Collmenter steps up after Corbin labors

Righty delivers 3 2/3 innings of 1-hit relief to save staff

Collmenter steps up after Corbin labors

WASHINGTON -- There will not be a save in the box score next to Josh Collmenter's name after his outing Tuesday night, but the D-backs' right-hander has certainly saved his bullpen mates twice in the last four days.

After tossing 4 2/3 innings Saturday, Collmenter went 3 2/3 frames of one-hit ball Tuesday in the D-backs' 6-4 loss to the Nationals, and in both instances his extended work helped keep the bullpen from being blown out.

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Late rally comes up short after stellar relief

Late rally comes up short after stellar relief

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals showed they are going give the Mets a battle in the National League East on Tuesday night. After blowing an early three-run lead, Washington fought back to defeat the D-backs, 5-4, thanks to an eighth-inning single by Wilson Ramos.

The Nationals snapped their four-game losing streak and remain a game behind the Mets, who defeated the Marlins, 5-1. Max Scherzer had a 3-0 lead in the first inning but couldn't hold on, as Arizona scored three runs in the fourth. Chris Owings highlighted the scoring with a two-run double.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Ahmed keeps his cool to bust out of slump

Hale praises shortstop's mental approach after 4-hit game

Ahmed keeps his cool to bust out of slump

WASHINGTON -- A good couple of days at the plate have helped Nick Ahmed's batting average, but as for his confidence, that never seems to waver.

"He's just one of those kids that has just come here with a very confident mindset, and even when he's struggling, it's hard for him to ever believe that he really is struggling," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "In baseball when you play with guys like that, throughout my career, they always seem to be the guys that end up being successful because it's such a game of negativity. A lot of times we get so negative on ourselves. He's a guy that never gets down on himself. He always knows he can help us win whether it's defense or offense."

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Five cap patches we want following Randy Johnson one

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Five cap patches we want following Randy Johnson one

Following Randy Johnson's election into the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Arizona Diamondbacks will be retiring his No. 51 during a special ceremony at Saturday's game against the Reds. And to ring in the day, the team will also be wearing an amazing Randy Johnson patch on their caps. 

That also got us thinking: What are some other baseball moments that we wish were commemorated as beautiful patches? Here are five we'd like to see: 

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Rubby looks to spin gem against Nats, Gio

Rubby looks to spin gem against Nats, Gio

Rubby De La Rosa and Gio Gonzalez, two of the National League's best starters since the All-Star break, will meet at Nationals Park on Wednesday for the third of four games between Arizona and Washington.

Both are 2-0 in three starts since the break, but De La Rosa's 2.14 ERA edges out Gonzalez's 2.30 mark.

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Jacob Emert is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Simply divine: Godley wins first 3 starts

Righty's impressive run making D-backs reconsider role

Simply divine: Godley wins first 3 starts

WASHINGTON -- Zack Godley has a very simple approach to pitching, and given the results he's had in his first three big league starts, the D-backs' right-hander is best served sticking to it.

Godley's latest gem came Monday night as he tossed six shutout innings in the D-backs' 6-4 win over the Nationals.

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Inciarte barehands, throws out baserunner on single

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Inciarte barehands, throws out baserunner on single

Baseball is founded on certain agreed-upon conventions -- some a bit weirder than others, yes, but without which America's pastime would devolve into utter chaos ruled by the whims of an imparital universe and ... well, that's pretty much what we've ended up with anyway, actually, but you get our point. Adorable babies do not justify fan interference, spectators may not inject themselves into the proceedings via banana peel; this is what separates man from mascot.

Case in point: Baseballs that reach the outfield on a bounce are generally regarded as base hits. D-backs right fielder Ender Inciarte, however, cares nothing for your social contract. Where some may see a single, he just sees a ground ball that doesn't know it yet. 

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D-backs may consider 6-man rotation

With Anderson nearing return, club could rest young arms

D-backs may consider 6-man rotation

WASHINGTON -- Chase Anderson threw four scoreless innings for the Rookie-level Arizona League D-backs on Sunday, but where his next start will take place has not been decided.

Initially, D-backs manager Chip Hale said Anderson would likely make one rehab start before rejoining the rotation in place of Zack Godley.

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Godley shines as D-backs power up in DC

Godley shines as D-backs power up in DC

WASHINGTON -- The D-backs smacked four home runs and got another outstanding performance from right-hander Zack Godley as they beat the Nationals, 6-4, on Monday night at Nationals Park.

Godley (3-0) tossed six shutout innings and has thrown six innings in each of his first three Major League starts. His outing Monday, in which he allowed three hits and struck out six, lowered his ERA to 1.50. Five of the six runs the D-backs scored came via the home run as Nick Ahmed, Welington Castillo and Jake Lamb each hit solo shots and David Peralta chipped in a two-run blast.

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Hale tones down criticism of players

D-backs manager says comments made in heat of moment

Hale tones down criticism of players

WASHINGTON -- One day after criticizing his team's energy level, D-backs manager Chip Hale said his comments were made in the heat of the moment, though, he did remind the players during the team's usual hitter's meeting before batting practice Monday.

The D-backs managed just one run Sunday afternoon against Houston's Collin McHugh in dropping the series to the Astros.

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Bats can't deliver as D-backs drop finale

Bats can't deliver as D-backs drop finale

HOUSTON -- Carlos Gomez collected his first two RBIs as an Astro with a fourth-inning tiebreaking single, while Collin McHugh danced around trouble all afternoon, stranding seven D-backs in seven innings to propel Houston to its 60th win and secure a series victory, 4-1, on Sunday at Minute Maid Park.

"I stepped to the plate and it was a different feeling like, 'I got this,'" Gomez said. "So finally I put a good swing and hit it the other way to produce for the team. ... I just stayed inside and drove the ball the other way and I put a good swing on it. ... I made an adjustment, saw the ball better, stayed inside and hit it good."

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Chandler Rome is an associate reporter for MLB.com. Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hale unhappy with D-backs' energy level

Manager surprised club wasn't more competitive in finale

Hale unhappy with D-backs' energy level

HOUSTON -- It wasn't just that the D-backs dropped their second straight game to the Astros on Sunday -- this one by a 4-1 margin -- or that they struggled to covert scoring opportunities that bothered Chip Hale.

It was the way they went about it that had their manager a little hot under the collar.

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Day after being pulled, Tomas in lineup

Day after being pulled, Tomas in lineup

HOUSTON -- One day after removing outfielder Yasmany Tomas apparently for lack of hustle on a grounder to first base, D-backs manager Chip Hale once again declined to get into the specifics of his decision before Sunday's 4-1 loss, but he did shine some light on what he expects in those situations.

Tomas hit a grounder to first in the sixth inning Saturday, jogged out of the batter's box and stopped running to first when the first baseman stepped on the bag.

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Arizona can't deliver KO on Keuchel

Astros ace on the ropes, D-backs allow him to escape

Arizona can't deliver KO on Keuchel

HOUSTON -- The D-backs knew that Astros ace Dallas Keuchel was going to pose a tough challenge Saturday night, especially pitching in front of the home crowd at Minute Maid Park with many sporting beards and wearing shirts with his likeness on them.

Still, they had him on the ropes in the second inning, but he managed to limit the damage and was dominant after that as the Astros ended the D-backs' six-game winning streak by beating them, 9-2.

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D-backs' win streak halted in rough fashion

D-backs' win streak halted in rough fashion

HOUSTON -- Carlos Correa and Hank Conger each notched their first career multihomer games, while Astros ace Dallas Keuchel overcame control issues to earn his 13th win and improve to 10-0 at Minute Maid Park this season, snapping the D-backs' six-game winning streak with a 9-2 victory on Saturday night.

After depositing the first pitch of the third inning into the right-field bleachers, Conger padded a 3-2 Astros lead with his first career grand slam, capping a five-run fourth that chased D-backs starter Jeremy Hellickson. Correa, who snuck one just inside the left-field foul pole in the first, followed with a two-run shot in the sixth, giving him the American League lead in round-trippers among shortstops.

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'Beef' Welington continues to feast at plate

D-backs catcher belts tiebreaking HR in 10th, has four dingers in past three starts

'Beef' Welington continues to feast at plate

HOUSTON -- The D-backs call it "Beef Mode" when Welington Castillo shows his power at the plate.

That has been happening a lot lately, with the most recent example his 10th-inning go-ahead homer Friday night that helped power the D-backs past the Astros, 6-4, at Minute Maid Park. The win was the sixth in a row for the D-backs and the seventh in their past eight.

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Tomas pulled for apparent lack of hustle

D-backs manager Hale says outfielder will play in finale

Tomas pulled for apparent lack of hustle

HOUSTON -- D-backs outfielder Yasmany Tomas was pulled from Saturday night's 9-2 loss to the Astros in the bottom of the sixth inning apparently for not running hard enough on a grounder to first base in the top half of the inning.

Tomas hit a grounder to first baseman Chris Carter and jogged what looked to be about two-thirds of the way down the line before Carter stepped on the bag and Tomas turned back around to head to the dugout.

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D-backs pursue Chapman, then stand pat

GM talked to Phils about Hamels before trade to Rangers

D-backs pursue Chapman, then stand pat

HOUSTON -- The D-backs made a strong play for Reds closer Aroldis Chapman, but in the end felt the price was too high and stood pat as the non-waiver Trade Deadline passed Friday afternoon.

Arizona general manager Dave Stewart talked to the Phillies about left-hander Cole Hamels before he was dealt to the Rangers and explored some other options, but by Thursday, the focus was clearly on Chapman, who was 21 for 22 in converting save opportunities to go with his 1.65 ERA entering Friday.

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D-backs rally, win sixth straight

D-backs rally, win sixth straight

HOUSTON -- Welington Castillo and Jake Lamb launched back-to-back homers off reliever Pat Neshek to start the 10th inning and send the D-backs to their sixth consecutive win, 6-4, over the Astros in the series opener Friday night at Minute Maid Park.

Jason Castro's blasted a three-run homer in the fifth and Carlos Correa followed with a solo shot two outs later to give Houston a 4-1 lead. Arizona, which improved to 50-51, rallied with a pair in the sixth after David Peralta and Castillo began the inning with back-to-back hits, and Peralta delivered an RBI single off Tony Sipp in the seventh to tie the game.

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Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter and listen to his podcast. Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Castillo burns former club with 2 HRs off Felix

D-backs catcher has three dingers against Mariners since June trade

Castillo burns former club with 2 HRs off Felix

SEATTLE -- D-backs catcher Welington Castillo was told to hold off on swinging Tuesday in order to reduce pain and swelling in a left elbow that had been hit by a pitch for the second time in three nights Monday.

He resumed swinging Wednesday and did so with strong results, launching home runs in the first and fourth innings for his second career multihomer game in Arizona's 8-2 win over Seattle at Safeco Field.

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Patience leads to production in key spots

Hale says situational hitting success tied to staying with scouting report

Patience leads to production in key spots

SEATTLE -- The D-backs entered Wednesday's series finale against the Mariners hitting just .245 with runners in scoring position, good for 21st in the Major Leagues.

Including Tuesday night's 8-4 win over Seattle, Arizona has scored more than five runs in a game just twice since the All-Star break, and struggles with situational hitting have been a large reason why.

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D-backs pound Felix, sweep Mariners

D-backs pound Felix, sweep Mariners

SEATTLE -- Patrick Corbin continued his strong comeback from Tommy John surgery, Welington Castillo haunted his former team with two home runs and Felix Hernandez suffered a rare clunker of an outing. In the aftermath, the D-backs completed a three-game sweep Wednesday afternoon with an 8-2 win over the Mariners before a sun-splashed Safeco Field crowd of 32,502.

"I felt like even when we were losing, we were playing hard and they were giving it everything they had every night, so it's hard for the manager to get upset," said D-backs manager Chip Hale. "We're doing a little better with the execution, we're situationally hitting better, we're getting a couple two-out hits with guys in scoring position and the big thing here is our starting pitching has been fantastic."

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Ziegler named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

Ziegler named Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominee

The active Major League players and Hall of Famers nominated for the 2015 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award were revealed Tuesday.

The award, now in its third year, honors the legacy of Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller, who became the first professional athlete to enlist in the U.S. military after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. A current MLB player, a Hall of Famer and a U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer are recognized each Veterans Day in a ceremony at the U.S. Navy Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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Humbled, emotional Johnson enters Hall

Inducted as a D-back, Big Unit reflects on family, with special tribute to Wounded Warriors, OSU pitcher

Humbled, emotional Johnson enters Hall

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- As promised, Randy Johnson's Hall of Fame induction speech on Sunday was less about him and more about the multitude of people that helped him gain entry into baseball's most prestigious club.

Johnson, the avid photographer, snapped pictures when Craig Biggio gave the first of the speeches by the four inductees -- which also included John Smoltz and Pedro Martinez -- but as the time for his speech drew near, it was obvious Johnson was going to have to focus all his attention on calming his nerves.

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