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NL West News and Notes: Beltran, Bell, Sullivan

NL West Standings

Arizona 69 59 .539 0 Lost 6
San Francisco 68 60 .531 1 Won 1
Colorado 61 68 .472 8.5 Won 3
San Diego 59 70 .457 10.5 Won 4
Los Angeles 58 69 .456 10.5 Won 1

(updated 8.22.2011 at 11:59 PM PDT)


On the eventual return of Beltran .... - McCovey Chronicles
Why Carlos Beltran isn't going to lead to the redemption of the lineup.

Hey Jed, Extend Bell Now
It’s important to find a way to keep Bell in San Diego. Instead of a $10 million salary for 2012 why don’t the Friars agree to extend Bell for two guaranteed years at $8 million per?

Did The Diamondbacks Hitters Have Their Worst Week Ever? - AZ Snake Pit
Arizona has struggled on this road-trip, hitting .162 and scoring nine runs in six games. Is there hope going forward?

Former Rockie Cory Sullivan profiles as front-office type | On the Rox — Colorado Rockies news — Denver Post
Many players think about working in the game after they stop playing. Their preference is to go into broadcasting, coaching or a special assistant role. Sullivan’s vision is broader. As it should be, former teammates said.

Injured Dodgers showing improvement | News
Ted Lilly's stiff neck improved Monday and manager Don Mattingly said the left-hander is still scheduled to make his next start Friday night against the Rockies.

Monday Musings: Matt Cain continues to improve " Giants Nirvana | SF Giants Blog
He currently boasts an FIP of 2.77, significantly better than his previous career-best (2010) of 3.65. His xFIP — a stat which, as it should be noted, criminally underrates Cain — has him at 3.59 on the season, which beats his previous career-low by roughly 40 points.