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Snake Bytes 7/31: Home Opener Ends in Sadness

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Maybe a new delivery didn’t fix Robbie Ray

The Diamondbacks line up for the National Anthem in an empty stadium with absolutely zero social distancing Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images

The Diamondbacks faced off against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field last night for the 2020 home opener. Robbie Ray took the mound, hoping to bounce back from his poor start in San Diego. The result was basically the same, however. 4.2 innings, 5 runs, 6 walks, 2 home runs. The Diamondbacks fall to 2-5 on the young season

(The Athletic) The Diamondbacks called up Daulton Varsho. What should you expect from him?

When Daulton Varsho was called into a team meeting after an intrasquad scrimmage at the Diamondbacks’ secondary training site Wednesday night, he thought he was in for another lecture about health and safety. “I actually thought it was going to be a new thing about protocols, about mask-wearing,” Varsho said. Instead, he learned he was heading to the majors.

(Sporting News) MLB to borrow again from minor leagues with change to doubleheaders

MLB has one of its teams playing in a minor league park because of COVID-19. It adopted a pair of minor league rules before the season to aid in scheduling and speed up games amid the coronavirus pandemic. Now something else is being pulled from the bush leagues to get baseball through the next two months.

Beginning Saturday, MLB doubleheaders this season will consist of two seven-inning games instead of two nine-inning games.

(ESPN) Memo details new MLB rules to discipline electronic sign-stealing

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players’ Association have agreed to a new set of rules that will punish players and team personnel who steal signs electronically.

The rules specifically state that any individual who utilizes electronic devices or visual-enhancement devices during the game to identify, communicate or relay the opposing team’s signs or pitch information will be subject to discipline, according to a confidential document obtained by ESPN.

(ESPN) Los Angeles Angels place Mike Trout on paternity leave list

Trout’s wife, Jessica, was originally expected to deliver sometime in August. The limit for a stint on the paternity leave list is three days. Trout will continue his Tier 1 testing schedule while he’s away, which means COVID-19 tests every other day for those who are asymptomatic. So long as he continues to test negative, he can return to the Angels without interruption and would not require any sort of quarantine.

(MLB.com) The cardboard cutout revolution is real

“We have a long-term relationship with Rainier Industries, which is right here in the Seattle area,” Mandy Lincoln, the director of marketing for the Mariners, told MLB.com as she took a break from adding more butt-less fans into seats. “We’ve been partners with them for 30 years. We took it to them and said, ‘How do we make this happen? Can you print it? Can you upload photos? Can you do the purchase flow?’ It took a good couple months of working with not only Rainier Industries, but also Major League Baseball to get everyone on the same page of how to make this work.”