took the cash and an experience of a lifetime.
[myajc.com] Baseball union seeks to block disclosure of PED records - Major League Baseball’s players union on Monday asked a Fulton County judge to prohibit the release of records on performance-enhancing drugs, which plaintiff’s lawyers want to use in a case involving a girl struck by a foul ball. Lawyers are asking MLB to turn over documents from its testing program so they can show jurors that players are hitting the ball harder than they did in the past, giving fans less time to get out of the way. If the Braves knew this was a problem and did nothing to improve safety, it shows a "conscious indifference or recklessness."
[OZY] The Next Frontier of MLB, According to Baseball's Ultimate Insider - Someday soon, Kim Ng may become the first female general manager in any American professional sport. But for now, the 47-year-old Chinese-American — Major League Baseball’s senior vice president of baseball operations -- is doing just fine, thank you very much. As the head of the MLB’s international program, Ng has traveled worldwide to push the frontiers of America’s pastime far beyond our country’s borders. In the meantime, with all the frequent trips to the Dominican Republic, she’s developed a taste for high-end rums.
[Gaslamp Ball] Trevor Hoffman will be bullpen coach for Great Britain in World Baseball Classic - Team GB is gearing up for their qualification competition in New York next month, and will have some help from Hoffman. Apparently, this is because his mother, Mikki, is English. [According to Jon Morosi on Twitter, she used to be a ballerina, and danced for the Queen!] and met his father in London before moving to the United States. Who knew? Incidentally, Steve Finley will be working with the Brazil squad for the same tournament.
[Chicago Tribune] Cubs fire Wrigley Field DJ for playing inappropriate song - The Cubs fired the Wrigley Field DJ who played an inappropriate song after Aroldis Chapman's appearance during Sunday night's game. The '90s song, "Smack My Bitch Up" by the English band the Prodigy, came on the PA system after Chapman left the mound in the top of the ninth inning. Chapman served a 30-game suspension with the Yankees this year after an alleged domestic-violence incident in which Chapman was accused of choking his girlfriend and firing eight bullets in his garage. Chapman was not arrested and no charges were filed.