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Cliff Pennington | Shortstop

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (29) / 6/15/1984
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 195
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
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Cliff Pennington had a big day at the plate against the Dodgers on Wednesday, going 3-for-3 with two runs batted in.
Pennington finished a homer short of the cycle. He drove in a run with a sacrifice fly in the second and tripled home a run in the sixth. Pennington is hoping to make the team as a back-up infielder. He doesn't offer much for fantasy purposes when he's not playing every day. Mar 12 - 6:25 PM

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Cliff Pennington will be away from the Diamondbacks all week for the birth of his second child.

Pennington flew home from the Diamondbacks' road trip on Sunday and won't return to action until Friday night's series opener against the Rockies in Arizona. The 29-year-old infielder is hitting .235/.306/.296.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 09:18:00 AM

Cliff Pennington went 2-for-7 with a go-ahead RBI single in a 5-4 win over the Mets in 15 innings on Thursday.

The Mets got game-tying home runs in both the 13th and 14th innings, but Pennington's RBI single off Scott Rice in the 15th put the Diamondbacks ahead for good. It was his first RBI since June 15. The 29-year-old infielder is batting just .230/.297/.290 in 61 games this season and should be ignored in most fantasy leagues.
Thu, Jul 4, 2013 07:09:00 PM

Cliff Pennington had a three-run homer and an RBI double in a losing cause Wednesday against the Giants.

Pennington had a .205 average and three RBI this season before busting out tonight. He's in line to have his playing time reduced when Didi Gregorius returns from a concussion, but now that he's swinging better, he could get some playing time at second base.
Thu, May 2, 2013 01:31:00 AM

Cliff Pennington was ejected from Saturday's game against the Dodgers for arguing a called third strike.

Pennington slammed his bat on the plate, causing it to splinter. He's batting .238/.313/.262 on the season.
Sat, Apr 13, 2013 10:41:00 PM

Cliff Pennington's single off Cardinals' reliever Fernando Salas scored Jason Kubel to send the Diamondbacks to a 10-9, 16th-inning victory Wednesday, the longest contest in Chase Field history.

The game-winner was Pennington's third hit of the game. He also walked twice in eight plate appearances Wednesday. The 28-year-old didn't enter the contest favored to play hero after going 0-for-8 at the dish over the first two games of the season. Pennington's got a great glove, but not much bat, entering Opening Day a .249/.313/.356 career batter who limped to a .589 OPS in 2012.
Thu, Apr 4, 2013 03:52:00 AM

Diamondbacks avoided arbitration with SS Cliff Pennington by agreeing to a two-year, $5 million contract.

The deal buys out Pennington's first two arbitration years. Pennington offers solid defense at shortstop, he's just a .249/.313/.356 career hitter and sported an ugly .589 OPS last season. The 28-year-old will compete with Didi Gregorius for the starting job at short this spring.
Tue, Jan 22, 2013 09:53:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Diamondbacks are discussing a two-year deal with Cliff Pennington's agent.

The two sides were $1 million apart when arbitration figures were exchanged last week, but it sounds like Arizona would prefer to buy out the shortstop's first two arbitration years. Pennington will compete with Didi Gregorius for the starting job at short this spring.
Tue, Jan 22, 2013 08:46:00 PM

Cliff Pennington requested $2.8 million and was offered $1.8 million from the Diamondbacks when arbitration figures were exchanged Friday.

Pennington seems slated to earn somewhere in the neighborhood of $2.3 million in his debut season with the D'Backs. With the recent acquisition of Didi Gregorius, the light-hitting Pennington will have to earn the starting shortstop position this spring.
Fri, Jan 18, 2013 07:44:00 PM

Diamondbacks acquired INFs Cliff Pennington and Yordy Cabrera from the Athletics for OF Chris Young.

Pennington solves the Diamondbacks' problem at shortstop for 2013. He's far from a strong hitter, but the 28-year-old plays good defense and should see significant offensive improvement moving from the O.Co Coliseum to Chase Field. Pennington is arbitration-eligible this winter.
Sat, Oct 20, 2012 04:27:00 PM

Cliff Pennington went 3-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Sunday's win over the Yankees.

A rare big day at the plate for the light-hitting infielder. Pennington's two-run blast in the second extended the A's lead to 3-0, and his RBI single in the sixth put the team ahead for good. He's now batting .219 for the season.
Sun, Sep 23, 2012 05:30:00 PM

Cliff Pennington went 2-for-3 with a two-run homer versus the Indians on Thursday.

And then was removed for a pinch-hitter. Pennington, now a part-time second baseman with Stephen Drew at shortstop, collected his first homer since June 28. It was just his second multihit game since the All-Star break.
Thu, Aug 30, 2012 04:08:00 PM

Cliff Pennington and Adam Rosales will share the starting job at second base for the Athletics following the demotion of Jemile Weeks.

Rosales was going to be kept around no matter what for his versatility, and the A's decided to hold on to Pennington instead of Weeks. Neither guy would be much of a fantasy option even with an everyday job, so they're barely rosterable even in AL-only leagues since they're splitting time.
Tue, Aug 21, 2012 08:13:00 PM

Athletics activated SS Cliff Pennington from the 15-day disabled list.

Pennington went 5-for-11 (.455) with three walks on his three-game rehab assignment at Triple-A Sacramento. The A's were going to have him spend a week on the farm, but he's clearly already back in the groove offensively.
Tue, Aug 7, 2012 05:34:00 PM

Cliff Pennington's (elbow) rehab assignment could be a lengthy one.

The A's not only want to make sure Pennington is healthy, but they'd like for him to get in a groove at the plate before being activated. He's off to a good start at Triple-A Sacramento, picking up three hits in his first seven at-bats. In the meantime, the A's will continue to go with a combination of Adam Rosales, Eric Sogard and Brandon Hicks at shortstop.
Sun, Aug 5, 2012 09:48:00 AM

Depth Charts

C1Miguel Montero
2Tuffy Gosewisch
1B1Paul Goldschmidt
2B1Aaron Hill
SS1Chris Owings
2Cliff Pennington
3B1Martin Prado
2Eric Chavez
LF1Mark Trumbo
2Cody Ross
CF1A.J. Pollock
RF1Gerardo Parra
2Tony Campana
Starting Pitcher
S1Brandon McCarthy
2Wade Miley
3Trevor Cahill
4Bronson Arroyo
5Josh Collmenter
6Daniel Hudson
7Patrick Corbin
Relief Pitcher
R1Addison Reed
2J.J. Putz
3Brad Ziegler
4Oliver Perez
5Mike Bolsinger
6Joe Thatcher
7Randall Delgado
8Matt Reynolds
9Ryan Rowland-Smith
10David Hernandez