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What? It’s just a headline. Arizona and Los Angeles played one of only four MLB games during the opening rounds of the 2019 MLB Amateur Draft.

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Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

Arizona Diamondbacks 1, Los Angeles Dodgers 3

[D’backs.com] Ray on wrong end of duel with LA’s Buehler - Robbie Ray made one costly mistake in a three run home run to Corey Seager in the fourth. That was the difference against the Los Angeles Dodgers as Walker Buehler carried a perfect game almost through the 5th inning before Christian Walker hit a solo home run. Robbie Ray’s 7 innings last night was surely a nice change of pace for the bullpen during a #RayDay start.

[AZ Central] Outfielder David Peralta returns from shoulder injury to Diamondbacks lineup - David Peralta returned from the injured list just in time for the series opener against the Dodgers. Although he went 0-for-4 in his return, he made a beautiful throw from left field to home nailing David Freese for an inning ending double play.

“I know what he means to this team. I know what he means to this lineup. His energy, his presence were missed and they’re much-needed. You can see how it stretches out our lineup and gives us a little bit more balance. I think that’s going to help us out, help us win some baseball games.” - Torey Lovullo

Diamondbacks News

[The Athletic] Two months since his catastrophic knee injury, Steven Souza Jr. is making a surprisingly fast recovery - I tend to take these injury recovery stories with a healthy serving of sodium. Too many times we get a periodic check in on a player recovering from injury that speaks to how well they are doing when that is not always the case. However, Dr. Timothy Kremchek, the surgeon who performed Steven Souza Jr.’s operation, seems to have sound reasoning for Souza’s aggressive rehabilitation plan.

“You or me, I might treat a little slower,” Kremchek says. “Him I treat a little faster because you’ve got to have that motion to get your strength and function back for him to be able to continue to participate at a high level. You have to treat him different. You could just see in his eyes that he was going to do whatever it took to get back. A lot of that has to do with the rehab they’re doing in Arizona,” Kremchek says. “I have to take my hat off to those guys.”

Diamondbacks Draft

It’s very uncommon to include articles from the Snake Pit in Snake Bytes for obvious reasons, but during the MLB Amateur Draft it is absolutely warranted. Michael and James did not disappoint in their tremendous coverage of the opening rounds last night. Seriously, you don’t need to look much further than the insight they provided. The first three selections for Arizona, Corbin Carroll, Blake Walston, and Brennan Malone are all prep players which will require a healthy portion of the D’backs bonus pool to sign.

Arizona Diamondbacks select Washington prep OF Corbin Carroll with the 16th overall pick

Arizona Diamondbacks select North Carolina prep LHP Blake Walston with the 26th pick

Arizona Diamondbacks select Florida prep RHP Brennan Malone with the 33rd pick

Arizona Diamondbacks select Ball State RHP Drey Jameson with the 34th pick

Arizona Diamondbacks select Oregon RHP Ryne Nelson with the 56th pick

Arizona Diamondbacks select Michigan LHP Tommy Henry with the 74th pick

Arizona Diamondbacks select Arkansas OF Dominic Fletcher with the 75th pick

[The Rattle] 2019 MLB Draft Thread (w/ live updates) - For more commentary and insight, make sure to take a look at what the talented Jeff Wiser had to say on the selections.

[Arizona Sports] All of the Arizona Diamondbacks’ picks in the 2019 MLB Draft

Around the League

[MLB.com] This club puts the power in Power Rankings - The D’backs are just sort of “meh” recently. The power rankings reflect this. Arizona slots in at #14 on MLB.com. CBS Sports also has them at #14 just below the Colorado Rockies. Arizona is as low as #19 at ESPN. Rounding out as consensus #14 on The Athletic.

[ESPN] Prosecutors decline to charge Dodgers’ Urias - There will be no charge for domestic violence against Julio Urias of the Los Angeles Dodgers if he meets certain conditions. The prosecuting attorney stated that an incident involving Urias and a woman in a parking lot did not result in physical injury and the woman did not indicate that she was the victim of a crime. When you pedants start arguing in the comments, remember that I’ve offered no opinion on the above mentioned incident.

[MLB Trade Rumors] Andrew McCutchen Suffers Apparent Knee Injury - Andrew McCutchen suffered a knee injury on a rundown play against the San Diego Padres. He fell to the ground holding his left knee, and if I had to make a guess looking off the video alone it appeared to be an injury to the meniscus. The Philadelphia Phillies immediately turned to new acquisition Jay Bruce who just came over in a trade from the Seattle Mariners.