Walker goes for fourth straight win in opener

Walker goes for fourth straight win in opener

While the Cardinals' season has featured a series of starts and stops, the D-backs have rolled from the get-go, and they'll be awaiting St. Louis' arrival on Tuesday with the National League's second-best record.

"That's a good club," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said of the D-backs. "You could see it coming, the mix of veteran arms and young power arms in their rotation; a good back end of the 'pen; the speed and strength they have in a ballpark that jumps. You have really good defenders. Yeah, you could see this coming."

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Follow her on Twitter, and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Greinke picks up 9th win as D-backs cruise

Greinke picks up 9th win as D-backs cruise

PHOENIX -- It wasn't one of Zack Greinke's best outings, but the right-hander managed to allow just one run over five innings as the D-backs beat the Phillies, 6-1, on Monday afternoon to take three of four at Chase Field.

The second-place D-backs have now won 12 of their last 14 games as they try to keep pace with the first-place Dodgers in the National League West.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Goldy needs voting push in crowded 1B field

First baseman sits third to start ASG behind Rizzo, Zimmerman

Goldy needs voting push in crowded 1B field

PHOENIX -- Time is running out for D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt when it comes to starting the 2017 MLB All-Star Game presented by Mastercard.

In the latest tallies released Monday, Goldschmidt had 1,200,995 votes, placing him third behind Ryan Zimmerman (1,728,607) and Anthony Rizzo (1,601,245).

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Versatile Descalso proving his worth to D-backs

Utility man delivers a pair of run-scoring singles vs. Phillies

Versatile Descalso proving his worth to D-backs

PHOENIX -- After delivering a walk-off single to push the D-backs past the Phillies on Sunday, Arizona's Daniel Descalso came back with an encore performance on Monday. Arizona closed out its series with a 6-1 victory over the Phillies, and Descalso led the charge with a 2-for-4 showing at the plate while playing his third position in as many days. For the series, Descalso went 8-for-17 with five RBIs and scored twice.

"I've just been trying to stick to my approach; get good pitches to hit, send it to the good part of the field and just keep it simple," Descalso said. "I've been having good at-bats lately, but you have to come up with guys on base in order to drive in runs. We talk about team at-bats and giving it to the next guy and I think we did that again today."

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Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Delgado delivers another quality spot start

Delgado delivers another quality spot start

PHOENIX -- Randall Delgado has popped up wherever the D-backs have needed him this year, and when he has gotten the rare spot start, he has made it count.

In his first start since June 9, Delgado tossed five scoreless innings and held the Phillies to four hits while striking out five in the D-backs' 2-1 win over the Phillies in 11 innings on Sunday afternoon.

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Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs walk off vs. Phillies on Descalso's hit

D-backs walk off vs. Phillies on Descalso's hit

PHOENIX -- Daniel Descalso's two-out single to right field off Edubray Ramos scored Paul Goldschmidt from second base as the D-backs walked off the Phillies, 2-1, in 11 innings Sunday afternoon at Chase Field.

It was the D-backs' 11th win in their past 13 games, as well as the second walk-off hit of the year for Descalso, who hit a game-winning homer in the 13th inning April 30 to beat the Rockies.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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MLBPAA events keep alumni connected

MLBPAA events keep alumni connected

PHOENIX -- Former Major Leaguers Bob Lacey and Paul Thormodsgard sat in the Legends Suite at Chase Field Sunday afternoon and traded stories about their playing days.

As Lacey thumbed through a box of baseball and football cards he had brought with him, the two swapped tales of which players hit home runs off of them, and exchanged memories of playing for famous managers Billy Martin and Gene Mauch.

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Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Rotation tweaks may be in order this week

Rotation tweaks may be in order this week

PHOENIX -- After inserting Randall Delgado into the rotation for a spot start Sunday in order to give their starters an extra day of rest, the D-backs could be in for some additional tweaking prior to next weekend's series with the Rockies.

As it stands right now, left-handers Patrick Corbin and Robbie Ray pitch back to back. Teams typically like to split their left-handers up so teams don't face them consecutively.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Walker drives in five for Reno

Walker drives in five for Reno

Logan Ice put together one of the best offensive games of his young career and led Class A Lake County to a 15-6 win over Dayton on Sunday.

Ice, the Indians' No. 21 prospect, put together his first career two-homer game and finished 2-for-4 with three runs scored and a career-high seven RBIs.

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William Boor is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com. Follow him on Twitter at @wboor. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Offense comes alive vs. Phils to back Ray

Offense comes alive vs. Phils to back Ray

PHOENIX -- After a quiet Friday, the D-backs' offense broke out with 12 hits Saturday night, including a home run from Jake Lamb, which kick-started a three-run sixth as the D-backs beat the Phillies, 9-2, at Chase Field.

The offensive support helped make a winner of Robbie Ray, who allowed two runs over 6 1/3 innings. The Phillies grabbed a 2-1 lead off Ray in the fourth, when Philly starter Ben Lively hit his first career homer, a two-run shot into the pool area in right-center.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Fan snags homer while holding tray of food

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Fan snags homer while holding tray of food

In the top of the fourth inning of Saturday's Phillies-D-backs game, Philadelphia starter and newly crowned #PitcherWhoRakes Ben Lively drilled a homer into the seats just over the wall in right-center. The ball headed right toward one lucky Arizona fan, who was about to get a shot at his very own Major League souvenir.

There was just one problem: He happened to be holding a very full tray of food at the time -- a combination that has proven catastrophically messy in the past. So, what would our intrepid hero do? Sacrifice food in the pursuit of glory, or make sure his meal remained intact?

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Herrmann has 3 RBIs, makes key play at plate

D-backs catcher proud to contribute to team win

Herrmann has 3 RBIs, makes key play at plate

PHOENIX -- It's been a tough 2017 season so far for Chris Herrmann, but the D-backs catcher got a chance to savor some success both at and behind the plate in Saturday night's 9-2 win over the Phillies.

Herrmann went 2-for-4 with three RBIs, made a great play behind the plate to save some runs and also once again did a good job working with starter Robbie Ray.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Loose D-backs unveil special team T-shirts

Bradley and Delgado emblazoned on unique designs

Loose D-backs unveil special team T-shirts

PHOENIX -- Winning is fun. All you had to do was look at the T-shirts that the D-backs players were wearing as they walked around the clubhouse prior to batting practice Saturday.

There were red shirts with reliever Archie Bradley's face on them that read Bring in the Beard, a reference to his oversized facial hair.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs' potent offense held in check vs. Phils

D-backs' potent offense held in check vs. Phils

PHOENIX -- In his first big league start, Mark Leiter made it one to remember as he tossed six scoreless innings, helping the Phillies cool off the red-hot D-backs' offense in a 6-1 victory on Friday night at Chase Field.

Leiter, who made 12 relief appearances earlier this year, picked up his first Major League win as he allowed just three hits and a walk, while striking out five. Freddy Galvis helped get the Phillies offense started when he lined a first-inning triple just out of the reach of a diving David Peralta in right. Galvis came home to score when Aaron Altherr followed with a groundout to first.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB

Todd Zolecki has covered the Phillies since 2003, and for MLB.com since 2009. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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Corbin has offspeed stuff working in loss

D-backs lefty allows just one run in 6 2/3 vs. Phillies

Corbin has offspeed stuff working in loss

PHOENIX -- Patrick Corbin pitched well Friday night, but Phillies starter Mark Leiter was just a little bit better.

Corbin allowed just one run over 6 2/3 innings, but the D-backs bats were uncharacteristically quiet in a 6-1 loss at Chase Field.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Josh Jackson has 50 Cent-like first pitch

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Josh Jackson has 50 Cent-like first pitch

The first round of the NBA Draft has concluded. That means a few future basketball stars are making appearances in the cities they now call home to throw out the ceremonial first pitch.

In Los Angeles, Lonzo Ball tossed the prestigious pitch Friday night to Kenley Jansen before the Rockies-Dodgers game after being selected by the Lakers with the No. 2 overall pick.

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De La Rosa called up; Hoover hits 10-day DL

D-backs also tweak rotation for series vs. Phillies

De La Rosa called up; Hoover hits 10-day DL

PHOENIX -- A familiar face was back in the D-backs clubhouse Friday night as the club selected the contract of right-hander Rubby De La Rosa from Triple-A while placing reliever J.J. Hoover on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder inflammation.

To make room for De La Rosa on the 40-man roster, the D-backs designated Double-A catcher Oscar Hernandez for assignment.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Godley, Goldy lead D-backs over Rockies

Godley, Goldy lead D-backs over Rockies

DENVER -- Zack Godley pitched like a veteran in his first career start at Coors Field as the D-backs took the rubber game, 10-3, from the Rockies on Thursday afternoon. After a Charlie Blackmon solo home run to lead off the first, Godley settled in to keep the Rockies off the scoreboard again until the eighth.

The win wrapped a 7-1 road trip for the D-backs, who moved into a virtual tie with the Rockies for second place in the National League West, one game behind the Dodgers.

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Max Gelman is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver who covered the Rockies on Thursday.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

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D-backs make statement with 7-1 road trip

D-backs make statement with 7-1 road trip

DENVER -- The D-backs came into their three-game set with the Rockies having won 23 of their previous 31 games. An impressive stretch, for sure, but only seven of those games were against a team with a winning record.

So while they talked beforehand about these games against the Rockies being just as important as any others on the schedule, they know that taking two of the three -- the final one by a 10-3 margin Thursday afternoon -- was a big deal.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Paul Goldschmidt stuns fan with autograph

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Paul Goldschmidt stuns fan with autograph

Paul Goldschmidt is off to a fantastic start to the 2017 season, as entering play on Thursday, he had 17 homers and led the Majors with a .446 on-base percentage. The D-backs' strong position in the NL West race is no accident.

A few grateful D-backs fans at Coors Field were lucky enough to have Goldschmidt sign a few baseballs for them prior to the team's Thursday afternoon game against the Rockies, and one was absolutely blown away to meet her hero.

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Lamb's increased production boosting D-backs

Lamb's increased production boosting D-backs

DENVER -- With the dazzling play of Colorado's Nolan Arenado earning highlights on television, and the Cubs' fan base drooling over Kris Bryant, Jake Lamb is sort of the forgotten third baseman in the National League.

Except in Arizona.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lovullo 'not a fan' of up-and-in pitch

Manager's heart skipped a beat on pitch to Iannetta; injury updates on Pollock, Tomas

Lovullo 'not a fan' of up-and-in pitch

DENVER -- D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said his heart skipped a beat when Rockies pitcher Carlos Estevez's pitch ran up and in near Chris Iannetta's head Wednesday night.

Iannetta, who had been struck in the face earlier this season, was able to get his head out of the way as the ball hit off his left hand. Lovullo and a trainer went out immediately to check on him.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

10-run inning carries D-backs past Rockies

10-run inning carries D-backs past Rockies

DENVER -- The D-backs' game-turning, record-setting, fourth-inning rally Wednesday night began with a Brandon Drury two-run double that elicited businesslike fist bumps. By the end of a 10-run, nine-hit frame that led to a 16-5 victory over the Rockies at Coors Field, there was triumphant high-fiving and skipping in the dugout.

Never had the D-backs -- who saw a win streak end at seven games at Coors Field on Tuesday night -- accomplished so many runs and so many hits in a road inning. It was the first time a team had scored 10 or more runs in an inning without a homer since the Cardinals against the Cubs on July 21, 2012, and the first to accomplish the feat on the road since the Phillies on Sept. 17, 2005.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB.

Thomas Harding has covered the Rockies since 2000, and for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb and like his Facebook page.

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Drury's #ASGWorthy night leads D-backs

Drury's #ASGWorthy night leads D-backs

DENVER -- The ball went into the air, a routine fly ball to right in the eighth inning, and Brandon Drury slammed his bat in disgust.

By the looks of it, you would think Drury was having a bad night, but in reality, the D-backs second baseman was already four RBIs into what would be a career-high six-RBI night that helped lead the D-backs past the Rockies, 16-5, on Wednesday night at Coors Field.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs make huge strides in pitch framing

D-backs make huge strides in pitch framing

DENVER -- D-backs catching coach Robby Hammock sat at a table in the middle of the visitor's clubhouse at Coors Field and studied video of a Major League catcher whose name he did not want to have published.

It was part of the D-backs' continuing quest to excel at the art of pitch framing, which has garnered much attention over the last several years.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs sign Draft picks Smith, Varsho

D-backs sign Draft picks Smith, Varsho

The D-backs have signed No. 7 overall Draft pick Pavin Smith, a first baseman from the University of Virginia, the club announced on Wednesday.

Smith signed for $5,016,300, per MLB.com's Jonathan Mayo, the full slot value for the seventh overall pick in the 2017 Draft.

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Jack Baer is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.