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A Diamondbacks win, a Goldy scare, and a DH

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Diamondbacks 8. Rockies 3

A nice game of hitting and running by the middle infielders today. Clarke pitched great. Soon these teams will be playing for real and I am excited.

D-backs Make Pair of Roster Moves

DH = Designated Herrmann. Sorry for the headline. Looks like John Ryan Murphy has showed enough to the team. With Avila batting lefty and a deep outfield, Herrmann’s usefulness as a lefty batting catcher/outfielder has diminished. Jorge De La Rosa looks to be on the roster as well and getting paid. Good for him. Good for everyone if he can continue to get lefties out.

D-backs Tomas to Focus on Defense in Reno

A very good idea.

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