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Deven Marrero Hits First Homer As A D’Back, Except It Didn’t Actually Count

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Saturday night saw Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Deven Marrero hit his first home run with the team, a three-run shot off Dodgers southpaw Rich Hill.

One problem though; it wasn’t a three-run homer, but a two-run single instead.

How could this have possibly happened? See for yourself:

Dodgers manager Dave Roberts took note of Marrero passing teammate Alex Avila on the basepaths, appealed the play, and Marrero was called out.

Marrero’s base-running gaffe was in violation of Rule 5.09(b)(9), which states that a base-runner will be called out if he passes a preceding runner before such runner is out.

Pretty bizarre. Marrero’s first D’Back dinger will have to wait.

Marrero, 27, was acquired by Arizona from the Boston Red Sox on March 24.

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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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Diamondbacks Sign Merrill Kelly To Two-Year Deal

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have signed right hander Merrill Kelly to a two-year, $5.5 million contract, according to Yahoo Sports’ Jeff Passan.

Kelly’s new deal will pay him $2 million in 2019 and $3 million in 2020 and includes a pair of club options. The 30-year old has never pitched in the major leagues but had an impressive four-year stint in the Korea Baseball Organization.

Kelly was a former prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays organization.

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