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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Assuming Gregor Blanco wins a spot on the Opening Day roster, the Diamondbacks are expecting a competent fourth outfielder who can play solid defense at all three positions; a pesky, left-handed hitting option to help balance a right-handed heavy lineup; and a fundamentally sound player who can do the little things that can help win games.
But Blanco sees in himself another potential contribution. It is something he learned from his time with the San Francisco Giants, a mind-set he believes can be passed along to his new teammates. He thinks it’s one of the things the Diamondbacks were missing last season.
“We want to win,” Blanco said. “I can see it in their faces, and with the talent that we have. It’s just a matter of us deciding we want to win and really believe in our own mind that we’re going to do it. It’s not just that we have the talent and we’re going to show everybody. No, it’s got to be a little bit more than that.”
Blanco is soft-spoken and earnest, easy with a smile and seemingly always in a good mood. He conveys a sort of natural positivity. He believes wholeheartedly in its importance.
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Blanco was a part of two World Series-winning clubs during his five seasons with the Giants, and he thinks culture explains their success as much as talent. He points to Hunter Pence as a prime example.
“He really started everybody to believing that we can win when I was there,” Blanco said of the outfielder known for his fiery, pregame speeches. “The Giants might not have the best talent, the best players. They have good players, but I don’t think they’re all All-Stars. But they find a way to win. That’s what we need to find.”
Leaving San Francisco was not easy; Blanco felt a connection to the city, the organization. But the Giants, he said, apparently wanted to go a different direction. He said he understands.
Blanco said the Detroit Tigers and Baltimore Orioles showed interest, but he instead opted to sign with the Diamondbacks, whose style of play he found appealing.
“I just liked the way they do everything,” he said. “They try to do the little things, especially their running game. I’m so excited about that. They’re pretty aggressive. That’s part of my game. I want to be on a team like that.”
With outfielder Socrates Brito out with a hand injury, Blanco seems even more likely to crack the Diamondbacks’ Opening Day roster. If he does, his contract guarantees him $1 million and includes another $3.55 million in incentives.
During a game last May, Blanco jammed his shoulder diving back into first base. He was told he had a sprained rotator cuff. He tried to play through it. He wishes he hadn’t.
Blanco believes the injury explains why he hit just .224 in 241 at-bats in what ranks as the worst season of his career. But after an offseason of rest, he said the shoulder feels 100 percent.
He started Cactus League play 0-for-12, but he had an eventful game on Tuesday, making an impressive catch at the wall in the top of the first, then lining a triple into the right-field corner in the bottom of the inning.
Blanco said he prides himself on being a thorn in the side of the opposing pitcher, whether it’s being annoying at the plate or on the bases. But more than anything he sees himself as more than just a player, and he thinks his time with the Giants has him well prepared.
“I want to bring that winning attitude, the positive talks, the happiness,” Blanco said. “I was blessed to be able to play on a team like that and win two world championships. My goal is to do that here.”