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Snake Bytes 9/24: A Win for the Skipper

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The Diamondbacks pick up a win on the day Lovullo’s extension was announced. Coincidence? Probably!

Torey Lovullo looks intense while walking through the Diamondbacks dugout Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images

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(Arizona Sports) Kelly, Diamondbacks rally past NL East-leading Braves to avoid sweep

Carson Kelly hit a tying three-run homer in a five-run seventh inning, Daulton Varsho followed with a go-ahead double and the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks beat the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves 6-4 Thursday.

Bumgarner, who no-hit the Braves in a 7-0, seven-inning victory April 25, gave up three runs and five hits in five innings, with five strikeouts and two walks.

(Talking Chop) Braves’ win streak snapped in 6-4 loss to the Diamondbacks

The last time the Braves saw Madison Bumgarner he held them without a hit over seven innings in the second game of a doubleheader back on April 25. Bumgarner retired the first five hitters he faced Thursday before Travis d’Arnaud singled in the second. He escaped that jam but wasn’t as fortunate in the third as Atlanta’s offense kicked into gear.

(AZ Central) Diamondbacks players react to news of Torey Lovullo’s contract extension

“I’m very happy for him,” Diamondbacks infielder Josh Rojas said. “He’s a great guy to lead this team, especially to get where we’re trying to go. He’s been through it with us. There’s no better guy to bring back next year for the turnaround.”

Also included, some thoughts from Caleb Smith regarding his suspension and the appeal process

(ESPN) Arizona Diamondbacks give manager Torey Lovullo one-year extension despite 104-loss season

“I’m humbled and honored,” Lovullo said after Arizona’s win on Thursday.

“I’m not an idiot. I know what can happen in these circumstances. I couldn’t be more grateful for the trust they have in me. I’m lying if I said I never thought out it. Of course I did. These are turbulent waters. I’m not the same manager I was four, five years ago.”

MLB News

(ESPN) Chicago White Sox clinch AL Central title, second straight playoff appearance

The Chicago White Sox clinched the American League Central title by virtue of a 7-2 victory over the second-place Cleveland Indians on Thursday.

The celebration on the field was subdued, in part, because the teams had Game 2 of their doubleheader to play but also because the White Sox have much bigger goals in mind. They made the postseason as a wild card team in 2020, but lost in the first round.

(CBS Sports) Blue Jays’ Ryan Borucki suspended for throwing at Kevin Kiermaier following scouting card controversy

Toronto Blue Jays left-hander Ryan Borucki has been suspended three games and fined an undisclosed amount for “intentionally hitting Kevin Kiermaier of the Tampa Bay Rays with a pitch during the bottom of the eighth inning of Wednesday’s game at Tropicana Field,” MLB announced Thursday. Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo was suspended one game and fined as well as well.

My personal thoughts on the matter are the Blue Jays are a bunch of cry babies who need to get a better handle on their infosec.

(MLB Trade Rumors) Blue Jays Designate Jake Lamb For Assignment

The Blue Jays have designated infielder Jake Lamb for assignment, according to a team announcement. His spot on the 40-man roster was needed for fellow infielder Breyvic Valera, who has been reinstated from the COVID-related IL. Additionally, left-handed pitcher Tayler Saucedo was optioned to Triple-A and right-handed pitcher Thomas Hatch recalled to take his place.

(MLB.com) They could be ROY vote-getters — again

While we typically refer to a player’s “rookie season” in the singular, the fact is that players can be rookie-eligible in multiple years. And being rookie-eligible means being in consideration for rookie awards, too. This year, three rookies could do something with very little historical precedent: receive Rookie of the Year votes in multiple seasons.