8/19/2014 7:25 P.M. ET
D-backs keeping up with Little League World Series
By Steve Gilbert / MLB.com
WASHINGTON -- There was a division within the D-backs' clubhouse Tuesday afternoon.
On one side, you had Oliver Perez, a native of Culiacan, Mexico, rooting for the Little League team from Mexico.
On the other, you had Ender Inciarte, David Peralta and Miguel Montero rooting for the Little League team from their native Venezuela.
Perez has been closely following the Guadalupe Linda Vista team from the outset and was excited by their 11-1 win over the team from Venezuela.
"It's a great experience for those kids," Perez said. "They get to come to this country and see things and get to meet other kids from all over the world."
Inciarte paid close attention to the team from Maracaibo, Venezuela, because he has a cousin on the team.
La Russa: Report on Gibson's future inaccurate
WASHINGTON -- Tony La Russa declined to meet with reporters Tuesday, but through a spokesperson, the D-backs' chief baseball officer said a USA Today report that stated the "D-backs currently plan to bring back" manager Kirk Gibson for 2015 was inaccurate.
La Russa directed reporters back to the comments he made Monday when asked about the job status of general manager Kevin Towers and Gibson, which did not indicate whether he was leaning one way or the other.
"I don't think the timing for each of those has to coincide," La Russa said. "I just think that at this point, we're at Aug. 18, I've been around three months, I've observed a lot, talked to and met with a lot of people in the organization. I have a much better idea. I just think the official comment is, we're at Aug. 18, the season is a month and 10 days from being over. So it won't be long until you have to trot out your plan officially."
Towers and Gibson each received contract extensions just prior to the start of Spring Training. At the time, the organization declined to reveal the length of the extensions, but they are believed to run through next season, as 2014 had been the final year of their prior deals.
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.