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The Chiefs have the 24th pick in the round, along with a sixth-round pick and
two choices in the seventh round. But that doesn't mean much considering the
Chiefs used none of their original picks Friday night, when they moved around to
grab a defensive end, defensive tackle and outside linebacker.
Kansas City could still use help at cornerback, so general manager Brett
Veach may not be done with that side of the ball. Wide receiver, tight end and
offensive line are also areas to address, especially with a new quarterback in
Patrick Mahomes II under center.
Zack Greinke set the example.
Greinke added another road win to his strong first half by allowing only four
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”He was fantastic,” Lovullo said. ”Our guy, our All-Star goes out there and
pitches into the eighth inning and really was in control every inning.”
Greinke (10-5), named to the NL All-Star team on Thursday as a replacement
for Chicago’s Jon Lester, has won five straight decisions. The 34-year-old
right-hander has been especially strong away from home, winning five straight
road starts since June 8.
Greinke had seven strikeouts, did not walk a batter and allowed no more than
one baserunner in any inning.
Even though he has not lost since June 13 against Pittsburgh, Greinke said he
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”It felt good from the get-go,” Greinke said. ”Way different from the last
game. … My fastball was really good today. That kind of made all the other
Ketel Marte hit a sixth-inning homer for Arizona, which has won the first two
games of the three-game series and has matched its 2017 team record of 53 wins
before the All-Star break. The Diamondbacks began the day one-half game behind
the first-place Dodgers in the NL West.
”I’ve asked these guys openly to make sure they come out and play good
baseball before the break and coming out of the break,” Lovullo said. ”It’s very
important to us. I’m proud of them. They’re executing and playing good baseball.
That’s the bottom line.”
The Braves, who have lost eight of 10, remained 1 1/2 games behind
Philadelphia in the NL East.
An offensive slump is a big reason Atlanta fell out of first place this week
after holding at least a share of the division lead since May 31. The Braves
have scored no more than two runs in six of their last nine games.
”You know you’re going to go through this,” said Braves manager Brian
Snitker. ”We went a long time without experiencing it. We’re in a rut here, but
you look up and we’re still in the thick of it. We’re still close.”
Brad Boxberger pitched around a one-out single by Nick Markakis in the ninth
for his 24th save.
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his five June starts, has had renewed control problems in July. Newcomb (8-5)
walked three of Arizona’s first four batters, setting up Steven Souza Jr.’s
bases-loaded single to left field.
Newcomb allowed three runs on four hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. He
has issued 12 walks in three starts this month.
Newcomb threw 36 pitches in the long first inning. He regrouped to record 10
straight outs after Souza’s single before Chris Owings singled with two outs in
the fourth and scored on a double off the left-field wall by Jeff Mathis.
Marte’s homer gave Arizona a 3-0 lead and knocked Newcomb out of the
Braves closer Arodys Vizcaino was placed on the 10-day disabled list with
right shoulder inflammation for the second time in four weeks. The surprise move
was made shortly before the game after Vizcaino said he was unavailable to
pitch. ”It’s concerning, very much so I think,” Snitker said. RHP Peter Moylan
was reinstated from the 10-day DL.
Arizona’s Archie Bradley earned his 26th hold of the season, the most in the
majors before the All-Star break since 1969, when holds became an official
statistic, according to the Diamondbacks. Pittsburgh’s Mark Melancon also had 25
holds before the break in 2013.
Braves LHP Max Fried Vikings
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blister, is an option to start on July 24 at Miami if LHP Luiz Gohara is not yet
sufficiently stretched out at Triple-A Gwinnett. The Braves need help in their
rotation with RHP Brandon McCarthy (right knee tendinitis) and RHP Mike Soroka
(right shoulder inflammation) on the DL.
Diamondbacks: LHP Patrick Corbin (6-3, 3.09) has a 1.54 ERA in his last four
starts since June 22.
Braves: RHP Julio Teheran (6-6, 4.47) is 3-1 with a 3.15 ERA in seven career
starts against Arizona. He did not face the Diamondbacks in 2017.