The stage was set for a terrific weekend for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Big crowds showed up to cheer on the first-place team, but the San Francisco Giants spoiled the party.
Starting pitching was a problem again on Sunday for Arizona, as Tyler Skaggs struggled in a 6-2 loss. The Diamondbacks dropped the last two of the series and were outscored 16-7 in the process.
- Associated Press
Robin Ventura described left-hander Hector Santiago as “hyper” and “energetic” when he is on the mound.
The White Sox manager also acknowledged that Santiago is versatile and valuable after watching him dispatch the Athletics 4-2 Sunday in front of 31,033 fans at U.S. Cellular Field.
Santiago has shuttled back and forth between the bullpen and a starter’s role this season. With the rib injury suffered recently by Jake Peavy, it was time for Santiago to get back in the rotation.
- Fred Mitchell, Chicago Tribune
It’s a Super Bowl win or bust. After making it to two consecutive NFC Championship games in a row, and losing Super Bowl XLVII to the Baltimore Ravens last season, winning a Super Bowl has become the ultimate goal for the San Francisco 49ers. It’s a goal that every fan can get on board with, but does San Francisco have what it takes to achieve it?
With eleven draft picks this year, general manager Trent Baalke was expected to fill some crucial holes for San Francisco – and he did not disappoint. Sports Illustrated, NFL.com, and Yahoo Sports all gave the Forty-Niners an A on this year’s draft (Yahoo actually gave them an A+).
- Jen Cosgriff, BaySportsNet