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D-backs break ground on new Academy in Dominican Republic

The Arizona Diamondbacks hosted a groundbreaking ceremony today at their new academy, "Las Américas" in the Dominican Republic in front of numerous dignitaries including the country's president, Danilo Medina Sanchez. The multi-million dollar complex will feature state-of-the-art facilities on and off the field for the team's prospects and is expected to be fully operational for the 2020 Dominican Summer League season.
 
"This investment from our ownership group ensures that we will have an incredible academy for our prospects that will focus on fostering relationships with teammates, healthy living habits, education and of course, state-of-the-art baseball facilities," said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. "We look forward to the next generation of Latin American D-backs prospects learning the game here and developing into big leaguers both on and off the field."
 
The franchise's Latin American operations have been headed by Junior Noboa since the club's inception and the return to "Las Américas" marks a homecoming for the D-backs, who shared the same land with the Toronto Blue Jays and Colorado Rockies from 1996-2003. The new complex will feature three full fields, a half field, covered batting cages and an agility field and have the ability to house over 100 prospects, coaches and visiting staff. A classroom will be built on site to create the best learning environment for the team's education program, which was created in 2013 following a meeting between Hall and President Medina.
 
"Having a first-rate facility in the Dominican Republic is a critical part of our development process," said D-backs Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Hazen. "Nearly all of our prospects from Latin America will be impacted by this academy and we are excited to be able to create this from scratch while still returning to the organization's roots in Las Américas."
 
Today's ceremony was attended by President Medina as well as the Mayor of Boca Chica. D-backs legend Luis González, who serves as Special Assistant to the President & CEO, was also in attendance as was former D-backs catcher Miguel Montero, who played on the same fields where the new academy is being built after signing out of Venezuela in 2001.
 
Among the teams who have trained on these grounds are the Blue Jays, Rockies, Cardinals, Nationals, Indians, Twins and Dodgers. Notable players who have played there include Montero, José Valverde, Vicente Padilla, Jorge De La Rosa, Ubaldo Jimenez, Jhoulys Chacín, José Ramírez, Danny Salazar, Jesús Aguilar, Héctor Rondon and Pedro Strop. 
 
The local project manager in the Dominican Republic is Ingasa, led by Jaime González, while the D-backs are working with San Francisco-based architect jones | haydu, which was established in 2004 by Hulett Jones and Paul Haydu and was responsible for designing the adjacent San Francisco Giants academy in the Dominican Republic. The two principals have extensive experience in residential, hospitality, academic, and cultural institutions while jones | haydu has received accolades for their designs from many institutions including local and state awards from the American Institute of Architects, and state and international awards from the IIDA.  

The Arizona Diamondbacks hosted a groundbreaking ceremony today at their new academy, "Las Américas" in the Dominican Republic in front of numerous dignitaries including the country's president, Danilo Medina Sanchez. The multi-million dollar complex will feature state-of-the-art facilities on and off the field for the team's prospects and is expected to be fully operational for the 2020 Dominican Summer League season.
 
"This investment from our ownership group ensures that we will have an incredible academy for our prospects that will focus on fostering relationships with teammates, healthy living habits, education and of course, state-of-the-art baseball facilities," said D-backs President & CEO Derrick Hall. "We look forward to the next generation of Latin American D-backs prospects learning the game here and developing into big leaguers both on and off the field."
 
The franchise's Latin American operations have been headed by Junior Noboa since the club's inception and the return to "Las Américas" marks a homecoming for the D-backs, who shared the same land with the Toronto Blue Jays and Colorado Rockies from 1996-2003. The new complex will feature three full fields, a half field, covered batting cages and an agility field and have the ability to house over 100 prospects, coaches and visiting staff. A classroom will be built on site to create the best learning environment for the team's education program, which was created in 2013 following a meeting between Hall and President Medina.
 
"Having a first-rate facility in the Dominican Republic is a critical part of our development process," said D-backs Executive Vice President and General Manager Mike Hazen. "Nearly all of our prospects from Latin America will be impacted by this academy and we are excited to be able to create this from scratch while still returning to the organization's roots in Las Américas."
 
Today's ceremony was attended by President Medina as well as the Mayor of Boca Chica. D-backs legend Luis González, who serves as Special Assistant to the President & CEO, was also in attendance as was former D-backs catcher Miguel Montero, who played on the same fields where the new academy is being built after signing out of Venezuela in 2001.
 
Among the teams who have trained on these grounds are the Blue Jays, Rockies, Cardinals, Nationals, Indians, Twins and Dodgers. Notable players who have played there include Montero, José Valverde, Vicente Padilla, Jorge De La Rosa, Ubaldo Jimenez, Jhoulys Chacín, José Ramírez, Danny Salazar, Jesús Aguilar, Héctor Rondon and Pedro Strop. 
 
The local project manager in the Dominican Republic is Ingasa, led by Jaime González, while the D-backs are working with San Francisco-based architect jones | haydu, which was established in 2004 by Hulett Jones and Paul Haydu and was responsible for designing the adjacent San Francisco Giants academy in the Dominican Republic. The two principals have extensive experience in residential, hospitality, academic, and cultural institutions while jones | haydu has received accolades for their designs from many institutions including local and state awards from the American Institute of Architects, and state and international awards from the IIDA.  

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D-backs' Brad Boxberger to be first MLB player to wear emojis on back of jersey

MLB Players' Weekend to return Aug. 24-26

"Return of the Mac," "305 J," "Parkman," "Freight Train," and "Unicorn" are a few of the nicknames that will appear on the back of D-backs uniforms during Players' Weekend, presented by Valspar Stain, and Brad Boxberger will be the first-ever MLB player to have emojis for his name on the back of his jersey. The event returns for its second year for all games scheduled from August 24-26, it was announced today by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association.
 
Players' Weekend will showcase the personalities and interests of Major League players by allowing them to select a nickname for the back of their jersey as well as wear and use uniquely colored and designed equipment including bats, spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves and catcher's equipment.
 
Players will wear specially designed uniforms created for the three games with jerseys by Majestic, caps by New Era and socks from Stance. Uniform images for each of the teams can be found here: Players' Weekend Caps and Players' Weekend Jerseys. Each player will have the opportunity to recognize someone who was instrumental in his personal development, or a baseball player who inspired him to achieve, on a jersey patch on his right sleeve. In addition, each player will have the option to wear a t-shirt highlighting a cause or charity of his choice during pregame workouts and postgame interviews.
 
Game-worn, Players' Weekend jerseys will be auctioned at MLB.com/auctions. All proceeds will be donated to the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation, a joint effort established in July 2015 by MLB and the MLBPA with an initial commitment of $30 million focused on improving the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the United States and Canada.
 
Below is a list of D-backs players and coaching staff with their corresponding nicknames that will be featured on the back of their jersey:  
 
Last Name   First Name   Nickname
AHMED   NICK   SLICK NICK
ANDRIESE   MATT   DREEZY
AVILA   ALEX   PARKMAN
BOXBERGER   BRAD   BOX & HAMBURGER (EMOJIS)
BRADLEY   ARCHIE   HOLLYWOOD
BUCHHOLZ   CLAY   BUCK
BUTCHER   MIKE   BUTCHIE
CHAFIN   ANDREW   THE SHERIFF
CORBIN   PATRICK   CORBY
DESCALSO   DANIEL   SCALS
DIEKMAN   JAKE   GUT IT OUT
DYSON   JARROD   ZOOMBIYA
ESCOBAR   EDUARDO   EL DE LA PICA
FETTERS   MIKE   FETT DAWG
GODLEY   ZACK   BULL
GOLDSCHMIDT   PAUL   GOLDY
GREINKE   ZACK   GREINKE
HAMMOCK   ROBBY   HAMMERTIME
HIRANO   YOSHIHISA   YOSHI SAN
JAY   JON   305 J
LAKER   TIM   LAKE SHOW
LAMB   JAKE   LAMBO
LOVULLO   TOREY   SAL
MAGADAN   DAVE   MAGS
MARTE   KETEL   PIKE
MATHIS   JEFF   MATTY
McFARLAND   T.J.   RETURN OF THE MAC
McKAY   DAVE   MAC
MILLER   SHELBY   MILLZY
MURPHY   JOHN RYAN   CHOIR BOY
NARRON   JERRY   GRANDSIR
PERALTA   DAVID   FREIGHT TRAIN
PEREZCHICA   TONY   TP
POLLOCK   A.J.   POLLO
QUINTERO   HUMBERTO   GATO
RAY   ROBBIE   BOB
REED   MARK   LARGEE
SOUZA   STEVEN   SOUZ
URUETA   LUIS   PIPÉ
WALKER   TAIJUAN   TAI WEEZY
ZIEGLER   BRAD   UNICORN
 

"Return of the Mac," "305 J," "Parkman," "Freight Train," and "Unicorn" are a few of the nicknames that will appear on the back of D-backs uniforms during Players' Weekend, presented by Valspar Stain, and Brad Boxberger will be the first-ever MLB player to have emojis for his name on the back of his jersey. The event returns for its second year for all games scheduled from August 24-26, it was announced today by Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association.
 
Players' Weekend will showcase the personalities and interests of Major League players by allowing them to select a nickname for the back of their jersey as well as wear and use uniquely colored and designed equipment including bats, spikes, batting gloves, wristbands, compression sleeves and catcher's equipment.
 
Players will wear specially designed uniforms created for the three games with jerseys by Majestic, caps by New Era and socks from Stance. Uniform images for each of the teams can be found here: Players' Weekend Caps and Players' Weekend Jerseys. Each player will have the opportunity to recognize someone who was instrumental in his personal development, or a baseball player who inspired him to achieve, on a jersey patch on his right sleeve. In addition, each player will have the option to wear a t-shirt highlighting a cause or charity of his choice during pregame workouts and postgame interviews.
 
Game-worn, Players' Weekend jerseys will be auctioned at MLB.com/auctions. All proceeds will be donated to the MLB-MLBPA Youth Development Foundation, a joint effort established in July 2015 by MLB and the MLBPA with an initial commitment of $30 million focused on improving the caliber, effectiveness and availability of amateur baseball and softball programs across the United States and Canada.
 
Below is a list of D-backs players and coaching staff with their corresponding nicknames that will be featured on the back of their jersey:  
 
Last Name   First Name   Nickname
AHMED   NICK   SLICK NICK
ANDRIESE   MATT   DREEZY
AVILA   ALEX   PARKMAN
BOXBERGER   BRAD   BOX & HAMBURGER (EMOJIS)
BRADLEY   ARCHIE   HOLLYWOOD
BUCHHOLZ   CLAY   BUCK
BUTCHER   MIKE   BUTCHIE
CHAFIN   ANDREW   THE SHERIFF
CORBIN   PATRICK   CORBY
DESCALSO   DANIEL   SCALS
DIEKMAN   JAKE   GUT IT OUT
DYSON   JARROD   ZOOMBIYA
ESCOBAR   EDUARDO   EL DE LA PICA
FETTERS   MIKE   FETT DAWG
GODLEY   ZACK   BULL
GOLDSCHMIDT   PAUL   GOLDY
GREINKE   ZACK   GREINKE
HAMMOCK   ROBBY   HAMMERTIME
HIRANO   YOSHIHISA   YOSHI SAN
JAY   JON   305 J
LAKER   TIM   LAKE SHOW
LAMB   JAKE   LAMBO
LOVULLO   TOREY   SAL
MAGADAN   DAVE   MAGS
MARTE   KETEL   PIKE
MATHIS   JEFF   MATTY
McFARLAND   T.J.   RETURN OF THE MAC
McKAY   DAVE   MAC
MILLER   SHELBY   MILLZY
MURPHY   JOHN RYAN   CHOIR BOY
NARRON   JERRY   GRANDSIR
PERALTA   DAVID   FREIGHT TRAIN
PEREZCHICA   TONY   TP
POLLOCK   A.J.   POLLO
QUINTERO   HUMBERTO   GATO
RAY   ROBBIE   BOB
REED   MARK   LARGEE
SOUZA   STEVEN   SOUZ
URUETA   LUIS   PIPÉ
WALKER   TAIJUAN   TAI WEEZY
ZIEGLER   BRAD   UNICORN
 

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D-backs accepting submissions for $100,000 School Challenge

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation is now accepting applications for the $100,000 School Challenge, presented by University of Phoenix, to benefit schools across the state of Arizona. The program is open to all Arizona public, private, and nonprofit charter schools, Grades K-12, and teachers and administrators are encouraged to "make their best pitch" on why they deserve to receive this important funding by submitting an application online at dbacks.com/schoolchallenge by Sept. 28.

The D-backs kicked off the program in the spring of 2012 with the $100,000 School Challenge and received an overwhelming response that inspired the team to continue the program annually. With more than 3,500 applications over the past six seasons, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has been able to help more than 180 schools for a grand total of $850,000 since the program began. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and University of Phoenix provide a combined $100,000 for the program. The grants, which range up to $5,000, have helped schools from across the state with innovative programs to satisfy an array of needs, ranging from laundry and showers for homeless students to a 3-D printer and a nine-hole mini golf course to a computer programming buddy system.

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation is now accepting applications for the $100,000 School Challenge, presented by University of Phoenix, to benefit schools across the state of Arizona. The program is open to all Arizona public, private, and nonprofit charter schools, Grades K-12, and teachers and administrators are encouraged to "make their best pitch" on why they deserve to receive this important funding by submitting an application online at dbacks.com/schoolchallenge by Sept. 28.

The D-backs kicked off the program in the spring of 2012 with the $100,000 School Challenge and received an overwhelming response that inspired the team to continue the program annually. With more than 3,500 applications over the past six seasons, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation has been able to help more than 180 schools for a grand total of $850,000 since the program began. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation and University of Phoenix provide a combined $100,000 for the program. The grants, which range up to $5,000, have helped schools from across the state with innovative programs to satisfy an array of needs, ranging from laundry and showers for homeless students to a 3-D printer and a nine-hole mini golf course to a computer programming buddy system.

The School Challenge is part of the D-backs' overall charitable efforts and the team and its charitable arm, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation, has contributed more than $55 million in combined donations since its inception in 1998, including more than $4.5 million in 2017.

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D-backs reinstate Deven Marrero from the 10-day disabled list and designate him for assignment

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks reinstated INF Deven Marrero from the 10-day disabled list (strained left oblique) and designated him for assignment.

 

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks reinstated INF Deven Marrero from the 10-day disabled list (strained left oblique) and designated him for assignment.

 

Marrero, 27, hit .167 (13-for-78)/.224 OBP/.205 SLG with 1 double, 1 triple, 7 RBI, 6 walks and 11 runs scored in 49 games for the D-backs this season. He was acquired by Arizona on March 24 from the Boston Red Sox for LHP Josh Taylor.

 

The D-backs 40-man roster is now at 39.

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D-backs reinstate Andrew Chafin from the paternity leave list; optioned Chris Owings to Triple-A Reno following Thursday night's game

The Arizona Diamondbacks reinstated LHP Andrew Chafin (@BigCountry1739) from the Paternity Leave List. Following Thursday night's game, the D-backs optioned INF/OF Chris Owings to Triple-A Reno.

Chafin, 28, and his wife, Shelbi, welcomed their first child, a daughter, Addilyn, on August 1. He is 1-3 with 11 holds, a 1.67 ERA (7 ER in 37.2 IP), .198 opponent average and 37 strikeouts in 52 games this season for the D-backs. Among NL relievers, he is tied for third in games (52) and is ninth in ERA (1.67). He has held opponents scoreless in 20 of his last 22 games (1.06 ERA, 2 ER in 17.0 IP).

The Arizona Diamondbacks reinstated LHP Andrew Chafin (@BigCountry1739) from the Paternity Leave List. Following Thursday night's game, the D-backs optioned INF/OF Chris Owings to Triple-A Reno.

Chafin, 28, and his wife, Shelbi, welcomed their first child, a daughter, Addilyn, on August 1. He is 1-3 with 11 holds, a 1.67 ERA (7 ER in 37.2 IP), .198 opponent average and 37 strikeouts in 52 games this season for the D-backs. Among NL relievers, he is tied for third in games (52) and is ninth in ERA (1.67). He has held opponents scoreless in 20 of his last 22 games (1.06 ERA, 2 ER in 17.0 IP).

Owings, 26, is hitting .198 (49-for-247)/.267 OBP/.287 SLG with 13 doubles, 3 homers, 19 RBI and 22 walks in 90 games for the D-backs this season.

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D-backs award Blaze Alexander and Joel Payamps Minor League Player and Pitcher of the Month for July

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) named Rookie-Level AZL D-backs INF Blaze Alexanderand Double-A Jackson RHP Joel Payamps the organization's Minor League Player- and Pitcher-of-the-Month for July.

Alexander, 19, hit .333 (26-for-78)/.465 OBP/.564 SLG with 8 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 20 RBI, 18 walks and 20 runs scored in 22 games for the AZL D-backs in July, ranking among the Arizona League leaders in extra base hits (1st), RBI (2nd), runs scored (2nd) and hits (5th). He reached base safely in all 22 games last month and logged 5 multi-hit performances, including a 4-for-6 night with 3 RBI on July 27 @ AZL Giants. He was promoted to Rookie-Level Missoula on August 1. A native of Cape Coral, Fla., the 6-foot-0, 160-pounder was selected by the D-backs in the 11th round of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft.

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) named Rookie-Level AZL D-backs INF Blaze Alexanderand Double-A Jackson RHP Joel Payamps the organization's Minor League Player- and Pitcher-of-the-Month for July.

Alexander, 19, hit .333 (26-for-78)/.465 OBP/.564 SLG with 8 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 20 RBI, 18 walks and 20 runs scored in 22 games for the AZL D-backs in July, ranking among the Arizona League leaders in extra base hits (1st), RBI (2nd), runs scored (2nd) and hits (5th). He reached base safely in all 22 games last month and logged 5 multi-hit performances, including a 4-for-6 night with 3 RBI on July 27 @ AZL Giants. He was promoted to Rookie-Level Missoula on August 1. A native of Cape Coral, Fla., the 6-foot-0, 160-pounder was selected by the D-backs in the 11th round of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft.

Payamps, 24, went 3-2 with a 3.06 ERA (12 ER in 35.1 IP), 40 strikeouts, 6 walks, .218 opponent average, and just 1 home run, ranking among Southern League leaders in innings pitched (2nd) , WHIP (4th, 0.99) and strikeouts (4th). He recorded a career-high 14 strikeouts in 5.2 innings on July 3 @ Birmingham. He was promoted to Triple-A Reno on August 1. A native of Santiago, Dominican Republic, the 6-foot-2, 170-pounder was signed by the D-backs as an Minor League free agent on November. 30, 2015.

Every month during the season, the D-backs' Player Development staff chooses the player and pitcher most deserving of the honors based on nominations from coaches at each affiliate along with input from the Minor League coordinators. Below is a list of the overall winners as well as player nominated by each affiliate:

 

JUNE

OVERALL

RENO

JACKSON

VISALIA

KANE COUNTY

PLAYER

Blaze Alexander

Kevin Cron & Christian Walker

Ben Deluzio

Renae Martínez

Yan Sánchez

PITCHER

Joel Payamps

Jake Barrett

Joel Payamps

Miguel Aguilar

Jayson McKinley

 

JUNE

HILLSBORO

MISSOULA

AZL D-BACKS

DSL 1

DSL 2

PLAYER

Jose Caballero

Zach Shannon

Blaze Alexander

Axel Andueza

Rafael Jiménez

PITCHER

Kai-Wei Lin

Marcos Tineo

Ezequiel Da La Cruz

Francis Beriguete

Carlos da la Cruz

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D-backs add Brad Ziegler to active roster; optioned Silvino Bracho to Triple-A Reno following Tuesday's game

The Arizona Diamondbacks added RHP Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler) to the active roster following his acquisition from the Miami Marlins on July 31. Following Tuesday night's game, the D-backs optioned RHP Silvino Bracho to Triple-A Reno.  

Ziegler, 38, will wear No. 29. He is 1-5 with 10 saves, 11 holds, a 3.98 ERA (23 ER in 52.0 IP), .254 opponent average and 37 strikeouts in 53 appearances this season.  

The Arizona Diamondbacks added RHP Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler) to the active roster following his acquisition from the Miami Marlins on July 31. Following Tuesday night's game, the D-backs optioned RHP Silvino Bracho to Triple-A Reno.  

Ziegler, 38, will wear No. 29. He is 1-5 with 10 saves, 11 holds, a 3.98 ERA (23 ER in 52.0 IP), .254 opponent average and 37 strikeouts in 53 appearances this season.  

Bracho, 26, is 2-0 with a 2.04 ERA (4 ER in 17.2 IP), .150 opponent average, 23 strikeouts and 5 walks in 18 games for the D-backs this season.

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D-backs throwback-themed sticker available at Chase Field Dutch Bros locations 8/4

PHOENIX -- The D-backs and Dutch Bros have teamed up to offer fans a D-backs Throwback-themed sticker for fans this Saturday, Aug. 4 at Chase Field. Fans can get the exclusive sticker at Dutch Bros locations inside Chase Field at sections 124 and 305. In honor of the 20th Anniversary Celebration this Saturday, the sticker features the D-backs' throwback colors of teal and purple along with the Dutch Bros signature windmill logo.  
 
Dutch Bros, known for its fun, optimistic culture, offers a wide array of products during D-backs games, including all of their espresso based coffee options, flavored americanos, mochas and lattes of the iced, hot or blended varieties, nitro-infused cold brew coffee. Established in 1992, Dutch Bros focuses on making the world a better place one cup at a time, and donates more than $2 million a year company-wide to local communities and nonprofit organizations.

PHOENIX -- The D-backs and Dutch Bros have teamed up to offer fans a D-backs Throwback-themed sticker for fans this Saturday, Aug. 4 at Chase Field. Fans can get the exclusive sticker at Dutch Bros locations inside Chase Field at sections 124 and 305. In honor of the 20th Anniversary Celebration this Saturday, the sticker features the D-backs' throwback colors of teal and purple along with the Dutch Bros signature windmill logo.  
 
Dutch Bros, known for its fun, optimistic culture, offers a wide array of products during D-backs games, including all of their espresso based coffee options, flavored americanos, mochas and lattes of the iced, hot or blended varieties, nitro-infused cold brew coffee. Established in 1992, Dutch Bros focuses on making the world a better place one cup at a time, and donates more than $2 million a year company-wide to local communities and nonprofit organizations.

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D-backs acquire Jake Diekman from the Rangers for Wei-Chieh Huang and a player to be named later; designate Jorge De La Rosa for assignment

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired LHP Jake Diekman (@JakeDiekman) from the Texas Rangers for RHP Wei-Chieh Huang and a player to be named later and designated LHP Jorge De La Rosa for assignment.

 

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired LHP Jake Diekman (@JakeDiekman) from the Texas Rangers for RHP Wei-Chieh Huang and a player to be named later and designated LHP Jorge De La Rosa for assignment.

 

D-backs Executive Vice President & General Manager Mike Hazen will be available in the Press Interview Room at 2:45 p.m. AZ.

 

Diekman, 31, ranks among American League left-handed relievers in holds (3rd, 14), strikeouts (3rd, 48), strikeouts per 9.0 innings (3rd, 11.08), appearances (T-3rd, 47), opponent average (5th, .215) and innings pitched (9th, 39.0).

 

Diekman was 1-1 with 2 saves, 14 holds, a 3.69 ERA (16 ER in 39.0 IP), .215 opponent average and 48 strikeouts in 47 appearances with the Rangers in 2018. He has surrendered just 2 home runs (0.46 per 9.0 IP), and has limited right-handers to a .190 average (19-for-100), including just 3 hits in their last 22 at-bats (.136).

 

The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder missed most of 2017 following 3 surgeries related to his colon, and this January was selected as the winner of the 53rd annual Hutch Award by the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. The honor is given each year to a Major League player who best exemplifies the honor, courage and dedication of the legendary baseball player and manager, Fred Hutchinson.

 

Since 2012, Diekman ranks fifth among all left-handed relievers in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (11.04) and seventh in holds (94) and strikeouts (365). In 7 Major League seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies (2012-15) and Rangers (2015-18), he is 14-14 with 7 saves, 94 holds, a 3.57 ERA (118 ER in 297.2 IP), .224 opponent average and 365 strikeouts.

 

Huang, 24, combined to go 6-2 with 1 save and a 2.31 ERA (15 ER in 58.1 IP) in 29 games (2 starts) with Single-A Advanced Visalia and Double-A Jackson in 2018. He was signed as an international free agent on July 21, 2014 out of Taitung, Taiwan.

 

De La Rosa, 37, was 0-2 with a 4.63 ERA (18 ER in 35.0 IP) in 42 games for the D-backs this season.

 

The D-backs' 40-man roster remains at 40.

 

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D-backs acquire Brad Ziegler from the Marlins for Tommy Eveld; Shelby Miller transferred to the 60-day disabled list

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired RHP Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler) from the Miami Marlins for RHP Tommy Eveld. To make room for Ziegler on the 40-man roster, the D-backs transferred RHP Shelby Miller (right elbow inflammation) to the 60-day disabled list.

                        

PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired RHP Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler) from the Miami Marlins for RHP Tommy Eveld. To make room for Ziegler on the 40-man roster, the D-backs transferred RHP Shelby Miller (right elbow inflammation) to the 60-day disabled list.

                        

Ziegler, 38, leads all Major League relievers since June 5 (min. 10.0 IP) in ground-ball pct. (82.1) and appearances (28) and is tied for second in ERA (0.64) with the Houston Astros' Tony Sipp, trailing only the New York Yankees' Dellin Betances (0.47). Ziegler also ranks among National League relievers in 2018 in appearances (T-1st, 53), ground-ball pct. (2nd, 74.0), ground ball-to-fly ball ratio (2nd, 6.00) and grounded into double plays (T-2nd, 11). On the season, he is 1-5 with 10 saves, 11 holds, a 3.98 ERA (23 ER in 52.0 IP), .254 opponent average and 37 strikeouts in 53 appearances.

                        

Ziegler, who was recently named to the D-backs' 20th Anniversary Team, owns numerous club career records, including the most wins (21), innings pitched (335.2) and appearances (348) by a reliever, and is second in ERA (2.49) and holds (65), sixth in opponent on-base pct. (.294) and tied for 11th in opponent average (.230) [min. 75.0 IP]. He pitched 6 seasons with Arizona from 2011-16, going 21-11 with 62 saves, 65 holds and a 2.49 ERA (93 ER in 335.2 IP), .230 opponent average and 218 strikeouts. In 2015, Ziegler set the D-backs' single-season reliever record with a 93.8 save pct. (30-for-32), while his 1.85 ERA, then a club record, is now second to Archie Bradley's 1.73 mark in 2017.

                        

Since 2011, Ziegler ranks among Major League relievers in grounded into double plays (1st, 93), ground balls (1st, 1,054), ground ball-to-fly ball ratio (2nd, 5.64), ground-ball pct. (2nd, 70.1), appearances (2nd, 530) and innings pitched (3rd, 512.0).

                        

In 11 Major League seasons with the Oakland A's (2008-11), D-backs (2011-16), Boston Red Sox (2016) and Marlins (2017-18), he is 36-37 with 105 saves, 138 holds, a 2.72 ERA (210 ER in 695.2 IP), .248 opponent average and 466 strikeouts in 710 appearances. Ziegler compiled a Major League-record 39.0 scoreless innings streak to begin his career from May 31-Aug. 12, 2008.

                        

Eveld, 24, was 3-2 with 13 saves and a 1.11 ERA (5 ER in 40.2 IP) in 35 combined games with Single-A Advanced Visalia and Double-A Jackson in 2018. He was drafted by the D-backs in the ninth round in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft.

                        

Miller, 27, was placed on the 10-day disabled list on July 12 after being removed from his start the previous day at the Colorado Rockies. He is 0-4 with an 11.40 ERA (19 ER in 15.0 IP) in 4 starts with the D-backs this season.

                        

The D-backs' 40-man roster remains at 40.

 

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D-backs optioned Ildemaro Vargas to Triple-A Reno following last night's game

PHOENIX - Following last night's game, the Arizona Diamondbacks optioned INF Ildemaro Vargas to Triple-A Reno. INF Eduardo Escobar (#14), who was acquired yesterday from the Minnesota Twins, will be active for tonight's game in San Diego.
 
Vargas, 27, was recalled from Reno yesterday but did not play.

PHOENIX - Following last night's game, the Arizona Diamondbacks optioned INF Ildemaro Vargas to Triple-A Reno. INF Eduardo Escobar (#14), who was acquired yesterday from the Minnesota Twins, will be active for tonight's game in San Diego.
 
Vargas, 27, was recalled from Reno yesterday but did not play.

Arizona Diamondbacks

D-backs acquire Eduardo Escobar from Minnesota Twins for Jhoan Durán, Ernie De La Trinidad and Gabriel Maciel; Recall Ildemaro Vargas from Triple-A Reno; Place Jake Lamb on 10-day disabled list; Designate Jack Reinheimer for assignment

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired INF Eduardo Escobar (@escobarmaracay) from the Minnesota Twins for RHP Jhoan Durán, OF Ernie De La Trinidad and OF Gabriel Maciel. The D-backs also recalled INF Ildemaro Vargas (@ildemaro_tigre) from Triple-A Reno and placed INF Jake Lamb on the 10-day disabled list with a left shoulder contusion. To make room on the 40-man roster, Arizona designated INF Jack Reinheimer for assignment.
 
Escobar, 29, will report to the D-backs for tomorrow's game at San Diego. He leads the Majors with 37 doubles this season, and is batting .274 (101-for-369)/.338 OBP/.514 SLG with 37 doubles, 3 triples, 15 home runs, 63 RBI, 34 walks and 45 runs scored in 97 games. He is hitting .390 (39-for-100) with 13 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs and 49 RBI with runners in scoring position, the fifth-best average in baseball behind Yuli Gurriel/HOU (.440), Joe Mauer/MIN (.426), Matt Kemp/LAD (.403) and Brian Anderson/MIA (.400). The 5-foot-10, 185-pound switch-hitter is batting .282 (72-for-255) with 30 doubles, 3 triples, 13 home runs, 44 RBI and 20 walks as a left-handed hitter and .257 (29-for-113) with 7 doubles, 2 home runs, 19 RBI and 14 walks as a right-handed hitter. He's made 77 appearances (73 starts) this season at third base, 21 (20 starts) at shortstop and 1 start at second base.
 
Since 2014, Escobar ranks among the Major League switch-hitting leaders in doubles (T-5th, 133) and extra-base hits (7th, 209). He recorded consecutive 30-double seasons in 2014 (35) and 2015 (31), becoming the first switch hitter in Twins history to reach 30 doubles in consecutive years. He was 1 of 6 finalists for the 2017 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, given annually to the player whose on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire others to higher levels of achievement.
 
Escobar is a career .256 (595-for-2322)/.307 OBP/.415 SLG hitter with 142 doubles, 19 triples, 63 home runs, 287 RBI, 162 walks and 280 runs scored in 716 games over parts of 8 Major League seasons with the Chicago White Sox (2011-12) and Twins (2012-18). He has made an appearance at every defensive position except first base, including 328 at shortstop, 257 at third base, 59 at second base, 43 in left field and 1 in right field, center field, catcher and pitcher. He was acquired by Minnesota on July 28, 2012 for LHP Francisco Liriano. He was originally signed by the White Sox as a non-drafted free agent on Jan. 28, 2006.  
 
Vargas, 27, was a 2018 Pacific Coast League mid-season All-Star and has hit safely in 24 consecutive games, batting .390 (41-for-105) with 10 doubles, 1 triple, 11 RBI and 9 walks during that stretch. The streak is the longest active streak in the PCL and the second longest in Reno history, behind only Jake Elmore's 31-game streak in 2012. He was hitting .300 (120-for-400)/.340 OBP/.425 SLG with 22 doubles, 8 triples, 4 home runs, 43 RBI, 23 walks and 54 runs scored in 92 games for the Aces this season, ranking among the PCL leaders in hits (2nd), at-bats (2nd), triples (3rd) and doubles (T-9th).
 
A native of Caripito, Venezuela, Vargas made his Major League debut for Arizona in 2017, hitting .308 (4-for-13) with 1 double and 4 RBI in 12 games. Over 4 Minor League seasons with the D-backs, he has 543 hits and 132 walks with only 131 strikeouts. He has played parts of 11 seasons in the Minors, hitting .286 (948-for-3309)/.342 OBP/.388 SLG with 178 doubles, 30 triples, 33 home runs and 343 RBI in 871 games in the St. Louis Cardinals' (2008-14) and D-backs' (2015-current) organizations.
 
Lamb, 27, is hitting .222 (46-for-207)/.307 OBP/.348 SLG with 8 doubles, 6 home runs, 31 RBI, 26 walks and 34 runs scored in 56 games for the D-backs this season.  
 
Durán, 20, was 5-4 with a 4.73 ERA (34 ER in 64.2 IP), a .268 opponent average and 71 strikeouts in 15 starts for Single-A Kane County this season. He was signed by the D-backs as an non-drafted free agent on Dec. 13, 2014.
 
De La Trinidad, 22, batted .311 (97-for-312)/.403 OBP/.442 SLG with 13 doubles, 2 triples, 8 home runs, 56 RBI and 45 walks in 91 games for Kane County in 2018. The Phoenix, Ariz., native was selected by the D-backs in the 19th round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
 
Maciel, 19, hit .287 (80-for-279)/.362 OBP/.333 SLG with 10 doubles, 1 home run, 16 RBI and 30 walks in 68 games for Kane County this season. The native of Londrina, Brazil, was signed by Arizona as a non-drafted free agent on Oct. 2, 2015.
 
Reinheimer, 26, batted .237 (45-for-190)/.312 OBP/.353 SLG with 9 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs, 21 RBI and 20 walks in 50 games for Reno in 2018.
 
The D-backs 40-man roster remains at 40.

PHOENIX -- The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired INF Eduardo Escobar (@escobarmaracay) from the Minnesota Twins for RHP Jhoan Durán, OF Ernie De La Trinidad and OF Gabriel Maciel. The D-backs also recalled INF Ildemaro Vargas (@ildemaro_tigre) from Triple-A Reno and placed INF Jake Lamb on the 10-day disabled list with a left shoulder contusion. To make room on the 40-man roster, Arizona designated INF Jack Reinheimer for assignment.
 
Escobar, 29, will report to the D-backs for tomorrow's game at San Diego. He leads the Majors with 37 doubles this season, and is batting .274 (101-for-369)/.338 OBP/.514 SLG with 37 doubles, 3 triples, 15 home runs, 63 RBI, 34 walks and 45 runs scored in 97 games. He is hitting .390 (39-for-100) with 13 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs and 49 RBI with runners in scoring position, the fifth-best average in baseball behind Yuli Gurriel/HOU (.440), Joe Mauer/MIN (.426), Matt Kemp/LAD (.403) and Brian Anderson/MIA (.400). The 5-foot-10, 185-pound switch-hitter is batting .282 (72-for-255) with 30 doubles, 3 triples, 13 home runs, 44 RBI and 20 walks as a left-handed hitter and .257 (29-for-113) with 7 doubles, 2 home runs, 19 RBI and 14 walks as a right-handed hitter. He's made 77 appearances (73 starts) this season at third base, 21 (20 starts) at shortstop and 1 start at second base.
 
Since 2014, Escobar ranks among the Major League switch-hitting leaders in doubles (T-5th, 133) and extra-base hits (7th, 209). He recorded consecutive 30-double seasons in 2014 (35) and 2015 (31), becoming the first switch hitter in Twins history to reach 30 doubles in consecutive years. He was 1 of 6 finalists for the 2017 Marvin Miller Man of the Year Award, given annually to the player whose on-field performance and contributions to his community inspire others to higher levels of achievement.
 
Escobar is a career .256 (595-for-2322)/.307 OBP/.415 SLG hitter with 142 doubles, 19 triples, 63 home runs, 287 RBI, 162 walks and 280 runs scored in 716 games over parts of 8 Major League seasons with the Chicago White Sox (2011-12) and Twins (2012-18). He has made an appearance at every defensive position except first base, including 328 at shortstop, 257 at third base, 59 at second base, 43 in left field and 1 in right field, center field, catcher and pitcher. He was acquired by Minnesota on July 28, 2012 for LHP Francisco Liriano. He was originally signed by the White Sox as a non-drafted free agent on Jan. 28, 2006.  
 
Vargas, 27, was a 2018 Pacific Coast League mid-season All-Star and has hit safely in 24 consecutive games, batting .390 (41-for-105) with 10 doubles, 1 triple, 11 RBI and 9 walks during that stretch. The streak is the longest active streak in the PCL and the second longest in Reno history, behind only Jake Elmore's 31-game streak in 2012. He was hitting .300 (120-for-400)/.340 OBP/.425 SLG with 22 doubles, 8 triples, 4 home runs, 43 RBI, 23 walks and 54 runs scored in 92 games for the Aces this season, ranking among the PCL leaders in hits (2nd), at-bats (2nd), triples (3rd) and doubles (T-9th).
 
A native of Caripito, Venezuela, Vargas made his Major League debut for Arizona in 2017, hitting .308 (4-for-13) with 1 double and 4 RBI in 12 games. Over 4 Minor League seasons with the D-backs, he has 543 hits and 132 walks with only 131 strikeouts. He has played parts of 11 seasons in the Minors, hitting .286 (948-for-3309)/.342 OBP/.388 SLG with 178 doubles, 30 triples, 33 home runs and 343 RBI in 871 games in the St. Louis Cardinals' (2008-14) and D-backs' (2015-current) organizations.
 
Lamb, 27, is hitting .222 (46-for-207)/.307 OBP/.348 SLG with 8 doubles, 6 home runs, 31 RBI, 26 walks and 34 runs scored in 56 games for the D-backs this season.  
 
Durán, 20, was 5-4 with a 4.73 ERA (34 ER in 64.2 IP), a .268 opponent average and 71 strikeouts in 15 starts for Single-A Kane County this season. He was signed by the D-backs as an non-drafted free agent on Dec. 13, 2014.
 
De La Trinidad, 22, batted .311 (97-for-312)/.403 OBP/.442 SLG with 13 doubles, 2 triples, 8 home runs, 56 RBI and 45 walks in 91 games for Kane County in 2018. The Phoenix, Ariz., native was selected by the D-backs in the 19th round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
 
Maciel, 19, hit .287 (80-for-279)/.362 OBP/.333 SLG with 10 doubles, 1 home run, 16 RBI and 30 walks in 68 games for Kane County this season. The native of Londrina, Brazil, was signed by Arizona as a non-drafted free agent on Oct. 2, 2015.
 
Reinheimer, 26, batted .237 (45-for-190)/.312 OBP/.353 SLG with 9 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs, 21 RBI and 20 walks in 50 games for Reno in 2018.
 
The D-backs 40-man roster remains at 40.

Arizona Diamondbacks

Homestand highlighted by 20th anniversary celebration featuring the Alumni Game and all-time t-shirt giveaway


MON., JULY 30 | 6:40 P.M. | TEXAS RANGERS  
 
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS FIRST PITCH: Hammer Harrison from the Harlem Globetrotters will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and unveil his special trick shot video that was filmed at Chase Field. 
 
CROHNS AND COLITIS FOUNDATION: The D-backs will recognize members from the Crohns and Colitis Foundation Southwest Chapter, which strives to find cures and improve the quality of life for those affected by the diseases.
 
A-GAME ALL STARS: The D-backs will recognize 10 part-time employees for their hard work and dedication to the organization in a pregame ceremony that includes a photo with a D-backs executive and a D-backs player.
 
National Anthem: Paige Anne
Ceremonial First Pitch: Robin Leonesio, D-backs Season Ticket Holder
 
  TUES., JULY 31 | 6:40 P.M. | TEXAS RANGERS  
 
PLAY BALL FUND: As a part of the on-going D-backs Give Back charitable efforts, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation will recognize Play Ball grant recipients during a special pregame ceremony on the field. Throughout the season, the Play Ball Fund, supported by Chase, will award teams, leagues and organizations $1,000 in grants for equipment, training resources and more. The D-backs will present up to 10 grants per month totaling $10,000. To apply for a Play Ball grant, visit dbacks.com/playball
 
National Anthem: Shriners 
Ceremonial First Pitch: Chris Denzin, Century Link
 
 THURS., AUG. 2 | 6:40 P.M. | SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS   
 
THROWBACK THURSDAY, presented by Chase: The D-backs celebrate their 20th Anniversary this season and will wear the uniforms of various Postseason teams while highlighting those years. This Thursday, the team will wear the 2011 Red Alternate uniform and celebrate the 2011 N.L. West Division Championship team, including a ceremonial first pitch from Miguel Montero and Cody Ransom. The game-worn uniforms will be available for purchase at D-backs Authentics after the game. Every Thursday home game will be deemed part of the D-backs Throwback Thursdays (#DbacksTBT), presented by Chase, and fans can expect to see a retro feel incorporated in game elements at Chase Field, including signage, video and photos on dbTV. Fans are encouraged to wear the throwback jerseys and shirts on Throwback Thursdays and the Chase Field Team Shop will offer a wide variety of items featuring the retro colors for fans to purchase. Chase credit or debit card users will receive special offers each Thursday, including: 
• 30-percent discount on ticket pricing on select areas in the ballpark 
• $25 D-bucks card when they spend $75 in the Team Shop 
• Cracker Jack or Peanuts at Taste of Chase or Oasis in the Sandlot for only $1 
More details are available at dbacks.com/throwback.   
 
STATE EMPLOYEE CHARITABLE CAMPAIGN: The D-backs will recognize participants in the State Employee Charitable Campaign which empowers Arizona state employees to strengthen their communities through the funding and support of local charities.
 
National Anthem: Emily Kay Shrader
 
 FRI., AUG. 3 | 6:40 P.M. | SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS   
 
OUTSTANDING STUDENTS: The D-backs will recognize students that show significant improvement or achieve "Honor Roll" status in a special pregame ceremony. 
 
National Anthem: Higley High School Band 
Ceremonial First Pitch: Hudson Wilson, Coconut Cleaning 
 
SAT., AUG. 4 | 5:10 P.M. | SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS  
GIVEAWAY: 20th Anniversary Team T-shirt, courtesy of Gila River Hotels & Casinos - 20,000 
 
20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: In celebration of the D-backs' 20th Anniversary season, the team will honor the 20th Anniversary Team in a very special pregame ceremony. Members of the 20th Anniversary Team include Bob Brenly, Tony Womack, Steve Finley, Matt Williams, Luis Gonzalez, Miguel Montero, Jay Bell, Brandon Webb, Curt Schilling, Randy Johnson, Jose Valverde, Brad Ziegler, Paul Goldschmidt, Patrick Corbin, A.J. Pollock and Zack Greinke.  
 
ALUMNI GAME, presented by Sanderson Ford: Beginning at 2:30 p.m., D-backs alumni including Luis Gonzalez, Steve Finley, Brandon Webb and Tony Womack will take the field to play a three-inning game. Gates will open at 1:30 p.m. and will be open seating for the Alumni Game. More information and a full list of alumni expected to participate can be found at dbacks.com/alumni
 
MYSTERY BALL: Fans can purchase grab bags ($40 each) with a 'Mystery Ball' inside signed by a current D-backs player or coach or D-backs alumni player and can choose from more than 500 grab bags. Mystery Ball will benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. 
 
FRY'S DIAMOND DAYS PROGRAM: Fry's Food Stores and the USO will treat airman and Family Readiness members from the Luke Air Force Base to the game. 
 
D-BACKS EXPRESS: The D-backs offer a hassle-free way to see a D-backs game for fans in Tucson. A luxury bus will pick up fans at the Foothills Mall in Tucson and drop off fans in front of Chase Field. Round-trip fares are $25 per person and leaves three hours before game time. For more information, visit dbacks.com/express.
 
National Anthem: Sounds of the Southwest
 
SUN., AUG. 5 | 1:10 P.M. | SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS   
 
GIVEAWAY: "National Trading Card Day" Pack, courtesy of Topps- 20,000 
 
SKILLS CONTEST CHAMPIONS DAY: D-backs Baseball Academy Camps attendees competed in pitching, hitting, and running challenges. The top finishers in each age group will be recognized during the pregame ceremonies.
 
KIDS RUN THE BASES FOR PCH: Kids ages 15 and younger are invited to run the bases after the game and can line up on the ramp near section 110 immediately following the game. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation will donate $1 to Phoenix Children's Hospital for every kid that crosses home plate. 
 
SMILE GENERATION KIDS TAKE THE FIELD: Kids ages 7-15 can enter for the chance to "Take the Field" with D-backs players at every Sunday home game prior to the National Anthem.
 
DOG DAYS OF SUMMER: Fans can enjoy the game with their canine friend from the PetSmart Patio. Fans can use the PetSmart Dog Park and treat their dog to doggy concession favorites such as doggy ice cream. PetSmart will also have adoptable dogs on site for fans to find a forever home for the pups. For more information, visit dbacks.com/dogdays.  
 
COLD STONE KIDS SUNDAYS: Each Sunday home game, one winner is selected to deliver the lineup card to the umpires with a D-backs coach before the game and deliver Cold Stone Ice Cream to the D-backs' broadcast booths. 
 
FOX SPORTS ARIZONA/SANDERSON FORD KIDKASTER: One lucky kid will have the opportunity to work in FOX Sports Arizona's booth for a half-inning, interview a D-backs player before the game and appear on the D-backs Live pregame show. The young fan also gets to work as the PA announcer during the second inning when the D-backs are up to bat and tours of the FOX Sports Arizona production truck. The D-backs will host Kidkaster auditions in the Phoenix Children's Hospital Sandlot from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit online at kidkaster.com.
 
SANDERSON FORD CRONISTA INFANTIL: The D-backs and Sanderson Ford will host the next Cronista Infantil as a guest on the D-backs' Spanish radio broadcast alongside Oscar Soria and Rodrigo Lopez during the game. Kids ages 10-14 are encouraged to sign up and audition to become the next Sanderson Ford Cronista Infantil by visiting losdbacks.com/kids
 
D-BACKS KIDS CLUB, presented by Danzeisen Dairy: The Kids Club is a free program for kids 15 & younger that rewards members with prizes for each game they attend, including a complimentary ticket to Sunday home games. Fans can register at Chase Field in the Phoenix Children's Hospital Sandlot, or online at dbacks.com/kidsclub.
 
National Anthem: Campo Verde High School 
Ceremonial First Pitch: iHeart Media 
 
 MON., AUG. 6 | 6:40 P.M. | PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES   
 
DOG DAYS OF SUMMER: Fans can enjoy the game with their canine friend from the PetSmart Patio. Fans can use the PetSmart Dog Park and treat their dog to doggy concession favorites such as doggy ice cream. PetSmart will also have adoptable dogs on site for fans to find a forever home for the pups. For more information, visit dbacks.com/dogdays.  
 
SEASON TICKET HOLDERS TAKE THE FIELD: D-backs season ticket holders will "Take the Field" with D-backs players at every Monday home game prior to the National Anthem.
 
National Anthem: Senior Airman Adriana Van Wyk
Ceremonial First Pitch: Rob McElfresh
 
 TUES., AUG. 7 | 6:40 P.M. | PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES   
 
National Anthem: Marcus Conn Minister 
Ceremonial First Pitch: Brad Bingham
 
WED., AUG. 8 | 12:40 P.M. | PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES  
 
MATINEE GAME: Matinee pricing available and includes a discounted ticket as low as $19. For more info, visit dbacks.com/matinee.
 
National Anthem: Macy Bonnett 
Ceremonial First Pitch: Lisa Gates, TurbineAero
 
 COMMUNITY EVENTS   
 
20th ANNIVERSARY EXPERIENCE: Fans are encouraged to check out the 20th Anniversary Experience at every D-backs home game at Chase Field. The Experience is a 2,000 square-foot exhibit at Chase Field, located on the main concourse in right field behind the Coors Light Strike Zone. It features historic artifacts, memorabilia and photography celebrating the team's history and a wall featuring baseballs signed by nearly all D-backs players and coaches. The Experience also includes a showcase of the team's 2001 World Series championship and each Silver Slugger, Gold Glove and Cy Young Award won by a D-backs player. For more information, visit dbacks.com/experience
 
D-BACKS AUTHENTICS: The D-backs sell game-used and authenticated merchandise ranging from game-used bases, jerseys, bats, balls and lineup cards to autographed merchandise. A portion of the proceeds from D-backs Authentics sales benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. D-backs Authentics will be located at section 134 on the main concourse or on Twitter @DbacksAuthentic.  
 
D-BACKS BASEBALL ACADEMY YOUTH CLINICS: D-backs Baseball Academy coaches will host two free clinics for kids at Futures Field located in the Phoenix Children's Hospital Sandlot at each D-backs home game starting one hour before first pitch and at the end of the fourth inning.
 
SOL LA TERRAZA: Fans can enjoy a Latin vibe in the Upper Right Field Concourse at every Friday, Saturday and Sunday home game, which includes specialized décor, Latin music and authentic regional food and La Carreta de Lily. For more information, visit dbacks.com/laterraza
 
D-BACKS GIVE BACK 50/50 RAFFLE, supported by Arizona Lottery: Tickets for the 50/50 raffle are available every D-backs home game and can be purchased from roving sellers in the stands, at raffle kiosk locations along the concourse or fans watching the game from home can participate by visiting dbacks.com/5050raffle. One lucky fan will win half the jackpot each game with the other half will benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation's youth sports initiatives.

TICKET SPECIALS
 
D-BACKS VALUE PACK: Ticket packages start at $25 and include a game ticket, one hot dog and a regular Pepsi. For more information, visit dbacks.com/value.
 
MILITARY AND FIRST RESPONDERS DISCOUNTS, presented by GEICO: The D-backs and GEICO will offer up to 50 percent off single-game ticket prices for all military active duty, reserve, retired and veterans, as well as active or retired fire and police personnel with valid ID. All-You-Can-Eat tickets are excluded from this offer and can only be redeemed for up to four tickets. For more information, visit dbacks.com/military
 
MOBILE TICKETING: Fans can access and manage their game day tickets directly from a smartphone by downloading the MLB Ballpark App. Ballpark is the D-backs' Ticket Hub where fans have access to tickets, the Chase Field Concessions guide, exclusive check-in offers, and more. Visit dbacks.com/ballparkapp.  


MON., JULY 30 | 6:40 P.M. | TEXAS RANGERS  
 
HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS FIRST PITCH: Hammer Harrison from the Harlem Globetrotters will throw out the ceremonial first pitch and unveil his special trick shot video that was filmed at Chase Field. 
 
CROHNS AND COLITIS FOUNDATION: The D-backs will recognize members from the Crohns and Colitis Foundation Southwest Chapter, which strives to find cures and improve the quality of life for those affected by the diseases.
 
A-GAME ALL STARS: The D-backs will recognize 10 part-time employees for their hard work and dedication to the organization in a pregame ceremony that includes a photo with a D-backs executive and a D-backs player.
 
National Anthem: Paige Anne
Ceremonial First Pitch: Robin Leonesio, D-backs Season Ticket Holder
 
  TUES., JULY 31 | 6:40 P.M. | TEXAS RANGERS  
 
PLAY BALL FUND: As a part of the on-going D-backs Give Back charitable efforts, the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation will recognize Play Ball grant recipients during a special pregame ceremony on the field. Throughout the season, the Play Ball Fund, supported by Chase, will award teams, leagues and organizations $1,000 in grants for equipment, training resources and more. The D-backs will present up to 10 grants per month totaling $10,000. To apply for a Play Ball grant, visit dbacks.com/playball
 
National Anthem: Shriners 
Ceremonial First Pitch: Chris Denzin, Century Link
 
 THURS., AUG. 2 | 6:40 P.M. | SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS   
 
THROWBACK THURSDAY, presented by Chase: The D-backs celebrate their 20th Anniversary this season and will wear the uniforms of various Postseason teams while highlighting those years. This Thursday, the team will wear the 2011 Red Alternate uniform and celebrate the 2011 N.L. West Division Championship team, including a ceremonial first pitch from Miguel Montero and Cody Ransom. The game-worn uniforms will be available for purchase at D-backs Authentics after the game. Every Thursday home game will be deemed part of the D-backs Throwback Thursdays (#DbacksTBT), presented by Chase, and fans can expect to see a retro feel incorporated in game elements at Chase Field, including signage, video and photos on dbTV. Fans are encouraged to wear the throwback jerseys and shirts on Throwback Thursdays and the Chase Field Team Shop will offer a wide variety of items featuring the retro colors for fans to purchase. Chase credit or debit card users will receive special offers each Thursday, including: 
• 30-percent discount on ticket pricing on select areas in the ballpark 
• $25 D-bucks card when they spend $75 in the Team Shop 
• Cracker Jack or Peanuts at Taste of Chase or Oasis in the Sandlot for only $1 
More details are available at dbacks.com/throwback.   
 
STATE EMPLOYEE CHARITABLE CAMPAIGN: The D-backs will recognize participants in the State Employee Charitable Campaign which empowers Arizona state employees to strengthen their communities through the funding and support of local charities.
 
National Anthem: Emily Kay Shrader
 
 FRI., AUG. 3 | 6:40 P.M. | SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS   
 
OUTSTANDING STUDENTS: The D-backs will recognize students that show significant improvement or achieve "Honor Roll" status in a special pregame ceremony. 
 
National Anthem: Higley High School Band 
Ceremonial First Pitch: Hudson Wilson, Coconut Cleaning 
 
SAT., AUG. 4 | 5:10 P.M. | SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS  
GIVEAWAY: 20th Anniversary Team T-shirt, courtesy of Gila River Hotels & Casinos - 20,000 
 
20th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION: In celebration of the D-backs' 20th Anniversary season, the team will honor the 20th Anniversary Team in a very special pregame ceremony. Members of the 20th Anniversary Team include Bob Brenly, Tony Womack, Steve Finley, Matt Williams, Luis Gonzalez, Miguel Montero, Jay Bell, Brandon Webb, Curt Schilling, Randy Johnson, Jose Valverde, Brad Ziegler, Paul Goldschmidt, Patrick Corbin, A.J. Pollock and Zack Greinke.  
 
ALUMNI GAME, presented by Sanderson Ford: Beginning at 2:30 p.m., D-backs alumni including Luis Gonzalez, Steve Finley, Brandon Webb and Tony Womack will take the field to play a three-inning game. Gates will open at 1:30 p.m. and will be open seating for the Alumni Game. More information and a full list of alumni expected to participate can be found at dbacks.com/alumni
 
MYSTERY BALL: Fans can purchase grab bags ($40 each) with a 'Mystery Ball' inside signed by a current D-backs player or coach or D-backs alumni player and can choose from more than 500 grab bags. Mystery Ball will benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. 
 
FRY'S DIAMOND DAYS PROGRAM: Fry's Food Stores and the USO will treat airman and Family Readiness members from the Luke Air Force Base to the game. 
 
D-BACKS EXPRESS: The D-backs offer a hassle-free way to see a D-backs game for fans in Tucson. A luxury bus will pick up fans at the Foothills Mall in Tucson and drop off fans in front of Chase Field. Round-trip fares are $25 per person and leaves three hours before game time. For more information, visit dbacks.com/express.
 
National Anthem: Sounds of the Southwest
 
SUN., AUG. 5 | 1:10 P.M. | SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS   
 
GIVEAWAY: "National Trading Card Day" Pack, courtesy of Topps- 20,000 
 
SKILLS CONTEST CHAMPIONS DAY: D-backs Baseball Academy Camps attendees competed in pitching, hitting, and running challenges. The top finishers in each age group will be recognized during the pregame ceremonies.
 
KIDS RUN THE BASES FOR PCH: Kids ages 15 and younger are invited to run the bases after the game and can line up on the ramp near section 110 immediately following the game. The Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation will donate $1 to Phoenix Children's Hospital for every kid that crosses home plate. 
 
SMILE GENERATION KIDS TAKE THE FIELD: Kids ages 7-15 can enter for the chance to "Take the Field" with D-backs players at every Sunday home game prior to the National Anthem.
 
DOG DAYS OF SUMMER: Fans can enjoy the game with their canine friend from the PetSmart Patio. Fans can use the PetSmart Dog Park and treat their dog to doggy concession favorites such as doggy ice cream. PetSmart will also have adoptable dogs on site for fans to find a forever home for the pups. For more information, visit dbacks.com/dogdays.  
 
COLD STONE KIDS SUNDAYS: Each Sunday home game, one winner is selected to deliver the lineup card to the umpires with a D-backs coach before the game and deliver Cold Stone Ice Cream to the D-backs' broadcast booths. 
 
FOX SPORTS ARIZONA/SANDERSON FORD KIDKASTER: One lucky kid will have the opportunity to work in FOX Sports Arizona's booth for a half-inning, interview a D-backs player before the game and appear on the D-backs Live pregame show. The young fan also gets to work as the PA announcer during the second inning when the D-backs are up to bat and tours of the FOX Sports Arizona production truck. The D-backs will host Kidkaster auditions in the Phoenix Children's Hospital Sandlot from 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. For more information, visit online at kidkaster.com.
 
SANDERSON FORD CRONISTA INFANTIL: The D-backs and Sanderson Ford will host the next Cronista Infantil as a guest on the D-backs' Spanish radio broadcast alongside Oscar Soria and Rodrigo Lopez during the game. Kids ages 10-14 are encouraged to sign up and audition to become the next Sanderson Ford Cronista Infantil by visiting losdbacks.com/kids
 
D-BACKS KIDS CLUB, presented by Danzeisen Dairy: The Kids Club is a free program for kids 15 & younger that rewards members with prizes for each game they attend, including a complimentary ticket to Sunday home games. Fans can register at Chase Field in the Phoenix Children's Hospital Sandlot, or online at dbacks.com/kidsclub.
 
National Anthem: Campo Verde High School 
Ceremonial First Pitch: iHeart Media 
 
 MON., AUG. 6 | 6:40 P.M. | PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES   
 
DOG DAYS OF SUMMER: Fans can enjoy the game with their canine friend from the PetSmart Patio. Fans can use the PetSmart Dog Park and treat their dog to doggy concession favorites such as doggy ice cream. PetSmart will also have adoptable dogs on site for fans to find a forever home for the pups. For more information, visit dbacks.com/dogdays.  
 
SEASON TICKET HOLDERS TAKE THE FIELD: D-backs season ticket holders will "Take the Field" with D-backs players at every Monday home game prior to the National Anthem.
 
National Anthem: Senior Airman Adriana Van Wyk
Ceremonial First Pitch: Rob McElfresh
 
 TUES., AUG. 7 | 6:40 P.M. | PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES   
 
National Anthem: Marcus Conn Minister 
Ceremonial First Pitch: Brad Bingham
 
WED., AUG. 8 | 12:40 P.M. | PHILADELPHIA PHILLIES  
 
MATINEE GAME: Matinee pricing available and includes a discounted ticket as low as $19. For more info, visit dbacks.com/matinee.
 
National Anthem: Macy Bonnett 
Ceremonial First Pitch: Lisa Gates, TurbineAero
 
 COMMUNITY EVENTS   
 
20th ANNIVERSARY EXPERIENCE: Fans are encouraged to check out the 20th Anniversary Experience at every D-backs home game at Chase Field. The Experience is a 2,000 square-foot exhibit at Chase Field, located on the main concourse in right field behind the Coors Light Strike Zone. It features historic artifacts, memorabilia and photography celebrating the team's history and a wall featuring baseballs signed by nearly all D-backs players and coaches. The Experience also includes a showcase of the team's 2001 World Series championship and each Silver Slugger, Gold Glove and Cy Young Award won by a D-backs player. For more information, visit dbacks.com/experience
 
D-BACKS AUTHENTICS: The D-backs sell game-used and authenticated merchandise ranging from game-used bases, jerseys, bats, balls and lineup cards to autographed merchandise. A portion of the proceeds from D-backs Authentics sales benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation. D-backs Authentics will be located at section 134 on the main concourse or on Twitter @DbacksAuthentic.  
 
D-BACKS BASEBALL ACADEMY YOUTH CLINICS: D-backs Baseball Academy coaches will host two free clinics for kids at Futures Field located in the Phoenix Children's Hospital Sandlot at each D-backs home game starting one hour before first pitch and at the end of the fourth inning.
 
SOL LA TERRAZA: Fans can enjoy a Latin vibe in the Upper Right Field Concourse at every Friday, Saturday and Sunday home game, which includes specialized décor, Latin music and authentic regional food and La Carreta de Lily. For more information, visit dbacks.com/laterraza
 
D-BACKS GIVE BACK 50/50 RAFFLE, supported by Arizona Lottery: Tickets for the 50/50 raffle are available every D-backs home game and can be purchased from roving sellers in the stands, at raffle kiosk locations along the concourse or fans watching the game from home can participate by visiting dbacks.com/5050raffle. One lucky fan will win half the jackpot each game with the other half will benefit the Arizona Diamondbacks Foundation's youth sports initiatives.

TICKET SPECIALS
 
D-BACKS VALUE PACK: Ticket packages start at $25 and include a game ticket, one hot dog and a regular Pepsi. For more information, visit dbacks.com/value.
 
MILITARY AND FIRST RESPONDERS DISCOUNTS, presented by GEICO: The D-backs and GEICO will offer up to 50 percent off single-game ticket prices for all military active duty, reserve, retired and veterans, as well as active or retired fire and police personnel with valid ID. All-You-Can-Eat tickets are excluded from this offer and can only be redeemed for up to four tickets. For more information, visit dbacks.com/military
 
MOBILE TICKETING: Fans can access and manage their game day tickets directly from a smartphone by downloading the MLB Ballpark App. Ballpark is the D-backs' Ticket Hub where fans have access to tickets, the Chase Field Concessions guide, exclusive check-in offers, and more. Visit dbacks.com/ballparkapp.  

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D-backs agree to terms with 20 international signees

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) agreed to terms with 20 international signees, including the 2018 international class' No. 12, No. 22 and No. 44 prospects by Baseball America.

Arizona's 2018 international class to date consists of 10 players from the Dominican Republic, 9 from Venezuela and 1 from Panama.

The Arizona Diamondbacks (@Dbacks) agreed to terms with 20 international signees, including the 2018 international class' No. 12, No. 22 and No. 44 prospects by Baseball America.

Arizona's 2018 international class to date consists of 10 players from the Dominican Republic, 9 from Venezuela and 1 from Panama.

CF Alvin Guzmán | B/T: R/R | Age: 16 (10/20/01) | 6-1, 165 |  San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic

• Ranked as the 2018 international class' No. 12 prospect by Baseball America and No. 16 by MLBPipeline.com.

 

RHP Abraham Calzadilla | B/T: R/R | Age: 16 (12/12/01) | 6-1, 170 |  San Felix, Venezuela

• Ranked as the 2018 international class' No. 22 prospect by Baseball America.

 

LHP Diomede Sierra | B/T: L/L | Age: 16 (9/11/01) | 6-2, 170 |  Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

• Ranked as the 2018 international class' No. 44 prospect by Baseball America.

 

SS Luis Rubio | B/T: R/R | Age: 16 (1/10/02) | 5-10, 155 |  Caracas, Venezuela

• Represented Venezuela in the 2017 15U COPABE Pan-American Tournament in Cartagena, Colombia.

 

ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS 2018 INTERNATIONAL CLASS

Player

Pos.

B-T

Age

Ht.

Wt.

City, Country

Mauricio Bascunan

RHP

R-R

16

6-4

170

Araya, Ven.

Jose Bohorquez

RHP

R-R

16

6-1

160

Maracaibo, Ven.

Ricardo Caldera

C

R-R

16

6-1

175

Guayana, Ven.

Abraham Calzadilla

RHP

R-R

16

6-1

170

San Felix, Ven.

Ángel Colina

C

R-R

16

5-11

180

Barquisimeto, Ven.

Dairon Cuevas

SS

S-R

16

6-1

155

Santo Domingo, D.R.

Learsi Delgado

SS

R-R

17

5-11

160

Caracas, Ven.

Jeferson Espinal

CF

L-L

16

6-0

160

Santo Domingo, D.R.

Cristian Estrella

OF

L-L

16

6-1

175

Dajabón, D.R.

Alvin Guzmán

CF

R-R

16

6-1

165

San Pedro de Macorís, D.R.

Asdrubal Martínez

OF

R-R

16

5-11

170

Barcelona, Ven.

Mario Méndez

OF

L-L

16

5-11

170

Baní, D.R.

Teófilo Méndez

SS

R-R

16

5-11

170

Baní, D.R.

Ronald Román

LHP

L-L

16

6-3

185

Puerto Plata, D.R.

Edward Romero

SS

R-R

16

5-10

150

Panama City, Panama

Luis Rubio

SS

R-R

16

5-10

155

Caracas, Ven.

Diomede Sierra

LHP

L-L

16

6-2

170

Santo Domingo, D.R.

Aderlyn Silverio

RHP

R-R

18

6-1

180

Sabana de la Mar, D.R.

Carlos Tellería

RHP

R-R

18

6-0

150

Santo Domingo, D.R.

Daniel Torres

SS

R-R

16

5-9

150

Villa de Cura, Ven.

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D-backs reinstate Clay Buchholz from 10-day disabled list

Optioned Matt Koch to Triple-A Reno following yesterday's game

The Arizona Diamondbacks reinstated RHP Clay Buchholz from the 10-day disabled list (strained left oblique). Following yesterday's game, the D-backs optioned RHP Matt Koch to Triple-A Reno.
 
Buchholz, 33, who will make the start for the D-backs tonight at Wrigley Field, is 2-1 with a 2.56 ERA (11 ER in 38.2 IP), .211 opponent average and 31 strikeouts in 7 starts for Arizona this season. He has allowed 1 or fewer runs 5 times this season, the only pitcher in club history to do so within their first 7 starts with the team. He has held left-handed hitters to a .181 (13-for-72) average and has held the opposition to a .148 (4-for-27) mark with runners in scoring position. 
 
Buchholz, a 2-time AL All-Star (2010, '13), has gone 83-63 with a 3.97 ERA (535 ER in 1,213.2 IP) in 215 games (197 starts) in parts of 12 Major League seasons with the Red Sox (2007-16), Phillies (2017) and D-backs (2018). He signed with Arizona as a Minor League free agent on May 4.
 
Koch, 27, is 5-4 with a 4.28 ERA (35 ER in 73.2 IP) and .254 opponent average in 15 games (12 starts) over 3 stints with Arizona this season. 

The Arizona Diamondbacks reinstated RHP Clay Buchholz from the 10-day disabled list (strained left oblique). Following yesterday's game, the D-backs optioned RHP Matt Koch to Triple-A Reno.
 
Buchholz, 33, who will make the start for the D-backs tonight at Wrigley Field, is 2-1 with a 2.56 ERA (11 ER in 38.2 IP), .211 opponent average and 31 strikeouts in 7 starts for Arizona this season. He has allowed 1 or fewer runs 5 times this season, the only pitcher in club history to do so within their first 7 starts with the team. He has held left-handed hitters to a .181 (13-for-72) average and has held the opposition to a .148 (4-for-27) mark with runners in scoring position. 
 
Buchholz, a 2-time AL All-Star (2010, '13), has gone 83-63 with a 3.97 ERA (535 ER in 1,213.2 IP) in 215 games (197 starts) in parts of 12 Major League seasons with the Red Sox (2007-16), Phillies (2017) and D-backs (2018). He signed with Arizona as a Minor League free agent on May 4.
 
Koch, 27, is 5-4 with a 4.28 ERA (35 ER in 73.2 IP) and .254 opponent average in 15 games (12 starts) over 3 stints with Arizona this season. 

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