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3 takeaways from D-backs' early troubles

@SteveGilbertMLB
August 2, 2020

The D-backs get their first off-day of the season Monday and boy, do they need it. Arizona’s offense struggled once again Sunday as the Dodgers took three of four in the series, this one by a 3-0 margin at Chase Field to drop the D-backs to 3-7 on the year.

Weaver seeks solution after 'spiral' vs. LA

@SteveGilbertMLB
August 2, 2020

In both his starts this year, D-backs right-hander Luke Weaver has seemingly had things in hand through the first three innings, but the fourth inning got sideways on him. On Saturday night, he allowed three runs in the fourth and was gone three batters into the fifth. The Dodgers scored

D-backs tab Andy Young for utility role

@SteveGilbertMLB
August 1, 2020

When he got a phone call Friday night from D-backs farm director Josh Barfield, Andy Young figured it was something to do with COVID-19 testing for Saturday. Instead the infielder/outfielder got the news he was headed to the big leagues for the first time. Young, who was with the team’s

MLB, MLBPA agree to 7-inning twin bills

@HarriganMLB
July 31, 2020

In the interest of player health and safety, Major League Baseball and the MLB Players Association jointly announced Friday that both games of doubleheaders will be seven innings in length for the duration of the 2020 season. The change will be effective Aug. 1. In these doubleheader games, the automatic

'Chip on shoulder,' Walker leads D-backs rally

@SteveGilbertMLB
August 1, 2020

Christian Walker knows himself well. He realizes that he is an emotional player and sometimes, those emotions are going to get the best of him. But he’s also worked to be able to gather himself after moments like that and get refocused. That was evident Friday night when he drove

What to expect from Daulton Varsho

@JonathanMayo
July 30, 2020

It might sound strange, but the state of Wisconsin has become a bit of a hotbed in recent years in terms of producing high-level baseball talent. Dodgers top prospect Gavin Lux was the first in the wave to make it the bigs, creating buzz with a strong Major League debut

Now in Arizona, Varsho follows family trade

D-backs hope son of former big leaguer can bring 'punch' to offense
@SteveGilbertMLB
July 31, 2020

With their offense reeling a bit after a 2-4 road trip to open the season, the D-backs selected the contract of Daulton Varsho, one of their prized prospects, ahead of Thursday’s home opener against the Dodgers. “It was a dream come true,” said Varsho, whose father Gary played in the

D-backs trusting Lovullo's 'out of box' ideas

@SteveGilbertMLB
July 31, 2020

With just 60 regular-season games scheduled in 2020, each game takes on more urgency than it normally would, which can cause a manager to change the way he maneuvers in a game. D-backs skipper Torey Lovullo showed that during Thursday night’s 6-3 loss to the Dodgers at Chase Field when

Here's each team's biggest impact rookie

July 30, 2020

Back in January, we took an early crack at picking a Rookie of the Year candidate for each team. The 2020 season obviously looks much different than we thought it would back then, so with the season underway, we thought we would take a look at which rookie will have

Bumgarner steady, but velo drop 'frustrating'

@SteveGilbertMLB
July 29, 2020

After more than 10 exhausting days traveling to three cities, the D-backs were oh so close to coming home from their season-opening road trip with a .500 record and some momentum. They had rallied for two runs in the seventh and eighth innings to go up by two runs on

Kelly stellar, takes no-hit bid into 7th

@SteveGilbertMLB
July 29, 2020

Early Tuesday afternoon, D-backs pitching coach Matt Herges spoke with reporters and said he wanted to see his pitchers be more aggressive in the strike zone after a disappointing series in San Diego in which they walked 27 batters in four games. Hours later, Merrill Kelly took the mound at

Alt camp an eye-opener for 2019 top pick

@wboor
July 29, 2020

The cancellation of the Minor League season was a worst-case scenario for prospects around the game of baseball, but the lack of games doesn’t mean 2020 needs to be a lost year. Corbin Carroll, one of several prospects in the D-backs’ 60-man player pool, is making the best of his

Notes: Herges on pitching woes, Bumgarner

@SteveGilbertMLB
July 28, 2020

D-backs pitching coach Matt Herges has shared a common message with just about every one of the pitchers who saw action for the club during its opening four-game set against the Padres. “If I had a dime for every time I’ve said, ‘Listen, your stuff plays in the strike zone,’”

3 takeaways from D-backs' series loss to SD 

@SteveGilbertMLB
July 27, 2020

Things were moving along well for the D-backs through the first three innings Monday afternoon at Petco Park. The offense had taken advantage of a pair of Padres miscues to take a one-run lead, and starter Luke Weaver was keeping San Diego’s bats in check. That all changed quickly in

D-backs get to Yates for first win of season

@SteveGilbertMLB
July 26, 2020

It was certainly not a must-win game for the D-backs, but when there are only 60 games in a season, each one takes on more significance than usual. So when they took the Petco Park field against the Padres on Sunday afternoon in San Diego, they desperately wanted to avoid

30 teams, 30 first impressions

@williamfleitch
July 27, 2020

Baseball returned over the weekend. Did you catch that? What a weekend it was. It was goofy and exciting, sometimes awkward and disorienting and a total blast. This whole season is going to be like nothing we have seen before -- sometimes uncertain, always riveting. So, to celebrate this first

Notes: Pregame routine, Starling's steal

@SteveGilbertMLB
July 26, 2020

In past seasons, D-backs hitters would gather in a group with the team’s hitting coaches to go over the scouting report on the opposing pitcher. Sometimes those meetings would happen in a corner of the clubhouse, or food area, or in the batting cages. This year, though, those kinds of

Ray runs out of steam against Padres

@SteveGilbertMLB
July 26, 2020

During the offseason, Robbie Ray adopted a new diet and workout regimen, yielding lost weight and increased strength. He tweaked his mechanics, shortening his arm action. He was described as being maniacally disciplined during the COVID-19 layoff as he kept up his throwing routine, and when he reported to Summer

Notes: Ginkel loses control in '20 debut

@SteveGilbertMLB
July 26, 2020

D-backs reliever Kevin Ginkel had good stuff on Friday night in San Diego, but his location left something to be desired, and the lack of command hurt him as the Padres touched him for four runs in the seventh inning of a 7-2 D-backs loss. In 25 outings for the

MadBum tripped up in D-backs debut

@SteveGilbertMLB
July 25, 2020

Madison Bumgarner had reached 96 pitches with two outs in the sixth inning when Eric Hosmer walked to the plate. The bases were filled with Padres, and in the visitor’s dugout D-backs manager Torey Lovullo faced a decision. Should he leave his left-handed ace, who was making his first appearance

Notes: Opening battery, social justice

@SteveGilbertMLB
July 24, 2020

D-backs catcher Carson Kelly said recently that he would be excited to make his first Opening Day start if he got the call against the Padres on Friday night. Kelly found himself in the lineup at Petco Park after manager Torey Lovullo decided to pair him up with ace Madison