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  • Mike Hazen: D-backs Will Likely “Look To Add” Starting Pitching

    Arizona Central "Right-hander Taijuan Walker had been a sort of safety-net-in-waiting this season for the Diamondbacks, a potentially valuable rotation piece whose steady recovery from Tommy John surgery gave them peace of mind about the state of their starting pitching. All of that changed this week...." May 19

  • Zack Greinke to make next start despite injury scare

    Larry Brown Sports "Zack Greinke won’t even miss any time despite an injury scare in his last start. Greinke departed his start against the Pirates on Wednesday in the eighth inning after feeling something in his abdomen. He underwent an MRI that came up clean, and the Arizona Diamondbacks said..." May 19

  • Diamondbacks keep winning despite a severe schedule disadvantage faced by no other team

    CBS Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks had an offseason defined by loss. They traded franchise player Paul Goldschmidt (only to see him sign a reasonable extension with the St. Louis Cardinals) and permitted both A.J. Pollock and Patrick Corbin to leave through free agency. None of the three were replaced by..." May 18

  • Zack Greinke not expected to miss more than two starts

    Larry Brown Sports "The injury news on Zack Greinke is positive. An MRI on Greinke’s abdomen came back clean and he is only expected to miss two starts at the most, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale. Greinke removed himself from a start on Wednesday in the eighth inning of a..." May 17

  • Diamondbacks' Taijuan Walker shut down for six weeks

    CBS Sports "Walker (elbow) has been diagnosed with a capsule strain in his right shoulder, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports. He's since received a PRP shot and will be shut down from throwing for six weeks. Walker was pulled from his rehab start at extended spring training due to..." May 17

  • Zack Greinke to undergo MRI Friday for abdominal tightness

    Sportsnaut "Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke was cruising toward his sixth win of the season on Wednesday when he came up with an injury on his 95th pitch of the game. Video showed Greinke in obvious discomfort after that pitch. He immediately called for a trainer and after..." May 16

  • MLB Rumors: Giants’ Madison Bumgarner, Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke staying put?

    Newark Star-Ledger "The MLB trade deadline is more than two months away. But as injuries mount (see Yankees, New York), teams are taking the temperature of the market, to see which arms could be available. During the offseason, a pair of aces were up for grabs: San Francisco Giants..." May 16

  • Zack Greinke leaves game with trainer in eighth inning

    Sportsnaut "Arizona Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke was cruising on Wednesday against the Pittsburgh Pirates. But his outing was cut short with an apparent injury. After he threw his 95th pitch of the game, Greinke called the trainers out (per Zach Buchanan, The Athletic) and was removed...." May 15

  • Diamondbacks' balanced roster fueling surprise run toward playoff contention

    Sporting News "For the second straight year, the opening weeks of the MLB season misrepresented what was to come. Similar to the 2018 Mets, who started red hot before losing 85 games, the Mariners appeared to be the surprise team of the league this campaign, taking 13 of their first 15 contests. A..." May 14

  • Diamondbacks Recall Tim Locastro, Option Caleb Joseph, Outright Matt Koch

    MLB Trade Rumors "Per a team release, the Diamondbacks optioned catcher Caleb Joseph to Triple A Reno. Tim Locastro has been recalled to take his place on the roster, while right-hander Matt Koch – DFA’ed over the weekend – has been outrighted to Reno. While playing all three..." May 04

  • Ex-Yankee John Ryan Murphy once again becomes part of team’s history

    New York Post "Ex-Yankee John Ryan Murphy has somehow found a way to be smack in the middle of some amazing Yankees history. If it’s not Mariano Rivera, it’s CC Sabathia. Tuesday night at Chase Field, the Diamondbacks backup catcher became Sabathia’s 3,000th strikeout victim. It..." May 01

  • Zack Godley will go to Diamondbacks bullpen, per Lovullo

    Arizona Sports "Zack Godley will move from a starting role to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ bullpen after his struggles through six starts, manager Torey Lovullo told Burns & Gambo on Tuesday. Arizona is undecided who will take Godley’s place in the rotation. “We..." May 01

  • Attendance drops for 12 MLB teams, as loss of gate takes on more permanent look

    USA Today "Major League Baseball’s attendance problem is not going away, as a significant dip in 2018 has endured into the new season – even with better weather and a boost from some big-name stars on the move. As the game’s worst part of the calendar comes to a close, 12 of 30..." April 30

  • MLB seeing continued surge in home runs

    Hardball Talk "With a home run on Monday or Tuesday night, Cody Bellinger will enter May with 15 home runs, which would be a record. Currently, Bellinger and Christian Yelich this season have joined Albert Pujols (2006) and Álex Rodríguez (2007) as the only players..." April 30

  • YouTube Scores MLB 13-Game Package With Exclusive Rights in U.S., Canada

    Variety "YouTube, in its biggest swing yet at the sports-media biz, landed a deal with Major League Baseball to live-stream 13 games during the 2019 season worldwide — free for viewers to watch and available exclusively through YouTube in the U.S., Canada and Puerto..." April 30

  • Diamondbacks Designate Matt Koch

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks have designated right-hander Matt Koch for assignment and recalled righty Jon Duplantier from Triple-A Reno, the team announced. Koch has been with the Diamondbacks since they acquired him from the Mets in a 2015 trade centering on Addison Reed, but the former has..." April 28

  • Diamondbacks prospect uses anger over Giants' Daniel Jones pick to smash three home runs

    CBS Sports "Since picking Duke quarterback Daniel Jones sixth overall in the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday, general manager Dave Gettleman has been an immediate and frequent target of criticism for New York Giants fans. To fans of the Reno Aces, however, he's probably garnered nothing but..." April 27

  • Zack Greinke joins Babe Ruth in win over Pirates

    Yardbarker "Arizona Diamondbacks ace Zack Greinke tossed seven shutout innings in a win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Thursday, and he made history with his bat. Greinke, who’s also one of MLB’s best hitting pitchers, smacked a triple. It was his first career three bagger and fifth..." April 25

  • MLB is not the authority on a black player’s ownership of the N-word

    SB Nation "On April 19, Major League Baseball suspended Chicago White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson for one game, following his emphatic bat flip against Kansas City Royals pitcher Brad Keller two days earlier. Keller had retaliated by hitting Anderson with a pitch in..." April 23

  • Diamondbacks Option Tim Locastro, Recall Taylor Clarke

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks added righty Taylor Clarke to the 25-man roster, per a team tweet, while utility man Tim Locastro was optioned back to Triple-A. Locastro got a start at each outfield position this season while appearing as a pinch-hitter five times and once as a pinch-runner. " April 20

  • Blake Swihart dealt to Arizona

    CBS Sports "Swihart was traded from the Red Sox to the Diamondbacks in exchange for Marcus Wilson on Friday. The Red Sox were confident that they could get a trade done in the next 24 hours, and Arizona evidently offered up the most enticing deal. " April 19

  • Stunning study shows MLB umps got 32K calls wrong in 2018

    Sportsnaut "If you’re a proponent of robot umps taking over at the MLB level, then a new study put together by graduate students at Boston University will strengthen your stance. The information garnered by this study, which evaluated nearly four million pitches over the span of..." April 16

  • Padres' Green slams 'clueless' umps, D-Backs after Mejia almost hit twice

    MLB.com "With two outs and the bases empty in the ninth inning on Sunday, D-backs closer Greg Holland threw a fastball behind Padres catcher Francisco Mejía. Then he did it again. Mejia struck out four pitches later to cap an 8-4 D-backs victory. But the end of the ballgame --..." April 15

  • Adam Jones: Manny Machado would “one hundred percent” be treated differently if he were white

    Hardball Talk "Diamondbacks outfielder Adam Jones is well aware of the way race affects how players are treated. In 2017, when Jones was with the Orioles, fans at Fenway Park spat racist epithets and taunts, and threw peanuts at him. Major League Baseball and the Red Sox apologized to Jones,..." April 12

  • Diamondbacks Reportedly Agree To Sign Ben Taylor

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks have reportedly agreed to terms on a minor-league deal with right-hander Ben Taylor, according to the Roster Roundup Twitter account (link). Taylor was released recently by the Indians. Claimed by the Indians last February, Taylor was cut loose..." April 12

  • The IRS gives baseball teams a break

    Hardball Talk "April 15 is quickly approaching so here’s one for all the tax nerds out there: the IRS issued new guidance today that will give professional sports teams some relief from a new twist presented by the tax law enacted in 2017. The relevant provision related to how businesses are..." April 11

  • Forbes: Yankees remain baseball's most valuable team at $4.6B, $1.3B more than Dodgers

    Yahoo! Sports "The New York Yankees are the most valuable team in Major League Baseball, according to Forbes’ list of team values released Wednesday. If there’s déjà vu you’re feeling, it’s because the Yankees have sat atop the rankings every year Forbes..." April 10

  • The three-batter minimum is coming to MLB in 2020, and some relievers are opposed to the rule change

    CBS Sports "One of baseball's recent true norths -- to invent a plural form -- is that commissioner Rob Manfred will tinker at the margins in order to improve pace of play, at least notionally, and re-calibrate a game that, according to sturdy consensus, has become too infested with..." April 09

  • Trump's scuttling of MLB-Cuba deal means defections, human trafficking will continue

    USA Today "So much for Cuban players not having to defect to play in the majors. When the Trump administration abruptly cancelled Major League Baseball’s landmark agreement with the Cuban Baseball Federation, it guaranteed the dangerous practice will continue. Players..." April 09

  • Scott Boras calls young players’ contract extensions “snuff contracts”

    Hardball Talk "Mid-February marked the beginning of contract extension season in baseball. Since February 13, 25 contract extensions have been signed, notably by many young players including Ronald Acuña Jr., Blake Snell, and Eloy Jiménez. Acuña Jr. and Snell were last year’s..." April 08

  • Diamondbacks Place Alex Avila On Injured List

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks will place catcher Alex Avila on the 10-day IL with a strained left quad, according to Nick Piecoro of The Arizona Republic. In a corresponding move, the team will recall utilityman Tim Locastro from Triple-A to take Avila’s place on the 25-man roster. " April 07

  • Rob Refsnyder traded to Cincinnati

    CBS Sports "Refsnyder was traded from the Diamondbacks to the Reds on Sunday for a player to be named later or cash. Refsnyder signed a minor-league deal with Arizona in November and went 0-for-4 with a strikeout in his lone appearance with Triple-A Reno. " April 07

  • D-backs place Jake Lamb on injured list, recall Ildemaro Vargas

    Arizona Sports "The Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday placed infielder Jake Lamb on the 10-day injured list with a left quadriceps strain. Infielder Ildemaro Vargas, who made the D-backs’ Opening Day roster, was recalled from Triple-A Reno to take Lamb’s place. Lamb suffered the..." April 05

  • Diamondbacks’ Adam Jones has Petco Park fan ejected for vulgar language

    Arizona Central "Diamondbacks right fielder Adam Jones said a fan in right field at Petco Park was berating him with profane language on Wednesday, and he spoke with ballpark security to have the fan removed from the game. Jones has had past incidents with fans spewing racial insults..." April 04

  • MLB.com has inexplicably made it more difficult to find, watch, and share highlights

    Awful Announcing "I was taken aback this week when I attempted to watch highlights on MLB.com. For some reason, they got rid of the damn search bar. It’s absurd. Previously, if you clicked on the videos tab, you would see a page of the most popular recent videos, with an easy to..." April 03

  • What we mean when we say $100 million is a ‘bargain’

    Hardball Talk "The first response I usually get to a post like our post about the Ronald Acuña Jr. extension — a post which notes that the Braves are getting an extraordinary bargain for a supremely talented player — is “So what? It’s their choice? No one forced them..." April 02

  • Diamondbacks Promote Jon Duplantier

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks announced today that they have selected the contract of righty pitching prospect Jon Duplantier. He’ll take the active roster spot of infielder Ildemaro Vargas, who was optioned back to Triple-A. Generally regarded as the best prospect in the Arizona farm..." April 01

  • Man severely hurt in incident at Dodgers game

    ESPN "A man was severely injured in an altercation at Dodger Stadium on Friday, with the Los Angeles Dodgers saying they are cooperating with the police investigation into the incident. "Last night, an altercation occurred suddenly between two men who were leaving the stadium,"..." March 31

  • AJ Pollock’s new Dodger teammates threw shade at Diamondbacks

    Larry Brown Sports "A.J. Pollock jumped from one NL West team to another this offseason, and then started the year in the somewhat awkward spot of having to face his old club to start the season. Pollock is now with the Los Angeles Dodgers after spending his entire career with the Arizona Diamondbacks...." March 30

  • This Stat Shows How Utterly Out Of Control Defensive Shifts In MLB Are

    NESN "Defensive shifts used to be rare occurrences reserved for only the most-notable left-handed pull hitters in Major League Baseball. Oh, how times have changed. As advanced stats have taken a larger role in the day-to-day workings of baseball, and every manager in the game has..." March 28

  • Diamondbacks OF Socrates Brito claimed off waivers by Padres

    Arizona Sports "Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Socrates Brito did not clear waivers, according to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station‘s John Gambadoro. AZCentral.com’s Nick Piecoro reports Brito was claimed by the San Diego Padres. Brito, who was out of minor league..." March 27

  • Diamondbacks Place Socrates Brito On Outright Waivers

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks have placed outfielder Socrates Brito on outright waivers, per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic (via Twitter). He can be traded or claimed off waivers; if he clears, he could be assigned to Triple-A and remain with the Arizona organization. That news is..." March 26

  • Arizona Diamondbacks' Steven Souza Jr. to undergo season-ending surgery after freak injury

    USA Today "The Diamondbacks were preparing for the worst with regard to right fielder Steven Souza Jr.’s knee injury. After an MRI on Tuesday, the team got the bad news it was expecting. Souza will need to undergo season-ending knee surgery to repair a torn ACL, Diamondbacks manager Torey..." March 26

  • Diamondbacks' Steven Souza Jr. injures knee on frightening play at home plate

    Arizona Central "Diamondbacks outfielder Steven Souza Jr. exited Monday's exhibition game against the Chicago White Sox after a scary play at Chase Field with what the club confirmed to be an injury to his left knee. The injury occurred when Souza, scoring on a double by Ketel Marte in the..." March 26

  • MLBPA just another union currently being crushed by technology

    Sportsnet "We are not witnessing the death of the Major League Baseball Players Association. But on the 50th anniversary of Curt Flood’s challenge on the reserve clause that opened the door for free agency, we are bystanders to its gelding. It’s debatable who, if anybody, gets the..." March 25

  • Diamondbacks tab veteran Greg Holland for closer’s role

    Arizona Central "In trying to decide who should handle the ninth inning this year, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo leaned hard into old habits, going with a veteran for the closer’s job while opting to keep right-hander Archie Bradley in a versatile fireman role. After employing Fernando..." March 25

  • Diamondbacks Return Rule 5 Pick Nick Green To Yankees

    MLB Trade Rumors "The Diamondbacks will return Rule 5 selection Nick Green to the Yankees, per a Yankees team announcement (Twitter link). After clearing waivers, Green, who turns 24 tomorrow, will rejoin his former club, having fallen short of the Diamondbacks’ Opening Day roster. " March 24

  • There is little correlation between player salaries and ticket prices

    Hardball Talk "With the recent spate of contract extensions and big name free agent signings, more than a handful of fans have expressed concern that deals signed by the likes of Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, and Manny Machado will drive up ticket prices. Research on the subject is scarce, but..." March 22

  • Who's next? These MLB players could approach Mike Trout money

    USA Today "It took 11 years, but three players this winter have agreed to contracts larger than the record-setting 10-year, $275 million deal Alex Rodriguez signed with the New York Yankees in the fall of 2007. Los Angeles Angels center fielder Mike Trout will make $426.5 million over..." March 19

  • Sources: MLB eyes higher salaries in minors

    ESPN "Major League Baseball suggested sweeping changes to the minor leagues -- including a significant increase in salaries, a higher standard of living conditions and better transportation -- during an initial collective-bargaining session with the group that oversees the minors, sources familiar..." March 19