Pollock's 10th-inning HR takes down Mets

Pollock's 10th-inning HR takes down Mets

NEW YORK -- The playoff-chasing D-backs came to Citi Field on Monday looking for signs their season would start heading in the right direction again.

David Peralta provided one, with a game-saving throw. A.J. Pollock provided another. His 10th-inning, two-run home run gave the D-backs a 3-2 extra-innings win over the Mets that helped them put a weekend sweep in Minnesota behind them.

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Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York who covered the D-backs on Monday.

Chris Bumbaca is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York.

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Peralta's perfect throw sets table for crucial win

D-backs end three-game skid with victory over Mets in opener at Citi Field

Peralta's perfect throw sets table for crucial win

NEW YORK -- David Peralta's throw was big, big enough to help the D-backs en route to a much-needed win.

As they celebrated their 3-2, 10-inning win over the Mets on Monday night, though, the D-backs were thinking big picture. They were thinking Peralta's seventh-inning throw from left field, which nailed Asdrubal Cabrera at the plate and set the stage for A.J. Pollock's game-winning home run, might be one they look back on if this season ends well.

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Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York who covered the D-backs on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tomas (core surgery) unlikely to return in '17

Tomas (core surgery) unlikely to return in '17

NEW YORK -- The D-backs had hoped outfielder Yasmany Tomas was getting close to a return to the roster. Instead, they found out on Monday that he needs surgery for a core injury and isn't expected to play again this season.

The injury is similar to a sports hernia, and D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said Tomas will have a 45-minute procedure done on Tuesday in Philadelphia. Tomas, who has been on the disabled list retroactive to June 3, saw a specialist when he had trouble trying to run the bases last week.

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Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

For Blanco it's a 'White Shark' Players Weekend

D-backs outfielder paying tribute to his Winter League team

For Blanco it's a 'White Shark' Players Weekend

PHOENIX -- When it came time for Gregor Blanco to pick a nickname, he drew a little inspiration from his time playing winter ball in Venezuela -- as well as from former teammate Pablo Sandoval.

Blanco will sport the name "White Shark" on the back of his No. 5 jersey during Players Weekend from Friday-Sunday, when players will wear special jerseys with nicknames on the back.

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Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

X-rays negative on Mathis' right hand

X-rays negative on Mathis' right hand

NEW YORK -- D-backs catcher Jeff Mathis left Monday night's 3-2 win over the Mets in the sixth inning after taking a foul tip off his right hand two innings earlier. The club announced he sustained a right hand contusion on the play, and manager Torey Lovullo said after the game that X-rays were negative.

Mathis was in pain after Mets first baseman Dominic Smith hit a foul tip in the fourth inning, but after Lovullo and the club's athletic trainer came out to check on him, he took a couple of practice throws and was able to continue. Mathis also was hit by a pitch in the top of the fourth.

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Danny Knobler is a contributor to MLB.com based in New York who covered the D-backs on Monday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Corbin looks to follow scoreless gem vs. Mets

Corbin looks to follow scoreless gem vs. Mets

Steven Matz was scheduled to take the mound Tuesday night at Citi Field against the D-backs, but the Mets revealed Monday afternoon that the left-hander would be scratched and likely placed on the disabled list.

In his place, Tommy Milone will make his first appearance for the Mets since going on the disabled list on May 24 with a left knee injury. Patrick Corbin will start for Arizona.

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Varsho homers twice for Hillsboro

Varsho homers twice for Hillsboro

Indians prospects Francisco Mejia and Bobby Bradley helped bring Akron's five-game losing streak to an end on Monday as the duo combined for five extra-base hits, five runs and six RBIs in a 13-5 victory against Harrisburg.

Mejia, MLB Pipeline's No. 16 overall prospect (Indians' No. 1), paced the Rubberducks' offense with a 3-for-4 performance and three runs scored. Batting third for Akron, the 21-year-old catcher hit back-to-back doubles in his first two at-bats before connecting on a solo shot to right-center field in the sixth inning.

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Inbox: Will D-backs make move before Aug. 31?

Beat reporter Steve Gilbert answers questions from fans

Inbox: Will D-backs make move before Aug. 31?

What are the chances the D-backs make a deal before Aug. 31?
-- Ken S., Phoenix

When we talked to general manager Mike Hazen a couple of days ago, he told us that those chances are slim. Though the D-backs continue to scan the waiver wires for who might be available (remember players have to clear waivers in order to be dealt after July 31) before the Aug. 31 deadline for players to be eligible for a postseason roster, Hazen said he fully expects that the team that finishes the 2017 season will be comprised of players already with Arizona or in the Minor League system.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs ding thrice, but McFarland struggles

D-backs ding thrice, but McFarland struggles

MINNEAPOLIS -- They played 8 1/2 innings at Target Field on Sunday afternoon, but the D-backs-Twins game was decided much earlier when Minnesota scored nine runs in the first inning en route to a 12-5 win and a sweep of the three-game series.

With the victory, the Twins gained a game on the Yankees in the American League Wild Card standings. Minnesota is now 2 1/2 games behind New York and tied with Los Angeles for the second Wild Card spot.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis.

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D-backs option Shipley after relief appearance

Sherfy makes big league debut; Hoover, Bracho sent to Triple-A

D-backs option Shipley after relief appearance

MINNEAPOLIS -- It was a surreal weekend for D-backs right-hander Braden Shipley, who along with reliever Jimmie Sherfy was called up from Triple-A Reno on Sunday and immediately saw action in the first inning of Sunday's 12-5 loss to the Twins.

The same need for arms in the bullpen that necessitated Shipley's callup also led to his demotion following the game. Shipley threw 5 2/3 innings in relief of T.J. McFarland, who was making a spot start.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Greinke's rough start leads to roster moves

D-backs ace wild in 4-inning outing; McFarland starting Sunday, with Shipley available

Greinke's rough start leads to roster moves

MINNEAPOLIS -- This was the kind of game in which Zack Greinke has excelled in all year -- delivering a win following a D-backs loss and working deep into a game when the bullpen needs a break.

In Saturday night's 5-0 loss to the Twins at Target Field, though, Greinke did neither.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Feeling 'great,' Ray to face Mets on Thursday

D-backs lefty returning less than month after liner struck him in head

Feeling 'great,' Ray to face Mets on Thursday

MINNEAPOLIS -- Robbie Ray will return to the D-backs' rotation Thursday against the Mets at Citi Field, one day shy of four weeks after he was struck in the head by a 108-mph line drive.

Ray made a rehab start for Class A Visalia and allowed two runs over 4 2/3 innings while striking out 11 and throwing 80 pitches.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bats, Greinke have off night in Minneapolis

Bats, Greinke have off night in Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS -- The bottom of the fourth inning started innocently enough with a single to right, but when it ended nine batters and five runs later, the Twins had firm control of the game as they went on to beat the D-backs for the second straight night, 5-0, on Saturday at Target Field.

Jose Berrios (11-5) was outstanding over seven innings as the right-hander kept the D-backs off balance while allowing two hits and a walk and fanning seven. After allowing a two-out double to A.J. Pollock in the third, Berrios retired the final 13 batters he faced.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis.

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Godley, D-backs can't keep Twins in the yard

Godley, D-backs can't keep Twins in the yard

MINNEAPOLIS -- The Twins hit six homers, including a pair by Miguel Sano, to overcome a three-run deficit and back right-hander Ervin Santana in a 10-3 win over the D-backs in Friday night's Interleague series opener at Target Field.

With the win the Twins moved into a tie with the Angels for the second American League Wild Card spot. Meanwhile, the D-backs fell one game behind the Rockies in the race for the top National League Wild Card spot and their lead over the Cardinals shrunk to four games for the second spot.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis.

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Hot early on, Snakes' offense fizzles out

Club unable to cash in on chances; J.D. (illness) scratched

Hot early on, Snakes' offense fizzles out

MINNEAPOLIS -- Early on Friday, it looked like it would be a good night for the D-backs' offense as they scored a pair of runs in the first and one in the second off Twins right-hander Ervin Santana.

"We had it going," said D-backs outfielder David Peralta, who homered in the second. "I don't know what happened."

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Gardenhire thrilled to be back in Twin Cities

Ex-Minnesota manager warmly received in return as Arizona's bench coach

Gardenhire thrilled to be back in Twin Cities

MINNEAPOLIS -- D-backs bench coach Ron Gardenhire, a former Twins manager, sat on top of a bench and fielded questions from reporters before the series opener against Minnesota on Friday.

His return to Target Field warranted an exceptionally crowded media scrum, as he answered questions about what it means to see familiar faces and be back in the ballpark again. There was one thing that was unique, however, the fact that he was doing all this from the visitors' dugout.

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Shane Jackson is a reporter for MLB.com based in Minneapolis. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Nicknames, bright gear part of Players Weekend

New event to take place during all games from Aug. 25-27

Nicknames, bright gear part of Players Weekend

PHOENIX -- Known by fans simply as Goldy, D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt will finally have a jersey to match during the inaugural Players Weekend, Aug. 25-27, when Major League players will wear colorful, non-traditional uniforms featuring alternate designs and their nicknames on the back.

Players Weekend gear available at MLBShop.com

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Corbin 1 out shy of CG as D-backs blank Astros

Corbin 1 out shy of CG as D-backs blank Astros

HOUSTON -- After the D-backs allowed nine runs to the Astros in consecutive games, left-hander Patrick Corbin restored order Thursday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.

Corbin came within one out from throwing his first career complete game as the D-backs rode his strong pitching and a pair of homers -- including an inside-the-park one by Daniel Descalso -- to blank the Astros, 4-0, and split the four-game, home-and-home series.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Descalso hits D-backs' 3rd inside-the-parker

Ball bounces away in center, allowing infielder to join Peralta, Marte this year

Descalso hits D-backs' 3rd inside-the-parker

HOUSTON -- It's the Year of the Inside-The-Park Homer for the D-backs.

Second baseman Daniel Descalso hit an inside-the-parker off Astros right-hander Mike Fiers in the fourth inning of Thursday afternoon's 4-0 win at Minute Maid Park. It was the 14th inside-the-park home run in franchise history and the third one by the D-backs this season.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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D-backs take licking, but keep on ticking

Lovullo's confident club overcoming adversity as it chases postseason spot

D-backs take licking, but keep on ticking

HOUSTON -- The D-backs knew there'd be stretches like this when every little thing becomes more difficult. Injuries? Check. Slumps? Check. Bad luck? Yep, some of that, too.

No road to the postseason is without a pothole or two. Maybe that's why the D-backs remain so confident. They've weathered a storm. There probably will be more.

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Richard Justice has been a reporter for MLB.com since 2011. Read his columns and follow him on Twitter at @RichardJustice. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

De La Rosa can't avoid second TJ surgery

De La Rosa can't avoid second TJ surgery

HOUSTON -- D-backs right-hander Rubby De La Rosa will need a second Tommy John surgery, manager Torey Lovullo said Thursday.

De La Rosa suffered elbow issues last season and tried to avoid surgery by undergoing stem cell treatment, rest and rehab. After non-tendering him last December, the D-backs signed De La Rosa to a Minor League deal, and this spring, his rehab appeared to be on track.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs make it interesting but fall to Astros

D-backs make it interesting but fall to Astros

HOUSTON -- Charlie Morton pitched a gem and the Astros held off a late power surge by the D-backs to win consecutive games for the first time this month with a 9-5 victory on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park.

The Astros maintained their 12 1/2-game lead over the Angels in the American League West, while Arizona is one game behind Colorado atop the National League Wild Card standings, staying four games ahead of Milwaukee.

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Brian McTaggart has covered the Astros since 2004, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast.

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Richard Justice

Justice: Goldy focused on playoffs, not MVP race

Star players focused on team accomplishments, not individual

Justice: Goldy focused on playoffs, not MVP race

HOUSTON -- In the heat of playoff races, the Most Valuable Player Award is the last thing on players' minds.

"Only thing that would mean is we probably made the playoffs," D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt said. "So that would have some meaning. Beyond that, it's not something that's on my mind at all."

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Walker, Lovullo see no need to worry

Walker, Lovullo see no need to worry

HOUSTON -- Right-hander Taijuan Walker could tell early on Wednesday night that his fastball velocity was down just a tick and that he would need to compensate by being better with his location.

What he didn't count on was that even when he did induce soft contact from the Astros' hitters, they would still manage to find holes in a 9-5 Arizona loss.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Almonte throws six scoreless for Visalia

Almonte throws six scoreless for Visalia

The White Sox announced on Monday that they were promoting Eloy Jimenez and Zack Collins to Double-A Birmingham. On Wednesday, it was the powerful prospect duo making an immediate impact and pacing the Barons' offense to a 9-4 win over Montgomery in their Southern League debut.

Jimenez, MLB Pipeline's No. 7 overall prospect (White Sox No. 2), homered in his first Double-A at-bat in the first inning, when he hit a 1-1 offering just inside the right-field foul pole to give Birmingham an early lead.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Will Ahmed, Tomas return by Sept. 1?

Beat reporter Steve Gilbert answers questions from D-backs fans

Inbox: Will Ahmed, Tomas return by Sept. 1?

Even if Nick Ahmed and Yasmany Tomas are ready to come back before September callups, will the team wait so they don't have to let someone go in the process?
-- Stephen G., Swink, Colo.

A lot of times, a team will do what you mentioned and try to keep a player on the disabled list for a few extra days so it doesn't need to make a roster move before rosters expand on Sept. 1. However, with the D-backs in a push for the postseason, every game counts and could make a difference in the end. With that in mind, I would expect that if they believe that either Ahmed or Tomas gives them a better chance to win games than the people they have on the roster, they will go ahead and activate them before Sept. 1.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs unable to rally out of big hole vs. Astros

D-backs unable to rally out of big hole vs. Astros

PHOENIX -- The Astros scored early and often to set the tone and pave the way for a 9-4 victory over the D-backs on Tuesday at Chase Field.

The teams split the first two games of a four-game home-and-home Interleague set and will play two more times starting Wednesday in Houston.

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Jesse Sanchez, who has been writing for MLB.com since 2001, is a national reporter based in Phoenix. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook.

Kaelen Jones is a reporter for MLB.com based in Los Angeles and covered the D-backs on Tuesday.

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Banda staying confident despite rough outing

Banda staying confident despite rough outing

PHOENIX -- Anthony Banda knows days like Tuesday are just a part of the learning experience.

Banda labored through a 9-4 loss to the Astros, his fourth career start since being called up July 21. The Astros tagged the 24-year-old left-hander for eight runs on nine hits and three walks. Houston teed off for five runs during the second inning alone.

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Kaelen Jones is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the D-backs on Tuesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Marte providing spark to injury-depleted infield

Marte providing spark to injury-depleted infield

PHOENIX -- Ketel Marte has been a sparkplug for the D-backs since being called up in late June, providing versatility in the infield and a bit of pop from the bottom of the lineup.

With David Peralta out of the lineup on paternity leave, Marte batted leadoff for the first time in Tuesday's 9-4 loss to the Astros, going 2-for-5 with a run. He's enjoyed a strong August, batting .361 with three doubles this month.

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Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.