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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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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Oswaldo Arcia doesn’t wear black glasses, a bobble hat or a distinctive red-and-white-striped shirt. But if you start to look at all the places he’s been lately, the Venezuelan-born outfielder would be the perfect face for baseball’s version of “Where’s Waldo?”
Where’s Oswaldo? He’s been practically everywhere, thank you very much.
Can you say five different major league teams in six months? Oswaldo can. That’s the unpredictable journey it took Arcia to get here, where he’s hoping to win a job on the Diamondbacks’ 25-man roster after agreeing to a minor-league contract with the club in December.
Players bounce around all the time in professional sports, but Arcia has been a virtual human trampoline on wheels.
Signed as an amateur free agent by the Twins in 2007, his odyssey began last summer after spending parts of the past four seasons in the majors with Minnesota. On June 24, he was traded to the Rays for a player to be named later. He played 21 games for Tampa until being designated for assignment on Aug. 19.
Four days later, he was signed off waivers by the Marlins and added to Miami’s active roster. But he spent less time there than he did in limbo while waiting to be claimed. After just two plate appearances spanning two games, the Marlins designated him for assignment on Aug. 25.
Two days after that, Arcia was claimed by the Padres. He spent 14 games with San Diego, eventually was released once again, and his travels finally brought him here. That’s five teams in six months.
“I can’t say I ever remember seeing something like that,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said earlier in spring training. “I do know sometimes when you’re on the back end of a roster and there’s waivers claims that things happen. Guys can shift teams real quickly at this level.
“But it’s a credit that he’s come out the other end and he seems like he’s in a good place right now. I know there’s probably been some internal frustration that he’s dealt with. I just know I don’t want to look backwards on him; I want to look forward and move. What I’ve seen is a guy who looks like he’s ready to play some baseball and that’s what’s most impressive.”
Arcia, 25, doesn’t hold any grudges and refuses to say anything negative about his recent whirlwind escapade across the MLB landscape.
“I just feel really happy to be a part of this team right now, a part of this organization,” Arcia said Friday through an interpreter, Diamondbacks coach Ariel Prieto. “I know I’m coming from a lot of different places, but what’s important right now is that they’re giving me a lot of opportunities to make the team and that’s what I’m trying to do.”
Asked if all the moving around was burdensome at the very least, Arcia again declined to mope or complain.
“No, not at all,” he said. “I’ve always had my head up. I’ve never given up on anything. Whoever I play for or wherever I play, I represent the jersey I’m wearing. No matter what team it is, that’s the team I’m on and where I’m trying to do my best.”
As he said, he’s getting plenty of chances to earn a spot on the bench as an extra outfielder. His chief competition is coming from former Giants sparkplug Gregor Blanco, but the Diamondbacks are also using an infielder (Chris Owings) and a catcher (Chris Herrmann) at the backup corner outfield slots.
Though he was batting only .222 entering Friday’s action, Arcia’s three Cactus League home runs were leading the team and it’s that constant threat of power from the left side of the plate that excites the front office and the coaching staff.
The Twins’ minor-league player of the year in 2012 (he hit .320 with 17 home runs and 98 RBIs in Triple-A), Arcia has long been considered a high-risk, high-reward type of hitter. He can pulverize a baseball and send it close to 500 feet, but he’ll also swing at almost every first-pitch offering and strike out a ton.
“Every time I go out to take at-bats, I try to do the best I can,” he said. “The power I have to hit the ball out of the park, I know as soon as I connect with the ball and the ball gets up that the baseball is gone. But for me, it’s really the most important just to connect and make good contact.
“So far it’s been great because they’ve been giving me a lot of at-bats and I’m starting to feel really good at home plate, very comfortable.”
Whether Arcia starts the year in the majors or at Triple-A Reno, the Diamondbacks are bound to rely on him at some point this season.
“We’re excited to have him,” Lovullo said. “… He’s very capable. He’s just going to have to go out and perform.”
And keep his bags packed if he doesn’t.
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