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Diamondbacks earns thumping victory against Giants

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Diamondbacks earns thumping victory against Giants

Paul Goldschmidt drove in two runs; in the fourth, Yasmani Tomas hits a go-ahead home run, and the Arizona Diamonbacks beats the San Francisco Giants 6-2.

Despite starting with rather ambiguous results, the D-backs has now improved to a four-game sweep. Chip Hale watches as his team wins by melding together with good-natured banter and sheer team spirit.

“It’s not easy to sweep anybody four games at the Major League level, especially a team like this in this ballpark. I’m proud of our guys,” Hale said post-game. “Guys kind of bonded.”

Letting through two hits in five relief innings of Shelby Miller for his first major league win, Tyler Wagner (1-0) helped the D-backs finish up a 7-3 road trip with a fifth straight win and first four-game sweep ever in the Giant’s 17th-year ballpark and fifth of three or more games.

The benches cleared and both teams were warned in the eighth after Josh Osich hit Arizona’s David Peralta with a pitch for the second straight day. Peralta walked towards the mound and offered Osich a few words, but there were no ejections.

Before this, Peralta said that he didn’t think Osich was trying to hit him. Naturally, he was more annoyed that it happened again.

“That’s my thought. He showed me yesterday like he can’t even throw the pitch inside because he ended up hitting me twice,” Peralta said. “The first pitch he hit me was at my face.”

“I got lucky that I threw my arm in. Today he did the same thing and got me on my elbow. That’s why I said something, like: ‘Hey, what’s going on? You’re going to hurt somebody.’ He’s not like throwing 88, he’s throwing 98.”

Osich said afterward: “I can see why he can be mad. I can see what it looks like because it’s the second day in a row. It’s part of baseball. I missed my spot.”

Upcoming matches:

Diamondbacks: LHP Patrick Corbin (1-1) starts against the Pirates for the second time in his career as Arizona returns home for 10 games.

Giants: RHP Jeff Samardzija (1-1) makes his home debut, pitching the series opener against the Marlins.

White Sox designated hitter Adam LaRoche to retire

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White Sox designated hitter Adam LaRoche to retire

Adam LaRoche, 36, stunned everyone as he made an announcement of his retirement from the MLB and the Chicago White Sox, and in the process forfeiting $13 million left on his contract.

LaRoche gave the news much to the surprise and dismay of this Sox coaches and teammates; many of them urged him to reconsider the 12-year veteran.

“I’m confident I am stepping away from baseball,” LaRoche said. “My teammates have asked me for an hour (to reconsider). I’ve tried to convince them I am convinced, but I will do them that, and give it a day or two, and then come back in and finish the story.”

Previously, he signed a two-year contract with the Sox that would end after next season, and said out of respect for his team that he would consider their requests before further discussion of his intention in the next few days.

However, Sox general manager Rick Hahn believes that LaRoche is adamant on his decision to retire. The news surprised him, but he will respect LaRoche’s decision and understands the player’s angle.

All parties did not pry upon the circumstances that made LaRoche’s decision which LaRoche says that he would address with clarity soon.

LaRoche had played in just two spring training games this year before being sidelined with back spasms, but the injury showed signs of recovery. If he should retire, the Sox would be left without a designated hitter, a backup first baseman and a surplus of outfielders.

With a career that spans a little longer than a decade in MLB, the .260 hitter with 255 home runs and 882 RBIs had played with the Braves, Pirates, Red Sox, Diamondbacks, and the Nationals.

Signing on under a free-agent contract with the Sox before the 2015 season, he experienced one of the more frustrating years of his career with the team. He hit .207 with 12 home runs, 44 RBIs and 133 strikeouts.

Dexter Fowler re-signs with Chicago Cubs in surprising deal

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Dexter Fowler re-signs with Chicago Cubs in surprising deal

In a surprising twist of events, MLB team the Chicago Cubs had re-signed their center fielder Dexter Fowler after trading outfielder Chris Coghlan to the Oakland Athletics.

Agreement between club and player was for a one-year period and worth up to $8 million, and was completed after Fowler drove down from Las Vegas for his physical.

The deal was completed two days after Fowler had been linked with a possible move to the Baltimore Orioles, with various media reports claiming that the player had agreed to 3-year deal with the club pending a physical.

Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said that Fowler’s insistence on a buyout clause was the chief reason the negotiations fell through.

Fowler then surprised his teammates and walked onto the club training grounds in street clothes as the team performed spring drills. Seeing him, everyone crowded around him in wild celebrations.

“With the social media these days, it’s hard to keep something quiet,” a smiling Fowler said afterward. “I owed it to the boys to tell them first.”

“This is where my heart is,” he added.

Minnesota Twins to trade outfielder Aaron Hicks

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The Minnesota Twins outfielder Aaron Hicks will be sent on a trade to the New York Yankees in exchange for catcher John Ryan Murphy, the two clubs announced from the GM Meetings in Boca Raton, Fla., on Wednesday afternoon.

Hicks, 26, has mostly spent his time in center field with the Twins, though he’s seen some action on the corners.

He hit .256/.323/.398 with 11 doubles, three triples, 11 homers and 13 stolen bases in 390 plate appearances last season.

The 2008 first-rounder (14th overall pick), Hicks was long considered a top prospect and has just started to hit the ball better.

For the Twins, though, top prospect Byron Buxton is the future in center field while the corners will have Eddie Rosario and possibly some spill over from their crowded infield corners.

This isn’t even mentioning prospect Max Kepler, who hit .322/.416/.531 with 32 doubles, 13 triples, nine homers and 18 steals in Double A (112 games) last season.

For the Yankees, they have Jacoby Ellsbury cemented in center, while Brett Gardner is in left and Carlos Beltran was playing right. Beltran probably needs to be limited in the field and a move to a corner for Ellsbury could be coming in the next few years.

There’s also now flexibility to move Gardner if the Yankees so choose. It’s a long offseason and only getting started.

Murphy, 24, hit .277/.327/.406 with nine doubles and three homers last season in 172 plate appearances.

The 2009 second-round pick was already stuck behind Brian McCann on the Yankees depth chart, and top prospect Gary Sanchez isn’t far off.