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Aaron Hill posted by Arizona Diamondbacks News

Born March 21, 1982, Aaron Hill plays MLB for Arizona Diamondbacks as second baseman. Hill belongs to the elite group of four players who have hit the cycle twice in a single season. He started playing college baseball in 2000, when he played for Louisiana State University's Tigers team, and posted a career of 150 RBIs, 23 home runs, and batting average of .335.

In 2003, Hill was the first pick in the draft for Toronto Blue Jays. In 2005, he made his MLB debut, when he was called from the minor league, to replace Corey Koskie, who was injured. Even though he was a shortstop, Hill became second baseman and the designated hitter during the season. He finished the season with .348 OBP, and batting average of .274. In 2006, he was the second baseman, and went on to win the Fielding Bible Award at that position for his excellence in fielding in 2007. In May 2008, Hill suffered a concussion and could not play for the rest of the season. In 2009, he was selected for the All-Star game, and he finished the season with 36 home runs, and a .286 batting average.

In August 2011, Toronto Blue Jays traded Hill and another player to the Arizona Diamondbacks to get Kelly Johnson. By the end of the month, Hill played against the San Diego Padres and scored his first home run for his new team. However, by the end of the season he was resigned to two-year contract extension for $11 million. In 2012, he was moved to the number two spot, in April, he hit two home runs, and the team won their match against the Giants at 5-4. In June, Hill made the record of hitting for cycle twice in one season, against Seattle Mariners and Milwaukee Brewers.

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Who ever said pitchers can’t hit? posted by David

While it should come as no surprise that a professional baseball player holds the state of Georgia's high school home run record, it may come as a shock that the record-holder is not a slugging outfielder like Jason Heyward, Mike Cameron, Jeff Francoeur, Nick Markakis, or J.D. Drew.  It isn’t a catcher with pop like Buster Posey or Brian McCann.  It isn’t even “The Big Hurt” Frank Thomas or “The Georgia Peach” himself, Hall of Famer Ty Cobb.  In fact, the record-holder isn’t a position player at all: it’s Diamondbacks pitcher Micah Owings.

Owings’s 69 career high school home runs are fourth in the United States behind Jeff Clement (75), James Peterson (73), and Drew Henson (70), who have combined to hit a grand total of 14 in the majors.  Peterson hit 11 in the minors but never even played in the big leagues, and Henson collected one hit in eight major league at-bats before deciding he had a better chance of succeeding as a quarterback in the NFL.  Clement has shown decent power in the minors but has yet to prove he can hit major league pitching.  If he doesn’t do it soon, Owings – who won a Silver Slugger as a pitcher during his rookie year (2007) and has hit nine homers in his brief big league career – will likely pass him.

Owings’s high school stats are staggering.  As a sophomore, he hit .630 with 21 homers.  As a junior, he “slumped” to .469 with 15 homers while going 12-1 with 69 strikeouts and a 1.85 ERA in 60.2 innings pitched.  As a senior, he hit .448 with 25 home runs; on the mound he went 12-1 with a 1.03 ERA, striking out 121 while surrendering a measly three walks in 75 innings.  Given his propensity for tearing the cover off the ball, you have to wonder why opposing teams did not simply refuse to pitch to Owings.

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Miranda Ready To Breakout For D-Backs? posted by Arizona Diamondbacks News

The Arizona Diamondbacks have a bit of hole at first base after Adam LaRoche left via free agency, but it may not be for long.

Diamondbacks fans, fantasy players and MLB spread betting experts are quietly wondering whether there is a sleeper fill-in waiting in the wings.

Juan Miranda, a 27-year-old Cuban emigre, might finally be getting the opportunity he was hoping for.

Miranda signed with the New York Yankees in 2006 but never got a shot for steady at-bats with Mark Teixeira occupying the full-time duties. The Diamondbacks acquired Miranda from the Yankees for minor-league prospect Scott Allen. While he hasn’t had much time in the Majors, Miranda has shown plenty of promise while playing in AAA with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

In the three previous years in AAA, Miranda hit .287 with 67 doubles and 46 home runs. In the Majors, Miranda has three home runs, two doubles and a triple in 64 at-bats.

At this point, Miranda will be the front-runner to be the every day first baseman. The Diamondbacks took at a shot at Paul Konerko but the Scottsdale native wasn’t interested in their three-year, $30 million offer. That leaves Miranda as the no. 1 contender, but the Diamondbacks have some backup plans.

24-year-old Brandon Allen, who had 37 home runs 118 RBI’s in 145 games in Class AAA Reno. He strikes out at an alarming rate at this point, so unless he corrects that, he likely won’t be the every day option. Lastly, if both of those options don’t pan out, free agent acquisition Xavier Nady can play the position as well.

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Sox Obtain Jackson in Trade; Stymied in Getting Manny posted by Richard Kagan

You know, baseball is a funny game.  The Chicago White Sox have rescued their own season by winning games, and are a season high 14 games over .500 at 58-44.  Now, the front office wants to get into the act.

The White Sox added pitcher Edwin Jackson from the Arizona Diamondbacks.  Earlier this year, Jackson through a no-hitter.  He might be the first pitcher ever traded who has pitched a no-hitter for a club.  Jackson can pitch and give you innings.  The Sox gave up young promising pitcher Daniel Hudson and a minor leaguer prospect.   Jackson is to replace injured Jake Peavy in the starting rotation. 

Now, one hears of the last minute efforts to acquire Manny Ramirez, who is on the DL, from the Dodgers.  Ramirez, one of the feared hitters in the game would be an addition to any team.  But the White Sox don't need him now.  They are hitting just fine.  Last night they pounded out 13 hits in a win over Oakland.  Guys are warming up.  Alexei Ramirez, no relation to Manny, is one of the hottest hitters in the AL.  He has risen his BA from .235 to .290 in a little over a month.  and Gordon Beckham is coming out of his season long slump.  He is regularly getting 2 hits a night.  And driving in runs. 

The Sox don't need Manny.  They need good pitching and the offense to continue to produce.  Paul Konerko is hot, and hit his 4th straight homer the other night.  Carlos Quintin has 20 HR's.  Let these guys bring you over the finish line.

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Buyer or Seller? posted by David

With the Dog Days of August about to begin, now is the time for teams to decide whether they are buyers or sellers – that is, whether they should mortgage their future and go for it this year or trade away their veterans for up-and-coming prospects.  “Going for it” says to a team’s fans that the organization thinks it has a legitimate chance to win it all, but a more conservative approach can send just as strong a message.  While a middle-of-the-pack team may have to acknowledge that this isn’t the year, going out and building for the future – as long as it is not the distant future – can usually be taken to mean that the front office is willing to sacrifice an outside shot at the playoffs in order to increase its chances of winning in the long term.  Buyer or seller, every GM will be busy until tomorrow’s trade deadline.

How ‘bout that?

How about Buster Posey?  The 22-year-old rookie has been on fire since taking over as the Giants’ starting catcher when Bengie Molina was traded to the Rangers.  Though his 21-game hitting streak came to an end on Thursday, Posey has helped San Francisco go 17-8 in the month of July, in the process taking the lead in the Wild Card race.  It won’t be easy to edge Jason Heyward and Stephen Strasburg, but Posey has a legitimate chance to claim the National League Rookie of the Year award.

How about José Bautista?  Bautista leads the power-happy Blue Jays with 75 RBI and a .585 slugging percentage (teammate Vernon Wells, who is second, has driven in 55 and slugged .515), but more impressively, leads the majors in homers.  The journeyman played for Baltimore, Tampa Bay, Kansas City, and Pittsburgh before finding a home in Toronto, and while he has always shown some pop, the Dominican native’s previous career highs were 16 homers (2006), 63 RBI (2007), and a .420 slugging percentage (2006).

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"Where Have You Been Pablo Sandoval?" posted by Michael McGauley

Could "The Panda" be snapping out of his slump? Pablo Sandoval was hitting bullets all over the place Friday night as the Giants finally offered some run support behind Matt Cain in a 5-0 win. Sandoval went 2-for-3 with a home run, a single, and a sac fly, driving in three of the team's five runs which was MORE than enough for Cain. The Giants' right-hander tossed a complete game, one-hit shutout with nine strike outs and zero walks in 122 pitches. Cain pitched well enough to win his last start against the A's, going 8-innings, and getting knicked for an unearned run in a 1-0 loss. The Giants scratched out seven hits off Arizona pitching, but were the beneficiary of six walks, five of which were courtesy of starter Edwin Jackson, who only allowed four hits through seven innings. Sandoval's eighth-inning blast over the center field wall came off struggling reliever Chad Qualls, who may be in jeopardy of losing his closers' job with the D-Backs. By the way, Freddy Sanchez banged out two more hits and drove in a run, boosting his average to .290 while playing brilliantly at second base. Sandoval's average was bumped up to .283, and inched closer to the .300 plateau that we've come to expect (.330 in 2009). NOW FOR THE NEWS... Buster Posey's time is now! The Giants have called up their prized prospect to play some first base and maybe catch once a week, as he continues to get his feet wet at the major league level (after last year's brief September debut). Posey has been tearing up Triple-A with a .349 average, .442 on-base percentage, and 32 RBI's. ApContinue reading ""Where Have You Been Pablo Sandoval?""

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"Is Aubrey Huff the Final Piece to the Off Season Puzzle?" posted by Michael McGauley

 Hey, we all wanted another bat, right?   I like Aubrey Huff, but I certainly like the 2008 Aubrey Huff better than the 2009 version. I was lucky enough to go to the old Yankee Stadium in July of '08, and saw the Yanks beat the Orioles on a sweltering Wednesday afternoon. Aubrey Huff was smack in the middle of a potent Baltimore Line-up with Brian Roberts at the top, Adam Jones second, Nick Markakis batting third, followed by Huff in the clean-up slot, and Melvin Mora hitting fifth. Huff was batting over .300 at the time, and drove in his 72nd RBI in that game (in July!) -- I remember, because I just looked it up; July 30th, 2008. He went on to finish the season with 108 RBI's, 32 homers, 48 doubles, 182 hits, 96 runs, a .360 on-base percentage in 598 at-bats and 154 games played. Sounds pretty awesome, right? Well, last year was not so good. His average dipped to .241, with 15 home runs and 85 RBI's in time split between Baltimore and Detroit; following a mid-season trade. He had far fewer at-bats though (430), and only 109 hits, so I think it's a matter if consistency and playing everyday for Huff to be successful. I would say probably not a 30 home run guy at A.T.& T. Park, but I would be thrilled with 100 RBI's and 40 doubles and maybe twenty-something home runs, especially hitting behind guys like Freddy Sanchez and Pablo Sandoval. Let's re-visit that opening line-up scenario with the addition of Huff: 2B SanchezSS Renteria3B Sandoval1B HuffLF De RosaRF Schierholtz (Byrnes???)CF RowandC   PoseySP Lincecum  O.K., who hits lead-off? I was thinking Velez would get a look, but that was before they signed Huff, and now have to move De Rosa to left field from third base. My assumption is Sanchez would be at the top, but I would prefer to see him in the number two hole, and bat Renteria seventh where he belongs. Is Buster Posey going to be the opening day catcher? Who knows? Remember, Aaron Rowand was at his best last year in the lead-off slot.   And what's the deal with Adam LaRoche? He turned down a two-year deal for more money from the Giants to accept a one-year deal with Arizona? I thought it was location (East Coast versus West Coast), but apparently, it's all about the ball park. Let's be sure to boo La Roche heartily when the D-Backs come to town. It's kind of like Colorado's Todd Helton, who openly displays his disdain for hitting in the Giants' yard (although I saw him launch a home run in S.F. last season).  To make room on the 40-man roster, Arizona released Eric Byrnes, who has suffered through two miserable, injury-riddled seasons. To me, he would be an ideal fourth outfielder. He's a local guy who grew up here, and still has a home here. In 2007 in 160 games for Arizona, Byrnes had 626 at-bats, 179 hits (.286 average), .353 on-base percentage, 21 homers, 83 RBI's and 50 stolen bases. That was the year Arizona played Colorado in the NLCS. Anyway, I don't know if his body is breaking down as a result of age (33-34ish), or if there's another explanation, but he would be a great get. Hey, Eric Byrnes at 85% is better than Fred Lewis as a fourth outfielder (sorry Fred). If the lead-off slot becomes and issue, Byrnes could (I didn't say "should") be considered an option, and play right field.  Oh, and good bye Merkin Valdez -- you freaking gas can! Great fast ball, but no control. The Giants dumped Valdez to make room on their 40-man roster for Aubrey Huff, and look; we're right back at the beginning of this conversation.  Spring training is getting closer everyday. Let's go!   
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The Big Unit hangs ‘em up posted by David

Big news from the Big Unit: 46-year-old Randy Johnson announced his retirement, concluding his career with a record of 303-166, a 3.29 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP.  His five Cy Young Awards – one with the Mariners and four in a row with the Diamondbacks – rank him behind only Roger Clemens, and his 4,875 career strikeouts are second only to Nolan Ryan.  He was a 10-time All-Star, starting the Midsummer Classic four times – twice for each league. Johnson made history in 2004 when he became the oldest player – at 40 – to throw a perfect game.

Johnson was a crucial member of his Diamondbacks team in the 2001 playoffs: after pitching well but losing his only start in the first round, he went 2-0 with 1.12 E.R.A. in the National League Championship Series against the Braves, including a 2-0 complete game shutout against Greg Maddux.  Then in the World Series, Johnson shut down the three-time defending champions from the Bronx with absolute dominance.  He picked up three wins, including a complete game shutout in Game 1 and back-to-back victories in Games 6 and 7, to end the Yankee Dynasty.  He surrendered only nine hits and three walks in 17.1 innings for a remarkable 0.692 WHIP to go along with a 1.04 E.R.A.  For his extraordinary performance, he was named co-MVP of the Series.  A fan attraction everywhere he went, Randy Johnson will surely be missed.

How ‘bout that?

How about Matt Holliday?  Christmas came late for the biggest name on the free agent market this offseason, as Holliday was rewarded for his huge numbers (.353/.419/.604) after his arrival in St. Louis with a very big payday – $120 million over the next seven years.  Though it was painful to watch as it happened, Holliday has been forgiven for his costly error in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodgers.  The slugging outfielder hopes to lead his team back to the playoffs in 2010, and with Albert Pujols, Chris Carpenter, and Adam Wainwright working together, expectations will be high once again for the Cardinals.

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Run production and slugging: not always hand in hand posted by David

While researching ballplayers of the nineties, I discovered that in 1993, Jeff King of the Pirates drove in 98 runs while hitting only nine home runs and slugging just .406.  I then wondered if any player has ever driven in 100 runs with fewer than 10 homers or with a slugging percentage under .400.  Upon further investigation, I found that in 1996 – the year he turned 40 during the Dog Days of August – Paul Molitor hit just nine homers but accumulated 113 RBI’s while playing for the Twins.  Thanks to his American League-leading 225 hits and batting two hitters behind leadoff man Chuck Knoblauch in the midst of his best season (.448 OBP), Molitor led the Twins in both hitting (.341) and Runs Batted In.  I have yet to find a player with a season of 100+ RBI’s despite a slugging percentage under .400 (Molitor’s was a healthy .468), but I will continue searching.

How ‘bout that?

How about Roy Halladay?  In a classy move following his trade to the Phillies, Halladay wrote an open letter to Blue Jays fans in a full-page ad in the Toronto Sun, thanking them for their “overwhelming passion and devotion.”  Halladay, the longest-tenured member of the Jays, will remain in the team record books for quite some time.  He is second to Dave Stieb in wins by a Blue Jays pitcher with 148, and during his big-league career, which began in 1998, he represented the Jays in six All-Star games, came within one out of a no-hitter in his second major league start, and set a single-season franchise record with 22 wins in 2003, when he won the Cy Young Award.  He also threw 49 Complete Games, including 15 shutouts, good for third and second, respectively, in Blue Jays history.  Halladay’s good-bye makes me feel good as a baseball fan.

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Action starting to heat up in free agency, trade market posted by Joe Gunderson

Hello Everyone,

Sorry I've been absent for a few days.  There really wasn't that much to report or discuss.  However, that has changed in the last 24 or so hours as the annual Winter Meetings are underway.  First, the Twins offered pitcher Carl Pavano arbitration as I said earlier and as of last night he has accepted this offer which essentially means he will be in the Twins rotation in 2010.  To make room for Pavano on the 40 man roster, the Twins designated pitcher Boof Bonser for assignment or release which means he will either be released by the Twins and be with another club for this coming season or he will start the season in the minors. 

There's not much else currently cooking on the Twins front other than that they could possibly look to trade starter Glen Perkins now that Pavano is most assuredly back.  The reason they could do this is because one, there doesn't seem to currently be a spot for him, unless he earns it in Spring Training, and two, he is not on managements greatest side after last season when he did not come forth with the fact that he'd been pitching with an injured shoulder until he had a really rough outing.  Then, when he was ready to return, he was sent to the minors, which upset him, because it meant that he does not have enough service time to qualify for arbitration himself.  He filed a grievance against the club to try and obtain some or all of his service time back, which he did get some, but not enough to qualify for arbitration.

Also, look for the Twins to look into the market for third baseman to see if they can come up with anything.  Former Angel Chone Figgins is apparently off the market already as he has agreed to a four year contract with the Seattle Mariners, however, I'm not sure that this really affects the Twins because he was probably too expensive for the Twins likes.  However, be on the look out for names such as Adrian Beltre, Pedro Feliz or last year's starter Joe Crede, as well as prospect Danny Valencia as possibilities for the hot corner.

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Rough day for Arizona hurlers as D'backs fall to Padres 10-3 (The Associated Press)

The Arizona Diamondbacks' pitching staff had a rough day, on and off the field. Robbie Ray allowed five runs on nine hits over just 4 2/3 innings in the Diamondbacks' 10-3 loss to the San Diego Padres on Friday night. Five Arizona pitchers combined to allow 18 hits, 23 baserunners and four home runs. [read full article]

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The Walk Off: George Springer's dingers push Astros over Orioles (Big League Stew)

Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we'll look at the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about.   Houston Astros outfielder George Springer doesn't seem like the prototypical leadoff hitter, but he's definitely enjoying his time in the role. Springer's two home runs out of the No. 1 spot helped lead the Astros to victory over the Baltimore Orioles on Thursday. [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball contest now ] Springer wasted no time getting to work. The 26-year-old led off the bottom of the first inning by smashing the second pitch he saw from Kevin Gausman deep to left for a solo home run.  He would strike again in the fifth inning. This time, Springer worked Gausman for an eight-pitch at-bat before clobbering an 85 mph splitter. Springer finished the night 2-for-4, with two runs scored and two RBI in the 4-2 victory . Through 48 games, Springer is hitting .270/.364/.492. Hitting out of the top spot in the lineup is a new development for Springer. He's started the club's last three contests hitting leadoff, with Jose Altuve moving to the second spot in the order. The move could stick, as the Astros have won all three of those games. Following the win, Houston is 20-28 on the year. TOP PERFORMERS Carlos Gonzalez: Gonzalez got the Colorado Rockies offense going in Thursday's 8-2 win over the Boston Red Sox. In the fifth inning, Gonzalez put the Rockies on the board, smacking a two-run shot against Red Sox starter Clay Buchholz. That hit seemed to open the flood gates, as Buchholz would allow four more runs the following inning. Gonzalez finished the game 2-for-4, with one run scored and two RBI. Jose Fernandez: Fernandez turned in a vintage start for the Miami Marlins against the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday. The 23-year-old lasted seven innings, giving up just one run on six hits. Fernandez had some of his best swing-and-miss stuff, striking out 12 Rays during the contest. The Marlins offense did their part, scoring nine runs of support for their ace in the 9-1 victory . The Marlins have now won Fernandez's last six starts. [Elsewhere: Jackie Bradley Jr.'s hitting streak was snapped at 29 games ] Gerrit Cole: Cole had just an average start on the mound for the Pittsburgh Pirates during the club's 8-3 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday, but his all-around contributions stood out. Cole lasted five innings, giving up one unearned run on seven hits. His performance at the plate is what set him apart. Cole went 2-for-2 during the contest, including a three-run homer in the second inning that put the Pirates ahead early.  MUST-SEE HIGHLIGHT Bryce Harper has been in a bit of a slump in May. Prior to Thursday's game, he was hitting .194 during the month. If he was frustrated by his recent performance, Harper seemed to take out all his aggression on a baseball during Thursday's contest.  In the sixth inning, Harper channeled all that anger into one swing , sending a ball to the third deck in right field at Nationals Park. The ball traveled 434 feet officially, but it certainly seemed like a lot more to anyone watching. The hit lifted the Nationals over the St. Louis Cardinals in the 2-1 win . THE REST OF THE SCOREBOARD   Blue Jays 3, Yankees 1: J.A. Happ held New York to just one run on three hits over seven innings. Roberto Osuna worked a scoreless ninth for the save, and hasn't allowed a run in 12 2/3 innings. Brewers 6, Braves 2: Ryan Braun hit his second home run in as many days as the Brewers completed a sweep of the Braves. White Sox, Royals: PPD: This game was postponed. A makeup date has not been determined at this time. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports:   - - - - - - - Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik [read full article]

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The Walk Off: Cubs offense explodes in lopsided win over Cardinals (Big League Stew)

Welcome to The Walk Off, the nightly MLB recap from Big League Stew. Here we'll look the top performers of the night, show you a must-see highlight and rundown the scoreboard. First, we start with a game you need to know about. Opposing pitchers should already know this, but don't take the Chicago Cubs offense lightly this year. In case they needed the reminder, the Cubs were up to their usual antics again Tuesday, this time against Michael Wacha and the St. Louis Cardinals. > [ Join a Yahoo Daily Fantasy Baseball contest now ] Chicago wasted no time getting to work. Dexter Fowler led off the contest with a double. He moved over to third on a groundout by Jason Heyward.  Kris Bryant then struck, driving in Fowler on a single. Anthony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist would each reach, loading the bases. That was followed up with a Jorge Soler walk, forcing in another run. Addison Russell would ground into a force out for the second out of the frame, but the bases remained loaded. That didn't last long. David Ross drove in two more runs with a double, and then pitcher Jason Hammel did the same. Before Hammel even took the mound, the Cubs had scored six runs.  That wasn't enough for Chicago, though. Soler would hit a two-run homer in the fifth, and the club would manage four more runs in the top of the ninth inning. St. Louis attempted a rally late, scoring three runs in the final two innings, but it just wasn't enough. With the 12-3 victory , the Cubs improved to 30-14 on the year. TOP PERFORMERS   Gregory Polanco: Polanco's breakout season with the Pittsburgh Pirates continued Tuesday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Polanco wasted no time getting to work during the contest, smashing a three-run homer in his first at-bat. Polanco knocked in two more runs with a double in the sixth. He also added a single, finishing 3-for-5 with two runs scored and five RBIs in the 12-1 victory . Justin Verlander: Verlander turned in a vintage performance for the Detroit Tigers during Tuesday's contest against the Philadelphia Phillies. The 33-year-old threw eight scoreless innings, holding the Phillies to just three hits. He walked two and struck out 10 in the 3-1 win , earning his fourth victory of the season. [Elsewhere: Dodgers fans gave Joey Votto a new nickname after paper airplane incident ] Daniel Murphy: Washington Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy stung his old team, the New York Mets, on Tuesday. In the bottom of the fifth, Murphy delivered a huge blow to Matt Harvey, taking the righty deep for a two-run shot. Harvey remained in the game for two more batters, but Murphy's hit was the final nail in the coffin  in another bad start by the Mets ace. Murphy also singled, finishing 2-for-4 in the 7-4 victory. MUST-SEE HIGHLIGHT The Colorado Rockies didn't have much to cheer about during Tuesday's 8-3 loss against the Boston Red Sox, but Nolan Arenado managed to change that briefly. In the bottom of the eighth, Arenado made another spectacular defensive play. Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts hit a sharp grounder down the third base line, but Arenado was able to make a diving stop. He then got up and fired a bullet to first, easily nabbing Bogaerts. Though it was a superb play, it's one we've come to expect from Arenado. He's that good with the glove. THE REST OF THE SCOREBOARD Rays 4, Marlins 3: Jake Odorizzi turned in a scoreless start over five innings, but the Rays bullpen almost allowed a comeback. Alex Colome was called on to pick up a two-inning save, and got the job done. Yankees 6, Blue Jays 0: Nathan Eovaldi turned in another excellent start, allowing just two hits over six scoreless innings for the win. Brewers 2, Braves 1: Jimmy Nelson turned in a quality start, while Ryan Braun hit his eighth home run in the victory. Rangers 4, Angels 1: Nomar Mazara was 3-for-3 at the plate, including his seventh home run of the season. Indians 6, White Sox 2: Cleveland jumped all over Chris Sale, scoring six runs off the ace and saddling him with his first loss of the year. Royals 7, Twins 4: Lorenzo Cain went 4-for-5, with two RBI and Salvador Perez hit his seventh home run of the season during the victory. Astros 3, Orioles 2: Carlos Correa only had one hit on the night, but it was a big one. With the bases loaded, Correa delivered a walk-off single in the 13th. Mariners 6, Athletics 5: A back-and-forth game was decided in the bottom of the ninth as Leonys Martin clubbed a walk-off two-run shot against Ryan Madson. Dodgers 8, Reds 2: Justin Turner drove in three runs on three hits, while the Reds lost their ninth-straight game. Giants 8, Padres 2: Brandon Crawford went 2-for-4, driving in four runs during the victory. More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: - - - - - - - Chris Cwik is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Chris_Cwik [read full article]

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Diamondbacks-Pirates Preview (The Associated Press)

The Arizona Diamondbacks have been one of the NL's best hitting teams in the past week. The Pittsburgh Pirates are one of the others. With their thoughts on an ailing teammate, the Pirates will seek to continue their recent success against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday night while Francisco Liriano tries to provide another proficient start at PNC Park. [read full article]

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Late rally falls short as Diamondbacks fall to Cardinals 6-2 (The Associated Press)

It was too little too late from the Arizona Diamondbacks offense on Saturday. The Diamondbacks finally got on the board with a Rickie Weeks Jr. two-run homer in the ninth and loaded the bases against St. Louis Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal, bringing the tying run to the plate, but that was it in a 6-2 loss. ''The ninth inning was good, we got after the closer, we got him up in the 30s pitch-wise and that's good for tomorrow, got a little moment back, kind of like what they did to us last night,'' Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said. [read full article]

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