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Snake Bytes 7/28: The Final Ray Day?

Is today the final start for Robbie Ray in a D’backs uniform?

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MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Texas Rangers Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Diamondbacks 9, Miami Marlins 2

[D’backs.com] Ahmed slugs grand slam for focused D-backs - The win lifted the D-backs to 53-52, and they remain within shouting distance at 2 1/2 games behind the Nationals for the National League’s second Wild Card spot. But they have to pass four teams and would need to get on an extended winning streak, which is something that has proven elusive for them this year. One thing that has been in plenty of supply is effort and resilience, something they displayed again Saturday. After falling behind 1-0 when Miguel Rojas led off the bottom of the first with a homer, the D-backs rallied for six runs against Marlins starter Jordan Yamamoto in the fourth inning. Yamamoto walked three and hit a batter in the inning, and the D-backs made him pay for the free baserunners when Ahmed capped the inning with the grand slam.

[Arizona Sports] Alex Young, Nick Ahmed lead D-backs to lopsided win over Marlins - Both benches cleared in the eighth after Walker was hit a second time by Miami reliever Tayron Guerrero. As an upset Walker removed his helmet and walked toward first, Guerrero gestured at the Diamondbacks dugout and exchanged words, resulting in the bench clearings. There were no ejections but home plate umpire Bruce Dreckman issued warnings to both teams.

[AZ Central] ‘We like our chances’: Diamondbacks’ win over Marlins doesn’t silence trade rumors - With the Diamondbacks’ record stuck at .500 entering Saturday, the drumbeat began to grow louder in their buildup to Wednesday’s trade deadline. MLB.com’s Jon Morosi reported on Saturday the Diamondbacks were “focused intently” on selling, which likely would mean that any number of players – perhaps most notably left-hander Robbie Ray and outfielder David Peralta – could be on the move in the coming days. Diamondbacks executives, including General Manager Mike Hazen, did not respond to messages seeking comment, thus opting not to deny the report. If true, the development would not be received well in the Diamondbacks clubhouse, a room populated by players who consider their team to be much better than its record would indicate.

Diamondbacks News

[Arizona Sports] Diamondbacks could use deadline to bring stability to bullpen - With the trade deadline quickly approaching, the Arizona Diamondbacks have some choices to make. Despite losing some big pieces from last year’s roster, the team has managed to hold its own this season. As of Saturday night, they are only 2.5 games out of a wild card spot. But if the D-backs do decide to add pieces before the deadline, an under the radar position they should look to fill is a long-term closer. It’s a spot general manager Mike Hazen hasn’t found a successful suitor for.

[MLB.com] D-backs open to moving vets at Deadline - In recent days, Major League club executives said that the trade market would finally pick up once bubble teams separated themselves into buying and selling categories. That is happening now. The D-backs are focusing intently on “selling” conversations, one source told MLB.com on Saturday, and they will listen to offers on virtually all of their veteran players. That group includes starting pitchers Zack Greinke and Robbie Ray; relievers Andrew Chafin, Archie Bradley and Greg Holland; and outfielders David Peralta and Jarrod Dyson.

Around the League

[MLB.com] NEW: Midseason Top 100 Prospects list - We opened 2019 with one of the most highly touted and most hyped phenoms of all time atop MLB Pipeline’s Top 100 Prospects rankings. Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. finally made his big league debut on April 26 and graduated off the list on June 7. Another Dominican infielder from a baseball family who possesses precocious offensive skills replaced Guerrero at No. 1. Rays shortstop Wander Franco has posted better numbers than Guerrero did in the same leagues at the same age, and he’s also a switch-hitter with a broader base of tools.

[ESPN] Twins boost bullpen, acquire Romo from Marlins - The Twins have traded for reliever Sergio Romo, whose playoff experience will deepen a bullpen in need of help as Minnesota tries to hold off the Cleveland Indians in the American League Central. The Twins on Saturday night announced the deal that netted them Romo, Chris Vallimont, a right-handed starter in High-A, and a player to be named later from the Miami Marlins in exchange for Double-A first baseman Lewin Diaz. The 36-year-old Romo has spent the season as the Marlins’ closer, racking up 17 saves to go along with a 3.58 ERA in 37⅔ innings.

[MLB.com] Goldy homers in 6th straight, ties Cards mark - The home runs keep coming for Paul Goldschmidt, and the records are beginning to follow. In the bottom of the fourth inning Saturday against the Astros, Goldschmidt homered for the sixth straight game, extending his career-best streak and tying a franchise record set by Matt Carpenter last year and Mark McGwire from 1997-98. The last Major League player to homer in six straight games was Kendrys Morales, who had a seven-game homer streak with the Blue Jays last season (Aug. 19-26, 2018). “That’s who he is. That’s who he’s capable of [being],” Cardinals manager Mike Shildt said of Goldschmidt, who was unavailable for comment after the game. “He goes out and lets his talent work. Not surprising, but nice accomplishment. Want to recognize that.”