June 2005 - Arizona Diamondbacks Wiretap

Westbrook And The Indians Pick Up 9th Straight Win

Jun 20, 2005 3:36 AM

Travis Hafner and the Indians are rolling hot. "Whatever we're doing right now," the Indians designated hitter said, "is working pretty good." The club is now riding a nine-game winning streak after its 3-2 win Sunday over the Arizona Diamondbacks in front of 27,416 at The Jake. "The guys are excited with what we've accomplished," said Hafner, whose line single to center in the fourth inning led to a pair of runs. "But I don't get the sense that guys are satisfied." Jake Westbrook pitched eight strong innings for the Indians while Shawn Estes was on the short end.


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D-Backs Select Justin Upton With First Pick

Jun 7, 2005 4:04 PM

Justin Upton, a power-hitting high school shortstop from Virginia, was taken by the Arizona Diamondbacks with the No. 1 pick in the baseball draft Tuesday. Upton and his brother B.J., the second pick in 2002 by Tampa Bay, are the highest-drafted siblings in draft history. The younger Upton was generally considered the best all-around athlete in this year's draft. With the second pick, Kansas City selected Nebraska third baseman Alex Gordon. Undrafted out of high school, the two-time Big 12 player of year and Golden Spikes Award finalist is hitting .382 with 18 home runs and 68 RBIs for the Huskers. Southern California catcher Jeff Clement went No. 3 to Seattle. Highly touted since he set the national high school career home run record, Clement has become an all-around hitter and solid defensive catcher. Washington took University of Virginia third baseman Ryan Zimmerman with the fourth pick. Zimmerman, who set a Team USA record with a .468 batting average last summer, is also a tremendous defensive player who's been described as a future Gold Glover. Miami third baseman Ryan Braun was selected fifth by Milwaukee. The offensive leader of the Hurricanes is batting .396 with 18 homers and 75 RBIs. Toronto took Cal State Fullerton left-hander Ricky Romero with the sixth pick. The Big West pitcher of the year is 12-5 with a 2.95 ERA for the defending College World Series champions. Long Beach State's Troy Tulowitzki went seventh to Colorado. The successor to AL Rookie of the Year Bobby Crosby at shortstop for the 49ers is considered an even better all-around athlete. Tampa Bay then took former Rice right-hander Wade Townsend, who was drafted last year by Baltimore -- also with the eighth pick. Townsend turned down an offer from the Orioles, returned to school, renounced his college eligibility to continue contract negotiations, but Baltimore lost its rights to Townsend once he attended classes. The New York Mets selected hard-throwing righty Mike Pelfrey of Wichita State with the ninth pick. The 6-foot-7 Pelfrey is a two-time Missouri Valley Conference pitcher of the year. With the 10th pick, Detroit took North Carolina high school outfielder Cameron Maybin.


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Arizona Picks Up Herges And Vargas

Jun 3, 2005 11:09 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks added two pitchers on Friday, getting reliever Matt Herges in a trade with San Francisco and claiming starter Claudio Vargas off waivers from Washington. The Diamondbacks sent minor league outfielder Doug DeVore to the Giants for Herges. Herges was designated for assignment last Sunday, a day after San Francisco acquired reliever LaTroy Hawkins in a trade with the Chicago Cubs. The 35-year-old righty was 1-1 with a 4.71 ERA in 21 games for the Giants this season.


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