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D’Backs Manager Torey Lovullo Regretful For Incident With Cardinals’ Yadier Molina

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It’s not often that you see a player have to be restrained from going after an opposing coach or manager.

However, that’s exactly what happened on Sunday afternoon between the Arizona Diamondbacks and St. Louis Cardinals.

Here’s how it started. In the top of the second inning, D’Backs center fielder A.J. Pollock struck out looking on a borderline 3-2 pitch from Luke Weaver to lead off the inning. Replays showed that Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina raised his glove to deceive the location of where the pitch landed.

It was the second time in four batters that a D’Backs hitter was rung up on a pitch below the knees, as David Peralta was the victim of that to lead off the game.

Pollock, who tossed his bat toward his dugout because he thought he had walked, was stunned to learn he had been rung up by home plate umpire Tim Timmons. After a brief argument, D’Backs manager Torey Lovullo came out to argue, and was promptly ejected from the game.

And then all of a sudden, Molina was going after Lovullo.

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Both benches emptied, but no punches were thrown as order was quickly restored. The D’Backs ended up winning 4-1.

After the game, Molina claimed that Lovullo had called him a “motherf**ker” twice, and that Lovullo should’ve been “ready to fight” because of it:

Lovullo, on the other hand, was regretful for the incident:

“Look, the first thing I want to say is I have the utmost respect for Yadier Molina. He’s one of the best catchers the game’s ever seen.

“So, I was going out there to talk about something with the umpire, and was referencing something and used a poor choice of words, and he took offense to it. And I wish I could take back what I said. But it wasn’t really directed at him, and it was more in terms of me saying I respect him on that level, that he’s getting special things because he’s that good.

“Look, I’m just human like everybody else, and I see things, and I react to things, and I was frustrated.

“I probably took things a little too far.”

(Update: Lovullo and Molina were both suspended one game for their actions.)

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Diamondbacks Promoting Kevin Cron

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The Arizona Diamondbacks are promoting corner infield prospect Kevin Cron to the major league level, according to 98.7 Arizona Sports’ John Gambadoro.

Cron, 26, is a former 1st round pick, and has been putting up some \monster numbers with Triple-A Reno.

Cron has hit 21 home runs so far this season, to lead all of Minor League Baseball.

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Diamondbacks Place Alex Avila On IL

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have placed catcher Alex Avila on the 10-day injured list with a strained left quad, according to the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro.

Avila, 32, has performed well over his four starts for Arizona this season, posting a slash line of .333/.524/.800 in his 21 plate appearances, including 2 homeruns.

In a corresponding move, the Dbacks have recalled utilityman Tim Locastro from Triple-A.

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Diamondbacks Agree to Terms with Greg Holland

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The Arizona Diamonds have agreed to terms on a one-year pact with veteran free agent reliever Greg Holland, according to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal and Robert Murray.

Holland is set to earn a guaranteed $3.25 million along with $3.5 million in potential incentives, according to MLB.com’s Jon Heyman.

Holland, 33, had an up and down season for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Washington Nationals, following a terrific season for the Colorado Rockies, so it will be interesting to see which version of Holland the Diamondbacks will see in 2019.

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