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Snake Bytes 8/16: Young the Giant-Slain

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Alex Young had his debut against the Giants just shy of two months ago. That went really well! Last night? Not so much...

San Francisco Giants v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images

Kind of a quiet news day (just like the Diamondbacks offense HEY-OH!), but as always, there’s a few good links for you to start your morning with

Game Recaps

( Diamondbacks dumfounded after shutout loss to the Giants in series opener

When Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo enters the interview room for his post-game press conference, win or lose, he does so with a prepared statement. That was not the case on Thursday.

“Usually I’m walking in and thinking about my opening remarks and the statements I want to make,” Lovullo said as he sat down. “I really don’t know what to say about this game. Sometimes things happen on a baseball field that leave you scratching your head.”

(ESPN) Longoria, Rodriguez lead Giants in 7-0 victory over Arizona

[Derek] Rodriguez pitched seven innings of three-hit ball after being recalled from Triple-A Sacramento earlier Thursday, Evan Longoria had a 412-foot homer among his three hits and four RBI, and the San Francisco Giants beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 7-0

MLB News

( MLB rumors: Yankees sign David Hernandez | What you need to know

Old friend alert. Also, I guess that David Hernandez is a ten-year veteran of the league now. When did that happen?

(Sporting News) MLB rumors: Much-maligned pitcher Matt Harvey to sign with Athletics

The much-maligned starter who was once one of the best pitchers in baseball will sign a minor league deal with the Athletics, according to multiple outlets. He will report to the team’s Triple-A Las Vegas club.

( Is this rookie having best start to career ever?

That’s a strong statement, but through 49 games, Alvarez owns a .339/.422/.694 slash line, which produces a park-adjusted wRC+ of 190 (90% better than league average). He has bashed 14 doubles and 17 homers, while driving in 52 runs.

( These 30 players were underrated as prospects

There are some familiar names on this list. Some obvious * cough * slow bat speed * cough* and others that I wouldn’t have assumed would make it on this list.