04/22/12 8:30 PM ET
Albaladejo completes journey back to Majors
By Tyler Emerick / MLB.com
Pitcher Miley called into action
PHOENIX -- After waiting to see how the D-backs used their bullpen Sunday against the Braves, manager Kirk Gibson named long-reliever Wade Miley the starter for Monday's opener with the Phillies.Miley is stepping in for Daniel Hudson, who went on the disabled list Saturday with a right shoulder impingement. In 8 2/3 innings of relief this season, Miley has allowed three earned runs on seven hits. The 25-year-old was 4-2 with a 4.15 ERA in seven starts last year.
Bloomquist discusses Tillman's legacy
PHOENIX -- On Saturday, 28,000 people ran 4.2 miles in Tempe to celebrate the late Pat Tillman's life and raise money for the Pat Tillman Foundation.Sunday marked the eighth anniversary of the pro football player turned Army Ranger's death in Afghanistan. D-backs shortstop and Arizona State alum Willie Bloomquist didn't run for understandable baseball reasons, but he shared his thoughts on the event and Tillman. "Obviously he's a special individual for what he did with what he believed off the field," Bloomquist said. "I think it's very important we continue to remember him for what he did. Very few are built like him. He's a special person." Bloomquist's time at ASU coincided with Tillman's Sun Devil football career. Pat's brother, Kevin, was on the ASU baseball team with Bloomquist, and the D-backs shortstop became friends with both. "Pat was a tremendous individual on a personal level," Bloomquist said. "Getting to know him was great. And then what he did for the country, it's just outstanding." Pat's Run is in its eighth year and the proceeds from the event have helped give millions to veterans, active service members and their family members for educational scholarships. Bloomquist said once his playing career comes to an end, he will be a regular participant in the run.
Bloomquist, Roberts get a breather
PHOENIX -- In an effort to help D-backs shortstop Willie Bloomquist and third baseman Ryan Roberts come out of recent struggles at the plate, manager Kirk Gibson gave both the day off Sunday against the Braves."They're pushing very hard, guys care a lot," Gibson said. "Probably a little too much, and they're getting too frustrated with the results. We'll give them the day off, maybe tomorrow and maybe the next day. But they might play tomorrow, too." John McDonald and Cody Ransom replaced the pair in the D-backs' lineup. Ransom was called up from Triple-A Reno on Wednesday when outfielder Chris Young went on the disabled list, but hasn't played yet because of kidney stones. "He got a couple days, but he feels fine," Gibson said. "Hopefully he won't have any reoccurrence during the game." Bloomquist and Roberts are a combined 2-for-26 since Wednesday.