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Diamondbacks Fire Manager Kirk Gibson

Diamondbacks Fire Manager Kirk Gibson

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks fired manager Kirk Gibson on Friday after hiring new general manager Dave Stewart.

Gibson won the NL's manager of the year award three years ago after leading Arizona to the playoffs.

"Kirk has done an admirable job under difficult circumstances, and we are grateful for his professionalism and his dedicated service to the organization over the past eight years," chief baseball officer Tony La Russa said in a statement.

"We feel like it is time for a fresh start, and with our recent restructuring in baseball operations, we want to get started immediately moving in a new direction. We are also appreciative of Alan Trammell for all that he has done for the D-backs and have great respect for what both men have accomplished in the game of baseball."

Gibson had a 353-375 record during four seasons with the club.

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Diamondbacks Hire Dave Stewart as New General Manger

Diamondbacks Hire Dave Stewart as New General Manger

Tom Szcaerbowski/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks are turning to former starting pitcher Dave Stewart to help turn the franchise around as the team has hired him to become their new general manager.

Chief Baseball Officer Tony La Russa believes Stewart is the right man for the job.

"I've known Stew for nearly three decades," La Russa said in the team's statement, "and his diverse background includes championships on the field both as a player and coach, in the front office and in contract negotiations as a player representative."

Stewart becomes the fourth general manager in franchise history. He is the only current general manager to play and coach in the majors, and is the fourth active general manager to have played in the Major Leagues.

The team also named De Jon Watson senior vice president/baseball operations.

The Diamondbacks have been an inconsistent franchise in recent years. In 2014, they are facing another lost season as they sit at 63-96 heading into Friday night, which is the worst record in all of baseball.

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ESPN: Diamondbacks Fire General Manager Kevin Towers

ESPN: Diamondbacks Fire General Manager Kevin Towers

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- After about four years on the job, ESPN reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have fired general manager Kevin Towers.

Entering Friday, the Diamondbacks sit at 59-81 and 19 games behind the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NL West.

Towers first season with the team was a success as they won the NL West after going 94-68, but that was as good as it got for Towers in Arizona. The team went 81-81 the next two seasons, and this year they have a last-place squad.

Towers traded away players like Justin Upton, Adam Eaton, Gerardo Parra, Ian Kennedy, Trevor Bauer, and Martin Prado. Yet the team has seen very little return from trading away these players. As a result, the club's performance on the field has suffered.

What is even more alarming is that many of those players have found success since being traded away that they never had while playing for the club.

It is unknown if manager Kirk Gibson will be brought back or not.

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Nationals Walk-Off Again, Earn 10th-Straight Win

Nationals Walk-Off Again, Earn 10th-Straight Win

Mike McGinnis/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) --The Washington Nationals won for the fifth time in six games on a walk-off, this time on a throwing error, as they beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 1-0 Thursday.

The Nationals have now won 10 straight.

Denard Span scored the winning run when Anthony Rendon hit a ground ball to third baseman Jordan Pacheco. Pacheco proceeded to throw the ball past the first baseman and into the camera well. That allowed Span, who started the play on second base, to be rewarded home.                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Nationals starter Gio Gonzalez pitched seven innings of scoreless ball allowing four hits and three walks while striking out six, and Rafael Soriano (4-1) pitched a perfect ninth for the win.  

Washington (73-53) become the first team since the 1986 Astros to win five games via the walk-off in a six-game span.

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Nationals Win Third Straight Via Walk-Off

Nationals Win Third Straight Via Walk-Off

Gary Bogdon/MLB Photos via Getty Images(WASHINGTON, D.C.) -- For the third consecutive game, the Washington Nationals earned a walk-off victory, this time beating Arizona on an Adam LaRoche solo home run in the 11th. The previous two walk-offs came against Pittsburgh, helping to sweep the Pirates.

"I got every bit of it, I did," said the 34-year-old LaRoche, who hit his first career walk-off homer. "Just a crazy few days. I don't know how we've gotten these walk-off situations the last few days, but we have and have been able to grind back."

The Diamondbacks (53-72) led 3-2 going to the bottom of the eighth, thanks to a Didi Gregorious homer. Washington (70-53) followed with a pair of runs in their at-bat, taking a 4-3 lead into the ninth. Tyler Clippard came on to save the game for the Nationals but gave up a game-tying shot to David Peralta.

Both teams had chances to score in extras, none better than Arizona's attempt in the top of the 11th. The Diamondbacks loaded the bases with nobody out, but Craig Stammen somehow worked out of it, not allowing a single run. With two outs in the bottom of the inning, LaRoche launched a pitch off Will Harris for the win. 

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Sources: McCutchen Headed to DL

Sources: McCutchen Headed to DL

David Carlson/MLB Photos via Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The Pittsburgh Pirates could be losing star center fielder Andrew McCutchen for a month. The team is expected to place the outfielder on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, but sources say McCutchen could be out for at least three weeks due to an oblique injury.

The injury came in the eighth inning of Sunday's contest with Arizona. After hitting a sacrifice fly in the eighth, McCutchen grabbed his left side while jogging to first but needed help entering the dugout.

The 2013 National League MVP is hitting .311 with 17 homers and 67 RBI's this year.

McCutchen has never been on the disabled list in his career. Since reaching the Majors in 2009, he has missed a grand total of 25 games. The Pirates are currently one-and-a-half games behind division leading Milwaukee and half a game back of the second wild-card spot.

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Diamondbacks Place Goldschmidt on 15-Day DL

Diamondbacks Place Goldschmidt on 15-Day DL

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- All Star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was placed on the 15-day disabled list by the Arizona Diamondbacks Saturday with a fractured left hand.

Goldschmidt was hit by an Ernesto Frieri pitch in the ninth inning of the team's 9-4 loss Friday to the Pittsburgh Pirates. There's no timetable for Goldschmidt's return.

"You always want to get back as quickly as possible and play, but you need to be safe about it, too," Goldschmidt said. "If it's ready and they're going to let me, yes, I want to play, play every day, as much as I can. I'll work hard at the rehab, and if there's a way to speed it up as much as I can while being smart about it, I'll do anything that they'll allow."

In 109 games this season, Goldschmidt is hitting .300 with 19 home runs, 69 RBIs, 75 runs scored and a .396 on-base percentage.

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Arizona Diamondbacks Recall RHP Trevor Cahill

Arizona Diamondbacks Recall RHP Trevor Cahill

iStock/Thinkstock(PHOENIX) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks have recalled righthanded pitcher Trevor Cahill from Triple-A Reno and reassigned righthander Mike Bolsinger.

In 19 games with the D-Backs this season, Cahill is 1-6 with a 5.66 ERA and a 1.74 WHIP. He has struck out 44 batters in 41 1-3 innings of work.

On the season with Arizona, Bolsinger is 1-6 with a 5.50 ERA and 1.59 WHIP in 10 appearances. He has struck out 48 batters in 52 1-3 innings.

At the All-Star break, the Diamondbacks are 40-56, 13 1-2 games behind the National League West division leaders, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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Grand Slams From Posey, Bumgarner Give Giants Win

Grand Slams From Posey, Bumgarner Give Giants Win

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(SAN FRANCISCO) -- San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey launched the second grand slam of his career in the bottom of the fifth inning, giving the Giants a 4-1 lead over the Arizona Diamondbacks. One inning later, pitcher Madison Bumgarner did the same in an 8-4 win.

It was the first time in Major League Baseball history that batterymates each hit grand slams in the same game. For Bumgarner, it was his second slam of 2014 as he became the first pitcher in 48 seasons to complete that feat. Tony Cloninger hit two in one game for Atlanta, against the Giants, at Candlestick Park in 1966.

"That's pretty cool," Bumgarner said after the win. "This game is full of strange statistics. It seems like there is a first every day. It's crazy to get that many opportunities as a pitcher."

The righty went 6 1/3 innings, allowing four runs on 10 hits, while striking out five. Bumgarner (10-7) ended a three-game personal losing streak as the Giants (52-43) won five of their final nine games before the All-Star break.

Vidal Nuno (0-1) took the loss in his second start for Arizona, giving up four runs on six hits in just five innings. The Diamondbacks (40-56) have lost five of their last 13 games.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/9/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/9/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- World Cup - Semifinals: Argentina 0 (4) - Netherlands 0 (2)

MLB: Detroit Tigers 4 (50-37) - Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (51-42)

Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (39-54) - Miami Marlins 3 (44-47) 10 innings

Los Angeles Angels 8 (53-37) - Toronto Blue Jays 7 (48-45)

Colorado Rockies 6 (39-53) - San Diego Padres 3 (40-51)

Washington Nationals 6 (49-40) – Baltimore Orioles 2 (49-41)

New York Mets 4 (42-49) – Atlanta Braves 1 (49-42)

Cincinnati Reds 4 (49-42) – Chicago Cubs 1 (38-52)

Boston Red Sox 5 (40-51) – Chicago White Sox 4 (44-48)

Kansas City Royals 5 (47-43) – Tampa Bay Rays 4 (42-52)

Philadelphia Phillies 4 (40-51) – Milwaukee Brewers 1 (52-40)

Houston Astros 8 (39-54) - Texas Rangers 4 (38-53)

St. Louis Cardinals 5 (50-42) - Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (47-44)

New York Yankees 5 (46-44) - Cleveland Indians 4 (44-46) - 14 Innings

Minnesota Twins 8 (41-49) - Seattle Mariners 1 (49-42)

San Francisco Giants 5 (50-41) - Oakland Athletics 2 (57-34)


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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/7/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 7/7/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Baltimore Orioles 8 (49-40) – Washington Nationals 2 (48-40) 11 Innings

New York Mets 4 (40-49) – Atlanta Braves 3 (49-40) 11 Innings

Cincinnati Reds 9 (46-42) – Chicago Cubs 3 (38-49)

Chicago White Sox 4 (43-47) – Boston Red Sox 0 (39-50)

Kansas City Royals 6 (46-42) – Tampa Bay Rays 0 (41-51)

New York Yankees 5 (45-43) – Cleveland Indians 3 (43-45)

Houston Astros 12 (37-54) - Texas Rangers 7 (38-51)

Seattle Mariners 2 (49-40) - Minnesota Twins 0 (39-49)

Arizona Diamondbacks 9 (38-53) - Miami Marlins 1 (43-46)

San Diego Padres 6 (40-49) - Colorado Rockies 1 (37-53)

St. Louis Cardinals 2 (48-42) - Pittsburgh Pirates 0 (47-42)

Philadelphia Phillies 3 (38-51) - Milwaukee Brewers 2 (52-38)

Oakland Athletics 5 (56-33) - San Francisco Giants 0 (49-40)

Los Angeles Angels 5 (52-36) - Toronto Blue Jays 2 (47-44)


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Bronson Arroyo Placed on DL for First Time

Bronson Arroyo Placed on DL for First Time

Stephen Dunn/Getty Images(PHOENIX) --  The Arizona Diamondbacks placed starting pitcher Bronson Arroyo on the disabled list for the first time in his career on Monday.  

The 37-year-old starting pitcher was sent to the 15-day DL with right elbow tendonitis, ending Arroyo's 369 consecutive-starts streak. 

The only player with a longer active starts streak is the Toronto Blue Jays' Mark Buehrle (443).

"It's really unfortunate when it's a guy who has an unblemished record when it comes to posting up each and every time," Diamondbacks general manager Kevin Towers said. "But it would have been hard to run him back out there again, going to war as he says, against AK-47s with his little .22. He still found a way to win, which was amazing." 

Arroyo has pitched in 15 major league seasons. During that time, Arroyo pitched 2,364 2/3 innings, compiling a 145-131 record with a 4.53 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 642 walks and 1,526 strikeouts. 

Outfielder Roger Kieschnick was recalled from Triple-A Reno to take Arroyo's roster spot. 

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Scoreboard Roundup – 6/10/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 6/10/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) --  NBA Finals: San Antonio Spurs 111 - Miami Heat 92 (Spurs lead series, 2-1.)

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (29-38) – Houston Astros 1 (29-37)

Chicago Cubs 7 (26-36) – Pittsburgh Pirates 3 (30-34)

Philadelphia Phillies 5 (26-36) – San Diego Padres 2 (28-36)

Minnesota Twins 4 (30-33) – Toronto Blue Jays 0 (39-27)

New York Mets 6 (29-35) – Milwaukee Brewers 2 (38-27)

St. Louis Cardinals 1 (34-31) – Tampa Bay Rays 0 (24-42)

Kansas City Royals 9 (32-32) - Cleveland Indians 5 (33-32) 

Miami Marlins 8 (34-30) - Texas Rangers 5 (31-34) 

Atlanta Braves 13 (34-29) - Colorado Rockies 10 (29-35)

Boston Red Sox 1 (29-35) - Baltimore 0 (32-31)

Washington Nationals 2 (34-29) - San Francisco 1 (42-23)

New York Yankees 3 (32-31) - Seattle Mariners 2 (34-30)

Los Angeles Angels 2 (36-28) - Oakland Athletics 1 (39-26) 14 Innings

Detroit Tigers (33-27) @ Chicago White Sox (32-33) (postponed; rain)

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Diamondbacks Place Outfielder A.J. Pollock on the DL with Hand Injury

Diamondbacks Place Outfielder A.J. Pollock on the DL with Hand Injury

Brian D. Kersey/Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- Just as he was starting to emerge as a breakout player in the National League, Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollack will miss five to eight weeks with a fractured hand.

Pollock suffered the injury on Saturday when he was struck in the right hand by Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto.

"Polo was one of our hottest offensive guy," Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said. "Losing him we're going to miss some offense. We're going to have to look at ways to make up that difference."

This is a tough break for the Diamondbacks and specifically Pollock. He's been one of the hottest hitters in all of Major League Baseball in the month of May. Pollock is tied for the National League lead in triples, seventh in slugging percentage, tied for seventh in doubles, and tied for eight in extra-base hits.

The Angels are also dealing with injuries to outfielder Mark Trumbo, starting pitcher Patrick Corbin, and set-up man David Hernandez.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/30/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/30/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- NBA Playoffs: Eastern Conference Finals: Miami Heat 117 - Indiana Pacers 92 (Heat win series, 4-2)

NHL Playoffs: Western Conference Finals: Chicago Blackhawks 4 - Los Angeles Kings 3 (Series Tied, 3-3)

MLB: Washington Nationals 9 (26-27) - Texas Rangers 2 (28-27)

Atlanta Braves 3 (29-25) - Miami Marlins 2 (28-26)

Minnesota Twins 6 (25-27) - New York Yankees 1 (28-25)

Kansas City Royals 6 (26-28) - Toronto Blue Jays 1 (32-24)

Cleveland Indians 5 (25-30) - Colorado Rockies 2 (28-26)

Milwaukee Brewers 11 (33-22) - Chicago Cubs 5 (19-33) 

San Diego Padres 4 (25-30) - Chicago White Sox 1 (28-28)

Boston Red Sox 3 (25-29) - Tampa Bay Rays 2 (23-32) - 10 Innings

Houston Astros 2 (24-32) - Baltimore Orioles 1 (26-27) 

San Francisco Giants 9 (36-19) - St. Louis Cardinals 4 (29-26)

Philadelphia Phillies 6 (24-28) - New York Mets 5 (25-29) - 14 Innings

San Francisco Giants 9 (36-19) - St. Louis Cardinals 4 (29-26)

Cincinnati Reds 6 (24-29) - Arizona Diamondbacks 4 (23-34)

Detroit Tigers 6 (31-20) - Seattle Mariners 3 (26-28)

Oakland Athletics 9 (33-22) - Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 5 (30-24)

Pittsburgh Pirates 2 (25-29) - Los Angeles Dodgers 1 (29-27)

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Scoreboard Roundup – 5/23/14

Scoreboard Roundup – 5/23/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- MLB: Detroit Tigers 7 (28-16) - Texas Rangers 2 (23-25)

Toronto Blue Jays 3 (27-22) - Oakland Athletics 2 (30-18)

Cincinnati Reds 5 (22-24) - St. Louis Cardinals 3 (26-22)

Baltimore Orioles 8 (24-22) - Cleveland Indians 4 (23-26)

Milwaukee Brewers 9 (29-20) - Miami Marlins 5 (25-24)

Pittsburgh Pirates 4 (21-26) - Washington Nationals 3 (24-24)

Tampa Bay Rays 1 (21-28) - Boston Red Sox 0 (20-27)

Atlanta Braves 3 (27-20) - Colorado Rockies 2 (26-22)

Los Angeles Dodgers (26-23) - Philadelphia Phillies 0 (20-25)

Chicago White Sox 6 (25-25) - New York Yankees 5 (24-23)

Seattle Mariners 6 (24-23) - Houston Astros 1 (17-32)

San Francisco Giants 6 (30-18) - Minnesota Twins 2 (23-22)

Los Angeles Angels 6 (27-20) - Kansas City Royals 1 (23-24)

Arizona Diamondbacks (18-31) Vs. New York Mets (21-25) postponed

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Tony La Russa Excited to Help the Diamondbacks Turn Things Around

Tony La Russa Excited to Help the Diamondbacks Turn Things Around

Rich Piling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- With his managerial career behind him, Tony La Russa is heading to the front office, joining the Arizona Diamondbacks as the team's chief baseball officer.

La Russa has been out of baseball since the end of the 2011 season when he was with the St. Louis Cardinals. Now he's turning attention to the Diamondbacks.

"The one message is that there's never an excuse to back off the effort," La Russa said. "If times are tough, you can't back off it. If times are good, you don't back off and take if for granted. You just remind them who's watching. Your fans are watching."

Through 44 games, the Diamondbacks have been a dissappointing, with a record of 18-28, 5th in the NL West.

La Russa will have to answer only to owner Ken Kendrick and team president Derrick Hall, meaning he has authority over general manager Kevin Towers.

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Goldschmidt Leads Rout of Dodgers

Goldschmidt Leads Rout of Dodgers

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(PHOENIX, Ariz.) -- Paul Goldschmidt had two home runs and six RBI's as the Arizona Diamondbacks routed Los Angeles 18-7 on Saturday. Clayton Kershaw (2-1) could not get out of the second inning, giving up seven runs in the loss.

"We hadn't really broken out this year and tonight we did," Arizona manager Kirk Gibson said. "Anybody they threw at us, we were patient, got good pitches to hit and hammered them."

Los Angeles attempted multiple comebacks, closing the gap to 9-7 in the top of the sixth inning. However, the Diamondbacks never let up, scoring nine unanswered runs over their final three at-bats. Goldschmidt blasted a three-run homer in the bottom of the seventh to make it a 13-7 game before adding a two-run shot in the eighth.

"It was nice because we hadn't been scoring much lately, this entire year," Goldschmidt said. "We've had better at-bats lately and tonight was a really, really good effort."

A.J. Pollock and Eric Chavez also went yard for Arizona while Martin Prado drove in three runs and Chris Owens finished a single shy of the cycle. Chase Anderson (2-0) got the win despite giving up five runs in five and one-third innings.

The Diamondbacks set franchise records for hits in a nine inning game (21), extra base hits (13) and triples with inning, doing it three times in the second. Meanwhile, Yasiel Puig's two-run homer set a Dodger record for consecutive games with an extra-base hit (9) and tied another franchise mark for consecutive games with an RBI (8).

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La Russa Takes Over Diamondbacks

La Russa Takes Over Diamondbacks

Christian Petersen/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Tony La Russa is back in Major League Baseball, joining the Arizona Diamondbacks front office. La Russa was introduced Saturday as the chief baseball officer for the Diamondbacks and will oversee all baseball operations.

"It's the first day I woke up and I felt a difference," La Russa said. "Because for the first time since then you're back with an organization and at the end of the day you're going to be judged by how well your contribution is to the organization's competition. That's how I grew up."

Arizona is off to one of the worst starts in franchise history, sitting 11 games below five-hundred. This will the first stint in a Major League front office for the Hall of Famer. As part of his new role, La Russa will report directly to team president Derrick Hall and work with manager Kirk Gibson and general manager Kevin Towers to build a new future for the Diamondbacks.

A two-time World Series champion manager, La Russa left baseball in 2011 after leading the St. Louis Cardinals to another title. He recently was a special assistant to commissioner Bud Selig before accepting a position with Arizona. La Russa also guided the Oakland Athletics to a world title in 1989 joining Sparky Anderson as the only two managers to win a championship in both leagues.

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Diamondbacks Hire La Russa as Chief Baseball Officer

Diamondbacks Hire La Russa as Chief Baseball Officer

Rich Pilling/MLB Photos via Getty Images(PHOENIX) -- The Arizona Diamondbacks hired Hall-of-Fame manager Tony La Russa as their chief baseball officer Saturday.

La Russa has been hired to help turnaround a team that is currently one of the worst in baseball.

"The entire organization is obviously frustrated with the results on the field and we are looking to improve,"Diamondbacks president Derrick Hall said. "Tony brings us a wealth of knowledge, experience and success, and will work closely with Kevin and Kirk in evaluating our current state to determine the future of our baseball operations. He is excited and enthusiastic about the challenge, and we are fortunate to have this Hall of Famer on board and a part of the team."

La Russa recently served as a special assistant to Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig.

La Russa, who spent 33 big league seasons as a manager, is third all-time in managerial wins and also led three teams to World Series titles, the last coming in 2011.

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