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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D-backs prospect Shipley to debut Monday

Arizona deciding next step for progressing Greinke

D-backs prospect Shipley to debut Monday

CINCINNATI -- Instead of bumping the entire rotation up a day, the D-backs will promote 24-year-old right-hander Braden Shipley from Triple-A Reno to make his first career start on Monday against Milwaukee.

With an off-day before the Reds' series, Patrick Corbin could have taken the ball on Monday, but with his recent struggles and an attempt by the team to monitor his innings, it was decided to go with Shipley, the D-backs' No. 1 prospect, instead.

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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.

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.

Shipley set for first MLB start in opener vs. Brewers

Shipley set for first MLB start in opener vs. Brewers

With Zack Greinke on the disabled list, D-backs starter Braden Shipley will get the ball to make his Major League debut against the Brewers on Monday.

Shipley has a 3.70 ERA in 119 1/3 innings for Triple-A Reno. He carries a three-pitch mix, including a fastball, a changeup and a curveball that manager Chip Hale described as "above average." A roster spot will be required in order to make room for Shipley on the active roster and the 40-man roster.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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Ray sets tone with seven scoreless frames

D-backs starter leads club to series win over Dodgers

Ray sets tone with seven scoreless frames

PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Chip Hale said his team's level of success is dependent upon its starting pitching. In the first half, the starters struggled and, likewise, so did the club.

To fare better in the second half, Arizona will need starts such as the one it got in Sunday's 6-5 win over the Dodgers. Robbie Ray tossed seven scoreless innings, constantly working out of tough jams, to lead the D-backs to the series victory.

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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.

Ailing hammy lands Herrmann on disabled list

Freeman promoted to make Major League debut

Ailing hammy lands Herrmann on disabled list

PHOENIX -- The D-backs placed catcher/outfielder Chris Herrmann on the disabled list Sunday with a strained right hamstring. Infielder/outfielder Mike Freeman was selected from Triple-A Reno to take Herrmann's place and the vacant spot on Arizona's 40-man roster.

In 54 games this season, Herrmann is batting .290 with six home runs, five doubles, four triples and 28 RBIs. He was dealing with tightness in his hamstring prior to the All-Star break, but this time it's in a different spot.

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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.

Umpire Scott sidelined with concussion

Veteran was hit in face mask by foul tip Saturday

Umpire Scott sidelined with concussion

PHOENIX -- Veteran Major League umpire Dale Scott, driven from Saturday night's Dodgers-D-backs game after taking a foul ball off the face mask, has been sidelined with a concussion, crew chief Dan Iassogna said Sunday.

Scott was hit near the chin when the second pitch thrown by Dodgers starter Brandon McCarthy was fouled by Jean Segura. After being looked at by a trainer, Scott left the field through the Los Angeles dugout.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Like they Dru it up: D-backs walk off Dodgers in 12th

Like they Dru it up: D-backs walk off Dodgers in 12th

PHOENIX -- In the ninth inning Saturday, the D-backs were down to their final out, having yet to score a run. By night's end, they were the victors of a 2-1 game against the Dodgers at Chase Field, as Brandon Drury hit a bases-loaded single in the 12th inning for the walk-off win.

D-backs third baseman Jake Lamb, who tied the game with an RBI double in the ninth inning off All-Star closer Kenley Jansen, led off the bottom of the 12th with a triple off Casey Fien (1-1). After intentional walks to both Welington Castillo and Yasmany Tomas, Drury smacked the game-winning hit to right field despite the Dodgers' five-man infield alignment. Arizona snapped a five-game losing streak and won for just the third time in its last 16 games, while the Dodgers' four-game win streak was snapped.

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

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

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Lamb rallies D-backs with 2 clutch hits

Third baseman ties game off Jansen in 9th, triples in 12th

Lamb rallies D-backs with 2 clutch hits

PHOENIX -- Jake Lamb has found the mindset that works for him in big situations. His D-backs teammates aren't expecting anything less of the clutch third baseman.

Like many times this season, Lamb delivered for Arizona in a 12-inning, 2-1 win over the Dodgers on Saturday night at Chase Field. Not only that, he did so twice.

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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.

O'Brien among top prospect performers Saturday

Tigers pitcher fans 11 in dominant outing; Cubs' top prospect reaches five times, plates four

O'Brien among top prospect performers Saturday

Traded three times in his career and twice during the offseason, Myles Jaye is settling in as a member of the Detroit Tigers' organization.

Jaye, the Tigers' No. 24 prospect, was brilliant on Saturday as he fired 8 1/3 innings of two-hit ball and set a new career best with 11 strikeouts to help pace Double-A Erie in a 1-0 shutout over Akron. He induced nine ground-ball outs and did not issue a walk, throwing 64 of his 98 pitches for strikes.

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