Ramirez-free Marlins beat up on the Diamondbacks

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As expected, Hanley Ramirez rode the pine for today’s businessman’s special against the Diamondbacks (query: do they call weekday games “businessmen specials” anymore?).  Didn’t bother the Marlins much, as Josh Johnson was dominant, allowing only two hits in seven innings, and Ramirez’s replacement Brian Barden went 1 for 3 with a two-run single, turned a double play, committed no errors and, by all accounts, did not once refuse to hustle during the Marlins’ 8-0 win.

For the Diamondbacks, new reliever Saul Rivera gave up five runs on four hits with two walks in a single inning’s work.  The Dbacks traded “cash considerations” to the Indians for Rivera yesterday.  If I were them I’d reconsider how much cash is heading to Cleveland.

If they really wanted an Indians’ minor league pitcher they should have gone for Mike Gosling.

Video: Gift Ngoepe singles in his first major league at-bat

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Pirates infielder Gift Ngoepe, just called up from Triple-A Indianapolis, singled in his first major league at-bat on Wednesday evening against Cubs starter Jon Lester. It was a well-struck ground ball up the middle in the bottom of the fourth inning. Unfortunately for him, the Pirates could not bring him around to score.

Ngoepe, who was pinch-hitting, stayed in the game to play second base.

Shelby Miller getting third opinion on elbow from Dr. James Andrews

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller was placed on the 10-day disabled list on Monday due to inflammation in his right elbow. He had a second opinion from Dr. Neal ElAttrache on Tuesday and is currently awaiting a third opinion from Dr. James Andrews, Craig Grialou of Arizona Sports reports. That he’s getting a third opinion seems to imply that Miller’s elbow issue is rather serious.

Miller, 26, hasn’t been able to catch a break since joining the Diamondbacks. Last year’s nightmarish season included a finger injury stemming from mechanical woes and a brief demotion to the minor leagues. In 20 starts in the majors last year, Miller posted an ugly 6.15 ERA. This year, his ERA is a mediocre 4.09 over four starts.

The Diamondbacks called up Zack Godley to take Miller’s spot in the rotation. There was some speculation that it would be Archie Bradley instead, but he’s been working out of the bullpen.