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NL West managers say the Diamondbacks “play the game the right way”

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The phrase “play the game the right way” is vague, so it’s usually tough to know exactly what someone means when they use the phrase. Hitting batters as revenge, for example, could be “right” if you’re an old-school baseball type, or it may be wrong to someone else. NL West managers say the Diamondbacks “play the game the right way,” Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post reports.

On August 1, 2014 against the Pirates, Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was hit by an Ernesto Frieri fastball and suffered a fractured left hand which ended his season. The next day, then-manager Kirk Gibson had reliever Randall Delgado exact revenge against Pirates superstar Andrew McCutchen, drilling him square in the back with a 2-0 95 MPH fastball.

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That was the second overt revenge incident as Diamondbacks reliever Evan Marshall threw a ball behind Ryan Braun and then hit him with the next pitch in May.

The prior year in October, then-GM Kevin Towers appeared on radio station Arizona Sports 620 and said that he expects his players to protect their teammates. He said, “I think come spring training, it will be duly noted that it’s going to be an eye for an eye and we’re going to protect one another.” Towers was shown the door after the 2014 season, as was Gibson.

Perhaps something changed in the way the Diamondbacks approach the game that has caught the attention of opposing managers. More likely, it’s just empty praise. The Diamondbacks hit 48 batters last season, only three fewer than in 2014 and down from 2013’s total of 60.

Fortunately for the D-Backs, they didn’t spend the offseason stocking up on players who only “play the game the right way”. Instead, they signed talented players. They inked Zack Greinke to a six-year, $206.5 million deal, acquired Shelby Miller in a trade with the Braves, added Tyler Clippard, extended A.J. Pollock, and acquired Jean Segura in a trade with the Brewers. The Diamondbacks are set up well to compete in the NL West, which is what should really concern opposing managers.

Max Scherzer (hamstring) leaves start vs. Mets after just 1 inning

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WASHINGTON — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Nationals against the New York Mets after just 27 pitches Wednesday night due to a hamstring injury.

He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde.

Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other.

The Mets eventually went ahead in the first on Dominic Smith‘s sacrifice fly.

Scherzer entered the game with an 0-1 record and 2.84 ERA this season.