Arizona Diamondbacks News
[D’backs.com] Streak ends: D-backs PPD Sat., play DH Sun. - The D-backs had their game against the Braves at Truist Park on Saturday night postponed due to rain, and befitting a team that plays its home games in a stadium with a retractable roof, it’s been quite a while since that has happened. The D-backs and Braves will play a traditional doubleheader Sunday with two seven-inning games beginning at 10:20 a.m. MST. There will be 45 minutes between games. The last time the D-backs had a weather postponement was May 4-5, 2015, when they had back-to-back games at Coors Field against the Rockies postponed. The 866 games between weather postponements is the longest stretch in the Majors since 1990 according to STATS LLC. The next closest streak was the Astros, who went from May 3, 2011 until Oct. 4, 2015 without a weather postponement.
[Arizona Sports] Pavin Smith providing depth to D-backs’ depleted outfield - Despite never having played centerfield in his professional career until this season, [Pavin] Smith has transitioned from first base to center and is progressing rather quickly. “I don’t think I ever even played it when I was in Little League,” Smith told reporters. “So when Tim got hurt the other day and Torey (Lovullo) called my number, it was like, ‘Okay, here we go’.” In his first full season with the Diamondbacks, the first baseman is excited for the new opportunity at center. “He’s going to continue to get better and better,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. “I watched (Smith) through the course of BP yesterday. And he’s working at it. He’s working at it every single day.”
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[Yahoo Sports] Emanuel goes 8 2/3 in relief in MLB debut, Astros bop Angels - Kent Emanuel had just sat down in the bullpen and was preparing to enjoy a leisurely cup of coffee during the first inning on Saturday. “All of the sudden they were like: ‘Hey, you better start loosening up,’” he said. “I was like ... here we go.’” After toiling in the minors for seven long seasons, the Houston Astros pitcher was thrown into his major league debut at a moment’s notice. And what a moment it was. Emanuel worked 8 2/3 innings in relief, saving Houston’s bullpen after Jake Odorizzi left early with an injury, and the Astros routed the Los Angeles Angels 16-2. “It’s pretty wild,” Emanuel said. “But I’ve been expecting this moment for quite some time now. So, I was ready.” Emanuel (1-0) allowed five hits and two runs. The 28-year-old lefty became the fourth pitcher in the modern era to have a relief outing of 8 2/3 innings or more in his debut, according to STATS, joining Fred Smith (1907), Maury Kent (1912) and John Montefusco (1974).
[MLB Trade Rumors] Jake Odorizzi Removed From Start With Forearm Tightness - Astros right-hander Jake Odorizzi faced just one batter before being removed from today’s start against the Angels. Odorizzi retired David Fletcher on five pitches but then seemed to be “flexing out his arm after the pitch,” according to Jack Harris of the Los Angeles Times (Twitter link), and left the game after a visit from the team trainer. None of Odorizzi’s five pitches to Fletcher topped the 87.6 mph mark, according to MLB.com’s Gameday tracker. Odorizzi was making his third start since signing a two-year (plus a player option for 2023) free agent deal that will pay the veteran righty at least $23.5MM in guaranteed money. Since Odorizzi didn’t sign until early March, he required some extra time to prepare for the season, and he was clearly rusty in his first two outings — Odorizzi allowed nine earned runs over 7 2/3 innings for a 10.57 ERA.