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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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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Mistakes made in the draft room still keep Jerry Dipoto up at night – and that includes an ill-fated selection the Diamondbacks made in the 2010 draft that still reverberates within the organization. That decision: passing on left-hander Chris Sale.
Sale was still on the board when the Diamondbacks’ selection came up at No. 6 overall that year, but they instead took Texas A&M right-hander Barret Loux, whom they never signed due to injury concerns.
Dipoto, speaking at the SABR Analytics Conference in downtown Phoenix on Friday, took the blame, saying he went against the opinion of his scouting staff by pushing for Loux. He said he’s learned from the mistake and believes he is a better baseball executive as a result.
“The (mistakes) that really gnaw at me and I still wake up thinking about are the ones in the draft,” said Dipoto, who in 2010 was overseeing the draft in his role as vice president of scouting and player development. “Where you had a scout or multiple scouts in the room telling you, ‘This is the guy.’ You know, ‘We should take Chris Sale.’ We should have.”
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It is hard to overstate the significance of that decision in recent franchise history. Sale, who was drafted 13th overall by the Chicago White Sox, has developed into one of the top pitchers in baseball, an ace starter who has logged more than 1,100 career innings with a 3.00 ERA and has finished in the top six in Cy Young voting five consecutive seasons.
Sale’s value was so high this past offseason that the Red Sox parted with two of the top prospects in baseball, infielder Yoan Moncada and right-hander Michael Kopech, to acquire him.
The Diamondbacks, meanwhile, never signed Loux after questions arose following a physical exam, and with the compensation pick they received the following year they took right-hander Archie Bradley, who is still working to establish himself as a major-league starter.
Dipoto, who is now the Seattle Mariners’ GM, was speaking on a panel with Diamondbacks GM Mike Hazen. They were asked to recall mistakes they made early in their careers and how they grew from them. Dipoto talked about how he has learned “not to run renegade on a group” or allow his voice to “overwhelm the opinion of the group.”
“It’s never more apparent than it is in the draft,” he continued. “Every year in June, when we go through the June draft as we’re sitting there in the room, I think I am smarter than every single scout who is talking about a player. And then after the draft is over I realize I was the dumbest person in the room. All too often, in my early years in monitoring the draft or overseeing the draft, I pushed a player in the wrong direction.
“Hopefully, I’m a better, smarter executive for the mistakes that I’ve made. I had some draft picks that just bombed.”
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Dipoto, who played a significant role in the club’s drafts from 2009-11, made several moves that worked out well for the club during his three-month tenure as interim GM, acquiring right-hander Daniel Hudson and lefties Patrick Corbin and Tyler Skaggs at the trade deadline in July 2010.
He went on to spend parts of four seasons as the Los Angeles Angels’ GM before taking over for the Mariners in September 2015.
- Outfielder Yasmany Tomas was out of the lineup for the second consecutive day. Manager Torey Lovullo said Tomas is dealing with “aggravation in the low back area” but did not seem to consider the injury serious.
- Right-hander Zack Greinke’s next start will come in a minor league game at 10 a.m. Monday. The Diamondbacks have an off day but the club wants to keep him on schedule to start Opening Day.
- Right-hander Shelby Miller also will pitch in a minor-league game on Sunday, with right-hander Archie Bradley starting the big-league game against the Giants.
Reach Piecoro at (602) 444-8680 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter @nickpiecoro.