Chris Johnson blasted a pair of home runs and drove home five on Tuesday, powering the Diamondbacks to a 10-4 victory over the Pirates. When the Houston Astros dealt Johnson to the Diamondbacks before the trade deadline in exchange for prospects Bobby Borchering and Marc Kraus, most called it a victory for Houston general manager Jeff Luhnow. Johnson now has five home runs and 15 RBI while going 10 for 29 (.345) in just eight games played with the Diamondbacks. Johnson has always had decent power potential and is now playing for a team that boasts one of the most power-friendly home parks. Johnson should continue to play every day for Arizona and is showing no signs of slowing down at the plate.
A.J. Burnett (13-3) carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning Tuesday against the Cubs. The right-hander did not allow a hit through his first seven innings of work and retired the leadoff batter in the eighth. He then hit Darwin Barney and after striking out Luis Valbuena, surrendered a two-out single to Adrian Cardenas. Burnett admitted he started thinking about a no-hitter in the third or fourth inning. He was visible angry about a 2-2 curve that just missed outside, and he appeared to be yelling at the umpire after the hit. But he struck out David DeJesus with runners on first and third to end the inning.