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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Chris Iannetta never tasted the “garage wine” his grandparents made when he was growing up in Providence, R.I. He was too young.
But he remembers watching his grandfather sample grapes at the local farmer’s market and then set up the press and barrels in the garage. He’d sit and listen, a young boy entranced, as his grandfather, an Italian immigrant, told stories about his life and his affinity for wine.
In 2007, Iannetta’s rookie season with the Colorado Rockies, his grandfather died of cancer. At dinner with teammates, when his glass was filled with a red or white, Iannetta would think of his grandfather and “re-connect.”
“That’s where my love of wine was kind of entrenched,” he said.
These days, Iannetta, who’s part of the Diamondbacks’ catching triumvirate along with Jeff Mathis and Chris Herrmann, is more than just a wine connoisseur. He and former Angels teammate Vernon Wells own the Jack winery label, the name a combination of the first initials of their respective children, Jayce, Ashlyn, Christian and Kylie.
They’ve released a Cabernet Sauvignon, a Sauvignon Blanc and soon a Bordeaux. They’ve been written up in Wine Spectator magazine and recently they purchased 12 acres of land on Atlas Peak in Napa, Calif., with the goal of expanding their business into a full-time enterprise.
“It’s a passion project now but we’re gaining a lot of traction and hopefully we’ll get a lot bigger,” Iannetta said.
The partnership began in 2012 when both players were on the disabled list. They spent hours together in the trainer’s room and started talking about “what would be cool business ideas.” They discovered they each had a love of wine and all things Napa, and over dinner together one night, decided to get into the wine-making business. A mutual friend introduced them to winemaker Grant Long Jr., and the Jack label was born.
“Everyone that has tried it has loved it,” Iannetta said.
Iannetta has become something of a wine savant to his teammates. His advice is simple: Just drink what you like.
“What I try to tell people is that a good wine doesn’t mean everybody else thinks it’s good or it’s highly priced,” Iannetta said. “If you enjoy it, it’s the best wine on the planet. It could be three dollars or one thousand dollars. It’s what you enjoy drinking and if it resonates with you in some capacity then that’s the best.”
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Iannetta hasn’t had as much time to delve into the wine-making process as he might like because his baseball career still takes priority. He signed a one-year, $1.5 million contract with the Diamondbacks in the offseason and is expected to share time behind the plate with Mathis and Herrmann.
Iannetta will turn 34 in April and is coming off a 2016 season in which he hit .210 with just seven homers in 295 at-bats with the Seattle Mariners. He’s at the stage of his career where playing time and personal goals are secondary. He talks instead about he and Mathis forming the “best catching tandem in baseball.”
“I know Jeff and I just both want to win,” he said. “We want to be part of a winning team and whatever we can do facilitate winning we’ll do. I don’t think the blend of playing time matters to us much. We just want to help the staff.”
The Diamondbacks will drink a glass to that.
Outfielder Socrates Brito is likely to miss at least two months after undergoing surgery to repair a dislocated left ring finger on Wednesday night, manager Torey Lovullo said. Though there’s no strict timetable for a return, Lovullo said Brito is “going to be a while.” Brito injured the finger sliding headfirst into home, where his hand appeared to get caught on the foot of the opposing catcher.
*If he’s feeling up to it, shortstop Ketel Marte (illness) could return to the lineup on Friday as the designated hitter, Lovullo said.
*Lovullo said catcher Hank Conger (oblique) is “slowly getting back into his rhythm.” He has begun catching bullpens and hitting off a tee, Lovullo said. Conger has yet to play a game during spring training.
– Nick Piecoro