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Lovullo kicked the Rockies into the dark pit for his 300th win as leader of the D-Backs army.

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Diamondbacks News

[AZ Central] Diamondbacks close up series win over Rockies with late offensive spurt

[Arizona Sports] Diamondbacks roll over Rockies with eighth inning comeback

[dbacks.com] Lovullo’s 300th AZ win a reason to dance

[dbacks.com] 300 wins as D-Backs manager

Torey Lovullo became the fourth manager in D-backs history to record 300 wins with the team, joining Kirk Gibson (353), Bob Melvin (337) and Bob Brenly (303). Lovullo was the second fastest to reach the milestone, doing so in 574 games. Brenly reached the mark in 549 games.

[Arizona Sports] Diamondbacks to offer vaccine appointments at Chase Field this week

The clinic will be held from noon to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday and 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Initially offered to season ticket holders, enough spots remain open that the calendar has been opened to the general public ages 18 and older. The Moderna vaccine will be offered.

[ESPN] Arizona Diamondbacks prospect delayed after 2020 arrest for allegedly punching officer

Kristian Robinson is currently in his native country of Bahamas and working through visa issues related to his legal situation. Kid apparently was found walking at the Interstate last year and after the police picked him up there, he punched an officer in the face. Read the article: weird story.

[ESPN] YouTuber tracks friend’s date at Arizona Diamondbacks game and captivates Twitter

Funny.

Around The MLB

[Denver Sports] Rockies’ closer Daniel Bard searching for answers after getting shelled by Diamondbacks

The fairy tale is over. All Rockies suck. Except for Tapia.

[CBS Sports] MLB weekend winners and losers

Cleveland’s Shane Bieber set a new MLB record for the most consecutive games with at least eight or more strikeouts, extending his streak to 18 straight games. He passed Randy Johnson’s record set in 1999-2000.

[MLB Trade Rumors] Injury updates

Dodgers placed Dustin May on the 10 day-IL and the Rockies did the same with Antonio Senzatela. Bad news as well for the Cardinals, who saw Jordan Hicks leaving his latest outing with “soreness and inflammation in his elbow”. Maybe the human arm isn’t made for throwing continuously extreme heat?

Atlanta Braves put catcher Travis D’Arnaud on the 60 day IL with a torn thumb ligament, while the Chicago White Sox sent Luis Robert to the 10 day IL with a hip injury. Rockies’ Trevor Story had to leave the game against the D-Backs after Devenski hit his finger.

Best injury news came out of Oakland, where the A’s had to put starting pitcher Jesus Lazardo on the 10 day IL after he injured his pinky while playing a video game.

[WBSC] St. Lucie County invites President Joe Biden to cheer on USA at WBSC Americas Olympic qualifier in Florida

Group play in Florida will start on May 31, where the USA will meet Nicaragua, Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. If all goes well, two more games against the number 1 and 2 of the other group will await Mike Scioscia’s men before qualification for the Olympics is achieved. Tickets went on sale last Friday.

Across The Pacific

[Australia] New licensees for Canberra Cavalry and Sydney Blue Sox

Baseball Down Under is far from a commercial success. The Canberra Cavalry were saved last week as Baseball Australia announced that two business men were accepted as new owners, via a commercial structure, and would take over the debt ridden club (A$400,000).

The Sydney Blue Sox, probably better known for their signing of Manny Ramirez, had to look for a new owner too. Baseball Australia was happy to find Sports Management Australia as a willing partner.

[Japan] NPB top official wonders why Olympics favored over pro baseball

The Rob Manfred of Japan’s NPB vented his frustration over last week’s decision from the national authorities to close several baseball parks due to higher COVID-infection rates in those areas. According to Atsushi Saito NPB deserves the same treatment as the Olympics, which will be celebrated with (only local) fans no matter what.

[South Korea] Five KBO matches to be cancelled after vaccination for Olympic athletes

118 players of the KBO that are on the short list for Korea’s Olympic baseball team were vaccinated last Wednesday. “To guarantee enough rest for the vaccinated players who may complain of symptoms of side effects” KBO decided to cancel five matches that will be rescheduled for October.

[Japan] Fighters-Marines series called off due to COVID infections

This weekend’s series in Japan between the Lotte Marines and the Nippon Ham Fighters had to be cancelled when 10 players and staff tested positive for the virus that has been haunting us for more than a year now.