Last night during the game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Los Angeles Dodgers, Fox Sports Arizona confirmed that five-time All-Star Jim Thome had been dealt from the Chicago White Sox to the Dodgers for a player to be named later. (The ChiSox also got rid of pitcher Jose Contreras, sending him to the Colorado Rockies.) Weird, especially considering that Thome - who has only played one game in the field since 2006 - would need to have first baseman James Loney benched in order to receive consistent ABs and we don't see the Dodgers doing that. (Unless they want the slugger, who is twelfth on the all-time home run list, to pinch-hit here and there?)
But the trading weirdness would get crazier. In the bottom half of the eighth, it was confirmed that Jon Garland, Arizona's scheduled starter for Thursday, had been traded to the Dodgers. All Garland needs to do to join his new team is to walk from one dugout to the other. (He was later seen high-fiving Justin Upton after the slugger's game-tying homer in the eighth. Probably not the smartest move when you're a member of the other team now.)
By the way, all of this wheeling and dealing occurred on account of postseason-roster eligibility, which needed to be completed by midnight eastern.
As far as the game, the D-Backs spoiled the Dodgers' party, thanks to Rusty Ryal. The rookie's towering blast to left center off a James McDonald fastball allowed Arizona to take a 4-3 lead. Augie Ojeda later drew a base-loaded walk, Juan Gutierrez (filling in for Chad Qualls, who sustained a season-ending knee injury on Sunday) pitched a perfect tenth inning, and the snakes took game one of this four-game series by a 5-3 tally.
Tonight's game takes place at Dodger Stadium at 7:10 p.m. Scheduled starters are Arizona's Yusmeiro Petit (3-8, 5.59 ERA) and Los Angeles' Vicente Padilla (9-6, 4.86 ERA). TV: Fox Sports Arizona. Radio: KTAR-620 AM. More info at www.dbacks.com.
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