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SnakeBytes 8/24: We own the Padres

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Where has this ownage of the Padres been these past two years?

Quotes

"I just try to go deep in the games. The outcome has been unlucky, but just keep on fighting and I'll get it."

- Vidal Nuno

"A lot of it depends on [Triple-A] Reno," Gibson said. "They're one game back now. They get in the playoffs, it's a timing thing. If their season ends on time, then you go one way. If the season ends after the playoffs, it changes the way things would play out."

- Kirk Gibson on future of rotation

Daily D'backs

Gregorius' three-run shot in eighth tops Padres - dbacks.com

After losing an early lead, the D-backs clinched their series with the Padres with a 5-2 win on Saturday night at Chase Field thanks to a late home run. With the score tied at 2, the D-backs put a pair of runners on for Didi Gregorius, who roped a 0-2 pitch from Kevin Quackenbush into the right-field stands to give the D-backs a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

D'backs win BTN - Arizona Sports 620

David Peralta catching on in right field - azcentral.com

Peralta isn't about to craft a reputation as a one-dimensional player. He's been focused on improving his defensive play to match his offensive effectiveness, and after settling into an everyday role in right, it's clear Peralta is catching on.

Inciarte making the most of his time - Fox Sports Arizona

When Philadelphia claimed Cleveland outfielder Ezequiel Carrera three days into the 2013 season, Ender Inciarte was the odd man out. He lost his major league roster spot with the Phillies and was returned to Arizona, per Rule 5 stipulations. It was the best thing that could have happened, Inciarte believes.

D-backs plan to go to six-man rotation; Owings will get time at second when he returns; Collmenter gives credit to defensive gems - dbacks.com

Gibson said the team plans to go to a six-man rotation in order to preserve its pitchers' arms, but he said the club has not decided whom that sixth person will be. If it's possible for any team to have too much middle-infield depth, then the D-backs may be that team. Lost in the midst of Josh Collmenter's excellent start to open the D-backs' series with the Padres on Friday were a trio of excellent defensive plays that helped seal Collmenter's gem.

Anderson aims for rebound as he goes for sweep - mlb.com game preview

Ian Kennedy's first brush with an Arizona homecoming didn't go so well, as he was roughed up by his former team last August. On Sunday, Kennedy will make another run at the D-backs at Chase Field as the two teams conclude their three-game series.


Around Baseball

Red Sox finalize deal with Cuban star Castillo - mlb.com

Rusney Castillo was a player many New Englanders never heard about until the Red Sox closed in on signing the Cuban outfielder to a seven-year deal that became official on Saturday.

Cubs Fans Cheer as Chicago Team Heads to Little League World Series Final - Bleacher Report

Let the Cub comments begin.


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