Diamondbacks Swept By Padres

Trevor Cahill struggles in 5-4 loss to Padres, and is pulled in fourth inning.

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MLB Standings: Diamondbacks Lose Serious Ground After Being Swept By Padres

The Diamondbacks' playoff chances took a big hit this past weekend after they lost all three games to the visiting San Diego Padres.

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Projected Starter Joe Saunders Is Traded To Orioles

The Arizona Diamondbacks have announced that they have acquired right-handed reliever Matt Lindstrom from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for left-handed pitcher Joe Saunders, in what looks like a trade that could be beneficial to both teams heading down the playoff stretch.

Saunders says he's excited to be traded to a playoff contending team, and that he has family close to the Maryland area. "It's going to be nice to hang out with them more, and they're going to get a chance to see me pitch a little bit more." Saunders said, "As soon as we went to a six man rotation, I pretty much figured I knew I had a few more days here." He said it was easier knowing that it would probably happen, and that it made sense for both sides. Saunders was called into the office last night and told he was traded, but wasn't informed which team he was going to until this morning. When asked if he was an Orioles fan growing up, Saunders said, "I was actually. I went to a lot of O's games when I was a kid."

Saunders was 6-10 with a 4.21 ERA in 21 starts for the Diamondbacks this season. He was 21-30 with a 3.96 ERA, throwing three complete games in 67 starts with Arizona. Saunders has played eight Major League seasons, including stints with the Angels and Diamondbacks, and holds a career 75-62 record, with a 4.17 ERA.

With Matt Lindstrom the Diamondbacks are getting a 32 year old right-handed reliever who has 30 strikeouts in 34 innings of relief for the Orioles this season. He was 1-0 with a 2.72 ERA for Baltimore. Lindstrom has also spent time with the Marlins, Astros, and Rockies during his six Major League seasons, going 13-15 with a 3.68 ERA, and completing 45 saves in 346 appearances.

Diamondbacks Manager Kirk Gibson said part of what made Saunders expendable was, "Our young guys developing in the minor leagues." Gibson announced that the Diamondbacks would be keeping one of those young guys, Tyler Skaggs, in the rotation, saying that he wants to provide Skaggs with the exposure of playing in a pennant race. The fact that Saunders was going to be a free agent at the end of the season also played into the equation.

When speaking of new addition Matt Lindstrom, Gibson said he is another right handed power arm that should help the bullpen. The bullpen seemed to be a place where the Orioles had a surplus, and the team was looking to pick up another starter. The Orioles are in the thick of things in the American League wild card race, and the Diamondbacks still have an outside chance to make the playoffs in the National League.

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D-backs Broadcaster Mark Grace Put On Leave After DUI Arrest

The Arizona Diamondbacks organization announced Friday that television color commentator Mark Grace will be taking an indefinite leave of absence to seek "personal assistance." Not too soon after that press release, Arizona Sports discovered that Grace was arrested in Scottsdale Thursday evening on DUI charges after being pulled over for an expired registration plate.

According the report, Grace was also driving without his required interlock device he received following a prior DUI arrest in Scottsdale in May of 2011.

Gracie's departure marks the second television personality to be replaced in the booth this season. Longtime play-by-play man Darron Sutton was suspended back in June for undisclosed reasons.

Fan favorite Luis Gonzalez will take Grace's place for the Friday and Saturday games of the San Diego Padres series before the legendary Joe Garagiola gets his chance on Sunday.

For more of your latest Arizona Diamondbacks news, head on over to AZ Snake Pit.

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Justin Upton Claimed Claimed On Waivers By Unidentified Team, According To Report

Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton has been claimed on waivers by an unidentified team just one day before his birthday, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com.

While this news is undoubtedly noteworthy, a deal isn't exactly imminent as it's commonplace for teams to simply test the waters by passing their players through the trade waivers during this time of year. The D-backs still have the option of pulling him back if a trade cannot be struck.

Outspoken managing partner Ken Kendrick also shared with reporters last month that it's "a reasonable assumption" that Upton remains with the team for the rest of 2012.

Arizona has until Sunday to work out a possible deal but the 24-year-old former All-Star can block moves to the Yankees, Red Sox, Cubs and Indians as part of his contract. Upton has a .273/.355/.397 line through 472 plate appearances this season. His 79 runs rank fifth best in the National League.

For more Diamondbacks news as it happens, head over to AZ Snake Pit.

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