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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | December 7, 2012
While the 2012 Major League Baseball season was arguably Brandon McCarthy's most impressive, it was also one in which he was yet again plagued by injuries. But it was seemingly the former that the Arizona Diamondbacks took note off, as they signed the Glendale native to a two-year contract worth $15.5 million, pending a physical, on Friday. “We were trying to target a guy that we thought was a [No.] 1, 2 or 3 [starter] and this guy was at the top of the rotation for a team last year ... that won the AL West and had one of the best records in baseball,” Arizona General Manager Kevin Towers told mlb.com.
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January 24, 2004
Jim Parque, a 1994 Crescenta Valley High graduate, signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday, joining his third team in the past three years. Terms were not disclosed, but Parque -- who was released by the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on Sept. 12 -- was invited to spring training. Pitchers and catchers must report to Arizona's spring training site in Tucson Electric Park by Feb. 21. Parque, a left-hander, went 1-1 with Tampa Bay last season, making five starts and amassing an 11.94 earned-run average.
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November 7, 2009
GLENDALE ? After four years with the Arizona Diamondbacks, former Glendale Community College standout Doug Slaten will be moving east. The Washington Nationals claimed Slaten, a left-handed relief pitcher, off waivers Thursday. Slaten, 29, helped the Diamondbacks win the National League West Division title in 2007. Arizona would defeat the Chicago Cubs to advance to the league championship series before falling to the Colorado Rockies in four games. Now, Slaten will join a team that finished with a league-worst record of 59-103.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | October 4, 2011
With the game all but over, the Milwaukee Brewers called on Glendale Community College product Marco Estrada to pitch the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game Three of the National League Division Series. Estrada came in with his team down, 8-1, but didn't let it get any worse. The former Vaquero faced four batters -- Arizona's No. 6, 7, 8 and 9 hitters. Estrada struck out Chris Young and surrendered a single to Ryan Roberts. He bounced back and struck out Gerardo Parra on four pitches, before getting John McDonald to hit an easy grounder to first baseman Prince Fielder to send the game into the ninth inning.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | May 31, 2013
The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players. Marco Estrada (Glendale Community College, 2003) starting pitcher, Milwaukee Brewers: Estrada and Milwaukee are probably glad that May concluded Friday. The Brewers finished the month 6-22 while sinking to the bottom of the National League's Central Division. Estrada, a right-hander and a former All-Western State Conference honoree at Glendale Community College, has pitched reasonably well in his last two starts for the Brewers.
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | April 17, 2011
GLENDALE — The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players. Brandon McCarthy (Glendale native) starting pitcher, Oakland Athletics: McCarthy continues to justify being handed a rotation spot by the Athletics in spring training with a strong start to the year, his first in Oakland. He has two quality starts in three appearances and has yet to take a loss, although his last outing was spoiled by a lack of support from the Athletics' bullpen. McCarthy saw a potential win go up in smoke on Friday when he pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings against the Detroit Tigers at home and left the game with a 1-0 lead after having allowed six hits and striking out seven to just one walk.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | September 14, 2013
The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players. Marco Estrada (Glendale Community College, 2003) starting pitcher, Milwaukee Brewers: Even when he's not battling injuries, Estrada still can't seem to catch a break on the mound. An example came in his latest start against the host St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. Estrada, 30, had a no-hitter entering the sixth inning before being struck by a come backer off the bat of Matt Carpenter that went for a hit. Estrada yielded one run and two hits and struck out six over 6 2/3 innings, but didn't factor into the decision.
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By Jonathan Raber | August 31, 2007
Hanging out in a crowded locker room in the depths of Dodger Stadium, nearly two hours before a key inter-division game with Los Angeles, Doug Slaten is an imposing presence. At 6-foot, 5-inches, the lanky left-hander towers over a host of teammates, some as little as 5-8. If not for his stature though, Slaten might be lost in the crowd. Littered with arguably the best young, up-and-coming talent in Major League Baseball, the Arizona Diamondbacks pre-game gathering has more the feel of a frat party than it does a clubhouse.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | April 3, 2014
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.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | August 14, 2013
The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players. Marco Estrada (Glendale Community College, 2003) starting pitcher, Milwaukee Brewers: It's been a season to forget for the Milwaukee Brewers, who are 52-68 and have been in last place throughout the bulk of the season in the National League Central Division. Estrada, a former All-Western State Conference pick, spent about two months on the disabled list with a back injury and is looking to finish off the season on a positive note.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | April 3, 2014
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.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | October 12, 2013
Whether it was at the major or minor league level, plenty of former area baseball players competed on professional diamonds not only across the United States, but in Canada and Mexico. There were a number of story lines along the way, as the 2013 campaign saw former Glendale Community College and high school standouts making contributions in professional baseball. It wasn't only on the field where stories were made, as off-the-field issues followed a handful of players throughout the year.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | September 14, 2013
The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players. Marco Estrada (Glendale Community College, 2003) starting pitcher, Milwaukee Brewers: Even when he's not battling injuries, Estrada still can't seem to catch a break on the mound. An example came in his latest start against the host St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday. Estrada, 30, had a no-hitter entering the sixth inning before being struck by a come backer off the bat of Matt Carpenter that went for a hit. Estrada yielded one run and two hits and struck out six over 6 2/3 innings, but didn't factor into the decision.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | August 14, 2013
The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players. Marco Estrada (Glendale Community College, 2003) starting pitcher, Milwaukee Brewers: It's been a season to forget for the Milwaukee Brewers, who are 52-68 and have been in last place throughout the bulk of the season in the National League Central Division. Estrada, a former All-Western State Conference pick, spent about two months on the disabled list with a back injury and is looking to finish off the season on a positive note.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | May 31, 2013
The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players. Marco Estrada (Glendale Community College, 2003) starting pitcher, Milwaukee Brewers: Estrada and Milwaukee are probably glad that May concluded Friday. The Brewers finished the month 6-22 while sinking to the bottom of the National League's Central Division. Estrada, a right-hander and a former All-Western State Conference honoree at Glendale Community College, has pitched reasonably well in his last two starts for the Brewers.
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By Grant Gordon, grant.gordon@latimes.com | December 7, 2012
While the 2012 Major League Baseball season was arguably Brandon McCarthy's most impressive, it was also one in which he was yet again plagued by injuries. But it was seemingly the former that the Arizona Diamondbacks took note off, as they signed the Glendale native to a two-year contract worth $15.5 million, pending a physical, on Friday. “We were trying to target a guy that we thought was a [No.] 1, 2 or 3 [starter] and this guy was at the top of the rotation for a team last year ... that won the AL West and had one of the best records in baseball,” Arizona General Manager Kevin Towers told mlb.com.
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By Andrew Shortall, andrew.shortall@latimes.com | October 4, 2011
With the game all but over, the Milwaukee Brewers called on Glendale Community College product Marco Estrada to pitch the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Game Three of the National League Division Series. Estrada came in with his team down, 8-1, but didn't let it get any worse. The former Vaquero faced four batters -- Arizona's No. 6, 7, 8 and 9 hitters. Estrada struck out Chris Young and surrendered a single to Ryan Roberts. He bounced back and struck out Gerardo Parra on four pitches, before getting John McDonald to hit an easy grounder to first baseman Prince Fielder to send the game into the ninth inning.
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By Gabriel Rizk, gabriel.rizk@latimes.com | April 17, 2011
GLENDALE — The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players. Brandon McCarthy (Glendale native) starting pitcher, Oakland Athletics: McCarthy continues to justify being handed a rotation spot by the Athletics in spring training with a strong start to the year, his first in Oakland. He has two quality starts in three appearances and has yet to take a loss, although his last outing was spoiled by a lack of support from the Athletics' bullpen. McCarthy saw a potential win go up in smoke on Friday when he pitched 6 2/3 scoreless innings against the Detroit Tigers at home and left the game with a 1-0 lead after having allowed six hits and striking out seven to just one walk.
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November 7, 2009
GLENDALE ? After four years with the Arizona Diamondbacks, former Glendale Community College standout Doug Slaten will be moving east. The Washington Nationals claimed Slaten, a left-handed relief pitcher, off waivers Thursday. Slaten, 29, helped the Diamondbacks win the National League West Division title in 2007. Arizona would defeat the Chicago Cubs to advance to the league championship series before falling to the Colorado Rockies in four games. Now, Slaten will join a team that finished with a league-worst record of 59-103.
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By Charles Rich | September 26, 2008
GLENDALE — The following are updates on area Major League Baseball players .   Jason Hirsh (St. Francis High, 2000) starting pitcher, Colorado Rockies: The right-hander is slated to make his first starting appearance today against the host Arizona Diamondbacks. He spent most of the season pitching for the Triple-A Colorado Springs Sky Sox after starting the year on the disabled list. Hirsh hasn’t picked up a decision this season for the Rockies, who have used him in the bullpen three times.
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