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PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks will enter the All-Star break a major disappointment.A team that many picked to contend in the NL West is mired in a tie with San Diego for last place in the division. At 38-49, the Diamondbacks are 16 games behind first-place San Francisco.Most puzzling is the discrepancy between Arizonas record on the road (23-17) and its dismal performance at home (15-32). In the National League, only Atlanta has a worse home record.Nobody in the organization seems to have a reason for the home woes.If we had the answer, manager Chip Hale said, it wouldnt be happening.The players are stumped. tooWeve all been trying to figure it out, reliever Tyler Clippard said. I was asking some of the guys that have been here in the past `Whats the deal with playing here or being here? and nobody really knows. Its very much a coincidental-type situation. It is what it is. I dont know.Despite the record, the person in charge of the team -- chief baseball officer Tony La Russa -- remains supportive of Hale and his coaching staff.Theyre a competent, talented group, La Russa said.He feels the same about the roster.No matter what the record is, La Russa said, we like our potential, we like our talent.The Diamondbacks surprised the baseball world by signing Zack Greinke to a six-year, $206.5 million contract. And they traded outfielder Ender Inciarte and two of their top prospects to Atlanta for Shelby Miller, penciling him in as the No. 2 starter.After a shaky start, Greinke has been the pitcher he was supposed to be, winning seven consecutive starts with a 1.98 ERA in that span. Hes 10-3 with a 3.62 ERA overall but goes into the All-Star break on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left oblique.Miller, though, has been a disaster.He is 2-9 with a 7.14 ERA. Miller went on the disabled list and worked in the minors to find his form. After some progress, Miller had another rough night Wednesday in a 13-6 home loss to San Diego. After blanking the Padres for three innings, he gave up five runs in the fourth when Arizona had a 4-0 lead.This is an organizational question, Hale said after the game. How are we going to get him better.Besides Greinke, the entire rotation has been underwhelming.Patrick Corbin, expected to be a standout No. 3 pitcher, is 4-6 with a 4.90 ERA.Archie Bradley, taking the place of injured starter Rubby De La Rosa, is 3-4 with a 4.81 ERA.Robbie Ray is 4-7 with a 3.78 ERA.Injuries to outfielders A.J. Pollock and David Peralta have hurt, but La Russa said every team has to deal with injuries.You play with what you have, he said. We have good depth on this team and thats one reason were disappointed our record isnt better, especially at home.Not surprisingly, home attendance has dwindled. The 14,110 for Tuesday nights game against the Padres was the smallest home crowd in franchise history. La Russa isnt surprised.I just think its on us to play better at home to where people are excited about our chance to win, he said. Im not disappointed in the fans. Were motivated to earn them.There have been some bright spots.Third baseman Jake Lamb, in his second full season in the majors, has 20 home runs and is tied for fourth in the NL with 61 RBI. Hes fit in nicely as the No. 4 hitter behind Paul Goldschmidt.Jean Segura, acquired in an offseason trade with Milwaukee, was shifted from shortstop to second base and is one of the top leadoff hitters in the game. Hes hitting .317 and is second in the National League with 108 hits.And, after a slow start, Goldschmidt has been Goldschmidt. Hes hitting .294 with 15 homers and 58 RBI and was selected to the All-Star team for the fourth time.But the team is underachieving.Its kind of funny how baseball is sometimes, Clippard said. 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Trumps comments during the campaign about Muslims and Mexicans and his foreign policy plans could hurt the U.S. citys standing with some of the IOCs 98 members, who represent a wide range of countries and cultural and religious backgrounds.Los Angeles bid leader Casey Wasserman, who was a prominent Clinton supporter, said his group has already been in contact with members of Trumps transition team.My personal support of Clinton isnt an indictment of president-elect Trumps ability to support our effort, Wasserman told The Associated Press. Were fully confident that he will be an enthusiastic supporter of the Olympics and our bid.Having said that, I think the Olympics are at its best when they rise above politics, he added. It has the ability to unite people. Our bid isnt a political bid. Its a private bid with political support. We are privately funded and privately operated. We are one step removed from the politics and the ups and downs of politics.While details have been kept secret, the Los Angeles presentation -- which includes Mayor Eric Garcetti, a Democrat -- is likely to deal head-on with the U.S. election result and seek to reassure Olympic officials that the bid represents openness, diversity and inclusiveness.Were not going to pretend like there wasnt an election but were not going to be defensive about it, Wasserman said. I think there are some things were going to say that will surprise some people.Perhaps as a contrast to Trumps image, the bid team selected sprint star Allyson Felix, a Los Angeles-born African-American athlete who has won six Olympic gold medals and three silvers -- as one of its key speakers for the presentation. Felix won two relay gold medals and a silver medal in the 400 meters in Rio de Janeiro in August.Shes born, bred, raised and developed in Los Angeles. Shes a hometown girl, Wasserman said. 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