D-backs giving Tomas chance to adjust to Majors

Pace of big leagues a big change for Cuban slugger

D-backs giving Tomas chance to adjust to Majors

SAN FRANCISCO -- At some point the D-backs will need Yasmany Tomas to get regular at-bats, but at least for right now they are content that the Cuban slugger is learning enough just by being in the big leagues.

Tomas was called up last week and has had just three at-bats and played one inning of defense at first base.

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D-backs muster little against Giants rookie

D-backs muster little against Giants rookie

SAN FRANCISCO -- Receiving impressive pitching from Chris Heston and brief but effective flurries of offense, the San Francisco Giants snapped their eight-game losing streak Saturday by subduing the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-1.

"He's a good pitcher," D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt said of Heston. "He pitched well tonight. He didn't make too many mistakes. He worked ahead in the count a lot; that was maybe the biggest thing. He had the one walk, but there wasn't too many hitters' counts. He mixed up his slider and his fastball so you couldn't really lock in on one pitch. He did a great job tonight."

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De La Rosa improves, but takes loss vs. Giants

D-backs starter allows four runs (three earned) in 6 2/3 innings

De La Rosa improves, but takes loss vs. Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- When the D-backs decided to keep Rubby De La Rosa on the Opening Day roster, they said he had done all the learning he could at the Minor League level and whatever was left to be done would have to happen in the big leagues.

Saturday night against the Giants, that learning process continued as De La Rosa and D-backs fell, 4-1, at AT&T Park.

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D-backs 'show respect' by watching Giants get rings

Hale moves batting practice to before series finale

D-backs 'show respect' by watching Giants get rings

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants received their 2014 World Series rings prior to Saturday night's game, and D-backs manager Chip Hale requested that his players be in the dugout to watch.

"I think it's cool for them," Hale said. "We'll be out there to watch and show our respect. It's not easy to do. It's something that everybody when you start the season is aiming for. Hats off to them for last year. We're all trying to get there. We'll go out and watch it and show our respect."

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Two-hit game could be spark for Owings

D-backs infielder had started season 3-for-29 before success vs. Giants

Two-hit game could be spark for Owings

SAN FRANCISCO -- D-backs second baseman Chris Owings collected two hits Friday night, almost matching his season total coming into the game, and he hopes it's the start of good things to come.

"A lot of good stuff happened last night," Owings said Saturday of the D-backs' 9-0 win over the Giants. "It was one of those nights to kind of get out there and relax a little bit. I put a lot of pressure on myself and I just kind of watched guys have some good ABs and just tried to do the same thing and not try to do too much up there."

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Big Unit offers advice to D-backs Minor Leaguers

Big Unit offers advice to D-backs Minor Leaguers

Five-time Cy Young winner Randy Johnson will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer, but for now his focus is on helping the D-backs' organization to develop its next great pitcher.

Johnson, currently serving as a special assistant to the president and CEO for the D-backs, stopped by the club's Triple-A affiliate in Reno, Nev., on Friday to talk to the Reno Aces' players prior to their 2015 home opener. While he'll be honored in Cooperstown later this summer for his pitching prowess, Johnson's advice on Friday certainly wasn't limited only to potential future Major League hurlers, as he instead advised all of Reno's Minor Leaguers that putting in the hard work now is more important than ever.

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Collmenter's shutout a big relief for D-backs

Arizona starter tosses four-hitter after entire bullpen used in 12-inning game

Collmenter's shutout a big relief for D-backs

SAN FRANCISCO -- After using every one of their relievers in a 12-inning win the night before, the D-backs were hoping Friday's starter Josh Collmenter would be able to pitch deep into the game.

Collmenter did better than that, tossing a complete-game four-hitter and contributing three hits himself as the D-backs beat the Giants, 9-0, at AT&T Park.

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D-backs extend Giants' skid behind Collmenter's shutout

D-backs extend Giants' skid behind Collmenter's shutout

SAN FRANCISCO -- Josh Collmenter established control immediately and strengthened his command as the evening progressed Friday, surrendering four hits in his second career shutout to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks past the San Francisco Giants, 9-0.

"It's fun when you have stuff working like that," Collmenter said. "For me, it was the fastball command. It was huge for me. I was able to move the ball in and out. Everything for me plays off of that."

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Collmenter threw first CG and picked up three hits.

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Collmenter threw first CG and picked up three hits.

Given that there were already 27 shutouts this season going into Friday's action, you may be surprised to learn that there had been zero complete games. But considering that pitchers are still stretching their arms out and Major League bullpens have become more dominant than "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" during its heyday, it makes sense. 

Josh Collmenter put an end to that. Facing the Giants on Friday night, the ax-throwing Diamondback pitched the Majors' first complete game shutout, surrendering only four hits and picking up two strikeouts.

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Dropped chicken causes bit of a flap for D-backs

Food item landed near pitching mound in extra innings vs. Giants

Dropped chicken causes bit of a flap for D-backs

SAN FRANCISCO -- D-backs reliever Randall Delgado didn't know what it was, but he saw something fall from the sky and hit the mound as he delivered a pitch to the Giants' Buster Posey in the 12th inning Thursday night.

Arizona manager Chip Hale thought the umpires were heading out to the mound to check Delgado's glove, while third baseman Aaron Hill believed it might have been something thrown from the stands at AT&T Park.

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Delgado shows his value in D-backs' bullpen

Reliever pitches in third straight game, goes two frames in extras for win

Delgado shows his value in D-backs' bullpen

SAN FRANCISCO -- Before Thursday night's game, the one pitcher in the bullpen that the D-backs planned on not having available was Randall Delgado, who had seen action in two straight games.

But in the 11th inning, D-backs manager Chip Hale looked at his bullpen and there was only one man left in it: Delgado.

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Hale second-guesses Inciarte's steal in front of Goldy

Opening up first base in 12th allowed Giants to intentionally walk slugger

Hale second-guesses Inciarte's steal in front of Goldy

SAN FRANCISCO -- In the 12th inning Thursday night, D-backs manager Chip Hale faced a decision when Ender Inciarte led off with a single to center: Should he have A.J. Pollock bunt him into scoring position even though doing so would open up first base and allow the Giants to intentionally walk Paul Goldschmidt?

Pollock fouled off a bunt attempt and then Hale thought better of it and took the bunt sign off. Pollock eventually struck out.

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Bradley misses out on history in duel with Bumgarner

D-backs righty allows 2 runs on 4 hits in second career start

Bradley misses out on history in duel with Bumgarner

SAN FRANCISCO -- Right-hander Archie Bradley almost made history Thursday night at AT&T Park, but even though it didn't come to pass he was still all smiles after the D-backs' 7-6 win over the Giants in 12 innings.

Bradley had beaten 2014 National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw with six shutout innings in his first start last Saturday.

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Hill lifts D-backs over Giants in extra-innings thriller

Hill lifts D-backs over Giants in extra-innings thriller

SAN FRANCISCO -- Aaron Hill's two-run, two-out double broke a 12th-inning tie and led the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 7-6 victory Thursday night over the reeling San Francisco Giants.

With the score knotted, 5-5, Ender Inciarte singled off Sergio Romo to open the 12th. One out later, Inciarte stole second base, prompting an intentional walk to Paul Goldschmidt. Cliff Pennington popped up before Hill, who was 0-for-4, drilled his go-ahead hit off the base of the left-field wall. That hastened the seventh loss in a row for the defending World Series champion Giants, matching their longest losing streak since 2010. San Francisco (3-8) also equaled its worst 11-game start since the franchise moved west in 1958. More >

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Giants series a homecoming for Bay Area-native Hale

Giants series a homecoming for Bay Area-native Hale

SAN FRANCISCO -- The series with the Giants is a homecoming for D-backs manager Chip Hale, who grew up in the Bay Area and also spent the previous three seasons as bench coach for the A's.

"Every time I come to this ballpark or play against the Giants or the A's, it's a warm spot for me," Hale said. "I've got a lot of family and friends here, people that are the reason I'm here. I wouldn't be here without all the coaching I had throughout my youth."

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Chicken finger causes delay in D-backs-Giants game

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Chicken finger causes delay in D-backs-Giants game

Delays are normally not fun. But do you know when they are fun? When they're caused by a chicken finger.

Yep, as you can see in the above video, a chicken finger fell from the sky and disrupted play for about 20 seconds during Thursday's D-backs-Giants game. 

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Inciarte forces Hale's hand with early hot streak

D-backs outfielder takes over leadoff role

Inciarte forces Hale's hand with early hot streak

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ender Inciarte's hot start at the plate has led D-backs manager Chip Hale to rethink his outfield situation and his lineup order.

Hale will still try to get some playing time for David Peralta, but with Inciarte hitting .406 heading into Thursday night's game, Hale has found it harder and harder to take him out.

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Tomas makes debut after being recalled to D-backs

Tomas makes debut after being recalled to D-backs

SAN DIEGO -- Yasmany Tomas will have to continue his development in the big leagues, as the D-backs called up the outfielder/third baseman prior to their 3-2 loss to the Padres on Wednesday.

Tomas made his Major League debut -- a pinch-hit appearance in the top of the seventh -- and grounded out to second base.

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Robinson's legacy has special meaning for Stewart

Robinson's legacy has special meaning for Stewart

SAN DIEGO -- If you're going to ask D-backs general manager Dave Stewart about Jackie Robinson, you'd better make sure to leave yourself some time.

"I could talk about that all day," Stewart said.

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Delgado, D-backs done in by one bad fastball

Delgado, D-backs done in by one bad fastball

SAN DIEGO -- Randall Delgado's plan was to start Justin Upton off with a fastball to get ahead, and then finish him off with his breaking ball or changeup.

Delgado never got past that first pitch. Upton smashed the first-pitch fastball into the left-field bleachers for a eighth-inning home run that led the Padres past the D-backs, 3-2, on Wednesday night at Petco Park.

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Goldschmidt's homer not enough as D-backs fall in San Diego

Goldschmidt's homer not enough as D-backs fall in San Diego

SAN DIEGO -- Justin Upton homered with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning Wednesday night, putting the Padres on top for good in a 3-2 victory over the D-backs at Petco Park.

Upton's home run, his third of the season, came on the first pitch he saw from D-backs relief pitcher Randall Delgado.

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Hellickson sees progress, but early struggles loom large

Hellickson sees progress, but early struggles loom large

SAN DIEGO -- Did D-backs right-hander Jeremy Hellickson make progress in his second start of the season? Probably. Was he about to feel good about that after watching his team fall, 5-1, to the Padres on Tuesday night at Petco Park? No chance.

"We lost, so I'm not really in too good of a mood right now," Hellickson said. "But it was finally nice to get a little deeper into the game, that's for sure."

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Cold bats cost D-backs after Hellickson's early struggles

Cold bats cost D-backs after Hellickson's early struggles

SAN DIEGO -- Odrisamer Despaigne, filling in for an injured Ian Kennedy, allowed one run over seven innings Tuesday as the Padres defeated the D-backs, 5-1, at Petco Park.

Despaigne has stepped into Kennedy's spot in the rotation since Kennedy suffered a strain of his left hamstring last Thursday. In 11 2/3 innings this season -- all innings he took over from the injured Kennedy -- Despaigne has allowed just one run.

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Inciarte staying grounded despite hot start

Inciarte staying grounded despite hot start

SAN DIEGO -- Coming off a Monday night in which he had a pair of doubles, a triple, four RBIs and thew a runner out on the bases, D-backs outfielder Ender Inciarte was quite the hot topic in his native Venezuela.

Inciarte received a lot of attention for his game and a start to the season in which he has a slash line of .393/.414/.571, entering Tuesday's game. It's led to a lot of text messages from friends and family.

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Pacheco slides into D-backs' backup-catcher role

Pacheco slides into D-backs' backup-catcher role

SAN DIEGO -- It didn't take D-backs manager Chip Hale long to get used to having three catchers.

The D-backs broke camp with Tuffy Gosewisch as the starter behind the plate, Gerald Laird as the backup and Jordan Pacheco as the third catcher and utility man, as he can also play second, third, first and both corner-outfield spots.

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