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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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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Zack Greinke says his spring trainings usually consist of one really bad start sandwiched around a handful of positive starts, with one outing in which everything comes together. Greinke is still waiting for that one really good one, but he’s encouraged by the fact that, in his eyes, he’s yet to have a bad one.
Greinke took another step in the right direction on Saturday afternoon against the Netherlands’ team for the World Baseball Classic, giving up just one run on six hits across five innings.
“I guess that’s a good thing, where it’s all slowly getting better each time, more so than how it usually is, I guess,” he said. “It would be nice to have a big jump to where it was a lot better, but each start has been a lot better so far.”
Just as encouragingly, Greinke’s velocity, which was down a few miles per hour early in camp, held a little more firmly throughout the game. According to Statcast data, Greinke topped at 91.9 mph, nearly 2 1/2 mph harder than his high 10 days ago. And his average fastball velocity of 90.6 was a couple of ticks above what he’s averaged in his past two starts.
Though Greinke posted solid results against a lineup that included several established major leaguers, including Xander Bogaerts, Didi Gregorius, Jonathan Schoop and Andrelton Simmons, he said there was no additional excitement facing that kind of team. The opposite, in fact.
“Less, if anything – less excitement,” he said. “I’d rather face a real lineup that you have to face in the regular season.”
Despite the diminished velocity, Greinke has only had one outing in which he was knocked around. That came two starts ago vs. Mexico’s WBC team, a game in which he gave up several hard-hit balls. He threw well in his previous outing against a collection of Diamondbacks minor leaguers.
Greinke has two starts to go before he’s scheduled to face the San Francisco Giants on Opening Day. He was asked to assess where he thinks he is in terms of being ready for that start.
“I’d like for it to be better, for sure,” he said. “But it’s, I guess, solid. All the pitches could be a little crisper. The location could be a little better. But I feel pretty good out there for the most part. But not quite to where I want it to be.”
Right-handers Jake Barrett and Rubby De La Rosa and left-hander Steve Hathaway all threw their first bullpen sessions of camp on Saturday morning.
De La Rosa’s was perhaps the most significant, if only because of his history of elbow problems and the steps he took in order to avoid a second Tommy John surgery, including undergoing two rounds of stem-cell therapy injections over the past six months.
“One hundred percent,” he said, when asked how he felt. “I feel happy about it. All the work I did in the past, finally I can see the result. I feel 100 percent ready to go. I’ll just keep working on moving forward.”
De La Rosa won’t be ready for Opening Day, but if he continues to progress he might not be ready too long after, particularly since the Diamondbacks are making him into a reliever, meaning he won’t need to be stretched out before returning.
“I feel so confident in my mind right now,” De La Rosa said. “I’m just waiting for my time.”
Barrett said he felt good, though, like De La Rosa, he, too, is likely to open the season on the disabled list, according to manager Torey Lovullo.
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- Center fielder A.J. Pollock is inching his way back into action, with Lovullo saying that Pollock’s first game action since tweaking his groin last weekend will likely come as the designated hitter in a minor-league game. When that happens, however, is not clear. “It’ll be within the next several days if everything checks out the way it’s supposed to,” Lovullo said.
- Catcher Josh Thole, who hurt his left hamstring running the bases on Wednesday night, suffered a “pretty significant” tear and is expected to be lost for the year, Lovullo said. Thole, in camp on a minor-league deal, was planning to seek a second opinion regarding the possibility of surgery.
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