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Weaver impresses D-backs in pitchers' duel

Lovullo likes 'horsepower' in fastball, and 'a little swagger' even more
@JakeCrouseMLB
9:47 PM MST

PITTSBURGH -- For the first couple of innings in the D-backs’ 2-1 win on Tuesday night, it looked like Luke Weaver might be taking a step back from his steady progression so far this season. The Pirates worked Weaver for 38 pitches through two innings, tagging him for a pair

8 under-the-radar rookies grabbing our attention

@RichardJustice
7:30 AM MST

You’ve heard a lot about Pete Alonso and Fernando Tatis Jr., and justifiably so. Both of them have greatness written all over them. You may have been tracking Victor Robles and Eloy Jimenez before they made their Major League debuts, and like the rest of us, you’ll be thrilled when

For D-backs, rallies are better late than never

Arizona scores 7 runs in 7th inning to come back and beat Bucs
@JakeCrouseMLB
April 23, 2019

PITTSBURGH -- The D-backs are struggling to find success off starters, but that hasn’t hindered their ability to score at all. This year, when the going gets late, the bats get going. They continued to find ways to rally in the dark on Monday night, lifting off for seven runs

These 5 players have opened eyes in April

Walker, Stephenson, Fried, Polanco, Goodrum having hot starts
@mike_petriello
April 23, 2019

It's early enough in the season that some numbers can still feel very odd, like Mookie Betts hitting .244 and Aaron Nola posting a 6.84 ERA. Then again, the three best players in baseball so far have been Cody Bellinger, Christian Yelich, and Mike Trout. Aaron Judge has the best

Versatile Swihart catching on with D-backs

Lovullo wants club's new acquisition to play all over diamond
@JakeCrouseMLB
April 23, 2019

PITTSBURGH -- When the Red Sox traveled to play the D-backs at Chase Field earlier this month, Blake Swihart was already planning his move. Not from one team to the other. Rather, the Rio Rancho, N.M., native was eyeing real estate in Arizona, hoping to move closer to family and

D-backs to 'turn the page' after frustrating loss

@SteveGilbertMLB
April 21, 2019

CHICAGO -- Wrigley Field has not been very hospitable to the D-backs in 2019 so they were likely more than happy to be bidding it farewell following a disappointing 2-1 loss to the Cubs Sunday afternoon. The D-backs won the middle game of the three-game set, but had to deal

Clarke optioned to Reno after first career save

@SteveGilbertMLB
April 21, 2019

CHICAGO -- It was a memorable, but quick, stay in the big leagues for Taylor Clarke. The D-backs' right-hander was optioned back to Triple-A Reno ahead of Arizona's 2-1 loss to the Cubs on Sunday, after being called up and making his Major League debut in Saturday’s 6-0 win over

Need for speed: 1 flamethrower for each team

@williamfleitch
April 22, 2019

Let’s not kid ourselves: the story of baseball in the year 2019 is velocity. Remember back when FOX telecasts used to show a flame going WHOOSH! every time a pitch went over 95 mph? They’d have to do that every pitch now. Pitchers throw harder now than at any time

Looking back at MLB's 20-strikeout performers

April 21, 2019

A 20-strikeout game is one of baseball’s rarest feats. In Major League history, there have been 23 perfect games and 18 four-homer efforts, but only five times has a pitcher fanned 20 batters while throwing no more than nine innings. (Apologies to Tom Cheney, who struck out 21 in 16

Greinke leads shutout for first Wrigley win

@SteveGilbertMLB
April 20, 2019

CHICAGO -- Zack Greinke once again fulfilled his duties as an ace as he helped deliver a win against the Cubs, 6-0, on a blustery Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field. The win came one day after the D-backs struggled with Chicago’s wind and cold in a 5-1 loss. Greinke (3-1)

Elements get best of D-backs in loss

Wind, sun at Wrigley problematic; Kelly walks 7 over 3 2/3 innings
@SteveGilbertMLB
April 19, 2019

CHICAGO -- The ball left Kris Bryant’s bat in the second inning, went up in the air and appeared headed toward the outfield grass just beyond the bag at second. Then the 26-mph wind took over. The ball blew all the way over to shallow right, and rather than being

D-backs add Swihart in trade with Red Sox

Versatile switch-hitter likely to play corner-outfield, corner-infield spots
@SteveGilbertMLB
April 19, 2019

CHICAGO -- Blake Swihart may not be an ideal fit on the D-backs' roster given the way it’s currently constructed, but when given the opportunity to acquire him, the team felt it couldn’t pass it up. Swihart, who was designated for assignment by the Red Sox on Tuesday, was acquired

Walker thriving in late innings for D-backs

Arizona relying on righty Andriese in key situations
@SteveGilbertMLB
April 19, 2019

CHICAGO -- If the D-backs have needed a big hit late in a game this year, Christian Walker has been the guy they can count on. Walker is hitting .608 (14-for-23) in the seventh inning or later, with all six of his homers and all 11 of his RBIs coming

D-backs prospects throw combined no-hitter

@wboor
April 19, 2019

A trio of D-backs’ farmhands combined to throw a no-hitter for Class A Kane County in a 1-0 win over Quad Cities. Bryan Valdez, Andy Toelken and Blake Workman combined for eight strikeouts as they kept the River Bandits out of the hit column and pitched their way into the

9 players off to hot starts we didn't see coming

@RichardJustice
April 19, 2019

We should have predicted this kind of season coming from Rays second baseman Brandon Lowe. When the Rays believe in a player enough to guarantee him $24 million despite his having played just 43 Major League games, it’s a pretty good indication he’s special. The Rays don’t miss on these

Clean sweep: Weaver shuts down Braves 

April 18, 2019

ATLANTA -- Usually, getting to face the Arizona Diamondbacks while avoiding Zack Greinke is a reason to be thankful. The Braves, who’d been feasting on opposing pitchers, were probably licking their chops at the thought of taking swings against Zack Godley, he of a 7.41 ERA, and Luke Weaver, who

Here's each team's closer of the future

@GoldenSombrero and @JimCallisMLB
April 18, 2019

Identifying future closers isn't easy. Mariano Rivera, baseball's all-time saves leader and only unanimous Hall of Famer, began his pro career as a starter. So did Edwin Diaz and Wade Davis, the league leaders in saves a year ago, and many other pitchers who are nailing down the ninth inning

Jones continues surge, keys extra-inning win

Outfielder homers, pushes in game-winner with walk; Godley goes six-plus in two-run start
April 17, 2019

ATLANTA -- Adam Jones' slugging resurgence continued Wednesday night at SunTrust Park in Atlanta to fuel the D-backs' 3-2 extra-inning win over the Braves. Jones, who signed as a free agent with Arizona on March 11, was central to all three D-backs scoring rallies, blasting his fifth home run of

Each NL West team's secret weapon is ...

@matthewhleach
April 18, 2019

Sure, you know the obvious. You know Cody Bellinger is raking and you know Madison Bumgarner is dealing. But some assets are a little less obvious. MLB.com is taking a look at some of the “secret weapons” in each division. In some cases, it’s an unheralded player. In some cases,

Walker continues tear as D-backs punch win

First baseman posts second straight three-hit performance, relaxing into everyday play
@matthewhleach
April 17, 2019

ATLANTA -- For Christian Walker there is only right now. And right now, things are good again. There's no big league past to speak of. Walker is 28, but over parts of four previous seasons in the Majors, he amassed all of 14 starts and 99 plate appearances. The future

He cleaned their cleats -- now he's one of them

Joseph makes journey from clubhouse attendant to Major Leaguer
@SteveGilbertMLB
April 15, 2019

PHOENIX -- When he was signed by the D-backs in Spring Training, veteran catcher Caleb Joseph walked into the team’s Salt River Fields facility and one of the first people he saw was bullpen catcher Humberto Quintero. Quintero’s face flashed recognition. He knew he had seen Joseph somewhere before. “Do

Greinke trips up Padres with bat, arm, glove

Right-hander pitches seven strong innings, collects two hits
@SteveGilbertMLB
April 14, 2019

PHOENIX -- Zack Greinke had a complete game Sunday afternoon against the Padres. No, Greinke didn’t pitch all nine innings, but he contributed in every way that he could, collecting a pair of hits, scoring two runs and making a nice defensive play as the D-backs beat the Padres, 8-4,

Padres, D-backs get chippy over inside pitches

@AJCassavell
April 14, 2019

PHOENIX -- With two outs and the bases empty in the ninth inning on Sunday, D-backs closer Greg Holland threw a fastball behind Padres catcher Francisco Mejía. Then he did it again. Mejia struck out four pitches later to cap an 8-4 D-backs victory. But the end of the ballgame