Jerry Dipoto may stay with the Diamondbacks after all

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When the Diamondbacks hired Kevin Towers as their new general manager last week the assumption was that interim general manager Jerry Dipoto would leave the organization after finishing runner-up in the interview process, but now it sounds like he may stick around.
Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Towers has asked Dipoto to remain with the team “in a significant capacity” and Dipoto is traveling with the Diamondbacks on their road trip to California as “a way for he and Towers to get to know each other better and to continue to discuss their baseball philosophies.”
Dipoto would have no trouble finding another prominent front office job elsewhere and will likely be in the mix for various GM openings this offseason, so staying in Arizona as the assistant to someone who was just signed to a multi-year deal would be somewhat surprising. Can’t blame Towers for trying, though.

Cardinals closer Trevor Rosenthal to be examined for arm tightness

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Cardinal closer Trevor Rosenthal was taken out of last night’s game against the Red Sox after he gave up a big homer and a walk. He velocity was down as well, and Mike Mathney said after the game that he didn’t look right. Now the Cardinals are going to take a closer look at him, and he’ll be examined today for what is being described as “tightness” in his right arm.

Rosenthal is 3-4 with a 3.40 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 76/20 in 47.2 innings. He has 11 saves after regaining the closer’s job from Seung Hwan Oh. Now some combination of Oh, Tyler Lyons, and John Brebbia will fill in for Rosenthal to the extent he needs to miss time.

Aaron Judge broke a dubious record last night

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Aaron Judge hit a monster home run in last night’s win over the Mets, but he also set a dubious record. Judge struck out for the 33rd consecutive game, setting a new mark for a position player in a single season.

Yes, that’s qualified. No pitchers, of course, as I assume many of them have struck out in more than 33 straight games. Also,  Adam Dunn once struck out in 36 straight games, but that straddled two seasons: he struck out in the final four games of 2011 and the first 32 games of 2012. Still, Judge’s feat is impressive, and given the nature of his game and the state of baseball these days, it’s not hard to imagine him striking out in three or four more straight games anyway.

None of which, by the way, should be all that much of a slight on Judge. The guy is still hitting .291/.420/.614, even with his second half slump. If I was a manager I’d happily accept his whiffs in exchange for everything else he brings to the table. It’s not 1959 anymore, and strikeouts are not the worst thing that can happen.