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Snake Bytes, 6/28: Marte Party, All Star Edition

Also, Alex Young’s debut!

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Ketel Marte is back! Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images


(AZ Central) Diamondbacks’ Alex Young wins MLB debut vs. Giants

Young found his way to a major league mound for the first time on Thursday night, and in shutting down the San Francisco Giants for five-plus innings of a 5-1 win, he had a way of looking like he’d been there a hundred times before.

(Mercury News) Giants shut down by rookie making unlikely MLB debut, fall 12 games under .500

D’backs starter Alex Young was an unlikely candidate to make his major league debut on Thursday, but injuries and a shortage of starting depth forced Arizona to promote a pitcher with a 6.09 ERA at Triple-A this season. Young hadn’t thrown more than five innings in a single Triple-A outing this season, but he had little trouble earning his first win against a Giants lineup that ranks last in baseball in batting average and on-base percentage.

Ketel Marte News

(Arizona Sports) Diamondbacks 2B Ketel Marte voted 2019 MLB All-Star Game starter

Fans voted the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte as the National League’s starting second baseman for the 2019 MLB All-Star Game, final polling results revealed on Thursday.

Marte earned his first All-Star bid thanks to a day-plus voting period that pitted his season thus far against the Atlanta BravesOzzie Albies and the Milwaukee BrewersMike Moustakas.

(AZ Central) Arizona Diamondbacks second baseman Ketel Marte to start in MLB All-Star Game

“I was almost crying out there,” Marte said. “It’s a happy moment for me, my family, my career. I want to thank everybody in the organization who helped me to be that player that I am right now.”

Non-Marte Diamondbacks News

(Fox Sports) Eduardo Escobar travels to Miami for sons to get green cards

“I’m really happy. It was special for my kids, they’re the most important in my life,” Escobar said. “My team took care of me and did a great job giving me a private plane. A lot of work. I’m so happy. I so appreciate what they did.”

Escobar’s sons, Eduardo Jr., 11, and 8-year-old Raul now will begin another yearslong wait to become U.S. citizens, while the Venezuelan expects it still to be another couple of years for him to gain citizenship. After arriving at the ballpark shortly before 5 p.m., Escobar entered in the sixth inning and delivered an RBI single in the ninth.

Around the League

(WaPo) MLB announces All-Star Game starters, but who didn’t make the cut is just as notable

On Thursday night, Major League Baseball rolled out the first phase of its plan to add juice to its all-star selection process — a nationally televised “Election Night” special to unveil the fan-voted starters for the July 9 All-Star Game at Cleveland’s Progressive Field. But an essential part of the process remained the same as ever: The names that were missing were at least as notable as the names that made it.

(USA Today) Who did MLB players vote for on their All-Star Game ballots?

While the fans decide who starts the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, players on all 30 teams have a say filling out the rest of the rosters.

The player vote is responsible for 16 spots in National League and 17 in the American (eight pitchers and a backup at each position, including designated hitter in the AL).

Snake Bite

(BBC) Apollo in 50 Numbers: Food

Apollo’s multi-day missions meant astronauts needed good quality food. But how do you cook a meal in space when you don’t have a stove or even hot water?