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Major League Update: McCarthy, Bell encounter rough mound appearances

Right-handers off to tough starts with respective teams. Estrada to make first start against Boston Red Sox.

April 03, 2014|By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com
  • Starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy of the Arizona Diamondbacks, a Glendale resident, pitches against the Chicago Cubs during the spring training game at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick on March 26 in Scottsdale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Starting pitcher Brandon McCarthy of the Arizona Diamondbacks,…

The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players.

Brandon McCarthy (Glendale native) Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher: After the Diamondbacks returned from opening their season against the rival Los Angeles Dodgers in Australia, they turned to McCarthy on United States soil to get back on track. Arizona lost a pair of games to the Dodgers and McCarthy, a right-hander, look to provide Arizona with a needed boost when he got his first start of the season Monday against the visiting San Francisco Giants.

McCarthy did his part, leaving with the lead, but Arizona’s bullpen squandered McCarthy’s effort in suffering a 9-8 defeat. McCarthy allowed five runs (all earned) and allowed six hits in 6 2/3 innings. McCarthy struck out four and 63 of his 94 pitches were strikes.

Arizona held a 7-3 lead entering the seventh inning. San Francisco scored four runs in the seventh to knot it at 7. San Francisco pinch-hitter Ehire Adrianza doubled in a run to conclude McCarthy's start.

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McCarthy thought he had struck out Adrianza on a 2-2 pitch, but to no avail.

“There was a call in the seventh that changed the entire outlook of the game,” McCarthy told the Associated Press. “We all have to execute after that point, but ... it kind of leaves a bitter taste.”

The Diamondbacks are 1-5 through Thursday.

McCarthy will look to regroup in his next scheduled start, which will be Saturday against the Colorado Rockies (1-3) in Denver.

McCarthy is 42-50 with a 4.13 earned-run average and 527 strikeouts in 176 lifetime appearances. Before joining Arizona, McCarthy pitched for the Chicago White Sox, Texas Rangers and Oakland Athletics.

Trevor Bell (Crescenta Valley High, 2005) Cincinnati Reds pitcher: After earning a spot in the bullpen at the end of spring training as a non-roster invitee, Bell, a former All-Area Baseball Player of the Year pick, struggled in his debut with Cincinnati on Thursday against the St. Louis Cardinals. Bell, a former first-round pick of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2005 who made his major league debut with the Angels in 2009, gave up three earned runs and walked two and didn’t record an out in a 7-6 defeat.

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