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The Duke And Duchess Of Cambridge Attend The Mission Serve “Hiring Our Heroes Los Angeles” Job Fair
Wow, this photo is worth gold lol
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Diamondbacks News

Dbacks 5, Rockies 6: Into Thin Air - AZ Snake Pit

“Indeed, Dano remarked they [Rockies, DBE] looked like a motocross team that stumbled into a baseball game, and I concurred, adding they looked like motocross mechanics. I was all set to call this recap “Kuhl Uniforms, Bruh,” but then chit got kinda real in the bottom of the 6th, and even more real in the bottom of the 8th, and then the Dbacks, well, Dbacked, as we are wont to do.”

Diamondbacks surrender late runs, drop series to Rockies (azcentral.com)

“That’s a game, as a ballclub, as a franchise, we should win that game 100 times out of 100,” Gallen said, speaking in a stern voice that barely registered above a whisper. “If this franchise wants to get to where I know it can get to and wants to get to, those are games you have to win. You cannot let those games get away. We just let them hang around.”

Diamondbacks’ top All-Star candidate might come as a surprise (azcentral.com)

“Probably Joe,” reliever Ian Kennedy said.

“One that really jumps out to me is Joe,” right-hander Merrill Kelly said.

“Probably Joe,” third baseman Josh Rojas said. “I think I’d go with Joe Mantiply.”

Poll

Joe Mantiply, the All Star?

This poll is closed

  • 85%
    Yes. Do it.
    (18 votes)
  • 14%
    Gallen.
    (3 votes)
21 votes total Vote Now
D-backs’ David Peralta blasts grand slam, climbs franchise HR list (arizonasports.com)

The grand slam was the third of Peralta’s career and gave Arizona a 5-0 lead in the rubber match against Colorado. It also moved Peralta into sole possession of No. 6 on the D-backs’ all-time home runs list with 109. He moved ahead of outfielder Justin Upton’s 108.

Zac Gallen gives up three-run home run to Rockies (mlb.com)

“This isn’t the first time we’ve kind of let one get away that shouldn’t have gotten away,” Gallen said. “We just didn’t put them away when we had the opportunity to. Against teams that are going to scrap, especially at a place like this, you’ve got to just trying to pour on as much as you can.”

D-backs injuries and roster moves (mlb.com)

Kennedy said that he began to feel cramping in his right calf a few pitches before exiting the game in the bottom of the eighth vs. the Rockies. He will be reevaluated Monday.

Around The MLB

Braves Trade Touki Toussaint To Angels For Cash Considerations - MLB Trade Rumors

Year after year pass by and...many years later the Bronson Arroyo and Shelby Miller trades do not necessarily look as bad as they once looked.

Poll

Still hurt by the Bronson Arroyo trade?

This poll is closed

  • 42%
    I still believe in Toussaint.
    (6 votes)
  • 14%
    Gosselin is actually still valuable to teams nowadays lol
    (2 votes)
  • 42%
    Other (explain in the comments)
    (6 votes)
14 votes total Vote Now
Anthony DeSclafani Out For The Season - MLB Trade Rumors

It’s now been determined that he needs surgery to “set the peroneal tendon in his right ankle,” per MLB.com’s Maria I. Guardado (via Twitter). Recovery time is expected to be four to five months. As his surgery is set for July 12, he will not return to the hill this season.

Dodgers, Austin Barnes Agree To Two-Year Extension - MLB Trade Rumors

Barnes’ new deal is worth $7MM over the two years, giving the backup catcher a slight yearly raise over his current $2.65MM salary, per Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic (via Twitter).

MLB Fourth of July check-in: Playoff picture, MVP races, biggest surprises, more as second half approaches - CBSSports.com

“...for what it’s worth, Goldschmidt’s defensive numbers are quite poor this season.”

Red Sox rookie not impressed by ‘underwhelming’ Wrigley Field, says it doesn’t have same presence as Fenway - CBSSports.com

“A little underwhelming,” Winckowski told reporters. “Fenway kind of has a presence to it. I really didn’t get that here, to be honest. I said to my mom last night, this place is very stock standard, if you ask me. I didn’t really feel anything, to be honest. It kind of just felt like another ballpark.”

Framber Valdez, Houston Astros author ‘special’ day, striking out 20 in win over Los Angeles Angels (espn.com)

Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout finished 0-for-11 with nine strikeouts in a three-game series and Los Angeles hitters fanned 20 times, equalling a major league record, as the Houston Astros won 4-2 for a sweep on Sunday.

The slider craze is changing the course of countless careers - Sports Illustrated

Batters are hitting just .209 against the slider, the lowest mark against any of the five pitches thrown at least 2% of the time. Pitchers and their coaches are following the data. For the first time in recorded history, fastballs (not including cutters) are being thrown less than half the time. Since 2015, which marked the start of the Statcast Era, fastball use has declined from 57% to 48%. Almost all that decline can be accounted for by an increase in sliders.

Red Sox SS Xander Bogaerts needed 7 stitches after thigh injury vs. Cubs (yahoo.com)

Bogaerts was making a play at second base during the seventh inning at Wrigley Field on Sunday as Wilson Contreras was trying to steal. As Contreras slid in ahead of the tag, his cleats accidentally hit Bogaerts right on the outside part of his thigh.

Bogaerts instantly hopped up in pain, and eventually walked off the field.

Across The Pacific

LG Twins bid farewell to the KBO’s most prolific hitter (Korea)

Park played 19 seasons with the Twins, debuting in 2002 and making his final appearance for the club on Oct. 28, 2020. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Twins were unable to properly mark Park’s departure, so the veteran hitter returned for one more appearance on Sunday to give the fans and the club a chance to saw goodbye.

‘Ohtani rule’ to go worldwide (Japan)

The World Baseball Softball Confederation will employ the “Ohtani rule” for its international tournaments, allowing starting pitchers to remain in games as designated hitter after leaving the mound, a source familiar with the matter said Sunday.

Across The Wall

Granma wins back-to-back Cuban National Series title (Cuba)

Granma defeated Cocodrilos de Matanzas, 4-0, in game seven of the Cuban National (Baseball) Series to repeat as league champions. The team from Bayamo has won four of the last six national championships, becoming the sixth Cuban squad to win at least four league titles.