Top prospect Bradley in running for final bullpen spot

Righty has been starter, but may be used in long relief; Lopez reassigned to Minors camp

Top prospect Bradley in running for final bullpen spot

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs' Opening Day pitching staff became a lot clearer Monday afternoon.

First, manager Chip Hale announced his rotation along with a handful of roster moves, and then, after the 4-2 loss to the Dodgers, Hale announced the team had reassigned Cuban free-agent pitcher Yoan Lopez to Minor League camp.

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Cahill, Anderson fill out rotation; Hudson headed to 'pen

Vet making strides after rough '14, while young righty 'grateful' for opportunity

Cahill, Anderson fill out rotation; Hudson headed to 'pen

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Trevor Cahill and Chase Anderson have claimed the final two spots in the D-backs' rotation, with Daniel Hudson sliding to the bullpen.

Previously the club had said that Josh Collmenter would start Opening Day and that Rubby De La Rosa would likely start the second game. The only other certain starter was right-hander Jeremy Hellickson.

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Back on solid footing, Trumbo sets D-backs' path

Slugger poised to overshadow injury-shortened debut season with club

Back on solid footing, Trumbo sets D-backs' path

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- You can tell the difference in Mark Trumbo this year just by watching the D-backs outfielder -- on the field as well as in the clubhouse.

Acquired in December 2013 from the Angels, Trumbo was expected to provide protection for first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, and given his prodigious power, there was talk of Trumbo increasing his already impressive home run totals thanks to hitter-friendly Chase Field.

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Lopez, offense can't get on track in loss to Dodgers

D-backs righty allows pair of early runs, then gets reassigned; Evans plates two late runs

Lopez, offense can't get on track in loss to Dodgers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Dodgers did not give D-backs starter Yoan Lopez a chance to get his feet under him, scoring a pair of early runs and holding on for a 4-2 win Monday afternoon at Salt River Fields.

Lefty Brett Anderson got the start for the Dodgers and was quite impressive, delivering six scoreless innings and allowing just four hits.

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Webster among trio optioned to Triple-A

Reynolds, Schugel also sent to Reno; Nuss, Ibarra and Runzler reassigned

Webster among trio optioned to Triple-A

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs trimmed their roster by six Monday morning, bringing the number of players in camp to 38 with a week to go before Opening Day.

Pitchers Matt Reynolds, A.J. Schugel and Allen Webster were optioned to Triple-A Reno, while outfielder Nick Buss, infielder Walter Ibarra and left-hander Dan Runzler were reassigned to Minor League camp.

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Hudson posts zeros, offense stymied in D-backs' loss

Right-hander fans 4 over 3 2/3; Laird has sac fly

Hudson posts zeros, offense stymied in D-backs' loss

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In his second game back from a right oblique injury, Daniel Descalso homered for the first time this spring to give the Rockies a 2-1 victory over the D-backs in a split-squad game Sunday at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

Descalso's start Saturday against the Cubs was his first appearance since March 14. The homer came off D-backs reliever Matt Reynolds to break a 1-1 tie in the seventh. Descalso's go-ahead hit came an inning after teammate Justin Morneau homered off Rubby De La Rosa to tie the game.

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Blair picked up by offense, but D-backs fall in Mexico

Prospect allows 6 runs over 3 IP; Lamb has 3 hits

Blair picked up by offense, but D-backs fall in Mexico

HERMOSILLO, Mexico -- The D-backs and Rockies made sure to pack their bats for their day trip across the border.

The two teams combined for 29 hits as the Rockies outlasted the D-backs, 11-10, in 10 innings in front of a sellout crowd of approximately 16,000 at Estadio Sonora on a warm Sunday afternoon.

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D-backs aim to enhance fan base in Mexico

Club continues to build relationships in Hermosillo

D-backs aim to enhance fan base in Mexico

HERMOSILLO, Mexico -- The familiar glint was in Tony La Russa's eyes as the D-backs' chief baseball officer talked about why his team was playing an exhibition game against the Rockies in Hermosillo on Sunday.

"I love the idea of competing," La Russa said before his club dropped an 11-10, 10-inning decision. "That's really what gets your heart pumping and your gut going. Usually, it's us against another team, but I thoroughly embrace our organization competing for the loyalty and support of the fans of Mexico."

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Hellickson back on track for regular season

After missing start with tired arm, righty feels strong throwing 75 pitches in return

Hellickson back on track for regular season

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After skipping his last start, D-backs right-hander Jeremy Hellickson threw 75 pitches in Saturday's 10-5 loss to the Royals and pronounced his arm healthy and ready for the start of the season.

"I felt pretty fresh and strong for the most part," Hellickson said.

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Goldschmidt, Pollock homers not enough for D-backs

After missing start with tired arm, Hellickson allows three runs in return

Goldschmidt, Pollock homers not enough for D-backs

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A five-run seventh was capped by RBI doubles from Paulo Orlando and Moises Sierra as the Royals completed a comeback win, 10-5, over the D-backs Saturday at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

Two-run homers by Paul Goldschmidt and A.J. Pollock helped give the D-backs a two-run lead entering the seventh, but Robbie Ray struggled in relief, allowing five runs in two innings.

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De La Rosa could be No. 2 starter behind Collmenter

Fireballer could slide in rotation ahead of Hellickson

De La Rosa could be No. 2 starter behind Collmenter

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When Spring Training started, D-backs manager Chip Hale said there were only two certainties for the starting rotation -- Josh Collmenter and Jeremy Hellickson.

Collmenter has been tabbed to start Opening Day, but that does not mean that Hellickson will start the season's second game.

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Goldy, Hale traveling with D-backs to Mexico

Top execs Hall, La Russa also going to Sunday's game in Hermosillo

Goldy, Hale traveling with D-backs to Mexico

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- For the 10th time in franchise history the D-backs will play a game in Hermosillo, Mexico, when they take on the Rockies at Estadio Sonora on Sunday afternoon.

The D-backs will bring several players from their expected Opening Day lineup, including outfielder A.J. Pollock, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and catcher Tuffy Gosewisch.

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Bradley makes his case with gem vs. Angels

Bradley makes his case with gem vs. Angels

TEMPE, Ariz. -- C.J. Wilson pitched through a nightmarish second inning and Mark Trumbo went 1-for-3 in his first game against his former team as the D-backs beat the Angels, 7-2, at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Friday.

The D-backs sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the second inning. Seven of them reached based and five of them scored, but only two -- Trumbo and A.J. Pollock -- actually hit the ball hard against Wilson. There was a walk, an infield single, errors by shortstop Erick Aybar and third baseman Kyle Kubitza and a fly ball that fell between Efren Navarro and Josh Rutledge in shallow right field.

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Collmenter continues stingy ways as D-backs edge Tribe

Arizona starter allows just three hits in seven innings

Collmenter continues stingy ways as D-backs edge Tribe

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In a game befitting a matchup of a pair of Opening Day starters, the Indians and D-backs played a low-scoring game with Arizona winning 3-2 at Salt River Fields.

The D-backs scored twice in the bottom of the eighth on a Jake Lamb double that plated Tom Belza and a Blake Lalli sacrifice fly that scored David Peralta to take a lead that would stand.

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Roster bubble is nothing new to D-backs' Lalli

Roster bubble is nothing new to D-backs' Lalli

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- With a little more than a week left in Spring Training, D-backs catcher Blake Lalli finds himself squarely on the roster bubble. It's familiar territory for him.

Lalli is trying to make the D-backs in a backup role to Tuffy Gosewisch and is competing with Gerald Laird and Jordan Pacheco for what could be one or two spots depending on whether manager Chip Hale elects to go with two or three catchers.

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Stites gets good news after second MRI exam

Stites gets good news after second MRI exam

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A second MRI exam of D-backs reliever Matt Stites' right elbow once again showed that there was no ligament damage, the club said on Friday.

The right-hander, who has yet to appear in Cactus League play, was bothered by a sore elbow when camp opened and an initial MRI exam showed only inflammation.

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Hale: Tomas may start season in Minor Leagues

D-backs manager said Cuban star could play third base or left field

Hale: Tomas may start season in Minor Leagues

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Cuban star Yasmany Tomas could still start the regular season in the Minor Leagues, D-backs manager Chip Hale said on Thursday before his club played the Padres in a Cactus League game at Salt River Fields.

"Yeah, there's a definite chance," the first-year manager said about determining the answer to the biggest question in camp. "It's going to come down to us all sitting down and everybody talking about what's best for the Major League team."

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Pollock's knocks back Anderson's rotation audition

Pollock's knocks back Anderson's rotation audition

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- With Spring Training coming down to the nitty-gritty, the fight for roster spots and slots in the starting rotation are narrowing.

Thursday's 3-3 tie between the D-backs' and Padres in a Cactus League game at Salt River Fields featured just another such tussle: San Diego right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne and Arizona righty Chase Anderson are both vying for slots in the back end of their respective rotations.

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D-backs' Marshall finds success attacking the strike zone

Young reliever keeping ball on the ground in the big leagues

D-backs' Marshall finds success attacking the strike zone

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - - When Diamondbacks relief pitcher Evan Marshall was asked how he made such a smooth transition to the big leagues, the 24-year-old surprisingly pointed to his struggles at Triple-A in 2013.

The former fourth-round selection did have some success in Reno that year, striking out 59 batters in 58 innings, but also walked 30 and finished the season with a 4.34 ERA.

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D-backs adding local hits to ballpark fare

Churro Dog, Lo-Lo's among highlights new to Chase Field's menu in 2015

D-backs adding local hits to ballpark fare

PHOENIX -- Traditional ballpark fare will always have its place at Chase Field, but as D-backs fans attending games there this year will no doubt notice, there will be many more options beyond hot dogs and hamburgers.

"We've tried to create 'wow' items each and every year that have been big hits," D-backs team president and CEO Derrick Hall said. "But in addition to that, we want to create great destinations with local favorites."

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Jim Callis

Questions develop on top talent in 2015 Draft

Rodgers expected to go first, but others have yet to separate themselves from pack

Questions develop on top talent in 2015 Draft

Brendan Rodgers, the consensus No. 1 Draft prospect entering 2015, has held serve and still looks like the favorite to go first overall to the D-backs on June 8. But few of the other highest-rated talents have met expectations so far this year, leaving many more questions than answers at the top of the Draft.

A shortstop from Lake Mary (Fla.) High, Rodgers continues to demonstrate outstanding offensive potential for his position along with a strong arm and solid speed and defense. But most of the players right behind him on MLBPipeline.com's Draft Top 50 rankings from December have gotten hurt or regressed, including the two pitchers who figured to be Rodgers' main competition to be the top pick.

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Corbin, Hernandez throw first bullpens since TJ surgery

Corbin, Hernandez throw first bullpens since TJ surgery

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- To D-backs left-hander Patrick Corbin, it felt like his first start of a regular season, while righty David Hernandez was just focused on not bouncing the first pitch he threw.

On Tuesday, the two pitchers threw their first bullpen sessions since their respective Tommy John surgeries.

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Duncan enjoying life around familiar faces

Longtime pitching coach reunited with La Russa, Stewart in Arizona

Duncan enjoying life around familiar faces

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Dave Duncan is back where he belongs.

Duncan is not back in uniform, but he is back in baseball, a special assistant/pitching consultant for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is back in familiar territory, doing what he knows best, working with the coaches and pitchers throughout the organization on the art of pitching.

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Reed shines in first taste of game action

Reed shines in first taste of game action

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs closer Addison Reed threw one scoreless inning in a "B" game against the Cubs on Tuesday morning. It was the first time he had faced another team's hitters this spring.

"Good first time out," D-backs pitching coach Mike Harkey said. "He went out there and threw strikes. Nothing all that special, nothing all that bad, so a good first outing for him."

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De La Rosa earns spot in D-backs' rotation

De La Rosa earns spot in D-backs' rotation

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs are down to two open spots in their rotation after manager Chip Hale said Tuesday that right-hander Rubby De La Rosa had done enough to earn a spot, joining Opening Day starter Josh Collmenter and Jeremy Hellickson.

De La Rosa, who joined the D-backs in the December trade that sent Wade Miley to the Red Sox, has a 3.75 ERA in four Cactus League games, and he threw 5 2/3 innings in a Minor League exhibition on Tuesday, allowing two runs on five hits.

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Lamb broadens horizons with work at first base

Lamb broadens horizons with work at first base

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- There are a number of things that D-backs third baseman Jake Lamb has to learn as he transitions to playing some first base.

Lamb is still primarily a third baseman and could very well be the D-backs' Opening Day starter there, but the team has played him at first twice this spring with the idea that he could get some time there on the rare days Paul Goldschmidt takes off.

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Lopez, D-backs scuffle against Brewers

Lopez, D-backs scuffle against Brewers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Brewers pounded out 13 hits en route to a 12-0 win over the D-backs on Tuesday night at Salt River Fields.

Brewers starting pitcher Michael Blazek, who was making his second straight appearance against the D-backs, was impressive. The right-hander allowed just one hit and a pair of walks while striking out four over four scoreless innings.

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Stites still in limbo following setback

Stites still in limbo following setback

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs reliever Matt Stites said his elbow "locked up" a little after his Saturday session of live batting practice and the right-hander has not thrown since.

"It's felt better the last few days," Stites said on Tuesday. "I hope to get back throwing soon."

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