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Arizona Diamondbacks select Kevin Towers as permanent GM

The Arizona Diamondbacks, one of Major League Baseball’s worst teams, has called upon a former rival general manager to change the franchise’s fortunes on the field.

Managing partner Ken Kendrick and team president Derrick Hall have selected former San Diego Padres general manager Kevin Towers as the permanent GM. The team turned down Towers five years ago and couldn’t do it again.

Jerry DiPoto, player personnel director for the D-Backs had been the interim general manager and had done a good job. It is unclear if he’ll stay to work with Kevin Towers or not.

New D-Backs GM Kevin Towers (MLB & Padres photo)

Towers has his work cut out. Will he keep on Kirk Gibson, who has been the interim manager since July 2 when A.J. Hinch was fired. He’ll have to fix the bullpen, find a closer and find a way to cut down strikeouts at the plate.

Arizona does have some decent young starting pitching and power hitters. But still, they’ve been in last place the past two years.

Towers was known in San Diego as agreat talent evaluator especially with pitchers as he was able to obtain Heath Bell, Luke Gregerson, Mat Latos and Jake Peavy for the Padres.

A former pitcher himself in San Diego’s minor league system, Towers was the builder of  a Padres franchise that won four division titles and reached the 1998 World Series during his 14 years as general manager, the longest tenure in team history.

This season, Towers was the assistant to New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.

compiled from staff, radio, TV & Arizona Diamondbacks news

San Diego Padres reward Bud Black with contract extension

compiled from staff, wire and MLB reports

The San Diego Padres, one of Major League Baseball’s surprising team’s, has rewarded manager Bud Black with a three-year contract extension through 2013, with club options for the 2014 and 2015 campaigns.

The Padres record is the third-best in the majors behind the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays.

San Diego took over first place in the NL West on April 20 and has only been out of the lead a total of three days since.

Padres manager Bud Black (mlb)

Bud Black, a left-hander who pitched for 15 seasons in the majors, has dealt with a great deal in his four-plus years in San Diego. He lost closer Trevor Hoffman to Milwaukee; Jake Peavy his ace starting pitcher was traded to the Chicago White Sox and he has worked for two general managers, Kevin Towers and Jed Hoyer.

The Padres have the best record in the National League.

Black was hired to replace Bruce Bochy, who left to manage the rival San Francisco Giants after the 2006 season. Black is 281-297 as the Padres’ manager.

Indians rookie Mitch Talbot becoming ace of staff; wins 7-3

compiled from staff and wire reports

The Cleveland Indians expected Jake Westbrook and Fausto Carmona to be their staff aces for 2010. But that has not been the case.

Mitch Talbot who was obtained in a trade with Tampa Bay has been the Cy Young of the pitching staff.

The Cleveland Indians’ righthander quickly and efficiently outpitched Jake Peavy, a former NL winner of the Cy Young award, in a 7-3 win over the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday night.

Mitch Talbot (mlb)

Talbot (6-3) fanned only four over seven innings, but won for the third time in four starts.

Cleveland’s offense came to life early in the game instead of later as it usually does. The Indians had been outscored 120-85 during the first five innings this season before getting Talbot a 6-0 lead.

Jason Donald and Shin-Soo Choo each hit a home run in a three-run third inning off Peavy (3-4) to get the Indians going.


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Jim Edmonds and Ryan Braun and the Milwaukee Brewers team went offensive on the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Brew Crew piled up 25 hits on Thursday in the most-lopsided loss in Pirates history.

Jim Edmonds Brewers (mlb)

Prince Fielder Brewers (mlb)

Milwaukee matched a club record for margin of victory and set a record for its biggest shutout win.

Prince Fielder belted his first home run of the season and the Brewers had 10 players with an RBI. The Brewers finished with 12 extra-base hits.

Milwaukee led 10-0 after five innings, then scored six runs in the seventh and four more in the ninth. The rout came a day after the Brewers beat up Pittsburgh 8-0.


Kurt Suzuki Athletics (mlb)

Kurt Suzuki hit a three-run homer and later grounded into the Yankees’ first triple play since 1968 as the Oakland Athletics stopped the Yankees six-game winning streak on Thursday.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Suzuki hit a sharp ground ball to Alex Rodriguez, who stepped on third base and threw to Robinson Cano at  second. Cano’s relay throw to first baseman Nick Johnson barely beat Suzuki.

The Yankees had gone 42 years or 6,632 consecutive regular-season games without a triple play. Their last on was on June 3, 1968, with first baseman Mickey Mantle catching the final out on a ball hit by Minnesota’s John Roseboro.


Carlos Pena Rays (mlb)

Carlos Pena drove in four runs and the Rays took advantage of Jake Peavy’s wildness to beat Chicago and cap the  winningest road trip in Tampa Bay history.

The Rays, who were 32-49 on the road last year, have never finished a season with a winning record away from Tropicana Field. The Rays went 9-1 on their first trip in 2010, outscoring their opponents by a total of 69-23 (Baltimore, Boston and Chicago).

Choo leads Cleveland over the Chicago White Sox, 3-2

compiled from staff and wire reports

Shin-Soo Choo hit a go-ahead RBI double in a two-run eighth inning, giving the Cleveland Indians a win over the White Sox, 3-2 in Cleveland.

Chicago starter Jake Peavy was five outs from his first win of the season, but Asdrubal Cabrera homered with one out in the eighth inning to tie the game.

Shinn-Soo Choo (mlb)

After Matt Thornton (1-1) gave up Grady Sizemore’s single, Choo lined a 1-2 pitch to the wall in left-center and Grady Sizemore scored easily.

Jensen Lewis (2-0) pitched a scoreless eight. Chris Perez worked the ninth for his third save in four chances.

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