Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke gave up one run in five innings against the Netherlands on Saturday.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller struck out eight in 3 1/3 innings vs. the Mariners but wasn’t efficient with his pitches.
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Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray gave up two earned runs — both on a first-inning homer — in four innings against the Brewers on Thursday.
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Arizona Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke comments on his side session to minor leaguers at Salt River Fields on Mar. 13, 2017. By Rob Schumacher/azcentral sports
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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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Right-hander Taijuan Walker struck out eight in four scoreless innings for the Diamondbacks on Friday vs. the Brewers.
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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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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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So far, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo has only named one starting pitcher to his five-man rotation – Zack Greinke. Everybody with a clue, though, has a pretty good idea who the other four will be behind Arizona’s ace.
Go ahead and carve Patrick Corbin’s name into stone. Using a pencil would just be a waste of time.
If his past two starts are any indication, the left-hander is ready for the regular season to begin. Even Corbin himself said he probably doesn’t need any more Cactus League tuning up, other than to get his pitch count up to 90.
Including Sunday’s strong performance at Goodyear Ballpark against the Indians, Corbin has pitched through a string that has seen him, during one stretch, retire 23 of 24 batters faced. He retired the past 15 hitters he saw a week ago during a rout of the Rangers and this time out, pitched three, 1-2-3 innings against Cleveland.
“Yeah, I feel great. I feel ready to go,” Corbin said. “If the next one was regular season, I’d be ready. It’s just a matter of getting up to about 90 (pitches) and once we do that, we’ll be ready to start the season. But everything feels good. I’m happy with my off-speed pitches and getting ahead of guys and throwing strikes.”
Other than the pitch count, Corbin said he feels like he’s checked off every box this spring.
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“Yeah, yeah,” he said. “The only thing new today was getting to bat, so that was a first – getting out there and seeing some pitchers. But yeah, I’ll just continue to build off this, build my pitch count up and be ready to go.”
The only other thing awaiting Corbin, of course, is for Lovullo to officially name him one of the Diamondbacks’ five starters. Before Sunday’s game in Goodyear, the first-year skipper tried to explain why that hasn’t happened yet.
“We’re going to hold off on doing any of that but he’s done exactly what we had hoped all the guys would do,” Lovullo said. “He’s been outstanding with his preparations, following the process and now the execution. He’s been throwing the ball very, very well and we want that to continue.
“I know time is running down and we’re going to have to make some decisions. We want to make hard decisions based on their performance and they have all done a great job with that.”
By “all,” Lovullo may as well be referring to multiple positions throughout the team.
“Absolutely, one after another,” he said. “The competition at shortstop, all the catchers, these starters. They’ve all been answering the challenge that was issued upon them and they’re continuing to make our decisions very hard. In Patrick’s case, he’s been executing pitch after pitch and it’s been fun for us to watch.”
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But hasn’t it just been a teeny bit frustrating for Corbin to not yet be named to the starting five?
“No, I just go out there every fifth day and take the ball,” he said. “I feel good and I feel like the ball’s coming out good and I’m pleased with where I am.”
Asked again if he’s OK with Lovullo not having formally tabbed him as of yet, Corbin shook his head and smiled.
“Whenever he does is fine,” he said. “I’m just going to throw my bullpen in two days and be ready to go.”
Corbin has worked tirelessly for this moment after some recent rough times. The Diamondbacks’ Opening Day starter in 2014, he would go on to suffer torn elbow ligaments and be shut down for more than a full season after requiring Tommy John surgery. He came back, had a small share of successes, and then struggled before ultimately being sent toward the end of this past season to the bullpen as a long reliever.
Privately, Corbin hated the new role. But he toed the company line, said all the right things, and waited for his chance to show he deserved to be a starter again. He’s proved throughout this spring that he belongs in the rotation.
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He was especially pleased with his effort against the Indians, against whom he went five innings, allowing two runs on four hits with no walks and a strikeout. After exiting, he went to the Arizona bullpen and threw an additional 11 pitches to bring his pitch count to 75.
“It was a hot day out there for sure, but it was just good to build up the pitch count. I threw all my pitches, was able to work on some things, and I’ll just build off of this,” he said.
Build and wait for Lovullo to make things official. Not that Corbin is losing any sleep over it.
“I feel real good,” he said. “I’m confident in everything I’ve done to this point.”
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