(Arizona Sports) Diamondbacks bats lead charge in win over the Padres
Rojas tied a career-high with four hits, going 4-for-5 with a walk, two RBI and two runs scored while Carson Kelly achieved a new career-high with four hits, going 4-for-5 as well with two RBI and a run scored.
(AZ Central) Fiery Caleb Smith shines in relief in D-Backs’ win over Padres
Hours before Thursday night’s game, Diamondbacks left-hander Caleb Smith had an angry look on his face as he made his way off the field after a workout. As he descended the dugout stairs toward the clubhouse, he fired a baseball at the bat rack. The ball rattled around loudly inside the dugout.
Whatever it was that irked Smith, it did not seem to bother him enough to keep him from one of his best performances in weeks. Soaking up the bulk of the innings in place of right-hander Taylor Widener, who was scratched due to cold-like symptoms, Smith turned in a lengthy and impressive outing in a 12-3 win over the San Diego Padres at Chase Field.
(San Diego Union Tribune) Yu Darvish leaves after surrendering five runs in third inning; Padres’ offense starts fast, finishes flat
The Padres lost 12-3 to the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday night at Chase Field after they couldn’t build on a quick start against a lowly team and their ace left the game accompanied by an athletic trainer.
(CBS Sports) MLB commissioner Rob Manfred confirms Field of Dreams Game will return in 2022
As part of his postgame press conference, MLB commissioner Rob Manfred confirmed that the league intends to return to Iowa and host a game at the Dyersville site come the 2022 season. Manfred’s announcement was supported by actor Kevin Costner.
(WSJ) Baseball Isn’t Heaven in ‘Field of Dreams’ Town. It’s Blacked Out.
The problem in Iowa—and many other places around the country—is that the definition of “local” is quite loose and at times perplexing. In Dyersville, Iowa, where the White Sox beat the Yankees, 9-8, on Thursday night, fans can’t watch the White Sox, Chicago Cubs, Milwaukee Brewers, Kansas City Royals, St. Louis Cardinals or Minnesota Twins. They’re all blacked out. That’s 20% of the entire league, even though the state of Iowa has no major-league team.
(MCC) Friday BP: Other baseball movies MLB should do gimmick games for
3.An Angels in the Outfield series of games might be fun, where Mike Trout and Shohei Ohtani get to play with various good teams, just to find out what it’s like.