Diamondbacks insider Nick Piecoro and Jay Dieffenbach talk about the upcoming baseball season. The lineup appears to be solid. What about the pitching staff? Video: Cheryl Evans/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke gave up three runs in five-plus innings against the Chicago Cubs. He believes he is making progress toward Opening Day. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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USA TODAY Sports’ Jorge L. Ortiz breaks down the key headlines to watch during the final week of spring training.
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USA TODAY Sports’ Bob Nightengale poses these questions that will be answered in the MLB regular season.
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USA TODAY Sports’ Jorge L. Ortiz recaps the championship between USA and Puerto Rico at Dodger Stadium.
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Shot Clock: Why isn’t Paul Goldschmidt playing? Will Cardinals draft QB Mitchell Trubisky? Kurt Warner also had a Super Bowl jersey stolen? The Shot Clock tackles the burning topics in Arizona sports.
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Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray gave up two runs in five innings, walking one and striking out six, vs. the Royals on Tuesday. (Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports)
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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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If Paul Goldschmidt had any regrets about his decision to participate in the World Baseball Classic – or any complaints about the spot on the bench he occupied during the tournament’s final three games – he did a convincing job of saying otherwise.
Goldschmidt called the WBC not only one of the best baseball experiences he’d ever had, but one of the best life experiences. And he explained away his lack of playing time late in the tournament with his trademark humility.
He said he wasn’t as productive as he would have hoped. He said teammates “picked me up.” And he said that he tried to take his bench role seriously, being ready in case he was needed and staying upbeat and energetic even if he wasn’t.
Goldschmidt said he had a blast playing on a team that won a championship, even if he logged just 13 at-bats in official tournament games – plus three additional plate appearances in two exhibitions – and, by the end, was relegated to a bench role for the first time since his sophomore year in high school.
“Honestly, I just kept telling everyone while it was going on and afterward, people at MLB, the (players association), the media, that they need to grow that event,” Goldschmidt said. “Hopefully, more fans will go – I mean, we had great crowds. It was like a combination between an All-Star Game and the playoffs.
“As a fan, I would want to be there. I was watching the other games. I usually never watch baseball when the other teams are playing.”
Goldschmidt opened the tournament as one of manager Jim Leyland’s everyday players, but after going just 1 for 13 he began losing playing time to Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer. Goldschmidt said he had some good at-bats and some bad ones, but he added that the tournament wasn’t about him.
“I wasn’t able to do as much as I would have liked,” he said. “That’s part of it. Luckily, teammates there picked me up and they played great. Our pitchers did good, good defense and we were able to get the wins.”
Goldschmidt returned to Diamondbacks camp on Friday morning to a locker that had been vandalized by teammate David Peralta, who covered it with athletic tape then affixed a life-size picture of Goldschmidt over top of it. Peralta also put portraits of himself on the Goldschmidt one.
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It was Peralta’s way of exacting a bit of revenge on Goldschmidt, who went on MLB Network’s Intentional Talk and made light of Peralta’s activity on social media.
With Goldschmidt back, the focus will be on preparing for the April 2 season opener, and he didn’t seem to have any doubt he’d be able to make up for lost time. He said he did all he could during the tournament to stay sharp, including standing in during bullpen sessions, hitting extra in the cage and off a machine.
“We’ve got seven, eight, nine days,” Goldschmidt said. “I’ll definitely be getting back after it and getting ready for Opening Day. I’ll be ready.”
Goldschmidt was back in the lineup on Friday against the Dodgers. He struck out in each of his first two at-bats, then reached on an infield single and left for a pinch-runner in the fifth. Manager Torey Lovullo said going to minor league camp to get extra at-bats is an option for Goldschmidt.
“We’re going to piece it together, day by day,” Lovullo said. “I talked to him about playing today with the idea about playing (Saturday), but he’s going to see how he feels after the game here and we’ll follow up with him in the morning. There is potential to make up some ground on the minor-league side of things and we’ll know that here in the next 24 hours as to what his road map will be.”
- There were no surprises in the official starting rotation Lovullo announced on Friday. Opening Day starter Zack Greinke will be joined by Taijuan Walker, Robbie Ray, Shelby Miller and Patrick Corbin, though Lovullo said the order after Greinke had yet to be finalized.
- Lovullo also announced right-hander Archie Bradley would open the season in the bullpen, a role Bradley said earlier in the week that he would welcome. Bradley’s first professional game – a one-inning appearance for rookie-level Missoula in 2011 – is the only relief outing of his career.
- The Diamondbacks returned their Rule 5 pick, right-hander Tyler Jones, to his original team, the New York Yankees. Jones, who cleared waivers this week, gave up five runs (three earned) in 6 2/3 innings in the Cactus League, with no walks and eight strikeouts. The team also sent four players to minor league camp: left-hander Brian Matusz, right-hander Erik Davis, catcher Josh Thole and outfielder Oswaldo Arcia.