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D-backs Split Weekend Games Vs. Rangers And Angels

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Your Arizona Diamondbacks played a couple of games over the weekend and managed to come away with the split which puts them at 3-8 for Spring Training so far.

In the first game on Saturday, Ryan Roberts continued his bid for a roster spot as he added the offense to Armando Galarraga's three innings of no-hit baseball in the 3-2 win over the Texas Rangers.

Full recap via AZ Snakepit:

Diamondbacks 3, Rangers 2: Ryan Roberts Rolls - Rangers Removed, Reeling - AZ Snakepit
.714. No, that's not quite adequate. Let's give this number the prominence it deserves. .714 Thank you. That's Ryan Roberts' spring batting average, after he went 2-for-2 today,. including a walk-off hit to score the game-winning run in the ninth inning. Yeah, it's only spring training, but still... After the jump, we'll review today's victory, in front of another good crowd at SRF@TS, which boosted our record to a slightly less discomforting 3-7. We'll also discuss what Roberts' surge might mean for the team.

Things turned south though on Sunday as Joe Saunders was rocked for four runs in the 7-2 loss to the Angels of Anaheim Los Angeles California. 

Diamondbacks 2, Angels 7: Sunday Saunders Sux - AZ Snakepit
Joe Saunders did well enough in the first inning, after giving up a double to the first batter he faced, stranding that man at third. There was another hit to lead-off the second, but the three groundouts which followed took care of that. Then there was the third inning. Saunders gave up four runs without retiring anyone, jacking his spring ERA up to 15.88, having allowed thirteen hits and ten earned runs in 5.2 innings of work. Our prospective Opening Day starter has hardly looked like it so far.

The Diamondbacks are in Tucson today facing the Chicago White Sox in a game to benefit the victims of the tragic Tucson shootings. Veteran infielder Melvin Mora was reportedly involved in a car accident while driving to Tucson and is listed as day-to-day after his car was rear-ended on the freeway.

Other Links:

Diamondbacks Spring Training: Is It Time For Concern? - AZ Snakepit
The Diamondbacks enter today's split-squad games with a record of 3-8 in Cactus League play - the worst record of any National League team playing here. Should we be worried, or is it simply time to breathe into a paper-bag and, as pygalgia suggested yesterday, keep telling ourselves, "It's only spring training... It's only spring training..."? After the jump, we'll crunch the numbers from the first ten days, see if we can come to conclusions, and also look to see which players have made an impression - in either direction - during the early going.

D-backs and White Sox set for exhibition to benefit fund in remembrance of Christina Taylor Green | News
The Arizona Diamondbacks and White Sox return to their old training grounds on Monday for a charity exhibition game at what is now called Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium. The proceeds will benefit a fund set up in remembrance of that 9-year-old girl: Christina Taylor Green.

Gorgen needs Tommy John surgery | News
When his elbow began bothering him early in camp, Matt Gorgen hoped for the best. Instead, the right-handed reliever got the news no pitcher wants to hear, when he was told on Friday that he would need Tommy John surgery.

Brandon Webb: No hard feelings toward Arizona Diamondbacks
In the visitors' clubhouse at Salt River Fields, Brandon Webb peeled off his Texas Rangers jersey on Saturday and held it up. Brandon Webb's time with Diamondbacks "This look weird or what?" he asked.