Found July 15, 2012 on Pro Sports Daily:
Will the real Arizona Diamondbacks please stand up? The defending NL West champion D-backs seemed to gain some much-needed momentum by winning three of four games against the division-leading Los Angeles Dodgers entering the All-Star break, but any positive vibes seemed to dissipate when they opened the second half by being swept by the Chicago Cubs at Wrigley Field. Arizona lost the series finale 3-1 Sunday in a game that was almost a carbon copy of the first two, at least offensively. The D-backs had one run and seven hits in each game of the series. They fell 6 1/2 games behind the new division leader, the San Francisco Giants, and dropped four games under .500, the lowest they have been all season. It was the same story nearly every day in Chicago. The D-backs got decent pitching, except when right-hander Ian Kennedy struggled in an 8-1 loss on Friday, but could not get the big hit when necessary. They were 4-for-34 with runners on base and 1-for-16 with runners in scoring...

D-backs option Corbin to develop as starter

CHICAGO -- There's no question rookie left-hander Patrick Corbin has shown the Diamondbacks that he can pitch in the majors. They just don't want him doing it as a full-time reliever. The D-backs optioned Corbin to Triple-A Reno before Saturday's game with the Cubs in order to activate starter Joe Saunders from the disabled list. D-backs manager Kirk Gibson said the...

Arizona Diamondbacks trade rumors: Why they are shopping Justin Upton

  The Justin Upton trade rumors haven’t tapered off and one has to wonder why the Diamondbacks would trade a budding young superstar? Upton doesn’t turn 25 until August 25th. He is a two-time All-Star, coming off a 31 homer, 88 RBI season and seemed poised to take a titanic leap in 2012. However, at [...]

Goldschmidt's success belies his inexperience

CHICAGO -- From the visiting clubhouse at Wrigley Field on Sunday, Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt recalled his whirlwind experience at the 2011 All-Star Futures Games in Phoenix a little more than a year ago. He had hardly a moment to himself and little idea then that he would be back in Phoenix as a major leaguer three weeks later. Much has happened for Goldschmidt...

Justin Upton Can Block Trade to Red Sox, Yankees, Indians if Diamondbacks Look to Move Outfielder

Plenty of Major League Baseball teams may be deluding themselves into thinking that an extra wild-card berth this fall means they should hang on to key players for a second-half push despite playing mediocre ball so far. But the Arizona Diamondbacks, 42-46 going into Monday's game and far from the form that sent them to a division title last year, seem to be more realistic. With...

Towers tells Upton he may be traded

Arizona Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers told the Arizona Republic on Saturday he has told outfielder Justin Upton he may be traded. Towers said he told Upton: " 'If something gets close.' I said, 'you'll be a part of the process. I'm not going to shock you with something.' "I told him you should look at it in a good way that people...

Frustration mounting for D-backs after sweep

CHICAGO -- Diamondbacks infielder Geoff Blum expressed after Saturday's loss that, despite back-to-back losses to the Cubs to open the second half of the season, no one was "freaking out." But after getting swept out of Chicago with a 3-1 loss Sunday, it was abundantly clear that the D-backs are getting frustrated. In the third inning, right fielder Justin Upton who...

First Pitch: The Question Marks Surrounding Justin Upton

It was a week ago today that I wrote about why I wouldn’t trade for Justin Upton. The main reason was that the price in prospects would be too high, although other reasons included the limited resources for small market teams (Upton would cost an average of $12 M a year). Today we heard that the Pittsburgh Pirates were emerging as serious bidders for Upton. In those same rumors...

Thoughts on Justin Upton and Starling Marte

Over the last week or so and especially this weekend, rumors regarding the Pirates and Arizona’s Justin Upton have been heating up. The Pirates reportedly had a scout in Chicago this week to watch Upton, and ESPN’s Jayson Stark called the Pirates a “serious contender” for the young outfielder. Jon Heyman of CBS, however, reported that there “is nothing serious” between...

Upton can block trades to four teams

Justin Upton has power to veto a trade to four teams, sources say.

Montero, D-backs bounce back to beat Reds

CINCINNATI (AP) -- Three games at Wrigley Field, a total of three runs scored. That was enough to convince Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson that it was time to shake things up. Everything he did worked out. The D-backs emerged from their slump by scoring early and piling up 13 hits against the first-place Reds, with Miguel Montero droving in four runs with a bases-loaded double...

Game 89: Diamondbacks 5, Reds 3

The Reds dropped the series opener to the Arizona Diamondbacks last night, 5-3. Bronson Arroyo was Badroyo last night. He pitched only 3.0 innings, but allowed all 5 of the Diamondbacks’ runs in that amount of time, all earned, on 8 hits and a walk. It was a sad trombone kind of night for the Reds’ righty. The bullpen was good, though. Alfredo Simon put in as much time as ...
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