News: Rodney, who has given up runs in six of his last nine outings, might be tipping his pitches, the Seattle Times reports.
Impact: Manager Lloyd McClendon said the tipping is "a recent development," which would explain the four homers Rodney has allowed his last eight innings. "They've been really only hitting the fastball and they are jumping on it," Rodney said. "Not all of them are bad pitches. Some of them have been good pitches." Rodney pitched a perfect 1.1 innings Monday, just his 10th such outing in 43 appearances this year.
News: Montgomery got no decision despite a quality start Monday against the Diamondbacks, as he allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and four walks over 6.2 innings. He struck out five.
Impact: After recording back-to-back shutouts to close out June, Montgomery came crashing back to earth. In his first four July starts, Montgomery allowed a 6.98 ERA and walked nine batters in 19.1 innings. Montgomery still struggled with his control Monday night, but he kept Diamondbacks hitters off balance as he induced 14 grounders against just one fly ball. Still, Montgomery will need to rein in his control to avoid another swoon.