Greinke reaches 2,000-strikeout milesteone

D-backs ace is 78th pitcher in history to achieve feat

Greinke reaches 2,000-strikeout milesteone

PHOENIX -- D-backs starter Zack Greinke reached 2,000 career strikeouts in Wednesday's game against the Braves when he fanned Freddie Freeman to open the fourth inning.

Greinke, the 78th pitcher in MLB history to reach the milestone, punched out five Braves in the first four innings. The right-handed ace's strikeout of Freeman was also his 113th of the season, his first with Arizona.

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

Rotation decisions loom for D-backs

Returning starters, workload concerns for youngsters are factors

Rotation decisions loom for D-backs

PHOENIX -- The D-backs will likely have more than five pitchers make a start between now and the end of the season. However, manager Chip Hale isn't revealing who they will be or how starters will be monitored in September.

Hale did confirm before Wednesday's game against the Braves that Shelby Miller will not be recalled this week. The right-hander will make another start for Triple-A Reno on Thursday as scheduled.

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Hall reportedly close to extension with D-backs

President/CEO would remain with club through 2024

Hall reportedly close to extension with D-backs

PHOENIX -- The D-backs are close to signing president/CEO Derrick Hall to a new contract, expected to keep Hall with Arizona through 2024, according to a report by the Arizona Republic on Wednesday.

"We have been discussing [a deal] for several months. I am thrilled, because this is home and there is nowhere else I'd like to be," Hall said in a statement. "We have created an award-winning culture and I am very proud of our accomplishments on the business side and the treatment and experience we provide the fans. The gap between winning years is obviously our most critical concern and we will fix that."

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Bradley turns shaky start into decent outing

After rough month, D-backs righty hoping to finish on strong note

Bradley turns shaky start into decent outing

PHOENIX -- D-backs right-hander Archie Bradley did something different after his start in Tuesday's 7-4 loss to the Braves. Not long after the game, Bradley was in the video room watching tape of his outing with coaches, trying to solve any mechanical issues leading to his struggles this month.

It wasn't his roughest start in August by any means. But it was still far from one of his best outings. So Bradley wanted to see if he was doing anything wrong.

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Lead slips away in D-backs' loss to Braves

Lead slips away in D-backs' loss to Braves

PHOENIX -- The Braves nearly let an early lead go to waste for the second straight night. However, Matt Kemp didn't allow that to happen. The left fielder hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the eighth inning, the key blow in a 7-4 comeback win over the D-backs on Tuesday night at Chase Field.

After Atlanta loading the bases with two outs against Arizona reliever Jake Barrett, Kemp sent a double to right field to plate a pair of runs, with a third scoring on an error by Mitch Haniger to turn the Braves' one-run deficit into a two-run lead. Jose Ramirez earned the win, helping the Atlanta bullpen combine for 6 1/3 scoreless innings.

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Jake Rill is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix. He covered the D-backs on Tuesday.

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Tomas jammed by pitch, exits with stiff back

D-backs' Hale says it won't be long-term concern

Tomas jammed by pitch, exits with stiff back

PHOENIX -- D-backs outfielder Yasmany Tomas left Tuesday night's 7-4 loss against the Braves at the start of the eighth inning due to mid-back stiffness.

Tomas went 1-for-3 with a two-run single before being replaced by Brandon Drury in left field to open the eighth. He appeared to be in pain after getting jammed by a pitch and grounding out in the fifth.

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Miller's next start may be with D-backs

Sent to Triple-A on July 14, righty is 5-1 at Reno; Pollock could be activated Friday

Miller's next start may be with D-backs

PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Chip Hale is not dismissing the notion that Shelby Miller's next start could be back in the Majors.

"We're still discussing what we're going to do," Hale said. "He has pitched well, he has done the things that we've asked. He just has to keep pitching, whether it's [at Triple-A Reno] or here."

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D-backs sink Braves on Goldy's walk-off homer

D-backs sink Braves on Goldy's walk-off homer

PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt delivered a walk-off homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth, lifting the D-backs to a 9-8 win over the Braves in the opener of a four-game series on Monday night at Chase Field.

"I think the tendency in a tied game or extra innings is try to hit home runs, and we've played some extra-inning games and that just has not worked out for me," Goldschmidt said. "I was fortunate to get a pitch up and get it out of there."

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Jake Rill is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix. He covered the D-backs on Monday.

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Hale touts D-backs' fortitude after walk-off win

Hale touts D-backs' fortitude after walk-off win

PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Chip Hale remains proud of one attribute his club has shown throughout this disappointing season -- the effort level. Even though the results haven't been there, Hale feels his team never lets that affect on-field performance.

That was apparent again on Monday night. Arizona overcame a five-run deficit to take a lead in the seventh. Then after allowing the Braves to tie it in the ninth, Paul Goldschmidt hit a walk-off homer to give the D-backs a 9-8 win.

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Pollock set to rejoin D-backs this week

Pollock set to rejoin D-backs this week

PHOENIX -- Barring any setbacks, D-backs outfielder A.J. Pollock will be back in the Majors this week.

Pollock, who is playing rehab games with Triple-A Reno, will reach the limit of 20 days for his rehab assignment on Wednesday. Arizona manager Chip Hale confirmed before Monday night's game against the Braves that Pollock should be joining the club when the rehab stint ends.

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Ray K's 18, wins NL Player of the Week Award

D-backs lefty allows two earned runs over 12 innings in two victories

Ray K's 18, wins NL Player of the Week Award

PHOENIX -- Robbie Ray's two dominant starts last week earned the D-backs left-hander National League Player of the Week honors on Monday.

Ray was 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA with a Major League-leading 18 strikeouts in wins over the Mets and Padres.

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Offense unable to bail out Shipley vs. Padres

Offense unable to bail out Shipley vs. Padres

SAN DIEGO -- The way Luis Perdomo was dealing Sunday afternoon at Petco Park, the rookie right-hander didn't need much run support.

The Padres' bats gave it to him anyway.

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Shipley has trouble making adjustments in loss

D-backs rookie struggles after two strong innings vs. Padres

Shipley has trouble making adjustments in loss

SAN DIEGO -- Braden Shipley made it look easy in the first two innings, but after that, the Padres reminded him that in the big leagues things can turn quickly as they beat the D-backs, 9-1, on Sunday afternoon at Petco Park.

In his sixth Major League start, it took Shipley just five pitches to get through the first inning and 10 in the second.

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De La Rosa building arm strength in rehab

D-backs righty aiming for 70 pitches when he returns next month

De La Rosa building arm strength in rehab

SAN DIEGO -- The D-backs will work to build injured right-hander Rubby De La Rosa's arm strength to the point where he could throw as many as 70 pitches when he returns to the team in September.

De La Rosa has been on the disabled list since May 26 with right elbow inflammation. His rehab was shut down 10 days ago when he experienced some stiffness, but after seeing team physician Gary Waslewski and consulting with noted surgeon Dr. James Andrews, De La Rosa was given the OK to resume throwing.

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Huang among top prospect performers Sunday

Brewers' No. 4 prospect strikes out 12, White Sox's No. 8 flirts with no-hitter

Huang among top prospect performers Sunday

Finding success at the Triple-A level hasn't come easily for Josh Hader. At least not until Sunday night, when the Brewers' No. 4 prospect set a career high by striking out 12 hitters in six scoreless innings to pace Colorado Springs in a 6-0 shutout of Round Rock. He threw 65 of his 99 pitches for strikes, allowing just two hits and one walk to record his first Triple-A win in 12 starts.

Ranked No. 39 on the Top 100, Hader has pitched better for Colorado Springs than his 1-5 record and 4.79 ERA suggest. With his performance Sunday, the 22-year-old left-hander now has fanned 81 hitters in 62 innings since being promoted from Double-A Biloxi on June 11, and he's yielded just three home runs in that span. Hader has thrown the ball particularly well of late, too, registering a 2.88 ERA with 47 strikeouts in 34 1/3 innings across his past six turns.

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D-backs prospect flips completely over wall on catch

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D-backs prospect flips completely over wall on catch

Spokane Indians DH Seth Spivey hit a line drive toward foul territory during his team's game against the Hillsboro Hops on Sunday afternoon. The ball sailed left -- looking like it would head straight over the short fence along the foul line. Maybe a fan would catch it? A little kid came racin -- OH MY GOD LUIS VERAS WHAT ARE YOU DOING.

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Ray's one-hit wonder, 13 K's topple Padres

Ray's one-hit wonder, 13 K's topple Padres

SAN DIEGO -- In the best start of his young career, Robbie Ray was nearly untouchable Saturday night, leading the D-backs to a 2-1 victory over the Padres at Petco Park.

Ray set a career-high with 13 strikeouts over seven frames, while allowing just one hit -- a fifth-inning home run by Padres debutant Patrick Kivlehan.

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Ray commands fastball, builds confidence

D-backs lefty joins Johnson, Schilling in club's record book

Ray commands fastball, builds confidence

SAN DIEGO -- As he warmed up in the bullpen before Saturday night's game, D-backs left-hander Robbie Ray had a feeling it was going to be a good night, given the way the ball was feeling coming out of his hand.

As it turned out Ray was right on the money as he tossed a dominant seven innings to help lead the D-backs to a 2-1 win over the Padres at Petco Park.

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Ahmed to have season-ending hip surgery

Ahmed to have season-ending hip surgery

SAN DIEGO -- D-backs shortstop Nick Ahmed will undergo season-ending arthroscopic surgery on his ailing right hip next week.

The surgery will take place in Vail, Colo. and will be performed by Dr. Marc Philippon.

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D-backs fall in 10, despite Segura's five hits

D-backs fall in 10, despite Segura's five hits

SAN DIEGO -- With the winning run on second base in the 10th inning Friday, a single would've probably done the trick for Ryan Schimpf and the Padres.

Schimpf isn't one to hit singles.

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Greinke looks more like old self vs. Padres

D-backs ace puts rough outing vs. Red Sox behind him

Greinke looks more like old self vs. Padres

SAN DIEGO -- The time between starts seemed a little longer for D-backs right-hander Zack Greinke this time around.

Coming off one of the worst starts of his career against the Red Sox last Sunday at Fenway Park, Greinke was eager to put up a good one Friday night against the Padres, and he did just that, allowing just a pair of runs over seven innings in a 7-4 Arizona loss.

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D-backs fall short in see-saw battle with Padres

D-backs fall short in see-saw battle with Padres

SAN DIEGO -- The Padres rallied for three runs with two outs in the eighth inning on Thursday night, but still needed closer Brandon Maurer to slam the door on a wild, 9-8 victory over the D-backs.

Rookie left fielder Alex Dickerson played hero after San Diego loaded the bases against D-backs reliever Jake Barrett in the eighth. Arizona then called upon right-hander Enrique Burgos, who left an 0-1 fastball over the plate. Dickerson crushed it to the opposite-field gap, scoring all three baserunners and give the Padres a 9-7 lead.

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Young relievers falter in late innings vs. SD

Barrett, Burgos unable to protect three-run lead

Young relievers falter in late innings vs. SD

SAN DIEGO -- There will be growing pains, D-backs manager Chip Hale told people after the team traded veteran late-inning relievers Brad Ziegler and Tyler Clippard in July and decided to go with young pitchers at the end of games.

Thursday night's 9-8 loss to the Padres at Petco Park was an example of that, as the rookie Jake Barrett couldn't protect a 7-6 lead in the eighth inning.

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Corbin discusses path to Majors on 'Play Ball'

D-backs pitcher tells MLB Network show basketball was first love

SAN DIEGO -- D-backs left-hander Patrick Corbin will be featured Saturday on "Play Ball," a new weekly show on MLB Network that is geared toward kids.

Corbin, who taped the episode with host Harold Reynolds when the team was in New York last week, will discuss his childhood and unique path to the big leagues. The show begins at 7 a.m. MST. and will re-air at 10 a.m. MST.

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D-backs' Wilken heads to Scouts Hall of Fame

SAN DIEGO -- D-backs special assistant to the general manager Tim Wilken will be inducted into the Killebrew Root Beer Professional Baseball Scouts Hall of Fame on Friday.

Wilken will be the third member of the D-backs organization to be inducted, joining special assistant to baseball operations Mike Russell (inducted in 2013) and area scout Luke Wrenn (2015). 

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Tomas riding an unbelievable power surge

With 2 more vs. Mets, D-backs slugger has 12 homers in last 19 games

Tomas riding an unbelievable power surge

PHOENIX -- D-backs outfielder Yasmany Tomas is following the same routine when he arrives to the ballpark -- watching video of that night's opposing starter, hitting in the cage shortly before first pitch and taking the field more comfortable than he has in the past.

He's getting the same results, too. Right now, that's one homer after another. Tomas crushed two more long balls in Wednesday night's 13-5 win over the Mets at Chase Field, taking the team lead with 25 home runs on the season.

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Weeks, Tomas lead D-backs' rout of Mets

Weeks, Tomas lead D-backs' rout of Mets

PHOENIX -- Home-series wins have been a rarity this season for the struggling D-backs. On Wednesday night at Chase Field, however, they won their second home series in a row with a 13-5 victory, taking two out of three games against the Mets after sweeping them in New York last week.

Rickie Weeks Jr. and Yasmany Tomas each hit a pair of homers, combining for 11 RBIs in support of starting pitcher Zack Godley (4-2). The right-hander allowed two runs on five hits in 7 1/3 innings with two walks and four strikeouts. Arizona improved to 21-40 at home, winning just its sixth series at Chase Field this year.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix who covered the Mets on Wednesday. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs' Racing Legends chilled in Chase Field pool

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D-backs' Racing Legends chilled in Chase Field pool

Although it was a climate-controlled 79 degrees inside Chase Field for the D-backs' 13-5 win over the Mets on Wednesday, it was 108 degrees outside in Phoenix. That's a certified Hot One for anyone, especially mascots who spend their days racing each other. Thankfully, Arizona's Legends call Chase Field home -- including its famous water feature.

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