Hernandez heeds advice from hero Molina

Hernandez heeds advice from hero Molina

CHICAGO -- Growing up in Venezuela, D-backs catcher Oscar Hernandez idolized Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina.

So when D-backs chief baseball officer Tony La Russa, who had managed Molina in St. Louis, offered to put the two in touch, Hernandez could not say yes quick enough.

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D-backs' amped-up aggression on bases pays off

D-backs' amped-up aggression on bases pays off

DENVER -- Stealing bases and taking the extra base have been hallmarks of the way the D-backs have played this year.

After the first few innings of Wednesday's 9-4 loss to the Rockies, D-backs manager Chip Hale did not see what he usually does from his team.

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Godley to rejoin D-backs, start opener vs. Cubs

Godley to rejoin D-backs, start opener vs. Cubs

DENVER -- Zack Godley will be recalled to start Friday's series opener against the Cubs.

Godley made three starts for the D-backs in late July and early August, allowing three runs over 18 innings before the club sent him back to Double-A Mobile because it wanted to limit his innings total this year.

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D-backs can't stop Rox rally, drop series finale

D-backs can't stop Rox rally, drop series finale

DENVER -- Carlos Gonzalez launched a go-ahead grand slam in the seventh and a two-run homer in the eighth, propelling the Rockies to a 9-4 win over Arizona in Wednesday's series finale at Coors Field.

"That's what we work for every day," Gonzalez said. "We work really hard to put up numbers to help this club win. I understand that when you're hitting third or fourth in the lineup, the situations are going to come to you."

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Goldschmidt on paternity leave for birth of first child

D-backs 1B likely to return by Saturday, Hale says

Goldschmidt on paternity leave for birth of first child

DENVER -- D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt left the team following Tuesday's day-night doubleheader to return to Phoenix to be present for the birth of his first child.

Goldschmidt, according to manager Chip Hale, will likely rejoin the team Saturday in Chicago.

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Godley gets callup for matchup with Lester, Cubs

Godley gets callup for matchup with Lester, Cubs

The D-backs and Cubs open a three-game weekend series Friday afternoon at Wrigley Field with a former Chicago farmhand on the mound for Arizona against Jon Lester.

Zack Godley, who was acquired by the D-backs in a deal last December that sent Miguel Montero to the Cubs, will be recalled from Double-A Mobile to make the start. Godley started three games for the D-backs in late July and early August before being demoted due to innings concerns. He was recalled a second time to make a pair of relief appearances.

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D-backs to be well represented in AFL

No. 5 prospect Lopez to be joined by seven other farmhands, two coaches

D-backs to be well represented in AFL

DENVER -- The D-backs will send eight players to the Arizona Fall League this year to play for the Salt River Rafters.

Pitchers Daniel Gibson, Keith Hessler, Yoan Lopez and Adam Miller were chosen by the organization to join catcher Oscar Hernandez, shortstop Jack Reinheimer and outfielders Daniel Palka and Gabriel Guerrero. Lopez, ranked by MLB.com as the organization's No. 5 prospect, leads the pack.

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De La Rosa balks while firing pitch to the backstop

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De La Rosa balks while firing pitch to the backstop

Well, uh, we're not really sure what to say about this. We're still trying to wrap our heads around just what exactly happened, to be honest. What we do know, though, is that the D-backs and Rockies were just playing a regular old baseball game on Tuesday night, and then Arizona starter Rubby De La Rosa was apparently spooked by an angry baseball ghost.

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Drury's audition gives D-backs a good problem

Adding to glut of infielders, organization's No. 7 prospect vying for time in '16

Drury's audition gives D-backs a good problem

DENVER -- How the final four weeks of the regular season play out could go a long way toward determining how the D-backs' infield looks heading into 2016.

The first wave of September callups began on Tuesday with right-handers Matt Stites and Enrique Burgos being recalled to bolster the bullpen. The team also brought up infielder Brandon Drury, who made his Major League debut in the opener of Tuesday's doubleheader at Coors Field and has the most to gain from the audition. Drury went hitless in four at-bats during the D-backs' 6-4 win over Colorado, but Arizona is intrigued by his potential.

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Pollock powers D-backs to doubleheader sweep

Pollock powers D-backs to doubleheader sweep

DENVER -- After they watched the Rockies score four runs in the ninth inning for a walk-off win on Monday, the D-backs turned the tables Tuesday night as they scored four runs in the seventh to complete a sweep of a doubleheader with a 5-3 victory at Coors Field.

"It was a really good win," said D-backs outfielder A.J. Pollock, who delivered the decisive two-run homer. "It was really good to have nothing going and then all of a sudden find something late in the game like that and get the win."

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Corbin flashes top form as D-backs deny Rox

Corbin flashes top form as D-backs deny Rox

Phil Gosselin hit a three-run homer and a double, while Patrick Corbin allowed two runs and worked into the seventh en route to the win as the D-backs held off the Rockies, 6-4, in the first game of a day-night doubleheader at Coors Field on Tuesday afternoon.

While the D-backs prevailed, the Rockies nabbed the highlight of the game when they turned a 6-4-3 triple play in the ninth inning. With runners on first and second, D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt hit a line drive to shortstop Jose Reyes, who threw to second baseman DJ LeMahieu, who in turn threw to first to complete the triple play.

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Rox turn triple play on Goldschmidt, D-backs

Rox turn triple play on Goldschmidt, D-backs

DENVER -- The Rockies completed one of baseball's rarest feats in their 6-4 loss to Arizona on Tuesday afternoon, turning a 6-4-3 triple play in the top of the ninth inning at Coors Field.

After Ender Inciarte doubled and Phil Gosselin walked against left-hander Jason Gurka, Paul Goldschmidt struck a hard liner to shortstop Jose Reyes with the runners in motion. After making the catch, Reyes tossed to second baseman DJ LeMahieu, who threw to Ben Paulsen at first.

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Feeling fatigue, Ziegler hits rough patch

Hale hopes to get righty back on track with some rest

Feeling fatigue, Ziegler hits rough patch

DENVER -- Sometimes in the course of the grueling marathon of a 162-game season, a manager asks too much from one of his players due to circumstances.

That's how D-backs skipper Chip Hale described things Monday night after he sent closer Brad Ziegler out to try and slam the door in the ninth inning just one day after the right-hander had thrown 30 pitches.

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Bullpen unable to hold on in rocky 9th

Bullpen unable to hold on in rocky 9th

DENVER -- Pinch-hitter Ben Paulsen delivered a two-run walk-off single in the ninth inning, lifting the Rockies to a 5-4 comeback win over the D-backs on Monday night at Coors Field.

"We had a lot of missed opportunities throughout," said Colorado manager Walt Weiss, whose Rockies still finished 2-for-17 with runners in scoring position and left 12 men on base. "But guys kept fighting."

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D-backs activate Gosselin from disabled list

Arizona optioned Webster to Triple-A after Sunday's game

D-backs activate Gosselin from disabled list

DENVER -- The D-backs activated infielder Phil Gosselin from the 60-day disabled list to take the place of right-hander Allen Webster, who was optioned to Triple-A Reno following Sunday's game.

Gosselin was acquired by the D-backs on May 20 in a deal that saw the D-backs trade highly-regarded pitching prospect Touki Toussaint and dump Bronson Arroyo's $10.1 million salary to the Braves.

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Peralta bright spot in disappointing homestand

D-backs left fielder hits .440; team goes 1-6 vs. Cards, A's

Peralta bright spot in disappointing homestand

PHOENIX -- The numbers say D-backs left fielder David Peralta had a good week at Chase Field.

The standings show otherwise, and ultimately that's what matters most to Peralta and his teammates.

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D-backs deal reliever Reed to Mets

Arizona receives two Minor Leaguer pitchers in return

D-backs deal reliever Reed to Mets

PHOENIX -- The D-backs have dealt reliever Addison Reed to the Mets in exchange for Minor League right-handers Matt Koch and Miller Diaz.

Koch, 24, went 4-8 with a 3.46 ERA in 35 games (including eight starts) with Double-A Binghamton this season. Diaz, 23, was 5-12 with a 4.71 ERA in 23 games (including 21 starts) with Class A with St. Lucie.

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D-backs fall in extras after 9th-inning rally

D-backs fall in extras after 9th-inning rally

PHOENIX -- Marcus Semien's two-run base hit off D-backs closer Brad Ziegler in the 11th inning lifted the A's to a series-winning, 7-4 victory at Chase Field on Sunday afternoon.

Ziegler recorded two quick outs to begin the inning but surrendered back-to-back singles to Danny Valencia and Stephen Vogt and hit Josh Phegley with a pitch to load the bases for Semien, who singled down the right-field line. Eric Sogard followed with an RBI single.

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Chafin optioned to Reno to give arm a rest

'He's been so good in every role,' Hale says of D-backs reliever

Chafin optioned to Reno to give arm a rest

PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Chip Hale told Andrew Chafin that the reliever has been "one of the brightest surprises on the team this year," on Sunday morning.

Chafin will be a "key cog" in Hale's vision of a championship team in the future, the manager explained.

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Goldy's big hustle play after K earns praise

D-backs 1B also slugs 466-foot HR to cap rally over A's

Goldy's big hustle play after K earns praise

PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt hit his second titanic homer in three days Friday night, but after the D-backs' 6-4 win over the A's, it was his strikeout that came the inning before that had his manager singing his praises.

On Wednesday against the Cardinals, Goldschmidt hit a homer projected to land 471 feet away, according to Statcast™. On Friday, his two-run blast off Pat Venditte that capped a four-run seventh inning hit off the bottom of the scoreboard and Statcast™ projected it at 466 feet away.

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D-backs shift rotation to give arms a break

D-backs shift rotation to give arms a break

PHOENIX -- In an effort to give their starting pitchers extra rest, the D-backs have adjusted their rotation.

Instead of Robbie Ray getting the start in Sunday's series finale against the A's, the D-backs have called up right-hander Allen Watson from Triple-A Reno to start. Ray will start Monday's series opener in Colorado.

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Chacin impresses but D-backs edged by A's

Chacin impresses but D-backs edged by A's

PHOENIX -- Stephen Vogt drove home all three runs as the A's snapped a three-game losing streak by edging the D-backs, 3-2, on Saturday night at Chase Field.

The A's grabbed an early lead in the second when Vogt hit a two-run homer off D-backs starter Jhoulys Chacin. Vogt's homer splashed down into the pool located beyond the wall in right-center.

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Hale, mentor Melvin reunite in faceoff as managers

Hale, mentor Melvin reunite in faceoff as managers

PHOENIX -- From 2012-14, Chip Hale was Bob Melvin's closest confidant, serving as his bench coach in Oakland and as his third-base coach in Arizona from 2007-09.

Friday night at Chase Field the pair squared off for the first time as opposing managers as Melvin brought his A's to town for a three-game series with the D-backs, who took the opener, 6-4.

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D-backs outshine Sonny, A's to stop slide

D-backs outshine Sonny, A's to stop slide

PHOENIX -- The D-backs rallied from an early deficit to defeat the A's, 6-4, on Friday night at Chase Field to snap a four-game losing streak while extending Oakland's losing skid to three games.

The A's gave starter Sonny Gray a 2-0 lead on RBIs by Billy Burns and Mark Canha. Gray, meanwhile, handcuffed the D-backs, holding them to just two hits through five innings while maintaining the American League's best ERA (2.13).

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D-backs averaging longest game times in NL

'Sometimes our pitchers are not the quickest,' Hale says

D-backs averaging longest game times in NL

PHOENIX -- At 3 hours, 9 minutes, the D-backs have averaged the longest games in the National League and manager Chip Hale realizes that his team needs to pick up the pace.

Hale speculated that the high number of pitching changes they've made as well as the late comebacks in games have resulted in longer game times.

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Goldy rocks Chase Field with monster homer

Goldy rocks Chase Field with monster homer

PHOENIX -- When the ball left his bat, D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt knew it was home run. He just didn't realize quite how far it would carry.

Goldschmidt's first-inning homer -- the D-backs' entire offense in a 3-1 loss to the Cardinals on Wednesday night -- left his bat at 111 mph and was projected to land 471 feet away, according to Statcast™.

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De La Rosa scuffles as D-backs lose 4th straight

De La Rosa scuffles as D-backs lose 4th straight

PHOENIX -- The Cardinals completed a season sweep of the D-backs on Thursday with a 5-3 victory punctuated by home runs from backup catcher Tony Cruz and fill-in outfielder Brandon Moss before reliever Seth Maness highlighted the night by pulling off a great escape.

After sweeping a three-game home series against the D-backs in May, the Cardinals interrupted Arizona's attempt to keep climbing up the National League West standings by winning four straight at Chase Field. In doing so, the Cardinals, who have won five in a row on this road trip, maintained their 4 1/2-game lead in the NL Central. This was their first four-game sweep at Chase Field.

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Hudson cuts finger fielding comebacker

D-backs reliever believes he'll return to action in a few days

Hudson cuts finger fielding comebacker

PHOENIX -- D-backs reliever Daniel Hudson was removed from Thursday night's 5-3 loss to the Cardinals after injuring his right index finger fielding a comebacker off the bat of Tommy Pham in the ninth inning.

The right-hander said he expects to play catch Friday and he will "take it day by day."

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