Taylor Widener had a rough start, allowing five earned runs in only 4 2⁄3 innings of work. Arizona’s offense picked him up though, hanging an eight-spot on the Bucs in the seventh inning.
VanMeter entered the game in the fifth inning as part of a double switch. In the decisive seventh inning, he swatted himself an RBI triple and a two RBI double. He finished the game a home run short of the cycle, despite playing only half the game.
Arizona’s biggest offensive inning since August of 2020 was enough to lift the Diamondbacks to their third win in a row, making Arizona 12-1 in their last 13 games against the Pirates.
The Diamondbacks are deadline sellers and every team in baseball knows it. This is keeping Mike Hazen’s phone line rather busy.
Eddy Alvarez, a member of USA Baseball and the Marlins’ Triple-A club, will serve as a flag bearer for Team USA during the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo Olympics on July 23, making him the first baseball player ever selected for that honor.
The Tuesday night tilt between the Orioles and the Rays was an MLB first. The YouTube game of the week featured a broadcast crew comprised entirely of female talent. Melanie Newman, the Orioles’ radio play-by-play announcer since last year, called the action while analyst and MLB.com writer Sarah Langs, who formerly worked in ESPN’s Stats & Information group, was assigned as the in-booth analyst.
Injury and some early struggles, along with the passage of time, have served to drop Arizona’s Ketel Marte onto this list, down to #22 from the previous standing of #12.
At this point, it is pretty safe to start the clock on the Athletics leaving Oakland, something that has long been a possibility but not the most likely outcome. That has changed.
Will the Nationals trade Max Scherzer, giving some other team a massive jolt towards postseason dominance, or will they hold fast and try to make another late-season run?
MLB Trade Deadline Cheat Cheat (The Athletic)
Merrill Kelly and David Peralta are as good as gone. Ketel Marte is not going anywhere -at least not at the deadline.
The short answer is that there is mounting evidence to suggest that it is, and not in small numbers.