Webb on All Star selection;Melvin to re-sign?

Webb on All Star selection;Melvin to re-sign?

At the All Star Break, manager Bob Melvin looks likely to receive a new contract. Webb doesn't get the All Star start, and you'll never guess who gets it instead. Plus, Counsell talks about his days off and Vizcaino speaks on his mechanics.


   Brandon Webb believes it's thrilling enough just to be selected to the All-Star Game. The thought of actually pitching in it sounds exciting, too.
   Webb got snubbed on the starting assignment; NL manager Phil Garner went with the Dodgers' Brad Penny instead.
   Webb leads the National League in ERA. He leads in innings pitched. And his nine wins are the second-most on the NL All-Star staff.
   He likely wouldn't be able to pitch too long in the game since he went seven innings Saturday. Manager Bob Melvin said Webb's next start with the Diamondbacks will be Saturday, July 15.
   REPLAY: The Diamondbacks had another big inning, got another big win and now, after playing poor baseball for the better part of five weeks, will take some positive momentum into the All-Star break.
   They got five runs in the seventh inning Sunday afternoon en route to an 8-5 win over the Rockies that completed a three-game weekend sweep.
   Jorge Julio pitched a scoreless ninth, giving him a save in all three games in the series.
   --SS Craig Counsell said the time off he got in the middle of last week went far in helping him get back on track during the weekend series against Colorado. Counsell went 7-for-11 in three games after he did not start Wednesday and enjoyed Thursday's off day. "Sometimes two days away from it can kind of clear your mind a little bit," he said.
   --RHP Edgar Gonzalez was credited with the win Sunday despite allowing a run in one inning of relief. He'll take it, though. The win, which snapped his 11-decision losing streak, was his first since Sept. 3, 2003.
   --Manager Bob Melvin is rumored to be close to receiving a new two-year contract from the Diamondbacks. Melvin is in the last guaranteed year of his deal. The Arizona Republic reported that an announcement is expected to come this week.
   --SS Stephen Drew and OF Carlos Gonzalez, two Diamondbacks prospects, participated in the Futures Game on Sunday. Drew went 1-for-3 while Gonzalez was 1-for-4. Drew plays for Triple-A Tucson, Gonzalez for Class A Lancaster.
   --RHP Luis Vizcaino says he's rediscovered his mechanics, enabling him to return to throwing his signature sharp-breaking slider. Vizcaino said that when he opens up early in his delivery, it causes him to release the ball from the side instead of over the top. His results are proof enough. He hasn't allowed a run in his past four appearances after struggling for the better part of three weeks.
   --Manager Bob Melvin announced his rotation for after the All-Star break: Friday through Sunday against the Brewers it will be RHP Miguel Batista, RHP Brandon Webb and RHP Claudio Vargas, and RHP Enrique Gonzalez and RHP Juan Cruz will start the first two games of the subsequent series against the Dodgers.
   BY THE NUMBERS: 325 -- Number of All-Star votes Brandon Webb received from players, managers and coaches, making him the league's leading vote-getter among pitchers. Webb had never before been selected to the All-Star team.
   QUOTE TO NOTE: "I swear that is the first time I have ever seen that." -- Diamondbacks left fielder Luis Gonzalez, reacting to the Coors Field stadium crew cleaning the upper deck of the stadium before the game had ended. The upper deck was largely vacant after a two-hour, 39-minute rain delay.
   OF Scott Hairston went on the disabled list retroactive to June 20 with a right shoulder injury.
   RF Shawn Green didn't play July 5 due to a bone bruise on his right hip after getting hit by a pitch July 4. He was in the lineup July 7.

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