Shipley surrenders three runs in spring debut

Rusin allows hit in 2 innings; Arizona's Shipley gives up 3 runs in 1 2/3

Shipley surrenders three runs in spring debut

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Charlie Blackmon and Nolan Arenado hit solo homers as the Rockies defeated the D-backs, 6-1, on Sunday in Cactus League play.

Blackmon's leadoff homer, off D-backs starter Braden Shipley, was familiar -- he had 10 leadoff homers last season and has 22 in his career. Arenado homered in the third off Tyler Jones.

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Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, listen to podcasts and like his Facebook page. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reliever Barrett slowed by stiffness in shoulder

Reliever Barrett slowed by stiffness in shoulder

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jake Barrett, one of the leading candidates for a spot in the D-backs' bullpen, has been bothered this spring by shoulder stiffness and has yet to throw a bullpen session.

Barrett threw a couple of bullpens prior to camp opening before experiencing the stiffness.

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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.

Miller 'comfortable and confident' after spring opener

After 2 solid frames, righty says he's ahead of where he was last year

Miller 'comfortable and confident' after spring opener

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It is only Spring Training. Shelby Miller knows this, but the D-backs right-hander also remembers not only how poorly his 2016 regular season went, but also that he didn't feel comfortable even in the spring.

So, after retiring the Rockies 1-2-3 in the first inning and nearly pitching out of a jam in the second in Saturday's 8-4 Cactus League loss, forgive him if he allows himself to feel good about things.

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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.

Lamb launches homer in D-backs' opener

Lamb launches homer in D-backs' opener

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Ian Desmond made his Rockies debut Saturday and went 3-for-3 with an RBI as Colorado beat Arizona, 8-4, in the Cactus League opener for both teams at Salt River Fields.

Desmond, who was signed by the Rockies in December to a five-year, $70 million free-agent deal, played first base, a new position for him.

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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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Phil Rogers

Hazen, Lovullo aim to win while building

New D-backs GM, manager want to exceed expectations

Hazen, Lovullo aim to win while building

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Torey Lovullo has been everywhere in baseball, and Saturday he was exactly where he has always wanted to be. He was seated in a folding chair adjacent to the D-backs' dugout, a rookie manager watching his team play its first Cactus League game.

"I'm like any fan right now,'' Lovullo said. "I'm like anybody else that is getting a chance to watch our team. I can't wait to watch today's game.''

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Phil Rogers is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

No limits for D-backs' Ahmed at camp

No limits for D-backs' Ahmed at camp

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs shortstop Nick Ahmed, who is recovering from late August surgery on his right hip, has been participating without any physical limitations this spring.

"When I first started this offseason, taking ground balls and running again, it was just like this mental block and hesitation," Ahmed said. "Once I got over that, it was great."

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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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6 prospects graduate from D-backs' Dominican academy

6 prospects graduate from D-backs' Dominican academy

BOCA CHICA, Dominican Republic -- Jesus Munoz stood proud on the stage on Saturday in front of his peers, family and friends at the D-backs' Dominican academy and grinned.

To the teenager's left sat a group of front-office officials that included D-backs managing general partner Ken Kendrick, president and CEO Derrick Hall and special assistant to the president Randy Johnson. Junior Noboa, the club's vice president of Latin American operations, as well as senior vice president of human resources and chief diversity officer Marian Rhodes were perched near his side.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Boyhood friendship spills over to Majors

D-backs' Bradley, Brewers' Houser reconnect in Phoenix

Boyhood friendship spills over to Majors

PHOENIX -- Brewers pitching prospect Adrian Houser was two days removed from Tommy John surgery last summer and facing a grueling rehab at Milwaukee's year-round facility in Phoenix, when he realized he needed a place to live. He texted an old friend asking for help. The way Houser remembers it, Archie Bradley answered almost instantly.

"Bro, I'll always have a room for you," Bradley replied.

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Adam McCalvy and Steve Gilbert have covered the Brewers and D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow McCalvy on Twitter @AdamMcCalvy, like him on Facebook and listen to his podcast. Follow Gilbert on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ace Greinke throws live BP, feels 'OK'

Ace Greinke throws live BP, feels 'OK'

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs ace Zack Greinke faced hitters for the first time Friday as he threw about 20 pitches in a live batting practice session.

"I felt OK," Greinke said. "Everything was coming out of my fingers pretty good. It was pretty sharp. Command was OK. Everything was OK. Maybe I could have thrown a couple more, but no one wants to push it too fast this early. There's not too much of a need. Maybe it was a good amount."

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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.

More agile Drury looking to secure job at second base

More agile Drury looking to secure job at second base

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- At the end of last season, the D-backs wanted Brandon Drury to improve his agility and lateral movements during the offseason.

Through the first week of full-squad activities, it's clear Drury took those words to heart.

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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.

Miller to start D-backs' Cactus League opener

Bradley also to pitch Saturday; Shipley to start Sunday

Miller to start D-backs' Cactus League opener

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Shelby Miller will start the D-backs' Cactus League opener Saturday against the Rockies at Salt River Fields.

Miller will be followed to the mound by Archie Bradley, who is competing for a rotation spot. Silvino Bracho, Keyvius Sampson, Joey Krehbiel, Daniel Gibson and Yuhei Nakaushiro are also scheduled to pitch.

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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 want players to slide feet first into bases

D-backs want players to slide feet first into bases

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs' coaching staff wants its players to use their feet, not their heads, when it comes to sliding into bases this year.

"We are strongly encouraging everybody to slide feet first," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "We have shown them the data that says you're more prone to injury when you slide head first."

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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.

Lovullo still mulling lineup options

Lovullo still mulling lineup options

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs manager Torey Lovullo cautioned fans and media alike not to read too much into the starting lineup he used in Wednesday's 9-1 exhibition victory over Grand Canyon University.

The first five hitters in the lineup -- A.J. Pollock, Brandon Drury, Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb and Yasmany Tomas certainly seemed to resemble what it might look like Opening Day against the Giants.

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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.

For starters, D-backs roll past Grand Canyon

For starters, D-backs roll past Grand Canyon

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs checked the boxes in their exhibition game against Grand Canyon University on Wednesday, as 27 players saw game action and the team came out relatively unscathed on the injury front in its 9-1 victory.

Most starters made one plate appearance before departing.

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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.

Peralta returns to D-backs camp

Peralta returns to D-backs camp

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Outfielder David Peralta was back in D-backs' camp Wednesday after missing two days while continuing his progress towards securing his American citizenship.

Peralta said he had to fly to Florida, which is his legal residence, to have his fingerprints taken. He will have to return at some point to take a citizenship test.

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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.

GCU's greatest alumnus: Tim Salmon

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GCU's greatest alumnus: Tim Salmon

At 3:10 p.m. ET, the first pitch of 2017 will be thrown when the D-backs take on Grand Canyon University. Sure, it won't count in the standings, and there's only one Major League team taking part, but there will be pitchers, batters, and a bevy of relievers (it is still February, after all) getting their very first game action of the year. 

GCU may not be the largest exporter of Major League talent, but the school has produced 24 Major Leaguers. Most notable is the Angels' all-time home run leader: Tim Salmon. 

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Arizona an early outpost of integration in MLB

Cactus League Hall of Fame inducts four pioneering African-American players

Arizona an early outpost of integration in MLB

The Major League Baseball landscape and the social fabric of the country were both going through a dramatic transformation when Spring Training baseball came to Arizona in 1947.

While the Brooklyn Dodgers and Jackie Robinson were preparing to break Major League baseball's racial barrier, the game was expanding to new western frontiers, with the Cleveland Indians and New York Giants moving their Spring Training camps to Arizona.

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Charlie Vascellaro is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs leadership likes where team stands

D-backs leadership likes where team stands

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs managing general partner Ken Kendrick and team president/CEO Derrick Hall met with the media Friday just before the team's first full-squad workout of the spring and covered a variety of topics.

Here's a look at them:

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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.

Q&A with Jimmy Eat World's Zach Lind, Jack Lind's son

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Q&A with Jimmy Eat World's Zach Lind, Jack Lind's son

Arizona-based rock band Jimmy Eat World recently announced a string of tour dates that will take them on the road with Beach Slang (in the spring) and Incubus (in the summer), in support of their new album, Integrity Blues.

It's with that context that Zach Lind, drummer and son of former MLB player and coach Jack Lind, spent some time talking with MLB.com about baseball and the similarities he sees between manning a drum kit and standing in the batter's box.

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Fan Fest venue change a success

More than 20,000 show up at Salt River Fields

Fan Fest venue change a success

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In the end, it worked out better than they could have hoped.

The 13th annual D-backs Fan Fest was a success Monday as an estimated crowd of about 20,000 showed up at Salt River Fields.

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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.

De La Rosa comes full circle

De La Rosa comes full circle

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Jorge De La Rosa is hoping the third time around he will get a chance to pitch in the Major Leagues for the D-backs.

Signed to a Minor League deal Sunday, De La Rosa said that he chose the D-backs because he believes they have a chance to win.

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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.

Marte in mix for D-backs' shortstop job

Marte in mix for D-backs' shortstop job

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs infielder Ketel Marte looks comfortable in his new D-backs' workout gear. He's already made new friends inside the clubhouse and he's getting accustomed to his surroundings at Salt River Fields.

Where Marte fits on the field will be determined during Spring Training. For now, he's in competition for the starting-shortstop job that D-backs manager Torey Lovullo characterized as "wide open."

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Goldy tunes out personal, team predictions

Rain washes out most of D-backs' outdoor practice

Goldy tunes out personal, team predictions

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- There are lower expectations for the D-backs in 2017, at least in the minds of most baseball prognosticators, but do yourself a favor and don't bother asking first baseman Paul Goldschmidt for his reaction to them.

Goldschmidt is not on social media and while he'll read about current events, business news and other sports, you won't find him reading about himself or his team.

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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.

Playing time up in air between D-backs catchers

Mathis, Iannetta and Herrmann all expected to make Opening Day roster

Playing time up in air between D-backs catchers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It seems almost a certainty that the D-backs will have three catchers on their Opening Day roster.

How their playing time will be split up is far less certain.

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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 add De La Rosa on Minor League deal

Veteran left-hander rejoins club that first signed him out of Mexico

D-backs add De La Rosa on Minor League deal

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs signed veteran left-hander Jorge De La Rosa to a Minor League deal.

De La Rosa, 35, who spent the last nine seasons with the Rockies, has made 241 starts during his career. He is expected to pitch out of the bullpen for Arizona.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lovullo recalls dad's job as TV producer

D-backs skipper got to know country legends through variety show 'Hee Haw'

Lovullo recalls dad's job as TV producer

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- It wasn't until the fifth grade when new D-backs manager Torey Lovullo realized that his father, Sam, had a unique job.

Sam, who passed away last month at the age of 88, was an executive producer for "Hee Haw," a TV variety show that featured country music. The show ran from 1969-71, and then for 21 years in syndication.

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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.

Goldschmidt eager to play for Team USA

Goldschmidt eager to play for Team USA

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Before agreeing to play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic, D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt did his homework by calling players who had done so in the past to see if it impacted their preparation for the regular season.

"A lot of them said you're even more ready because you've played in some more high-stakes games rather than just Spring Training games and the competition is higher," Goldschmidt said. "Every review I got was positive."

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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.