Rain washes out Monday's game in Denver

Rain washes out Monday's game in Denver

DENVER -- Following a 2-hour and 30-minute rain delay at the start of the game, the D-backs' series opener with the Rockies on Monday at Coors Field was postponed.

The two teams will attempt to play single games Tuesday and Wednesday, with Monday's game being made up either during June or September. The exact date will not be known until Tuesday, at the earliest.

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Hale delivers message to D-backs' hitters

Hale delivers message to D-backs' hitters

DENVER -- It wasn't a team meeting, but rather the daily hitter's meeting, in which D-backs manager Chip Hale decided to deliver a message to his struggling offense Monday.

"I just told them, flat-out, what we expect, how good we think they are and how good we are going to be," Hale said.

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Goldy earns 1st NL Player of Week honor

Goldy earns 1st NL Player of Week honor

D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has been named the National League Player of the Week for the first time in his career.

Goldschmidt led the Majors with 15 hits last week, and he was best in the league with 22 total bases. He was also second in the NL with a .556 (15-for-27) batting average and a .571 on-base percentage.

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'01 champ D-backs filling MLB manager roles

'01 champ D-backs filling MLB manager roles

DENVER -- With the Brewers' hiring of Craig Counsell on Monday as manager, there are now three current skippers in the big leagues that have ties to the 2001 World Series champion Arizona Diamondbacks.

Counsell joins Oakland's Bob Melvin, who was the D-backs' bench coach in 2001, and the Nationals' Matt Williams, who started at third base for Arizona that year, as former champion D-backs now leading a big league club.

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Collmenter aims to dominate Rox again in opener

Collmenter aims to dominate Rox again in opener

After Monday's game was postponed due to rain, the D-backs and Rockies will try again Tuesday to begin their series at Coors Field.

Rockies left-hander Tyler Matzek and D-backs righty Josh Collmenter, who were both scheduled to pitch Monday, will get the nods Tuesday, and each will try to maintain the momentum that they have coming into the start.

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Corbin's rehab start delayed one day by rain

Corbin's rehab start delayed one day by rain

DENVER -- The rain in the Phoenix area Monday washed out injured D-backs left-hander Patrick Corbin's planned extended spring start.

"He'll pitch [Tuesday], so just one day behind," D-backs manager Chip Hale said.

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D-backs' bats trying not to press

Hale to hold hitters' meeting before Rockies series begins

D-backs' bats trying not to press

LOS ANGELES -- When the D-backs have their daily hitters' meeting Monday afternoon at Coors Field, their manager will have a little something to say to them.

It won't be a fire-and-brimstone speech and it won't be a verbal chastising. Instead, after a heartbreaking 1-0 loss in 13 innings to the Dodgers on Sunday, Chip Hale would like his hitters to relax a bit.

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Duel ends with extra-inning loss for D-backs

Duel ends with extra-inning loss for D-backs

LOS ANGELES -- Yasmani Grandal led off the 13th with a home run to left-center as the Dodgers walked off the D-backs, 1-0, on Sunday at Dodger Stadium.

"At that point in the game, obviously you're out of bullets, you're out of players, you're pretty much in a game you don't want to be in," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of the 13th inning. "Unless you win."

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D-backs search for answers for 1st-inning woes

D-backs search for answers for 1st-inning woes

LOS ANGELES -- The first inning has been a trouble spot for D-backs pitchers, as they had a 6.55 ERA in the frame entering Sunday.

Not only are they allowing too many runs in the first inning, but the struggles also force the starters to throw a lot of pitches, which limits how deep they can pitch into the game.

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D-backs stick with Marshall through struggles

Arizona trying to use reliever in low leverage spots

D-backs stick with Marshall through struggles

LOS ANGELES -- The D-backs have not lost faith in reliever Evan Marshall, but they are going to pitch him in less crucial situations while he irons out his struggles.

That plan went by the board Sunday when the D-backs found themselves down to their last couple of pitchers, and Marshall was summoned in the 12th. After a 1-2-3 inning, he gave up a home run to Yasmani Grandal as the Dodgers walked off with the 1-0 win.

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D-backs fall in back-and-forth battle

D-backs fall in back-and-forth battle

LOS ANGELES -- Rookie Joc Pederson homered again to tie the game and Howie Kendrick's tie-breaking RBI single helped lift the Dodgers to a 6-4 comeback win over the D-backs Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.

Arizona led three times, on a two-run homer by Paul Goldschmidt in the first inning, an RBI single by Ender Inciarte in the second inning and an Aaron Hill solo homer in the fourth inning, all off Dodgers starter Scott Baker.

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Hale not losing confidence in Marshall

Reliever allows two Dodgers runs in seventh inning

Hale not losing confidence in Marshall

LOS ANGELES -- D-backs reliever Evan Marshall feels like his stuff is as good as it was last year.

The results, though, are not, as evidenced again Saturday night when Marshall allowed a pair of runs in the seventh inning as the Dodgers rallied to beat the D-backs, 6-4, at Dodger Stadium.

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Dorn's family celebrates his first career hit

D-backs outfielder, who grew up near L.A., waited nine years for moment

Dorn's family celebrates his first career hit

LOS ANGELES -- It was just a single to right field in the sixth inning of a game the D-backs were losing 5-0 and would go on to drop 8-0 on Friday night. So some would say it was a meaningless hit.

But it was really much more than that.

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2,000 run in D-backs Race Against Cancer

Annual event raises more than $225,000 to provide cancer screening, treatment

The D-backs Race Against Cancer, which took place Saturday morning, was about more than just seeing who finishes first. It was about the stories of why people were running and walking to support the third annual event.

"I am so proud of the growth of this event. All of our initiatives are meaningful and have great impact on the community, but this may be the most significant," said D-backs president & CEO Derrick Hall. "Everyone knows someone who has been touched by this dreadful disease. These funds will go toward research, treatment and education as we look to save lives and find a cure. My own foundation, the Derrick Hall Pro-State Foundation, is a beneficiary of the generosity of everyone running and walking. Being a cancer survivor myself, I thank everyone from the bottom of my heart."

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Quiet offense can't bail out De La Rosa

Quiet offense can't bail out De La Rosa

LOS ANGELES -- Rookie outfielder Joc Pederson blasted a grand slam in a five-run second inning and rookie starter Carlos Frias pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings as the Dodgers blanked the D-backs, 8-0, Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

Frias, in a tryout to replace injured starter Brandon McCarthy, outpitched former Minor League teammate Rubby De La Rosa, who allowed a solo shot to Justin Turner leading off the second inning. De La Rosa walked three of the nine batters before the slam by Pederson, who has homered in each of his last three starts. Andre Ethier also homered for the Dodgers, who lead the league with 35.

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De La Rosa on the ropes in knockout inning

D-backs starter struggles with command in five-run second

De La Rosa on the ropes in knockout inning

LOS ANGELES -- The D-backs were surprised when Justin Turner's fly ball to center wound up carrying over the fence for a home run to lead off the second inning, but it was not a crushing blow.

That came five batters later when Joc Pederson smacked a no-doubt grand slam to right-center off Rubby De La Rosa that ballooned the Dodgers lead as they rolled to an 8-0 win Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

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Tomas starting to hit with more authority

D-backs rookie working on aggressiveness at plate

Tomas starting to hit with more authority

LOS ANGELES -- Yasmany Tomas is starting to look more like the player the D-backs thought they were getting when they signed the Cuban free agent to a six-year, $68.5 million deal in the offseason.

Tomas was 4-for-7 in his past two games heading into Friday's matchup with the Dodgers and has begun to pull the ball more and drive it.

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Hernandez learns ropes ahead of activation

D-backs rookie catcher traveling with team while on DL

Hernandez learns ropes ahead of activation

LOS ANGELES -- It will still be at least a few weeks before injured catcher Oscar Hernandez returns from the disabled list, but he has begun traveling with the team.

The thinking is to get the Rule 5 pick acclimated to big league travel, participate in pitcher-catcher pregame meetings and help catch starters' between-start bullpen sessions.

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Ray to get callup for start vs. Rockies

D-backs left-hander will fill in for injured Bradley

Ray to get callup for start vs. Rockies

LOS ANGELES -- The D-backs will promote left-hander Robbie Ray from Triple-A Reno to start Tuesday's game against the Rockies at Coors Field.

Ray takes the place of rookie Archie Bradley, who is on the 15-day disabled list after being struck in the face by a line drive earlier this week.

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Inbox: When is Bradley expected to return?

Beat reporter Steve Gilbert answers questions from D-backs fans

Inbox: When is Bradley expected to return?

Do you believe Archie Bradley will be off the DL once he's allowed to be activated? Who do you believe will lose his starting pitching job when Patrick Corbin comes back in June?
-- Dalton, Nyack, N.Y.

From all indications, it appears that Bradley will be ready to return when his 15-day disabled list stint is over. Barring any kind of setback, he should be able to throw a bullpen session soon, and he can always pitch a game in extended spring camp if need be before he returns.

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Offense comes to life in series win over Rockies

Offense comes to life in series win over Rockies

PHOENIX -- The offensive struggles in the D-backs' weekend series against the Pirates seemed far away after Arizona took two of three games against the Rockies, while scoring a combined 25 runs.

The series clincher came Wednesday when the D-backs pounded out 13 hits en route to a 9-1 win.

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D-backs to put on third annual Race Against Cancer

Organization's 5K run helps nonprofits, brings people together and creates awareness

D-backs to put on third annual Race Against Cancer

PHOENIX -- A little more than 10 years ago, Sarah Stanford clung to life. A single mother now living in Mesa, Ariz., Stanford was diagnosed with a brain tumor called glioblastoma. That form of cancer is 99 percent fatal.

The story of her survival is a stirring one, and on Saturday she'll be among 2,000 people participating in the D-backs' third annual Race Against Cancer, a 5K jaunt through the streets of downtown Phoenix that begins and ends just off the main gate of Chase Field.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs use 5-run fifth to top Rockies in series finale

D-backs use 5-run fifth to top Rockies in series finale

PHOENIX -- Behind the pitching of Josh Collmenter and a 13-hit outburst by the offense, the D-backs rolled to a 9-1 win over the Rockies on Wednesday night to take the three-game series at Chase Field.

Collmenter (2-3) allowed just one unearned run on five hits over eight innings to pick up the win. Meanwhile, Rockies starter Jordan Lyles was charged with seven runs (six earned) on eight hits in five frames.

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Called up to replace Bradley, Burgos makes his debut

Called up to replace Bradley, Burgos makes his debut

PHOENIX -- Enrique Burgos was sound asleep in his apartment in Mobile, Ala., when Double-A manager Robby Hammock began pounding on his door.

"I thought somebody was breaking into my apartment," Burgos said. "It was 12 at night."

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Bradley should be ready to return after DL stint

Bradley should be ready to return after DL stint

PHOENIX -- One day after being struck in the face by a line drive that left Carlos Gonzalez's bat at 115 mph, D-backs right-hander Archie Bradley was diagnosed with a sinus fracture. But otherwise, he came through the incident in remarkably good shape.

"No fracture of the jaw, no fracture of the orbital bone," Bradley said before Wednesday's game with the Rockies. "I guess I have a slight fracture of the sinus, which I'm not even sure what that is. If this was a playoff race or a playoff game, I could pitch tomorrow if the team needed it."

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Bradley in good spirits, DL-bound after scare

Bradley in good spirits, DL-bound after scare

PHOENIX -- D-backs right-hander Archie Bradley remembers throwing a curveball to Carlos Gonzalez, but he doesn't recall the line drive that came off Gonzalez's bat at 115 mph (per Statcast) and struck him in the right cheek.

Incredibly, Bradley was back from the hospital and able to greet his teammates as they came back to the clubhouse following a 12-5 win over the Rockies on Tuesday night. But he still will be placed on the disabled list.

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D-backs react to Gibson's Parkinson's diagnosis

D-backs react to Gibson's Parkinson's diagnosis

PHOENIX -- There was shock and sadness in the Arizona Diamondbacks clubhouse Tuesday as the team dealt with the news that its former manager, Kirk Gibson, had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Gibson managed the D-backs from July 1, 2010, until September 26, 2014, and served as a coach for the D-backs beginning in '07.

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New faces join 2014 starter Goldschmidt on ASG ballot

Gosewisch, Ahmed, Lamb and Inciarte aim to represent D-backs

New faces join 2014 starter Goldschmidt on ASG ballot

PHOENIX -- The D-backs have a lot of new faces on this year's All-Star Ballot, which was released Wednesday.

Those appearing on an All-Star Ballot for the first time include catcher Tuffy Gosewisch, shortstop Nick Ahmed, third baseman Jake Lamb and outfielder Ender Inciarte.

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D-backs' bats break out after Bradley's injury

D-backs' bats break out after Bradley's injury

PHOENIX -- The D-backs hit a pair of home runs and rapped out 15 hits as they beat the Rockies, 12-5, on Tuesday night at Chase Field to snap a four-game losing streak.

Arizona outfielder Mark Trumbo led the way with four RBIs, finishing a double shy of hitting for the cycle.The offensive support made a winner of reliever Andrew Chafin, who was summoned in the second inning after Archie Bradley was injured.

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CarGo on line drive that hit Bradley: 'It was a nightmare'

CarGo on line drive that hit Bradley: 'It was a nightmare'

PHOENIX -- It was less than an hour after the game on Tuesday night when Rockies center fielder Carlos Gonzalez strode to his locker to talk to the media. He was still shaken. At that point, he had no idea that Archie Bradley was in good spirits around the corridor in the D-backs clubhouse.

It was Gonzalez's line drive during the second inning - clocked at 115 mph - that struck the rookie right-hander on the right cheek and knocked him straight to the ground, where he laid prone for seemingly endless minutes on the lip of the Chase Field mound.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.