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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.
Webster faces original team for first time as LA visits
By Steve Wilaj
Young starting pitchers will face the teams that drafted them when the Dodgers and D-backs open a three-game series at Chase Field on Monday. Mike Bolsinger, a 15th-round pick in 2010 by Arizona, gets the call for Los Angeles, while Allen Webster -- selected by L.A. in the 18th round in 2008 -- goes for Arizona.
Bolsinger (4-2, 2.95 ERA) last faced his former team on June 8, allowing two runs on three hits in seven innings to earn the victory. The righty is coming off a start on Wednesday in which he allowed two runs but made it through just 4 2/3 innings.
SAN DIEGO -- D-backs right-hander Archie Bradley will have his shoulder examined by noted orthopedic surgeon James Andrews as the team tries to get to the bottom of the discomfort he experienced during a rehab start Wednesday night.
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Andrew Chafin becomes Dennis the Menace in bullpen
By Ben Cosman |
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.
DENVER -- The D-backs had a pair of players selected to participate in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game, which will take place July 12 as part of the All-Star Game activities at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati.
DENVER -- D-backs right-hander Jeremy Hellickson threw his regular between-starts bullpen session Wednesday and said he did not experience any discomfort in his back and is scheduled to make his next start Saturday against the Padres.
DENVER -- The D-backs hope former closer Addison Reed will use his time with Triple-A Reno to rebuild his confidence as well as further develop a split-finger fastball that he had been experimenting with during side sessions.
O'Brien's bat, Blair's arm lead Triple-A Reno to win
D-backs No. 7 prospect rips a grand slam, No. 3 prospect allows 1 run in 6 2/3 innings
By Alex M. Smith
While most of the Minor Leagues watched four All-Star Games come and go Tuesday, Triple-A remained in full swing. Among the standouts were D-backs No. 3 prospect (No. 67 overall) Aaron Blair and No. 7 prospect Peter O'Brien, who teamed up to lead Reno to a narrow 4-3 win over Tacoma.
Blair threw 118 pitches -- 70 for strikes -- over 6 2/3 innings, giving up just one run on two hits. The 6-foot-5 right-hander also struck out six Rainiers, improving his record to 1-1 with a 7.59 ERA after two Triple-A starts.