Miller, D-backs take rain-shortened win in DC

Miller, D-backs take rain-shortened win in DC

WASHINGTON -- During an interview on a Washington radio station earlier in the day, Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo called left-hander Gio Gonzalez the team's most capable No. 3 starter in the postseason. But in what was likely his final start of what has been an uneven regular season, Gonzalez needed 100 pitches to complete 3 2/3 innings as the D-backs cruised to a 3-0 victory in a 5 1/3-inning, rain-shortened game at Nationals Park on Wednesday night.

"The offense was ready to go," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "One of things we talked about in the pregame was you never know when you're going to start, whether you're going to start, or how long you're going to play, but you have to be ready to score early."

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Segura relishes reaching 200-hit mark

Segura relishes reaching 200-hit mark

WASHINGTON -- The pride was evident on Jean Segura's face and in his voice as the D-backs' second baseman spoke of getting his 200th hit Wednesday night in Arizona's rain-shortened 3-0 win over the Nationals at Nationals Park.

"I'm impressed," Segura said. "I'm not going to lie to you guys, I'm impressed with the way I've been swinging the bat this season. I don't think anybody expected I'd have the season I've had. I didn't think anybody expected me to have a season like this."

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Ray draws Ross when series in DC wraps up

Ray draws Ross when series in DC wraps up

With the postseason approaching and Stephen Strasburg doubtful for the opening series, the Nationals will likely need Joe Ross to make a start in the National League Division Series against the Dodgers. How the young right-hander pitches Thursday against the D-backs at Nationals Park could indicate whether he's ready for the task.

Ross has made two starts since returning from a shoulder injury and has been on a restrictive pitch count in both outings. Over the two starts, he's thrown 5 2/3 innings, allowed 11 hits but only two runs, while striking out nine and walking one. He'll likely be limited to around 80 or 90 pitches Thursday as the Nationals continue to build him up.

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Koch states strong case for rotation spot

Rookie carries no-hitter into 6th in first Major League start vs. Nats

Koch states strong case for rotation spot

WASHINGTON -- Matt Koch knew he was on a pitch count, so the D-backs' right-hander tried to be as economical as he could in his first Major League start Tuesday night.

Not only was he efficient, but he was also pretty darn good as he tossed five no-hit innings in a 4-2 loss to the Nationals.

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D-backs fall despite Segura's HR, Koch's impressive start

D-backs fall despite Segura's HR, Koch's impressive start

WASHINGTON -- With the news breaking earlier in the day Tuesday that Nationals All-Star catcher Wilson Ramos was lost for the season with a torn ACL, it left Washington looking for ways to replace his production in the middle of the order.

Anthony Rendon provided that offense Tuesday night, when he launched a three-run homer off right-hander Randall Delgado to help guide the Nationals to a 4-2 victory over the D-backs at Nationals Park.

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Pollock, D-backs pay visit to Walter Reed

Pollock, D-backs pay visit to Walter Reed

BETHESDA, Md. -- Less than 48 hours before Opening Day, A.J. Pollock's season took a turn for the worse, as a broken elbow and subsequent strained groin have limited him to just 12 games this season.

But as Pollock and several teammates and coaches wandered the halls of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Tuesday morning, the reality hit home of what a real rehabilitation process looks like.

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Miller aims for strong finish to season against Nationals

Miller aims for strong finish to season against Nationals

Nationals left-hander Gio Gonzalez will make his final start of the regular season Wednesday night against the D-backs, but it won't be the last time he takes the ball this season.

With the Nationals having clinched the National League East, they will be playing in the postseason next week and the unavailability of injured right-hander Stephen Strasburg for at least the first round of playoffs means Gonzalez will fill an even more important role.

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High 5: D-backs slug to rout of Nationals

High 5: D-backs slug to rout of Nationals

WASHINGTON -- Now that the Nationals have clinched the National League East, they are trying to find the proper balance between maintaining health and trying to maintain home field advantage for their National League Division Series matchup with the Dodgers.

But with two key players already missing from the middle of their order and one of their top starting pitchers sidelined, the Nationals may have lost another in Monday's 14-4 loss to the D-backs. Wilson Ramos, their All-Star catcher having the best season of his career, left the game in the sixth inning with a right knee injury. He had to be carried off the field by team trainers, unable to put any weight on the leg. The Nationals did not offer any more clarity on his injury other than the fact that he will undergo an MRI on Tuesday.

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After cold start to trip, aggressive D-backs bust out

Segura hits 2 of Arizona's 5 home runs in rout of Nationals

After cold start to trip, aggressive D-backs bust out

WASHINGTON -- In the first six games of this 10-game, three-city road trip, the D-backs managed to score just 10 runs.

Monday night, though, their bats came alive as they pounded out 13 hits in a 14-4 win over the Nationals at Nationals Park.

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De La Rosa to get stem cell injection

Right-hander hoping to avoid a second Tommy John surgery

De La Rosa to get stem cell injection

WASHINGTON -- D-backs right-hander Rubby De La Rosa will receive a stem cell injection Tuesday as he continues to try and find a way to avoid having a second Tommy John surgery.

De La Rosa's right elbow has given him problems since late-May and after having a plasma-rich injection and missing more than three months it flared up again following a pair of appearances.

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D-backs muster only Goldy's RBI in loss to O's

D-backs muster only Goldy's RBI in loss to O's

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles did exactly what they needed to do on Sunday afternoon: complete a three-game sweep against Arizona.

Baltimore, which rebounded this weekend following a four-game sweep by the Red Sox, used Hyun-Soo Kim's two-run homer and four scoreless innings from an impressive bullpen to edge the D-backs, 2-1, and gain ground in the American League Wild Card race.

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D-backs remember Fernandez for charisma, devotion to game

D-backs remember Fernandez for charisma, devotion to game

BALTIMORE -- D-backs pitcher Archie Bradley was riding in a taxi with teammate Jake Lamb to Camden Yards on Sunday morning when they first learned about the tragic death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez.

At the end of his high school career, Bradley played in the 2010 Aflac All-American Game with Fernandez, who died in a boating accident early Sunday morning in Miami at the age of 24. It didn't take Bradley long to realize not only how special of a pitcher Fernandez was, but the type of person he was.

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Solid Shipley start spoiled by one pitch

Rookie righty allows two runs with six strikeouts over six IP vs. O's

Solid Shipley start spoiled by one pitch

BALTIMORE -- Braden Shipley made just one bad pitch. Despite that, the D-backs' right-hander has no problem taking the blame for Sunday's 2-1 loss to the Orioles.

The rookie right-hander allowed a two-run homer to Hyun Soo Kim in the second inning, the lone blemish on an otherwise solid day for Shipley. It was his first quality start since Aug. 26 and also his longest outing in September.

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Greinke unlikely to pitch again this season

MRI on stiff right shoulder showed no structural damage

Greinke unlikely to pitch again this season

BALTIMORE -- Zack Greinke's first season with the D-backs is likely over.

After undergoing an MRI on his right shoulder in Phoenix on Friday, it was decided Greinke would not make his next scheduled start on Tuesday in Washington. Before Saturday's game against the Orioles, Arizona manager Chip Hale said it is highly probable Greinke won't start again before the season ends on Oct. 2.

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Ray chased early as D-backs fall to O's

Ray chased early as D-backs fall to O's

BALTIMORE -- The Orioles' offense is officially back on track.

Baltimore came out swinging to back Wade Miley's gem in a 6-1 win over the D-backs on Saturday, vaulting the club into the American League's second Wild Card position. Trey Mancini hit his third career homer and Mark Trumbo hit his MLB-leading 45th home run for the Orioles, who lead the Tigers by one-half game for the second Wild Card.

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Hale: Tomas' early removal a 'personal thing'

Manager would not disclose reason for lifting outfielder in loss to O's

Hale: Tomas' early removal a 'personal thing'

BALTIMORE -- D-backs right fielder Yasmany Tomas was removed during the fifth inning of Saturday's 6-1 loss to the Orioles due to an apparent lack of hustle.

However, manager Chip Hale would not disclose the exact reason for Tomas' departure after the game.

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Miller channels ace form before bullpen falters

Right-hander allows three hits over six scoreless innings vs. O's

Miller channels ace form before bullpen falters

BALTIMORE -- Shelby Miller may not have received a win after the D-backs' 3-2, 12-inning loss to the Orioles on Friday, but the right-hander certainly deserved one.

Not only that, but Miller turned in his best outing of the year and pitched like the No. 2 starter Arizona envisioned him to be when the season began. He posted his first scoreless outing of the year, allowing just three hits over six innings.

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D-backs come up short in 12 innings vs. O's

D-backs come up short in 12 innings vs. O's

BALTIMORE -- As Orioles manager Buck Showalter likes to say: delayed, not denied.

Mark Trumbo's 12th-inning walkoff homer kept the Orioles right in the thick of the American League Wild Card race Friday night, leading Baltimore to a 3-2, 12-inning win over the D-backs in a four-hour series opener.

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Tomas the latest to rob Davis of a HR

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Tomas the latest to rob Davis of a HR

Entering Friday night's game against the D-backs, Chris Davis had hit 85 home runs over the past two seasons -- four more than Nelson Cruz and Nolan Arenado for most in the Majors. 

Of course, that number would be a little higher if not for some Scooby Doo-like meddling outfielders always getting in the way. Batting in the bottom of the first inning and with two runners on, Davis smashed a ball to right field. Would it be No. 86? 

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Pollock 'not too far' away from returning

Outfielder recovering from strained left groin

Pollock 'not too far' away from returning

BALTIMORE -- D-backs outfielder A.J. Pollock continues to progress from a strained left groin and feels his return will come soon.

Pollock ran for the first time on Wednesday in San Diego. He has continued to hit and progressed in each step of his rehab.

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D-backs' instructs roster full of catchers

D-backs' instructs roster full of catchers

Catching depth is a goal every organization strives for, but seldom feels it reaches. No matter how many backstops a team collects in its farm system, it never seems to be enough.

The D-backs would likely say they could always use more talent behind the plate, but taking a look at their instructional league roster, they do seem to have a bit of an embarrassment of riches at the lower levels of the Minors.

D-Backs Top 30 prospects at instructs
6. Anfernee Grier, OF
14. Cody Reed, LHP
16. Jon Duplantier, RHP
17. Andrew Yerzy, C
18. Wei-Chieh Huang, RHP
24. Tyler Mark, RHP
27. Sam McWilliams, RHP
28. Jasrado Chisholm, SS
29. Marcus Wilson, OF
30. Ryan January, C
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Goldy rush: Goldschmidt hits 2 HRs in win

Goldy rush: Goldschmidt hits 2 HRs in win

SAN DIEGO -- A pair of All-Star first basemen put on a power show Wednesday night at Petco Park, where Paul Goldschmidt's two homers paced the D-backs to a 3-2 victory over the Padres.

Goldschmidt opened the scoring in the first with a solo homer, before Wil Myers one-upped him with a two-run blast in the third. But Goldschmidt would get the last laugh, as his two-run sixth-inning moonshot into the Padres' bullpen proved to be the difference.

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Greinke: 'Not amazing, but good' vs. Padres

Greinke: 'Not amazing, but good' vs. Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Leave it to D-backs right-hander Zack Greinke to succinctly sum up his outing against the Padres on Wednesday night, which resulted in a 3-2 Arizona win.

"It was good," Greinke said. "Not amazing, but good."

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Goldschmidt rediscovers power stroke

Goldschmidt rediscovers power stroke

SAN DIEGO -- Paul Goldschmidt is not a big fan of off-days, but the D-backs first baseman seemed to benefit from the one he got Monday.

After his day of rest, Goldschmidt smacked his first home run in almost a month, but it was not enough as the D-backs fell for the second straight night to the Padres, 5-2, on Tuesday night at Petco Park.

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Long ball by Goldy not enough as D-backs fall

Long ball by Goldy not enough as D-backs fall

SAN DIEGO -- Adam Rosales' two-run sixth-inning homer was the decisive blow Tuesday night, as the Padres withstood a 70-minute Petco Park rain delay before the game to notch their second consecutive victory over the D-backs, 5-2.

"I threw pretty good pitches, he hit a pretty good pitch," D-backs reliever Zack Godley said of the Rosales homer. "I thought he didn't get a good swing on it initially and it carried out, but other than that I'm not overly disappointed with my outing."

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Hale keeping focus on the field

Hale keeping focus on the field

SAN DIEGO -- With uncertainty surrounding the job status of the D-backs baseball operations department, manager Chip Hale has found solace at the ballpark.

D-backs chief baseball officer Tony La Russa and general manager Dave Stewart do not have contracts for next season and a decision on their status is expected near the end of the season. Hale has one more year left on his deal, but his status could certainly be impacted if there are changes above him.

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D-backs rally falls short in loss to Padres

D-backs rally falls short in loss to Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Wil Myers snapped a 15-game homerless streak at Petco Park during the Padres' 3-2 win over the D-backs Monday night, helping to spark the San Diego offense and back up yet another solid start from Clayton Richard.

"He was great," said Padres manager Andy Green of Richard. "Got out of a couple dicey situations with some key ground balls. Gave us multiple opportunities to turn double plays. Continues to roll ground balls."

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Drury tabbed Co-NL Player of the Week

Drury tabbed Co-NL Player of the Week

SAN DIEGO -- D-backs infielder/outfielder Brandon Drury has gotten regular playing time of late and has certainly made the most of his opportunity.

Drury was named Co-National League Player of the Week on Monday along with the Pirates' Sean Rodriguez.

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D-backs walk off in 12th after LA rallies from 6 down

D-backs walk off in 12th after LA rallies from 6 down

PHOENIX -- The D-backs blew a six-run lead, fell behind, rallied with a pair of runs in the eighth to tie, then walked off with a wild 10-9 win over the Dodgers on Brandon Drury's RBI single with two out in the bottom of the 12th inning on Sunday. The loss, sustained by the Dodgers' ninth pitcher, Ross Stripling, left their magic number to win the division at nine as the Giants also lost.

Drury, who was 4-for-5 with two walks, bounced his single into left field to score Paul Goldschmidt, who outhustled Dodgers center fielder Yasiel Puig for a double with two out and none on to set up the win. Goldschmidt, a Dodger tormentor in years past, was 1-for-17 in the series before the hit.

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