D-backs' bullpen can't hold Brewers down

D-backs' bullpen can't hold Brewers down

MILWAUKEE -- Scooter Gennett's hit didn't go far, but it had a big impact as his soft looper that landed just beyond second base scored a pair of runs in the eighth and touched off a five-run rally as the Brewers defeated the D-backs, 9-4, on Tuesday night at Miller Park.

After the D-backs scored a pair of runs in the first inning, the Brewers responded with three in the bottom of the first and after Arizona tied the game at 3 in the fourth it was Gennett who drove home a run in the sixth to put Milwaukee back on top.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001.

Curt Hogg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee.

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Hudson frustrated by recent struggles

Hudson frustrated by recent struggles

MILWAUKEE -- Daniel Hudson has plenty of frustration these days. As for answers, well, those are in short supply for the D-backs right-hander.

Hudson's struggles continued Tuesday night as he allowed four runs in the eighth inning, which allowed the Brewers to beat the D-backs, 9-4, at Miller Park.

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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.

Bruised left hand temporarily sidelines Lamb

Bruised left hand temporarily sidelines Lamb

MILWAUKEE -- D-backs third baseman Jake Lamb is day-to-day after finally admitting that his bruised left hand is impacting him at the plate.

Lamb, who is hitless in his last 19 at-bats, initially suffered the injury when he was jammed by a pitch during the team's two-game series with the Blue Jays on July 19-20.

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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.

Bradley takes on Brewers at Miller Park

Bradley takes on Brewers at Miller Park

A pair of young pitchers will take the mound when the Brewers and D-backs square off for the third contest of a four-game series at Miller Park on Wednesday.

Right-hander Jimmy Nelson will get the start for Milwaukee looking to improve on his 3.40 ERA in his second full big league season. Nelson took the loss in his last start on Friday against the Cubs, allowing two earned runs over five innings. In two career starts against the D-backs, Nelson is 1-0 with a 2.77 ERA.

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

Homers sink D-backs in Shipley's debut

Homers sink D-backs in Shipley's debut

MILWAUKEE -- The Brewers smacked four homers as they beat the D-backs, 7-2, on Monday night in the opener of a four-game series at Miller Park.

Scooter Gennett, Jonathan Villar, Martin Maldonado and Andy Wilkins each homered, with Maldonado's being the biggest blow -- a three-run shot in the sixth that gave Milwaukee a 6-2 lead.

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

Curt Hogg is a reporter for MLB.com based in Milwaukee.

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La Russa: Responsibility for season starts at top

Hall of Famer includes criticism for self in remarks about disappointing 2016

La Russa: Responsibility for season starts at top

MILWAUKEE -- D-backs chief baseball officer Tony La Russa did not mince words when talking about his team's play of late, particularly its effort level.

"If you're fair, you factor in the injuries," La Russa said. "You don't ever factor in a reason why the effort is lackluster. Ever. It's not acceptable to any of us, and it's certainly not acceptable to fans, or owners or presidents/CEO's. Guys downstairs said last year they were getting complimented about the way they play, and they don't hear the compliments and we don't hear the compliments upstairs and you watch. All of us need to kick ourselves in the [butt]."

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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.

Shipley, Hale see positives in debut despite loss

D-backs skipper: Rookie right-hander 'looked very competitive out there'

Shipley, Hale see positives in debut despite loss

MILWAUKEE -- D-backs right-hander Braden Shipley wasn't as nervous as he thought he might be for his big league debut Monday night, but he also didn't get the result he was hoping for, as the Brewers beat the D-backs, 7-2, at Miller Park.

"Throughout the day I was kind of waiting for them to kick in," said Shipley, the D-backs first-round pick in 2013 (15th overall). "And I think when I got to the field, I started to get the jitters a little bit. But as I started my pregame warmups and stuff like that, it kind of went away a little bit, which I thought was good. I didn't have as much nerves as I thought I would stepping on the mound for the first inning."

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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.

Second 1st impression: Trio debuts vs. old teams

Anderson, Segura and Weeks Jr. all facing former clubs for first time

Second 1st impression: Trio debuts vs. old teams

MILWAUKEE -- A trio of players faced their former teams for the first time when the Brewers and Diamondbacks kicked off a four-game series on Monday at Miller Park.

Right-hander Chase Anderson got the start for Milwaukee against the D-backs, who sent out a lineup featuring former Brewers Jean Segura and Rickie Weeks Jr. Anderson went five innings and earned the victory in the Brewers' 7-2 win, though Segura tagged him for an RBI single in his 1-for-5 night. Weeks walked twice and scored, finishing 0-for-2.

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

Tomas leads HR parade as D-backs top Reds

Tomas leads HR parade as D-backs top Reds

CINCINNATI -- Normally, Friday night is reserved for fireworks at Great American Ball Park. But the D-backs brought their own on Sunday.

With a four-homer performance, Arizona salvaged the third game of the series by topping the Reds, 9-8, and ending a four-game losing streak. Yasmany Tomas delivered the first one -- a solo shot in the second. Welington Castillo followed in the third with a three-run shot, Paul Goldschmidt delivered a leadoff solo homer in the fifth, which broke a 5-5 tie, and Tomas delivered the final blow in the eighth, another solo shot.

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Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati and covered the D-backs on Sunday.

Kevin Goheen is a contributor to MLB.com based in Cincinnati.

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Arizona's bats break out in big way in finale

D-backs slug 4 homers after struggling in first 2 games of series

Arizona's bats break out in big way in finale

CINCINNATI -- After two games of lackluster offense, the D-backs' bats finally came alive in Sunday's series finale against the Reds.

After putting up three runs combined in the first two games of the series, Arizona plated nine on Sunday courtesy of four home runs as it topped the Reds, 9-8. The D-backs were held scoreless in 16 of 18 innings over the previous two games, but they scored in six innings on Sunday.

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

D-backs undone by defense in loss to Reds

D-backs undone by defense in loss to Reds

CINCINNATI -- The D-backs were wise to what the Reds were thinking in the first inning on Saturday night with Billy Hamilton on third base. They stopped a double-steal attempt and even caught Hamilton in a rundown as Joey Votto broke from first base to steal second base. However, Hamilton was fast enough to scamper back and that opened the door for trouble.

The Reds went on to score three runs in that inning, on the road for a 6-1 victory over the D-backs, assuring them of their third-straight series win. More >

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05.

Cody Pace is a reporter for for MLB.com based in Cincinnati.

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Ray's solid outing derailed by defense

Ray's solid outing derailed by defense

CINCINNATI -- D-backs starter Robby Ray's night was derailed before it ever really began.

After a leadoff single in the first from Billy Hamilton and a one-out walk to Joey Votto, Ray looked like he was out of the inning when, after Jay Bruce struck out, they had Hamilton in a rundown on an attempted double steal. Hamilton was able to beat the throw from catcher Tuffy Gosewisch back to the base to extend the inning.

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

Despite rumors, Hale urges D-backs to keep focus

Despite rumors, Hale urges D-backs to keep focus

CINCINNATI -- D-backs manager Chip Hale doesn't appear too worried about his future.

Hale addressed his future with the team on Friday and again on Saturday after rumors surfaced that the team was considering a managerial move. Hale's message to the team was that there was nothing to the rumor.

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

D-backs place Ahmed on DL, activate Owings

D-backs place Ahmed on DL, activate Owings

CINCINNATI -- Less than 12 hours after going 2-for-3 with a homer for Triple-A Reno, D-backs infielder/outfielder Chris Owings found himself on a plane headed to Cincinnati.

Arizona placed shortstop Nick Ahmed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with a right hip impingement and activated Owings from the 15-day DL.

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

Segura leads D-backs' offense in loss

Segura leads D-backs' offense in loss

CINCINNATI -- The first inning wasn't kind to either starter in Friday's series opener between the Reds and D-backs.

Reds starter Dan Straily allowed two first-inning runs, but his counterpart, Archie Bradley, allowed three, giving up the only Arizona lead of the game as the Reds went on to win, 6-2. The Reds now have won four of their last five games.

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Cody Pace is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati.

Kevin Goheen is a contributor for MLB.com based in Cincinnati.

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Bradley to work on honing command, avoiding walks

Bradley to work on honing command, avoiding walks

CINCINNATI -- D-backs pitcher Archie Bradley looks like a guy who's starting to figure it out.

After coming out of his first six starts of the season with a 5.66 ERA, he's posted a 3.38 ERA over his last seven outings, including four quality starts. But underlying that 3.38 ERA is a problem -- in 40 innings, he's walked 20 batters.

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

Corbin to get extra day of rest

D-backs likely to promote Triple-A arm to make Monday start

Corbin to get extra day of rest

CINCINNATI -- While the D-backs are uncertain about who will start Monday's game, they know that they would like for it not to be Patrick Corbin.

In an effort to give Corbin an extra day of rest, manager Chip Hale said he and general manager Dave Stewart intend to promote someone from Triple-A Reno to make that start.

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

Stewart has no plans to trade core players

Stewart has no plans to trade core players

PHOENIX -- As the non-waiver Trade Deadline grows closer -- it's 1 p.m. MST on Aug. 1 -- D-backs general manager Dave Stewart continues to field offers for some of the team's veterans, but he is intent on keeping the core of the club together.

The 2016 season has been one of disappointment for the D-backs, who made several moves during the offseason with the intention of contending for at least the next three seasons.

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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.

Tuffy homers late, but D-backs can't pick up Corbin

Tuffy homers late, but D-backs can't pick up Corbin

PHOENIX -- The heat of the desert certainly didn't sap the power from the bats of the Blue Jays as they pounded the D-backs, 10-4, on Wednesday afternoon to sweep the brief two-game series at Chase Field.

The top two hitters in the Toronto lineup -- Darwin Barney and Josh Donaldson -- combined to drive in six runs, and Edwin Encarnacion chipped in two of his own with a 471-foot homer as part of a 13-hit attack.

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

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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D-backs reportedly considering dismissing Hale

D-backs reportedly considering dismissing Hale

CINCINNATI -- The D-backs are considering dismissing manager Chip Hale and replacing him with Triple-A Reno manager Phil Nevin, according to FOX Sports on Friday.

When asked by MLB.com about the report, D-backs general manager Dave Stewart said he does not comment on rumors. Hale also declined to comment, but he added that these kinds of rumors are "hard on the family."

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. Cody Pace, who is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati, contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Excited Pollock envisions return this season

Excited Pollock envisions return this season

PHOENIX -- A.J. Pollock is more optimistic than ever about returning to the field this season.

The D-backs' center fielder hasn't played since an April 1 exhibition game in which he sustained a fractured right elbow that required surgery. But Pollock continues to make strides in his rehab that keep him enthusiastic about a 2016 return.

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

Greinke frustrated by slow rehab process

Greinke frustrated by slow rehab process

PHOENIX -- Being patient with the healing process of his strained left oblique has been a challenge for D-backs right-hander Zack Greinke, who said "frustrating" was the perfect word to describe his feelings.

"It'd have been nice to be back a week ago," Greinke said.

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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 keeps plugging away, but results not there

Corbin keeps plugging away, but results not there

PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Chip Hale predicted a strong outing from starter Patrick Corbin prior to Wednesday's 10-4 loss to the Blue Jays.

That certainly didn't happen as forecast. Instead, Corbin made some costly mistakes against a challenging Toronto lineup, allowing six runs (five earned) on nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. It was the fifth consecutive start for the Arizona left-hander in which he allowed five or more runs.

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

Offense can't take flight vs. Blue Jays

Offense can't take flight vs. Blue Jays

PHOENIX -- Blue Jays starter Aaron Sanchez continued his winning ways Tuesday night at Chase Field.

The All-Star right-hander allowed just one run over seven innings and the Blue Jays got a three-run homer from Edwin Encarnacion as they beat the D-backs, 5-1. Sanchez (10-1, 2.87 ERA) has won his last nine decisions.

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

Gregor Chisholm has covered the Blue Jays for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @gregorMLB and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Godley's up-and-down season continues

Back from Minors, righty gives up three earned runs

Godley's up-and-down season continues

PHOENIX -- Before Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays, D-backs manager Chip Hale was complimentary of the last outing he saw from starter Zack Godley, which was for Triple-A Reno last Thursday.

Godley was keeping the ball low in the strike zone and avoided elevating pitches. But back in the Majors for Tuesday's 5-1 loss, the right-hander couldn't do that in a key situation.

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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.

Michael Bourn throws ball to D-backs broadcasters

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Michael Bourn throws ball to D-backs broadcasters

No one is immune to the joy of having a ball tossed to them by a Major Leaguer, no matter how many baseball games they've seen … or called. During Tuesday's 5-1 loss to the Blue Jays, Michael Bourn nabbed a fly ball to end the first inning. Arizona's broadcast team was stationed in the outfield, and Bourn noticed. 

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Goldschmidt is D-backs' winner of Heart and Hustle Award

Award recognizes passion, desire and work ethic

Goldschmidt is D-backs' winner of Heart and Hustle Award

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) announced the 30 preliminary winners of the 2016 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday, honoring one player from each of the 30 Major League teams.

The Heart and Hustle Award, given annually, celebrates active players who demonstrate a passion for the game of baseball and best embody the values, spirit and traditions of the game. It's the only award in the Majors that is voted on by former players, and voting is conducted prior to the All-Star break.

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Matt Kelly is a reporter for MLB.com based in New York. Follow him on Twitter at @mattkellyMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lamb wins NL Player of the Week for 1st time

Lamb wins NL Player of the Week for 1st time

Jake Lamb's most recent damage in a breakout season full of it has earned the D-backs third baseman his first National League Player of the Week honors, which was announced on Monday.

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

Rumors surround D-backs as Deadline nears

Veteran reliever Clippard says trade talks not hard to ignore

Rumors surround D-backs as Deadline nears

PHOENIX -- In two weeks, the D-backs' roster may look different than it does now. They got an early start on making moves when they sent closer Brad Ziegler to the Red Sox on July 8. Before the Aug. 1 non-waiver Trade Deadline, there could be more coming.

Sitting in last place in the National League West, 13 games below .500, the D-backs are likely to be sellers this year, looking to get some return for their more sought after players.

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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.

Bourn, Lamb lead charge in win over Dodgers

Bourn, Lamb lead charge in win over Dodgers

PHOENIX -- The D-backs have had their struggles in Chase Field this season. But in the first games back from the All-Star break, they notched a series victory, taking two of three against the Dodgers with a 6-5 win Sunday afternoon.

Arizona starter Robbie Ray (5-8) threw seven scoreless innings, allowing four hits and striking out seven. Michael Bourn collected three hits, Jake Lamb homered, and Brandon Drury drove in a pair of runs for the D-backs, who won consecutive games at home for the first time since they won three straight June 11-13. It was just their fourth series win at home this year.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

Jake Rill is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix.

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