Right-hander Taijuan Walker struck out eight in four scoreless innings for the Diamondbacks on Friday vs. the Brewers.
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Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin gave up three runs in 3 1/3 innings against the White Sox but came away sounding upbeat. Video: Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke’s fastball was in the upper-80s on Wednesday at Salt River Fields.
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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller lasted 2 2/3 innings against the A’s, giving up six runs, on Tuesday. Scott Bordow/azcentral sports
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Arizona Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker gave up just one hit in three scoreless innings against the White Sox on Sunday, Mar. 5, 2017. (Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports)
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Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin, who is vying for a spot in the rotation, gave up two runs in three innings against the Padres on Saturday in Peoria.
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Diamondbacks right-handed Shelby Miller talks about his impressive outing vs. the Cubs. Miller struck out six in three innings.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Archie Bradley tossed three scoreless innings in his second start of spring training.
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Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray was upbeat despite walking three in 1 1/3 innings on Wednesday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale breaks down the story lines to follow as spring training heats up.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker talks about his outing on Tuesday against the Texas Rangers in Surprise. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Here are some longtime favorites about America’s favorite pastime.
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The MLB is changing up the intentional walk in an effort to improve the pace of play.
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The Brewers by position: Bullpen
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USA TODAY Sports has released its projected win totals for the 2017 MLB season.
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USA TODAY Sports released its annual list of players to watch for in the upcoming season.
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MLB commissioner Rob Manfred spoke about his frustration with the MLBPA, which he said rebuffed the league’s efforts to make any of a number of rules changes at Tuesday’s Cactus League Media Day at the Biltmore. Thomas Hawthorne/azcentral sports
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The Diamondbacks’ Ken Kendrick discusses the team’s lawsuit with the Maricopa County Stadium District over over Chase Field maintenance costs at spring-training camp on Friday.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and his new team’s foundation at Cactus League Media Day at the Arizona Biltmore on Tuesday. Thomas Hawthorne/azcentral sports
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The Diamondbacks had their photos taken on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at Salt River Fields.
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Cubs manager Joe Maddon discusses how difficult it is to win back-to-back championships in the MLB on Tuesday at Cactus League Media Day at the Arizona Biltmore on Tuesday. Thomas Hawthorne/azcentral sports
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Cubs manager Joe Maddon discusses how to prepare for this season in regards to overworking and injuries after last season’s championship run at Cactus League Media Day at the Arizona Biltmore on Tuesday. Thomas Hawthorne/azcentral sports
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The Arizona Diamondbacks hosted fans to celebrate the start of spring training and the 2017 season at D-Backs Fan Fest at Salt River Fields on Monday. Hannah Gaber/azcentral.com
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Diamondbacks closer Fernando Rodney tosses a bullpen session at Salt River Fields.
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There are several MLB teams looking for new stadiums, while at least two are happy with their old-school dwellings.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker throws his first official bullpen session of spring training at Salt River Fields on Tuesday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller tosses his first bullpen of the spring at Salt River Fields on Tuesday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Ron Gardenhire, Arizona Diamondbacks bench coach, annouced on Tuesday that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer at the team’s spring training complex at Salt River Fields. Manager Torey Lovullo also spoke. Video: Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo on what he sees in his team and pitcher Shelby Miller heading into the first days of spring training at Salt River Fields. Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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D-Backs pitcher Archie Bradley, sporting facial hair that he has not shaved since October 31st, reports to spring training camp in Scottsdale. (Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports)
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D-Backs skipper Torey Lovullo press conference at spring training camp in Scottsdale. (Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports)
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D-Backs pitcher Patrick Corbin reports to spring training camp in Scottsdale. (Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports)
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Diamondbacks right-hander Archie Bradley talks about the excitement of getting spring training started, saying “I couldn’t sleep last night.” Video: Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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The Diamondbacks have faced tough seasons and payroll limitations, and it might cost them a beloved franchise player. Hannah Gaber/azcentral.com
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Proliferation of young talent in the game provides an abundance of inexpensive options to stock a roster.
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Are the Arizona Diamondbacks right to sue Maricopa County over Chase Field? Columnist E.J. Montini says no.
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With the longest championship drought in American professional sports, the Cubs have seen a lot change since they last won the World Series, in 1908.
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Left-hander Andrew Chafin feels good, his shoulder strong, and for this he credits an offseason of what he describes as preventative work. The Diamondbacks reliever is hoping to stay in a preventative mode even when the season begins.
For stretches last season, Chafin was the only left-hander in the Diamondbacks bullpen. That distinction wound up working against him. He was not only used heavily in games, he warmed up in the bullpen on numerous occasions when he didn’t end up pitching.
It eventually caught up with him, both in the way of results and health. Chafin, who was one of the Diamondbacks’ better relievers in 2015, was knocked around last year, posting a 6.75 ERA in 32 games. He also missed most of the final three months of the season due to shoulder problems.
Chafin knows there’s only so much he can do to prepare for heavy workloads; they often come with the territory of being a reliever. But he thinks he can be smarter with the way he gets ready in hopes of staying fresh throughout the year.
“Say I get up 100 times to get loose or whatever and I throw 10 less pitches per warmup,” Chafin said. “That’s a thousand throws right there. I think that’s a good thing. We’ve been working on that.”
Chafin said the idea was hatched after discussions with bullpen coach Mike Fetters and pitching coach Mike Butcher, and he hopes it’s something that could even help prolong his career. Fetters said it was something he eventually learned during his 16-year career, the vast majority of which was spent as a reliever.
“It adds up,” Fetters said. “Your arm only has so many bullets in it. The hope is that once these guys understand once they’re eight pitches away from being ready, they’ve got eight more pitches out there and they’re ready to go.”
Chafin has been sharp so far in spring training, tossing four scoreless innings with no walks, no hits and three strikeouts. He thinks he got into a habit of trying to be too perfect early last season but is trying to go back to being the pitcher he was two years ago.
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“I think last year helped me learn more about myself as a pitcher,” he said. “Go out there, rear back, throw as hard as I can and hope for the best.”
Another positive was Chafin’s improved strikeout rate, which jumped from seven-per-nine innings in 2015 to 11.1 last year, something he credits to a more consistent slider.
Chafin has been as consistent as any reliever in camp, but he said he takes nothing for granted in terms of his spot on the roster.
“I came into this spring with the mind-set that I’m fighting to make the team again,” he said. “I’m doing everything I’ve got to do to be ready and be the best I can be, and whatever happens, happens.”
- Second baseman Brandon Drury has had trouble on at least a couple of balls to his right so far this spring. Manager Torey Lovullo said they were the kind of plays Drury will get better at with more experience. “What it looks like from my angle is he’s having a little bit of an in-between thought whether he’s going to get around the ball or backhand the ball,” Lovullo said. “He’s comfortable making both plays, he’s just caught in-between. (He just needs) game reps.”
- Left fielder Yasmany Tomas continues to feel tightness in his lower back. He hasn’t played in three consecutive games and likely will not play Sunday, either.
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