D-backs' extra-base hits sink Rockies

D-backs' extra-base hits sink Rockies

PHOENIX -- Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven innings of one-run ball and the offense gave him more than enough support, as the D-backs took the series opener against the Rockies, 8-1, on Thursday night at Chase Field.

David Peralta put the D-backs ahead, 3-1, in the sixth with a two-run triple. In the seventh, Yasmany Tomas and Aaron Hill each added a two-run double to break it open. Hellickson allowed just three hits and struck out six with no walks.

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Peralta continues to impress vs. lefties

D-backs outfielder triples, making most of opportunity

Peralta continues to impress vs. lefties

PHOENIX -- With outfielder Ender Inciarte on the disabled list, the D-backs have given David Peralta a chance to start against left-handed pitchers, and so far he's making the most of that opportunity.

Peralta's two-run triple in the sixth inning off lefty Chris Rushin helped propel the D-backs to an 8-1 victory over the Rockies on Thursday night at Chase Field.

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All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

Watch selection shows on ESPN; Final Vote to get underway Monday

All-Star starters unveiled Sunday, full rosters Monday

It was historic because it happened exclusively online. It was personal because it decided the fate of your favorite players. It was intense because you argued a lot. And it was teamwork because you helped shatter a Major League Baseball record.

After 65 consecutive days of relentless fan voting to determine starting positions players for the 86th All-Star Game on July 14 at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati, the largest All-Star balloting program in sports closed at 11:59 p.m. ET Thursday.

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Bradley gets good news on shoulder ailment

No structural damage, but D-backs pitcher needs more rest

Bradley gets good news on shoulder ailment

PHOENIX -- After traveling to Alabama to meet with renowned surgeon James Andrews, D-backs starter Archie Bradley has received confirmation that there is no structural damage to his right shoulder, which has caused him to be on the disabled list since June 4.

Bradley visited with Andrews on Wednesday to receive a second opinion on his injured shoulder. The D-backs right-hander was told the original diagnosis by team doctor Gary Waslewski was correct.

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Mark Grace chats with fans on Facebook

Mark Grace is pinch-chatting for Derrick Hall this month on another #DbacksTBT, presented by Chase.

Arizona Diamondbacks: Hey fans, it's Mark here. Don't come in here weak. Give me good questions. I have high expectations!

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Anderson looks for redemption vs. Rockies

Anderson looks for redemption vs. Rockies

D-backs starter Chase Anderson was clobbered by the Rockies in Denver the last time he faced them. Anderson will face Kyle Kendrick and the Rockies on Friday night, looking for better results at Chase Field.

Anderson (4-2, 3.66 ERA) has won three of his last four starts, the lone loss coming June 23 to the Rockies when he gave up a season-high eight runs on eight hits in 4 2/3 innings, his shortest outing of the season. In his last two starts, Anderson has given up six home runs after allowing just three in his first 13 outings of the year.

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Five best names from international signing day

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Five best names from international signing day

With the international signing period kicking off on Thursday (probably so all the GMs could sign their players and then head out for the long weekend), many of the biggest names on the market already inked some major deals. 

Of course, that also meant that the best names in the international market also put their signatures on their sparkling new contracts. 

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Rocky third inning does in Ray, D-backs

Rocky third inning does in Ray, D-backs

PHOENIX -- D-backs starter Robbie Ray made it past a bad inning, pitched a few more without allowing a run, and kept his team close enough to mount a late rally.

But that rally wasn't enough, and the D-backs fell 4-3 on Wednesday night to drop two out of three to the Dodgers. Ray suffered his fourth loss in his last five starts.

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Hill, Peralta homer, but D-backs come up short

Hill, Peralta homer, but D-backs come up short

PHOENIX -- Brett Anderson pitched seven quality innings, and Howie Kendrick continued to torment the D-backs as the Dodgers cruised to a 4-3 win on Wednesday night to capture the three-game series at Chase Field.

"He's a competitor. He's kept us in the game," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Anderson. "He's got weapons. He knows what he's doing, and he doesn't get rattled."

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Corbin could return Saturday to face Rockies

Corbin could return Saturday to face Rockies

PHOENIX -- D-backs starter Patrick Corbin may return from the disabled list to start Saturday's game against the Rockies and will no longer be pitching his previously scheduled rehab game on Thursday.

D-backs manager Chip Hale said the club feels Corbin, who underwent Tommy John surgery, may be ready now to pitch in the Majors for the first time since 2013. If they opt instead to call up a starter from the Minors or use Josh Collmenter for a spot start, then Corbin will pitch once more for a Minor League affiliate on Saturday.

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Ahmed's adjustments have yielded a power surge

Ahmed's adjustments have yielded a power surge

PHOENIX -- Nick Ahmed hit a two-run homer for the second straight night on Tuesday against the Dodgers, marking the first time the D-backs' rookie shortstop has gone deep in consecutive games.

The 25-year-old has never hit more than six homers in a season in his professional career, which includes four years in the Minor Leagues. Yet Ahmed's go-ahead blast on Tuesday was his sixth this year, and it's not even the All-Star break.

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Hernandez continues to search for his old form

Hernandez continues to search for his old form

PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Chip Hale knows it's unfair to think pitchers can come back from Tommy John surgery and immediately have the same success they had pre-surgery.

That's the situation the D-backs find themselves in with David Hernandez, who suffered the loss in Tuesday's 6-4 loss to the Dodgers at Chase Field. Hernandez gave up a trio of runs in the 10th inning, which included a go-ahead blast by Howie Kendrick to lead off the frame.

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Bullpen can't hold late lead as D-backs fall to Dodgers

Bullpen can't hold late lead as D-backs fall to Dodgers

PHOENIX -- Howie Kendrick (4-for-5) homered leading off the 10th inning and Yasmani Grandal, who homered earlier, added a two-run double as the Dodgers beat the D-Backs Tuesday night, 6-4, at Chase Field.

Former Dodger Rubby De La Rosa allowed a two-run homer to Grandal in the top of the second inning, Grandal's second homer in as many games.

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Webster optioned as D-backs recall Stites

Webster optioned as D-backs recall Stites

The D-backs recalled right-hander Matt Stites from Triple-A Reno and optioned right-hander Allen Webster to Reno, the club announced Tuesday.

Webster started Monday night's game against the Dodgers and allowed four runs on five hits in 3 2/3 innings, although he did not factor into the decision in Arizona's 10-6 victory. In four starts for Arizona, he was 1-1 with a 7.11 ERA.

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Burgos hasn't missed a beat since return

Burgos hasn't missed a beat since return

PHOENIX -- D-backs reliever Enrique Burgos began to hear the congratulations in the dugout on Monday night before the game was even over.

As the D-backs mounted a four-run rally to overtake the Dodgers in the eighth inning, it became apparent that Burgos, who had just pitched a scoreless inning, would pick up his first career win.

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Bradley to get shoulder checked by Andrews

Bradley to get shoulder checked by Andrews

PHOENIX -- D-backs starter Archie Bradley wanted a second opinion after feeling pain in his right shoulder following his rehab outing for Triple-A Reno. This week, he'll look for clarity when he visits Dr. James Andrews in Alabama.

Bradley is leaving Phoenix on Tuesday and visiting on Wednesday with Andrews, who has a reputation of being one of the best orthopedic surgeons and has dealt with a multitude of professional athletes.

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D-backs get best of Dodgers with comebacks

D-backs get best of Dodgers with comebacks

PHOENIX -- Welington Castillo doubled home Jake Lamb to trigger a four-run eighth inning as the D-backs rallied to beat the Dodgers on Monday night, 10-6, snapping Los Angeles' seven-game win streak over Arizona.

"I think we just answered," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "They came out swinging it, hitting home runs, and put us in a hole, and we just answered. It was incredible. They did a great job."

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D-backs' offense surges vs. Dodgers

Arizona gets homers from Ahmed, Tomas, tallies six stolen bases

D-backs' offense surges vs. Dodgers

PHOENIX -- The D-backs hit a pair of home runs, stole a lot of bases and scored in a multitude of ways as they mounted a pair of comebacks in Monday's 10-6 win over the Dodgers.

It took two-run home runs by Nick Ahmed and Yasmany Tomas to get the D-backs into the game. Then, it was timely hitting and aggressiveness on the basepaths that allowed the D-backs to rally back again and take control with a four-run eighth inning.

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D-backs go deep thrice to outslug Padres

D-backs go deep thrice to outslug Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Welington Castillo, David Peralta and Jake Lamb hit home runs Sunday as the D-backs salvaged one game in their series with San Diego, defeating the Padres, 6-4, at Petco Park.

"It was a day of home runs," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "We did a good job getting six runs and those are tough games when you've lost two and they feel pretty good about themselves. We were able to hold them off, it was good."

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Hale pleased with Sunday's offensive outburst

D-backs end offensive struggles with three home runs

Hale pleased with Sunday's offensive outburst

SAN DIEGO -- On Saturday night, after watching his team score just two runs for the second consecutive game, D-backs manager Chip Hale swore that it was on the verge of changing.

The D-backs went out Sunday and made Hale look prophetic as they smacked three home runs in a 6-4 win over the Padres, which prevented the D-backs from being swept in the three-game series.

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Haniger on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of Week

Haniger on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

When Miguel Sano was hitting just .159 and slugging .381 in April, no one in the Twins organization was overly concerned. They knew the rust from having missed the 2014 season because of Tommy John surgery would be considerable, and fully expected him to return to the power-hitting corner infielder he was before the injury.

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Pennington learning on job as fill-in outfielder

Utility man's versatility helps short-handed D-backs

Pennington learning on job as fill-in outfielder

SAN DIEGO -- When D-backs infielder Cliff Pennington arrives to the dugout for a game, he has to bring more than just his glove to play his usual positions of shortstop, second base and third base.

In addition to serving as the team's emergency catcher, Pennington has added another tool to his arsenal of late -- an outfield glove.

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D-backs' struggles continue on tough road trip

Arizona hits slide in stretch against NL West rivals

D-backs' struggles continue on tough road trip

SAN DIEGO -- A road trip that at one point seemed like an opportunity for the D-backs to separate themselves from the lower half of the National League West has not gone according to plan.

With Saturday night's 7-2 loss to the Padres at Petco Park, the D-backs fell to 1-4 on the trip, which began in Denver and concludes on Sunday afternoon.

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D-backs unable to pick up shaky Hellickson

D-backs unable to pick up shaky Hellickson

SAN DIEGO -- Justin Upton hit a two-run home run and Andrew Cashner won for the first time since May 27 as the Padres topped the D-backs, 7-2, Saturday at Petco Park.

Cashner (3-9) allowed two runs over seven innings. He allowed eight hits with no walks and struck out six. Cashner even knocked in a run with a perfectly-executed squeeze bunt as part of a three-run sixth inning. Upton added a two-run home run, his 14th of the season.

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Corbin closes in on anticipated return

Southpaw will need one more start in Minors before joining D-backs

Corbin closes in on anticipated return

SAN DIEGO -- D-backs starter Patrick Corbin continues to pitch well during his Minor League rehab assignment, but will need to make one more start before returning to the Majors.

Corbin, who hasn't pitched for the D-backs since 2013 after undergoing Tommy John surgery, pitched six innings for Double-A Mobile on Friday night. He allowed two runs, one earned, on four hits with five strikeouts on 79 pitches.

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Goldy's two RBIs not enough against Padres

Goldy's two RBIs not enough against Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Tyson Ross overcame command issues and a shaky start Friday night as the Padres edged the D-backs, 4-2, at Petco Park.

Ross (5-7) walked five of the first 11 batters, but settled down thereafter, retiring nine of the final 10 batters he faced. He allowed two hits in six innings, striking out seven.

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Ray's effort thwarted by errors, quiet bats

D-backs lefty turns in another quality start in loss

Ray's effort thwarted by errors, quiet bats

SAN DIEGO -- D-backs starter Robbie Ray again pitched better than his record may indicate in Friday night's 4-2 loss to the Padres.

The left-hander has provided solid outings in nearly every start since he was moved into the starting rotation full-time earlier this month. Yet he sports a 2-3 record after Friday's loss, in which some defensive miscues and lack of offensive support thwarted his chance for a win.

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D-backs' quest for .500 remains elusive

D-backs' quest for .500 remains elusive

DENVER -- The D-backs came tantalizingly close to reaching the elusive .500 mark Thursday before watching the Rockies rally for five runs in the eighth inning and deal them a 6-4 loss at Coors Field.

The D-backs last had a break-even record (8-8) on April 24 and since then they have been one game under .500 11 times and each time they lost their next game.

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De La Rosa solid, but D-backs fall to Rockies

De La Rosa solid, but D-backs fall to Rockies

DENVER -- Troy Tulowitzki smacked his first career pinch-hit home run to ignite a five-run eighth-inning rally that led the Rockies past the D-backs, 6-4, on Thursday afternoon at Coors Field.

"We've done it several times this year -- after a tough loss or a tough stretch, we find a way to get back off the canvas and win a game," Rockies manager Walt Weiss said. "We turned the momentum around, so it's a great win. We win the series with that one. Some guys had some big contributions today."

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Andrew Chafin becomes Dennis the Menace in bullpen

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Andrew Chafin becomes Dennis the Menace in bullpen

Through the first four innings of Thursday's D-backs-Rockies game, there wasn't a whole lot for Arizona's bullpen to do, aside from watching the compelling De La Rosa vs. De La Rosa matchup unfurling before them. Their own Rubby De La Rosa had allowed just one hit through four -- accordingly, there wasn't much warming up for D-backs relievers to do.

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