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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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.

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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Godley, D-backs open series with Nationals in DC

Godley, D-backs open series with Nationals in DC

The D-backs and Nationals open a four-game series Monday night with rookie right-hander Zack Godley facing off against veteran right-hander Doug Fister at Nationals Park.

Godley is making just his third Major League start and only his sixth above the Class A level. Acquired from the Cubs in the Miguel Montero trade in the offseason, the righty was called up to take Chase Anderson's spot in the D-backs' rotation and has gone six innings in each of his first two starts, both of which resulted in wins.

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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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Pollock out with left knee tightness

D-backs All-Star center fielder likely to miss finale as well

Pollock out with left knee tightness

HOUSTON -- D-backs All-Star center fielder A.J. Pollock was out of the lineup in Saturday's 9-2 loss to the Astros and likely will also miss Sunday's game after experiencing tightness behind his left knee during Friday night's game.

Pollock had experienced some tightness when the team was in Seattle, but it felt a little worse when he ran to first base in the seventh inning Friday and he was removed later in the inning for a pinch-runner.

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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 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.

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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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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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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Given cushion, Corbin in cruise control

Lefty continues D-backs' stretch of impressive starts

Given cushion, Corbin in cruise control

SEATTLE -- Patrick Corbin pitched on four days' rest for just the second time since returning from Tommy John surgery Wednesday.

On normal rest, the left-hander came away looking like his normal self in an 8-2 D-backs win over the Mariners, throwing just 80 pitches -- 52 for strikes -- in a six-inning, one-run outing, earning his second win of the season.

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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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Well-grounded: Godley notches second win

Well-grounded: Godley notches second win

SEATTLE -- Zack Godley's second Major League start wasn't quite his record-setting Major League debut, but it was, along with a productive D-backs offense and a sound defense, enough to carry his team to an 8-4 win over the Mariners on Tuesday night.

"I felt pretty good," Godley said after his six-inning, three-run performance. "I didn't have the command that I had in my last start, but the defense played well behind me."

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D-backs push winning streak to four games

D-backs push winning streak to four games

SEATTLE -- Rookie right-hander Zack Godley won his second straight start to open his D-backs career as Arizona topped the Mariners, 8-4, on Tuesday night at Safeco FIeld.

Godley (2-0, 2.25 ERA) gave up three runs on seven hits -- including tape-measure home runs by Mike Zunino and Nelson Cruz -- in six innings, but he got plenty of offensive support as the D-backs racked up 12 hits and a home run of their own from Ender Inciarte. Arizona has won four in a row to improve to 48-51.

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Delgado lands on DL with sprained right ankle

Delgado lands on DL with sprained right ankle

SEATTLE -- The D-backs placed right-handed relief pitcher Randall Delgado on the 15-day disabled list with a sprained right ankle Tuesday and recalled right-hander Addison Reed from Triple-A Reno to fill Delgado's roster spot.

Before Arizona's 8-4 win over Seattle on Tuesday, Delgado was participating in on-field team conditioning drills when he rolled his right ankle and fell to the ground.

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Castillo available off bench despite sore elbow

Castillo available off bench despite sore elbow

SEATTLE -- In the last week, D-backs catcher Welington Castillo has dealt with a nagging hamstring and has twice been drilled hard in the left elbow, taking him out of the lineup for two of Arizona's last three games.

Still, he considers himself lucky.

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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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D-backs use native son to burn Mariners

D-backs use native son to burn Mariners

SEATTLE -- Jake Lamb, a Seattle native playing his first Major League game back in his hometown, hit the game-winning sacrifice fly in the 10th as the D-backs knocked off the Mariners, 4-3, in Monday night's opener of a three-game Interleague series at Safeco Field.

Lamb drove in Paul Goldschmidt with a fly ball to center off former D-backs reliever Vidal Nuno, who came into a one-out, bases-loaded situation after Seattle closer Carson Smith walked two and hit a batter.

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Seattle native Lamb is a homecoming hero

Seattle native Lamb is a homecoming hero

SEATTLE -- D-backs manager Chip Hale called Jake Lamb the calmest guy on his team before Monday night's game. Some guys get too amped when they play in their hometown, and some guys perform better, Hale said. He hoped an even-keeled Lamb would be the latter.

He got what he was hoping for. In front of some 90 family members and friends, Lamb, a Seattle native who played his college baseball at the University of Washington, hit a sacrifice fly to center in the 10th inning to drive in Paul Goldschmidt with the winning run in the D-backs' 4-3 win over the Mariners.

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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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Salty comes off DL; D-backs option Leone

Veteran back after dealing with strained neck to give Arizona 3 catchers on 25-man roster

Salty comes off DL; D-backs option Leone

SEATTLE -- The D-backs activated Jarrod Saltalamacchia from the 15-day disabled list on Monday, optioning right-hander Dominic Leone to Double-A Mobile to make room for the catcher on the 25-man roster.

Leone, 23, has appeared in just three games for the D-backs since coming to Arizona in a trade that sent Mark Trumbo to the Mariners, posting a 14.73 ERA over 3 2/3 innings.

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Mariners acquire reliever Ramirez from D-backs

Mariners acquire reliever Ramirez from D-backs

SEATTLE -- Right-handed reliever J.C. Ramirez was re-acquired by the Mariners on Monday in a cash deal with the D-backs and will be assigned to Triple-A Tacoma.

Ramirez, 26, was signed by the Mariners in 2005 as international free agent out of Nicaragua, but was one of three players sent to the Phillies in 2009 in exchange for Cliff Lee.

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Big Unit among quartet inducted into Hall

Johnson, Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio take their places in Cooperstown

Big Unit among quartet inducted into Hall

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- For anyone who has been there to make the comparison, Sunday's induction ceremony for the National Baseball Hall of Fame was much like a World Baseball Classic contest with the defending-champion Dominican Republic participating.

Dominican flags were waving in clusters as the rhythmic sound of cymbals clanging and congas beating resounded throughout the grounds behind the Clark Sports Center.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs flip script as rotation carries offense

Starters combine for 0.33 ERA in 4-game series with Brewers

D-backs flip script as rotation carries offense

PHOENIX -- For much of the season, the D-backs have relied on their potent offense to make up for some inconsistent starting pitching. Over the last few days, however, it's been the other way around.

The D-backs took three of four games from the Brewers with a 3-0 win on Sunday, as Jeremy Hellickson pitched six scoreless innings to lead the way to a second straight shutout victory.

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Pedro's suit, Smoltz's wig and other must-see HOF mom

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Pedro's suit, Smoltz's wig and other must-see HOF mom

They say that every little kid dreams of being a big league ballplayer when he grows up. Of those kids, few get the opportunity to earn a living playing America's pastime and fewer still achieve the dream of hitting a walk-off home run or winning the World Series.

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