Outfielder Michael Bourn was traded by the Diamondbacks to the Orioles late last season and hit a solid .283/.358/.435 in 55 plate appearances with them through the end of the season. While that’s not enough to outweigh the miserable season he had in Arizona, it was enough to get the O’s to give him a look in spring training with a minor league deal. Then, a couple of days later, Bourn broke his finger while playing catch with a football.
First off, the Cardinals are one of just four teams (the Atlanta Braves, Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees are the others) to reach the fourth week of May with the same five starters. More, that means Lance Lynn is back from TJ surgery and effective too, that Michael Wacha seems over from his shoulder issues, and Mike Leake has moved on from whatever ailed him last season, his first in St. Louis.
First-year Arizona Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo oozes confidence in his team. So far, it's been well-founded. Jake Lamb homered off a left-hander for only the second time this season, five Diamondbacks drove in at least one run and Arizona beat Chicago 8-6 on Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep of the White Sox. The Diamondbacks won for the eighth time in nine games and are 10 games above .500 (29-19) for the first time since 2011. "We understand that we're doing things in a very special way. And something special could happen here," Lovullo said. "We're on the right road, but we've got to continue doing what we've been doing for the first 40 games and take it from there." Arizona