8/8/2014 9:58 P.M. ET
Paul's 'crazy' week results in joining D-backs
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
PHOENIX -- A week ago, Xavier Paul was worried about finding a Minor League job.
On Friday, Paul found himself pulling on an Arizona Diamondbacks uniform.
Yes, it's been quite a whirlwind for the 29-year-old, who has appeared in 335 Major League games with the Dodgers, Pirates and Reds over the past five years.
Coming off the bench for the Reds the past two seasons, Paul hit .314 and .244. He signed with the Orioles as a free agent, but did not make their team out of Spring Training and was playing for their Triple-A Norfolk affiliate before being released last Sunday.
On Thursday, Paul signed a Minor League deal with the D-backs and was assigned to Triple-A Reno. After his first game with the Aces, manager Phil Nevin told him he was headed to the big leagues.
Must have had a good game.
"Actually, I went 0-for-4 and I had no clue that I would be up here today," Paul said with a smile. "Pretty crazy."
The D-backs selected the contracts of Paul and left-handed pitcher Andrew Chafin and optioned infielder Nick Ahmed and outfielder Roger Kieschnick to Reno.
Paul can play both outfield corners and has experience coming off the bench. A left-handed hitter, he has had success in his career hitting right-handers.
"It was just an everyday grind in the Minor Leagues," Paul said. "Even last year in the big leagues, I played every day like it might be my last, but to be back up here and get another opportunity, it feels good. It never gets old. I told my son earlier -- he's 5 years old -- I said, 'Daddy's going to be playing on TV again,' and he started dancing and shouting. So it's exciting."
Lamb: Debut 'everything that you dream about'
PHOENIX -- D-backs third baseman Jake Lamb capped off his first day in the big leagues with a late dinner with his parents and a few close friends who had made the trip to see him play.
And there were some text messages to sort through.
"About 200," Lamb said.
Lamb went 1-for-4 Thursday night, with his hit to left driving home a run. He gave his parents the ball from that hit after the game.
"I got it out of my hands. I gave it to my parents to do something with, because if I have it, I'll lose it," Lamb said. "They'll do something with it. It was just a great day, it was everything that you dream about as a kid. It was something special."
Lamb's friends were sporting Lamb jersey's with his No. 19 on them during the game, which they had customized in the team shop.
"I asked them how much it was, and they said not to worry about it, it's worth it," Lamb said.
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.