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Vazquez struck out a season-high 13 in eight innings of the Chicago White Sox's 7-1 win over the Toronto Blue Jays Saturday. Vazquez finished one strikeout shy of his career high set Aug. 3, 2003 against the Chicago Cubs. He allowed one run, two hits and also walked two batters in winning his first start since July 6.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have traded Vazquez to the Chicago White Sox for right-handers Orlando Hernandez and Luis Vizcaino and outfield prospect Chris Young. The deal won't become official until players pass physicals, but Vazquez appears Chicago-bound after going 11-15 with a 4.42 ERA in 33 starts for the Diamondbacks in 2005.
It appears Vazquez will be playing in a different uniform in 2006. The Arizona right-hander has filed a formal trade demand, as is his right by virtue of being dealt during a multiyear contract in January. The Diamondbacks have until March 15 to deal Vazquez, who was traded from New York to Arizona in the Randy Johnson deal. In 2005, Vazquez was 11-15 with a 4.42 ERA in 33 starts.
After missing his Tuesday start with a nasty flu bug, Vazquez returns on Tuesday in Pittsburgh. The Arizona righthander wasn't rushed into his next start because of a minor, though nagging, knee problem. The Diamondbacks recalled rookie starter Dustin Nippert over the weekend and will activate Shawn Estes from the disabled list later in the week. A larger rotation will allow the D-Backs to spread out Vazquez' outings down the stretch.
Vazquez battled some control problems in Tuesday's 5-0 loss to the Florida Marlins and departed after just five innings of work. Prior to being pulled from the game, the Diamondbacks' righthander allowed five runs on eight hits, walked four and struck out three. With the loss, he dropped to 9-11 on the season and boosted his ERA to 4.40.
After lasting just five innings in his previous start, Vazquez got back in the groove in Sunday's 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves, scattering three hits over eight strong innings of work. The Diamondbacks' righthander surrendered a pair of solo home runs to Andruw Jones, but struck out 11 and evened his season record at 9-9. Following four straight losses, Vazquez has won two of his last three starts.
Vazquez followed up a pair of solid outings with one of his worst of the 2005 campaign in Tuesday's loss to the Florida Marlins. The Diamondbacks' righthander walked five batters and surrendered three home runs -- both season highs -- while giving up six runs on nine hits in five innings. Going into the contest, he had allowed just two runs in his previous 17 innings of work.
Vazquez had one of his best outings of the season, but was tagged with the loss in Wednesday's pitcher's duel with Chris Carpenter and the St. Louis Cardinals. The Diamondbacks' righthander surrendered just two runs on three hits while posting his third complete game of the 2005 campaign. He struck out eight and walked none.
Vazquez notched the seventh shutout of his major league career and first since 2003, blanking the Detroit Tigers in Sunday's 1-0 victory. The Diamondbacks' righthander scattered just five hits, striking out seven and walking none. For the year, he is 5-3 with a 3.49 ERA and two complete games in 10 outings.
After struggling mightily in his first three starts of the season, Vazquez appears to be putting it together with the Arizona Diamondbacks. The righthander notched his third consecutive victory, going the distance in Sunday's win over the San Diego Padres. He allowed two runs on six hits, striking out eight and walking none, to record the 17th complete game of his major league career.
Vazquez gave up 17 earned runs in his first three outings, but has surrendered just four runs in his last three starts. For the year, he is 3-2 with a 5.11 ERA, including 36 strikeouts and eight walks in 37 innings of work.
Vazquez entered Wednesday's game against the San Francisco Giants with a disappointing 11.77 ERA after his first three starts of the 2005 campaign. The righthander, who is in his first season with the Diamondbacks, cut the number to 7.65 by tossing seven shutout innings and recording the win. He scattered eight hits, struck out two batters and walked two.
Vazquez had allowed five or more earned runs in each of his previous three outings. He now has a 5-1 record in his last six decisions against the Giants.
Vazquez turned in his longest outing of the season in Thursday's matchup with the Washington Nationals, going six innings. However, the results were similar to his first two starts. Despite striking out eight batters, the Diamondbacks' righthander allowed five runs on eight hits and took the loss.
Most expected Vazquez to return to form this season after struggling in the New York spotlight with the Yankees last year. But in three starts with his new club, he has allowed 23 hits in 13 innings and is 0-2 with a gaudy 11.77 ERA.
Vazquez' debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks was one he would like to forget. The righthander, who was acquired from the New York Yankees in the Randy Johnson trade during the offseason, allowed seven runs on 10 hits in just 1.2 innings in Monday's Opening Day loss to the Chicago Cubs. After the game, Vazquez said he felt he had good stuff, but both he and manager Bob Melvin indicated that he could have been tipping his pitches.
Vazquez will review the game tape over the next couple of days to see where he went wrong. Expect him to get back on track in his next start. He went 14-10 with a 4.91 ERA in 32 starts with the Yankees last season.