Miller rejoining D-backs' rotation

Miller rejoining D-backs' rotation

SAN FRANCISCO -- D-backs manager Chip Hale made it official: Right-hander Shelby Miller will be recalled from Triple-A Reno and start Wednesday's game against the Giants.

"What it came down to was him starting the game in Reno last Thursday," Hale said before Tuesday night's game at AT&T Park. "It was time to get him back up here and get him another month up here. Hopefully he will be one of the five come Spring Training."

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D-backs looking for answer at closer

Club has had a revolving door in the ninth inning since July trades

D-backs looking for answer at closer

PHOENIX -- Since the D-backs traded Brad Ziegler to the Red Sox on July 9 and dealt Tyler Clippard to the Yankees on July 31, they've had no reliever step up to claim the closer role.

Arizona manager Chip Hale has opted to use various pitchers in save situations based on either matchups or which pitcher has the hot hand. So far, it hasn't worked all that well for any of the relievers thrown into those opportunities.

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Pollock makes impact in third game back

Pollock makes impact in third game back

PHOENIX -- D-backs center fielder A.J. Pollock always says he tries to impact the game in some way every time he steps onto the field.

In his first two games back from his recovery for a fractured right elbow, Pollock didn't make quite the impact he's been capable of in the past. That changed in Sunday's 11-2 win over the Reds, when Arizona's center fielder impacted the victory in about every way possible.

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Bradley, 4-run 1st propel D-backs over Reds

Bradley, 4-run 1st propel D-backs over Reds

PHOENIX -- Even with their top two hitters on the bench, the D-backs had no trouble swinging the bats on Sunday. They used a four-run first inning to take an early lead and Yasmany Tomas padded it with a pinch-hit, three-run homer in an 11-2 win over the Reds in the series finale at Chase Field.

"He wasn't happy about not being in the lineup," D-backs manager Chip Hale said of Tomas. "He actually talked to me, spoke very good English, and said he was ready and his back felt fine, why wasn't he in the lineup? So I explained I wanted Michael Bourn in right today, be ready to come off the bench and do something."

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Brito on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Brito on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the 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.

We here at MLB Pipeline are running out of superlatives for Yankees catcher Gary Sanchez. Luckily for us, we're running out of weeks for the Prospect Team of the Week.

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Campos pressed into long relief in MLB debut

D-backs' No. 4 prospect strikes out four in 5 2/3 innings

Campos pressed into long relief in MLB debut

PHOENIX -- D-backs right-hander Vicente Campos made his Major League debut in Saturday's 13-0 loss to the Reds, providing his team with a much-needed, lengthy relief outing.

After starter Zack Godley lasted just two frames, Campos tossed 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits with two walks and four strikeouts. It was the longest relief outing in an MLB debut since Detroit's Kyle Lobstein also threw 5 2/3 innings on Aug. 23, 2014.

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Godley pounced on early in shutout loss

Godley pounced on early in shutout loss

PHOENIX -- The Reds were homerless in their last five games entering Saturday night. That changed in a hurry as Scott Schebler swatted a home run in each of the first two innings for two of Cincinnati's five long balls in a 13-0 drubbing of the D-backs at Chase Field. Meanwhile, Anthony DeSclafani threw his first career shutout.

Schebler had the first multi-homer game of his career, driving in a career-high five runs. He and Brandon Phillips each collected three hits, while Joey Votto, Zack Cozart and Adam Duvall also went deep. The Reds' 13 runs matched a season high for the second time.

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Franchise history on display at alumni game

Five-run rally lifts Team Purple over Team Red

Franchise history on display at alumni game

PHOENIX -- Even though the D-backs are one of the two youngest franchises in MLB, that hasn't stopped the club from celebrating their short history. For the fifth straight year, the club hosted an alumni game, which took place before Saturday's game against the Reds at Chase Field.

The D-backs invited back some of the best players to have played for the team since they first took the field in 1998. Half of the alumni played for Team Purple, which wore the purple alternate jersey worn from 1998-2004. The other half played for Team Red, which wore the sedona red alternate jersey worn from 2007-15.

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Segura exits after two innings due to illness

Segura exits after two innings due to illness

PHOENIX -- D-backs second baseman Jean Segura was removed from Saturday night's 13-0 loss to the Reds at the start of the third inning due to illness.

"Jean was a little ill, stomach illness," manager Chip Hale said. "Hopefully it'll be a 24-hour deal, be ready to go tomorrow, but we'll have to check him in the morning."

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D-backs match 2 Reds' rallies, walk off on WP

D-backs match 2 Reds' rallies, walk off on WP

PHOENIX -- After the D-backs blew a lead in the ninth inning and had to rally after falling behind in the 10th, Brandon Drury scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 11th to lift Arizona to a 4-3 win over the Reds in the series opener at Chase Field on Friday night.

"I was just looking for a ball in the dirt, and that's what he threw," Drury said. "You've got to be ready for a ball in the dirt and any time it goes to the backstop, you've got to score on that play."

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D-backs' offense picks up bullpen again

Club's third blown save in five games erased by rallies

D-backs' offense picks up bullpen again

PHOENIX -- For the third time in five games, the D-backs' struggling bullpen blew a ninth-inning lead. However, none of those blown saves prevented the fans at Chase Field from going home happy.

Arizona notched another walk-off win when Brandon Drury scored on a wild pitch in the bottom of the 11th in Friday night's 4-3 win over the Reds, despite Daniel Hudson blowing a save opportunity in the ninth and Enrique Burgos allowing Cincinnati to take the lead in the 10th.

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Goldy breaks up no-no, but D-backs fall short

Goldy breaks up no-no, but D-backs fall short

PHOENIX -- After making his last four starts with Triple-A Gwinnett, Matt Wisler returned to the Majors with a dominant performance. The Braves right-hander carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning in a 3-1 win over the D-backs on Thursday night at Chase Field.

Wisler (5-11) lost four of his five starts in July, posting an 8.89 ERA for the month, before being demoted. He returned with eight innings of one-run ball, allowing two hits with three walks and four strikeouts. Atlanta scored a pair of runs in the third and Gordon Beckham added an RBI double in the sixth, salvaging a split in the four-game series with Arizona.

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D-backs tip cap to Wisler after offense sputters

Club manages only two hits vs. prospect in loss to Braves

D-backs tip cap to Wisler after offense sputters

PHOENIX -- The D-backs avoided being no-hit in Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Braves. But that was about the only positive from their offensive showing against Atlanta right-hander Matt Wisler.

The 23-year-old, who had just been recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett after Wednesday's game, limited Arizona to one run on two hits over eight innings. The D-backs then went down in order against Braves closer Jim Johnson in the ninth.

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D-backs make moves to fortify bullpen

Bracho, Campos called up; Leone, Hathaway optioned

D-backs make moves to fortify bullpen

PHOENIX -- After taxing their bullpen over the past week, the D-backs made a series of roster moves to fortify their relief corps prior to Thursday's game against the Braves.

Dominic Leone and Steve Hathaway were optioned to Triple-A Reno, Silvino Bracho was recalled from Reno, and Vicente Campos was recalled from Double-A Mobile.

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D-backs walk off in 11th on Drury's sac fly

D-backs walk off in 11th on Drury's sac fly

PHOENIX -- After blowing a four-run lead in the ninth inning, the D-backs came back to beat the Braves in the 11th, as Brandon Drury drove in the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly in a 10-9 win on Wednesday night at Chase Field. Jake Lamb hit a one-out double to center, advanced to third on a wild pitch, then came home to score the winning run on Drury's bases-loaded sac fly off Braves reliever Jose Ramirez (1-1).

"We had it all the way," D-backs manager Chip Hale joked. "Very proud of the guys for battling."

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Greinke reaches 2,000-strikeout milestone

D-backs ace is 78th pitcher in history to achieve feat

Greinke reaches 2,000-strikeout milestone

PHOENIX -- D-backs starter Zack Greinke reached 2,000 career strikeouts in Wednesday's 10-9, 11-inning win over the Braves, when he fanned Freddie Freeman to open the fourth inning.

"I guess I don't really think about it at the moment, but it is a pretty big number," Greinke said.

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Bourn triples twice vs. former club

D-backs outfielder goes 4-for-6 with three runs scored against Braves

Bourn triples twice vs. former club

PHOENIX -- Even though Michael Bourn was playing the team that released him before the season started, that wasn't on the D-backs outfielder's mind as he was walloping triples into the gap.

Bourn collected four hits, including a pair of three-baggers, in Arizona's 11-inning, 10-9 victory over the Braves on Wednesday night at Chase Field. The veteran may have been showing his former team that he can still play at a high level, but that's not what he set out to do.

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Rotation decisions loom for D-backs

Returning starters, workload concerns for youngsters are factors

Rotation decisions loom for D-backs

PHOENIX -- The D-backs will likely have more than five pitchers make a start between now and the end of the season. However, manager Chip Hale isn't revealing who they will be or how starters will be monitored in September.

Hale did confirm before Wednesday's game against the Braves that Shelby Miller will not be recalled this week. The right-hander will make another start for Triple-A Reno on Thursday as scheduled.

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Hall reportedly close to extension with D-backs

President/CEO would remain with club through 2024

Hall reportedly close to extension with D-backs

PHOENIX -- The D-backs are close to signing president/CEO Derrick Hall to a new contract, expected to keep Hall with Arizona through 2024, according to a report by the Arizona Republic on Wednesday.

"We have been discussing [a deal] for several months. I am thrilled, because this is home and there is nowhere else I'd like to be," Hall said in a statement. "We have created an award-winning culture and I am very proud of our accomplishments on the business side and the treatment and experience we provide the fans. The gap between winning years is obviously our most critical concern and we will fix that."

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Bradley turns shaky start into decent outing

After rough month, D-backs righty hoping to finish on strong note

Bradley turns shaky start into decent outing

PHOENIX -- D-backs right-hander Archie Bradley did something different after his start in Tuesday's 7-4 loss to the Braves. Not long after the game, Bradley was in the video room watching tape of his outing with coaches, trying to solve any mechanical issues leading to his struggles this month.

It wasn't his roughest start in August by any means. But it was still far from one of his best outings. So Bradley wanted to see if he was doing anything wrong.

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Lead slips away in D-backs' loss to Braves

Lead slips away in D-backs' loss to Braves

PHOENIX -- The Braves nearly let an early lead go to waste for the second straight night. However, Matt Kemp didn't allow that to happen. The left fielder hit a go-ahead, two-run double in the eighth inning, the key blow in a 7-4 comeback win over the D-backs on Tuesday night at Chase Field.

After Atlanta loading the bases with two outs against Arizona reliever Jake Barrett, Kemp sent a double to right field to plate a pair of runs, with a third scoring on an error by Mitch Haniger to turn the Braves' one-run deficit into a two-run lead. Jose Ramirez earned the win, helping the Atlanta bullpen combine for 6 1/3 scoreless innings.

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Tomas jammed by pitch, exits with stiff back

D-backs' Hale says it won't be long-term concern

Tomas jammed by pitch, exits with stiff back

PHOENIX -- D-backs outfielder Yasmany Tomas left Tuesday night's 7-4 loss against the Braves at the start of the eighth inning due to mid-back stiffness.

Tomas went 1-for-3 with a two-run single before being replaced by Brandon Drury in left field to open the eighth. He appeared to be in pain after getting jammed by a pitch and grounding out in the fifth.

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Miller's next start may be with D-backs

Sent to Triple-A on July 14, righty is 5-1 at Reno; Pollock could be activated Friday

Miller's next start may be with D-backs

PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Chip Hale is not dismissing the notion that Shelby Miller's next start could be back in the Majors.

"We're still discussing what we're going to do," Hale said. "He has pitched well, he has done the things that we've asked. He just has to keep pitching, whether it's [at Triple-A Reno] or here."

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D-backs sink Braves on Goldy's walk-off homer

D-backs sink Braves on Goldy's walk-off homer

PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt delivered a walk-off homer to lead off the bottom of the ninth, lifting the D-backs to a 9-8 win over the Braves in the opener of a four-game series on Monday night at Chase Field.

"I think the tendency in a tied game or extra innings is try to hit home runs, and we've played some extra-inning games and that just has not worked out for me," Goldschmidt said. "I was fortunate to get a pitch up and get it out of there."

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Hale touts D-backs' fortitude after walk-off win

Hale touts D-backs' fortitude after walk-off win

PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Chip Hale remains proud of one attribute his club has shown throughout this disappointing season -- the effort level. Even though the results haven't been there, Hale feels his team never lets that affect on-field performance.

That was apparent again on Monday night. Arizona overcame a five-run deficit to take a lead in the seventh. Then after allowing the Braves to tie it in the ninth, Paul Goldschmidt hit a walk-off homer to give the D-backs a 9-8 win.

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Ray K's 18, wins NL Player of the Week Award

D-backs lefty allows two earned runs over 12 innings in two victories

Ray K's 18, wins NL Player of the Week Award

PHOENIX -- Robbie Ray's two dominant starts last week earned the D-backs left-hander National League Player of the Week honors on Monday.

Ray was 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA with a Major League-leading 18 strikeouts in wins over the Mets and Padres.

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Offense unable to bail out Shipley vs. Padres

Offense unable to bail out Shipley vs. Padres

SAN DIEGO -- The way Luis Perdomo was dealing Sunday afternoon at Petco Park, the rookie right-hander didn't need much run support.

The Padres' bats gave it to him anyway.

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Shipley has trouble making adjustments in loss

D-backs rookie struggles after two strong innings vs. Padres

Shipley has trouble making adjustments in loss

SAN DIEGO -- Braden Shipley made it look easy in the first two innings, but after that, the Padres reminded him that in the big leagues things can turn quickly as they beat the D-backs, 9-1, on Sunday afternoon at Petco Park.

In his sixth Major League start, it took Shipley just five pitches to get through the first inning and 10 in the second.

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