De La Rosa could be No. 2 starter behind Collmenter

Fireballer could slide in rotation ahead of Hellickson

De La Rosa could be No. 2 starter behind Collmenter

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When Spring Training started, D-backs manager Chip Hale said there were only two certainties for the starting rotation -- Josh Collmenter and Jeremy Hellickson.

Collmenter has been tabbed to start Opening Day, but that does not mean that Hellickson will start the season's second game.

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Goldy, Hale traveling with D-backs to Mexico

Top execs Hall, La Russa also going to Sunday's game in Hermosillo

Goldy, Hale traveling with D-backs to Mexico

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- For the 10th time in franchise history the D-backs will play a game in Hermosillo, Mexico, when they take on the Rockies at Estadio Sonora on Sunday afternoon.

The D-backs will bring several players from their expected Opening Day lineup, including outfielder A.J. Pollock, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and catcher Tuffy Gosewisch.

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Bradley makes his case with gem vs. Angels

Bradley makes his case with gem vs. Angels

TEMPE, Ariz. -- C.J. Wilson pitched through a nightmarish second inning and Mark Trumbo went 1-for-3 in his first game against his former team as the D-backs beat the Angels, 7-2, at Tempe Diablo Stadium on Friday.

The D-backs sent 10 batters to the plate in the top of the second inning. Seven of them reached based and five of them scored, but only two -- Trumbo and A.J. Pollock -- actually hit the ball hard against Wilson. There was a walk, an infield single, errors by shortstop Erick Aybar and third baseman Kyle Kubitza and a fly ball that fell between Efren Navarro and Josh Rutledge in shallow right field.

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Collmenter continues stingy ways as D-backs edge Tribe

Arizona starter allows just three hits in seven innings

Collmenter continues stingy ways as D-backs edge Tribe

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In a game befitting a matchup of a pair of Opening Day starters, the Indians and D-backs played a low-scoring game with Arizona winning 3-2 at Salt River Fields.

The D-backs scored twice in the bottom of the eighth on a Jake Lamb double that plated Tom Belza and a Blake Lalli sacrifice fly that scored David Peralta to take a lead that would stand.

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Roster bubble is nothing new to D-backs' Lalli

Roster bubble is nothing new to D-backs' Lalli

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- With a little more than a week left in Spring Training, D-backs catcher Blake Lalli finds himself squarely on the roster bubble. It's familiar territory for him.

Lalli is trying to make the D-backs in a backup role to Tuffy Gosewisch and is competing with Gerald Laird and Jordan Pacheco for what could be one or two spots depending on whether manager Chip Hale elects to go with two or three catchers.

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Stites gets good news after second MRI exam

Stites gets good news after second MRI exam

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A second MRI exam of D-backs reliever Matt Stites' right elbow once again showed that there was no ligament damage, the club said on Friday.

The right-hander, who has yet to appear in Cactus League play, was bothered by a sore elbow when camp opened and an initial MRI exam showed only inflammation.

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Hellickson ready to go after resting arm

Hellickson ready to go after resting arm

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs right-hander Jeremy Hellickson said Friday he's feeling better after missing his last start due to a tired arm.

Hellickson is set to start Saturday for the D-backs against the Royals.

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Hale: Tomas may start season in Minor Leagues

D-backs manager said Cuban star could play third base or left field

Hale: Tomas may start season in Minor Leagues

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Cuban star Yasmany Tomas could still start the regular season in the Minor Leagues, D-backs manager Chip Hale said on Thursday before his club played the Padres in a Cactus League game at Salt River Fields.

"Yeah, there's a definite chance," the first-year manager said about determining the answer to the biggest question in camp. "It's going to come down to us all sitting down and everybody talking about what's best for the Major League team."

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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.

Pollock's knocks back Anderson's rotation audition

Pollock's knocks back Anderson's rotation audition

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- With Spring Training coming down to the nitty-gritty, the fight for roster spots and slots in the starting rotation are narrowing.

Thursday's 3-3 tie between the D-backs' and Padres in a Cactus League game at Salt River Fields featured just another such tussle: San Diego right-hander Odrisamer Despaigne and Arizona righty Chase Anderson are both vying for slots in the back end of their respective rotations.

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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' Marshall finds success attacking the strike zone

Young reliever keeping ball on the ground in the big leagues

D-backs' Marshall finds success attacking the strike zone

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - - When Diamondbacks relief pitcher Evan Marshall was asked how he made such a smooth transition to the big leagues, the 24-year-old surprisingly pointed to his struggles at Triple-A in 2013.

The former fourth-round selection did have some success in Reno that year, striking out 59 batters in 58 innings, but also walked 30 and finished the season with a 4.34 ERA.

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Ari Kaye is a graduate student in the journalism masters program at Arizona State University. This story is part of a Cactus League partnership between MLB.com and ASU's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs adding local hits to ballpark fare

Churro Dog, Lo-Lo's among highlights new to Chase Field's menu in 2015

D-backs adding local hits to ballpark fare

PHOENIX -- Traditional ballpark fare will always have its place at Chase Field, but as D-backs fans attending games there this year will no doubt notice, there will be many more options beyond hot dogs and hamburgers.

"We've tried to create 'wow' items each and every year that have been big hits," D-backs team president and CEO Derrick Hall said. "But in addition to that, we want to create great destinations with local favorites."

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Jim Callis

Questions develop on top talent in 2015 Draft

Rodgers expected to go first, but others have yet to separate themselves from pack

Questions develop on top talent in 2015 Draft

Brendan Rodgers, the consensus No. 1 Draft prospect entering 2015, has held serve and still looks like the favorite to go first overall to the D-backs on June 8. But few of the other highest-rated talents have met expectations so far this year, leaving many more questions than answers at the top of the Draft.

A shortstop from Lake Mary (Fla.) High, Rodgers continues to demonstrate outstanding offensive potential for his position along with a strong arm and solid speed and defense. But most of the players right behind him on MLBPipeline.com's Draft Top 50 rankings from December have gotten hurt or regressed, including the two pitchers who figured to be Rodgers' main competition to be the top pick.

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Corbin, Hernandez throw first bullpens since TJ surgery

Corbin, Hernandez throw first bullpens since TJ surgery

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- To D-backs left-hander Patrick Corbin, it felt like his first start of a regular season, while righty David Hernandez was just focused on not bouncing the first pitch he threw.

On Tuesday, the two pitchers threw their first bullpen sessions since their respective Tommy John surgeries.

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Tracy Ringolsby

Duncan enjoying life around familiar faces

Longtime pitching coach reunited with La Russa, Stewart in Arizona

Duncan enjoying life around familiar faces

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Dave Duncan is back where he belongs.

Duncan is not back in uniform, but he is back in baseball, a special assistant/pitching consultant for the Arizona Diamondbacks. He is back in familiar territory, doing what he knows best, working with the coaches and pitchers throughout the organization on the art of pitching.

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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.

Reed shines in first taste of game action

Reed shines in first taste of game action

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs closer Addison Reed threw one scoreless inning in a "B" game against the Cubs on Tuesday morning. It was the first time he had faced another team's hitters this spring.

"Good first time out," D-backs pitching coach Mike Harkey said. "He went out there and threw strikes. Nothing all that special, nothing all that bad, so a good first outing for him."

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De La Rosa earns spot in D-backs' rotation

De La Rosa earns spot in D-backs' rotation

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs are down to two open spots in their rotation after manager Chip Hale said Tuesday that right-hander Rubby De La Rosa had done enough to earn a spot, joining Opening Day starter Josh Collmenter and Jeremy Hellickson.

De La Rosa, who joined the D-backs in the December trade that sent Wade Miley to the Red Sox, has a 3.75 ERA in four Cactus League games, and he threw 5 2/3 innings in a Minor League exhibition on Tuesday, allowing two runs on five hits.

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Lamb broadens horizons with work at first base

Lamb broadens horizons with work at first base

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- There are a number of things that D-backs third baseman Jake Lamb has to learn as he transitions to playing some first base.

Lamb is still primarily a third baseman and could very well be the D-backs' Opening Day starter there, but the team has played him at first twice this spring with the idea that he could get some time there on the rare days Paul Goldschmidt takes off.

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Lopez, D-backs scuffle against Brewers

Lopez, D-backs scuffle against Brewers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Brewers pounded out 13 hits en route to a 12-0 win over the D-backs on Tuesday night at Salt River Fields.

Brewers starting pitcher Michael Blazek, who was making his second straight appearance against the D-backs, was impressive. The right-hander allowed just one hit and a pair of walks while striking out four over four scoreless innings.

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Stites still in limbo following setback

Stites still in limbo following setback

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs reliever Matt Stites said his elbow "locked up" a little after his Saturday session of live batting practice and the right-hander has not thrown since.

"It's felt better the last few days," Stites said on Tuesday. "I hope to get back throwing soon."

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Stewart: Catcher Navarro too expensive for D-backs

Stewart: Catcher Navarro too expensive for D-backs

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Rumors of the D-backs' interest in Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro persist, but general manager Dave Stewart said once again that it was not going to happen.

Navarro is in the final year of a contract that pays him $5 million in 2015.

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Bell's final toll: Longtime closer elects to retire

All-Star from 2009-11 with Padres, fiery reliever bows out after 11-season career

Bell's final toll: Longtime closer elects to retire

Heath Bell turned down the stereo long enough in his 31-foot Fleetwood RV on Tuesday afternoon to take a few questions about the next chapter in his life, although he didn't take the foot off the gas pedal, as he bombed his way across the Florida Panhandle.

A day after being released by the Nationals, Bell was only a few hours into what he was expecting to be a three-day solo drive back to San Diego, where he will join his wife, Nicole, and their four children for good.

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Corey Brock is a reporter for MLB.com. Keep track of @FollowThePadres on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

History factors into four D-backs ejections vs. Dodgers

Umpires, aware of clubs' past skirmishes, quick to issue warnings

History factors into four D-backs ejections vs. Dodgers

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Most of the principals in the D-backs-Dodgers history of scuffles may be gone, but the reputation that the two teams do not like each other apparently remains in the minds of many.

That was clear when umpires issued warnings to both teams after a pair of hit by pitches in the first inning of a Cactus League game Monday.

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Tomas flashes power stroke in D-backs' loss to LA

Cuban prospect hits second spring homer; Hudson pitches 3 innings

Tomas flashes power stroke in D-backs' loss to LA

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Arizona's Yasmany Tomas slugged a three-run home run, but the Dodgers rallied with three runs in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 7-4 win on Monday in a game that saw the ejections of four D-backs.

After Mark Trumbo of Arizona and Justin Turner of the Dodgers were hit by pitches in the first inning, plate umpire Tom Woodring issued warnings to both benches. When former Dodgers farmhand Allen Webster hit Turner with a pitch leading off the fifth inning, Woodring ejected Webster and manager Chip Hale.

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D-backs' Hudson 'feels great' after three-inning outing

D-backs' Hudson 'feels great' after three-inning outing

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Daniel Hudson threw three innings Monday afternoon against the Dodgers and remains in the hunt for a spot in the D-backs' rotation.

In his previous three outings this spring, Hudson had managed to go two innings, and if he has hopes of being a starter, he will need to continue to increase his workload each time out.

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Ziegler takes part in fantasy mock draft

Ziegler takes part in fantasy mock draft

Here at MLB.com, we have plenty of fantasy baseball expertise. But no one can dispute that the Major League players whom we analyze have their own level of knowledge. Knowing this, we decided to solicit advice from them about how to build the perfect fantasy team. The result is the first ever -- that we know of -- players-only fantasy mock draft.

Ten players with an interest in fantasy baseball agreed to take part in a three-round mock draft with the help of MLB.com reporters, who relayed picks across the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues.

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Zachary Finkelstein is a fantasy editor for MLB.com. Reporting done by Adam McCalvy, Rhett Bollinger, Alden Gonzalez, Mark Bowman, Jane Lee, Brittany Ghiroli, Steve Gilbert, Brian McTaggart and Joe Frisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hale: Too soon to say Ahmed is D-backs' shortstop

Hale: Too soon to say Ahmed is D-backs' shortstop

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Respected national columnist Peter Gammons wrote recently that D-backs manager Chip Hale "has made it clear" that Nick Ahmed is the starting shortstop.

Hale, though, stopped short of confirming that when quizzed by reporters Monday morning.

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Former D-back Hudson in camp as guest instructor

Former D-back Hudson in camp as guest instructor

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The voice was unmistakable, and it carried through the practice fields -- Orlando Hudson was back in a D-backs uniform.

The former second baseman was invited to camp to serve as a guest instructor for the week to work with the infielders, but more importantly to energize camp with just two weeks left to go until Opening Day.

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Pitch count works against rotation hopeful Ray

Lefty allows 2 runs in 3-inning start; Ziegler makes spring debut

Pitch count works against rotation hopeful Ray

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Rockies Opening Day starter Kyle Kendrick looked sharp Sunday, allowing just two hits over four strong innings as the Rockies beat the D-backs, 6-0, at Salt River Fields.

D-backs left-hander Robbie Ray was unable to reach four innings, as his pitch count got up to 74 through three. Ray, who is on the edge of the rotation competition, threw four innings in his previous start.

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Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.