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[Arizona Sports] With Anthony Banda on the bump, D-backs fall to Dodgers in series finale - 4-for-22: The D-backs hit .182 with runners in scoring position in the series. In the last six games, they are 9-for-52 (.173) in such situations. “It’s a good marker for us. I think we go up against a team like this and see what we’re all about. That’s what I was proud of. We fought hard and unfortunately, we lost two out of three,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “Am I concerned? No. Minimal concern. I think we’re doing just fine.”
[AZ Central] Torey Lovullo says Diamondbacks are 'just fine' after loss to Dodgers - Chris Iannetta, who went 1 for 2 with a two-run homer Thursday, echoed Lovullo’s comment, saying the Diamondbacks are simply experiencing the natural ebbs and flows of a season. “I think we’re still every bit as talented as we have been,” Iannetta said. “I think we’ve endured some tough injuries over the course of the season. If I could draw it out and had my way, I’d say we keep pace up until the last two weeks of September and hopefully get hot. If it works out that way, it puts us in a good position at the end of the season.”
[MLB.com] Anthony Banda finds groove, gets pulled early - Banda need 36 pitches to get out of a first inning in which the Dodgers racked up a 3-0 lead and sent eight batters to the plate. Enrique Hernandez cleared the bases with a double with two outs before Banda escaped the inning. "It was just the process of trusting my stuff and trying to stay consistent down in the zone," Banda said. "The confidence is there. Just a little adjustment here and there, and the mindset of all the things, I was just able to bounce back and start throwing up zeros."
[AZ Central] Torey Lovullo will play Diamondbacks regulars more down the stretch - With the chase for a wild-card berth in full bloom, Lovullo plans to back off on having his players, well, back off. “It’s definitely go time,” Lovullo said Thursday. “My anticipation is we’ll step on the gas pedal a little bit more than we have been for the first several months of the season and see where that leads us... We’re right in the middle of this, we’ve earned it and we need to embrace it and try to win every single inning we possibly can. There’s still going to be some off days, but I think as we’re moving forward these players feel very strong and physical, and that’s the way I want them.”
[MLB.com] D-backs' Chris Owings talks injury, hand rehab - A couple of plates and screws were inserted into his finger, but it could have been worse had Owings not gotten his hand off the bat just before impact. Rather than hit the finger while it was still on the bat, Owings finger was slightly off the bat so the ball hit it first and sandwiched it back into the bat. "Just looking at it right now, everyone has been impressed with how the rehab is going and how the range of motion is going," Owings said of his mindset. "It's going to be for the first four weeks just kind of taking it slow and doing some range of motion."
[AZ Central] Brandon Drury finds himself on Diamondbacks' bench - Since the team’s acquisition of infielder Adam Rosales from the Athletics at the July 31 trade deadline, Drury has been relegated to bench duty — and it doesn’t look like that will change anytime soon. “His role has changed, there’s no doubt about it,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “Brandon knows what’s going on. It’s been outlined to him that his role is coming off the bench to help us win a game there, also with the idea of working to improve in a couple areas and winning back playing time... It’s been quite some time since he has started a game, and I’m well aware of that. I just feel like we switched roles for a reason. We feel very comfortable playing Daniel Descalso and Adam Rosales at second base.”
[ESPN] Real or not? Odds favor Cubs, but Cardinals are their equal - The Cardinals are now only a game back of the Chicago Cubs, and what's interesting is that entering Thursday, FanGraphs still projected the Cubs as the heavy favorite in the division, giving them 76 percent odds of winning the division versus 20 percent for the Cardinals. Are the Cubs really that much better? Or are the projection systems still giving too much weight to 2016? So far, the teams have been essentially even. In two more games, the Cardinals have scored three more runs and given up 15 fewer.
[SI] Mike Trout Has Reached a Hall of Fame Threshold—But What If His Career Collapses? - With 1,003 hits and 191 home runs, Trout obviously doesn't have the career totals that would typically impress a Hall voter. But if a career-ending injury prevented him from ever playing again, his sheer dominance over the 2012 to '17 period would make a compelling case for another waiver. From a sabermetric standpoint, his case is already coming into focus. According to the Bill James Hall of Fame Monitor—which dishes out credit for things like seasons or careers with batting averages above .300, leagues led in key stats and playoff appearances—Trout's score of 100 already marks him as a "likely" Hall of Famer.
[The Onion] MLB Unveils Memorial For Runners Stranded On Base - Solemnly ringing a bell 30 times for each of the teams that lost potential runs this season, Major League Baseball officials unveiled Tuesday a memorial outside league headquarters to commemorate all of the runners who have ever been stranded on base. “Today we honor the countless, brave ballplayers who got on base but never made it to home,” said commissioner Rob Manfred, who was joined by the tearful wives and children of the stranded baserunners during a somber ceremony that concluded with the reveal of the bronze statue of a player holding his hips on second base.