D-backs' bats emerge to overpower Padres

D-backs' bats emerge to overpower Padres

PHOENIX -- The D-backs' bats came alive as they collected 10 hits and got a solid outing from Zack Greinke to snap a four-game losing streak by beating the Padres, 8-7, on Saturday night at Chase Field.

The Arizona offense got going early with a two-run first inning and it added five more in the second, chasing Padres starter Cesar Vargas (0-3). Michael Bourn drove home a pair of runs with a single and Paul Goldschmidt capped the inning with a two-run homer to left, his ninth of the year.

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Bourn a key contributor since joining D-backs

Veteran outfielder goes 3-for-3 with 2 RBIs in win over Padres

Bourn a key contributor since joining D-backs

PHOENIX -- In two weeks since joining the D-backs, Michael Bourn is proving just what he wanted to -- he can still play at a high level.

The D-backs were thin in outfield depth and signed the speedy veteran outfielder to a Minor League deal on May 10. He was called up to the Majors just five days later when David Peralta went on the disabled list with a wrist injury.

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

Reed among top prospect performers Saturday

Reed among top prospect performers Saturday

For a player who bypassed the Class A-Advanced level, Harrison Bader hasn't had any problems adjusting to the advanced competition in Double-A.

On Saturday, the Cardinals' No. 10 prospect connected on his third home run in as many games to help fuel Springfield's four-run eighth inning and eventual come-from-behind win against Frisco. He finished 2-for-5 at the plate and also tallied a double to go along with his 11th home run in 46 games this season.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

DL stint gives Miller chance to reset

D-backs starter doesn't blame injured finger for subpar outings

DL stint gives Miller chance to reset

PHOENIX -- For the first time since going on the 15-day disabled list, D-backs starter Shelby Miller addressed his lingering issue with his right index finger on Saturday.

Miller has not been the No. 2 starter the D-backs envisioned when they sent a hefty package to the Braves in exchange for the right-hander during the offseason. But Miller isn't using the finger sprain -- which he suffered when banging his hand on the mound twice on April 16 -- as the reason for his inefficiency.

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

Greinke appeals to first ... on his own check swing

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Greinke appeals to first ... on his own check swing

Traditionally, Zack Greinke has been a big fan of strikes: He's racked up 1,945 K's over his career. As a pitcher, after all, they're pretty important to his success. So important, in fact, that he's willing to do a little extra work to earn them -- like, say, appealing to the first- or third-base umpires to see if a batter was able to hold up or not. 

After 13 years as a Major League starter, it starts to become second nature: If there's a check swing, you always appeal. Sadly, though, this apparently applies at all times, even if Greinke himself is the batter. During Saturday's 8-7 win over the Padres, Greinke checked his swing on a pitch in the dirt from San Diego's Brad Hand. Catcher Derek Norris didn't notice anything unusual. Neither did Hand. Everyone was ready to move on ... everyone, that is except for Greinke.

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Bradley gets call to take on Padres for first time

Bradley gets call to take on Padres for first time

Drew Pomeranz has found his rhythm in his first season with the Padres. On Sunday, the left-hander will look to improve on an already stellar May in the series finale against the D-backs at Chase Field.

Pomeranz (4-4) has an 0.87 ERA in four starts this month, lowering his season ERA to 1.70. Only Randy Jones in 1975 and Jake Peavy in 2007 have had a lower ERA through the first nine starts of a season for San Diego.

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

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Putz, son make most of Hall Classic experience

Putz, son make most of Hall Classic experience

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- J.J. Putz, who was accompanied by his 7-year-old son, Ethan, to Saturday's Hall of Fame Classic at Doubleday Field, said the two had the time of their lives.

"It's been a blast, man," said the former D-backs closer, who last pitched for Arizona in 2014 and is now a special assistant to club president Derrick Hall.

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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.

Two late blasts not enough to overtake Padres

Two late blasts not enough to overtake Padres

PHOENIX -- The Padres found a healthy way to take out their frustrations from a recent four-game losing streak: They turned Chase Field into their own launching pad.

Three Friars went deep in the fifth inning Friday night -- including back-to-back jacks from Matt Kemp and Yangervis Solarte off D-backs starter Robbie Ray. Derek Norris also got in on the fun, and Solarte would later tack on his second home run of the night, as the Padres cruised to a 10-3 victory.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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Ray labors with location, efficiency

D-backs lefty pulled after 97 pitches in 4 2/3 innings

Ray labors with location, efficiency

PHOENIX -- Robbie Ray was talking about his own performance Friday night, but his comment summed up perfectly the sentiment after the D-backs fell to the Padres, 10-3, at Chase Field.

"It was frustrating," Ray said.

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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 place Miller, De La Rosa on DL

Bradley, Escobar up from Triple-A to reinforce rotation

D-backs place Miller, De La Rosa on DL

PHOENIX -- On Friday, one day after D-backs manager Chip Hale acknowledged Shelby Miller was dealing with a lingering finger issue, the D-backs placed the struggling right-hander on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Wednesday, with a sprained right index finger.

Miller is 1-6 with a 7.09 ERA in 10 starts this year. He banged his hand on the Petco Park mound twice during his follow-through on April 16, causing his index finger to throb and forcing him to leave the game in the second inning.

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

Leone, Bracho, Collmenter rejoin bullpen

Marshall, Chafin optioned as D-backs shake up relief mix

PHOENIX -- When a team is struggling, changes might need to be made. That's the explanation D-backs manager Chip Hale gave on Friday for his club's flurry of roster moves in an attempt to fix the bullpen woes.

The D-backs optioned relievers Evan Marshall and Andrew Chafin to Triple-A Reno, recalled relievers Dominic Leone and Silvino Bracho from the same affiliate, and activated reliever Josh Collmenter from the 15-day DL.

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

Arizona holds special memories for Padres' Green

San Diego manager came up with, coached for D-backs

Arizona holds special memories for Padres' Green

PHOENIX -- If Andy Green's first trip to Chase Field as a manager is anything like his first trip here as a player, it should be a successful weekend for the Padres.

Green -- who spent seven seasons as an infielder in the D-backs organization and four seasons as a coach and Minor League manager -- made his big league debut in Toronto on June 12, 2004. But he didn't record his first hit until three days later, in his first at-bat at Chase Field.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lugo among top prospect performers Thursday

Lugo among top prospect performers Thursday

A pair of Phillies' top prospects had three-hit games in Lehigh Valley's win over Pawtucket. J.P. Crawford, the No. 3 overall prospect (Phillies' No. 1), scored a pair of runs in the game, but more importantly, he found his stroke offensively. Since he was promoted to Triple-A, Crawford got off to a bit of a slow start. The shortstop went 3-for-15 over his first four games, but on Thursday night everything was clicking as Crawford went 3-for-5.

But Crawford wasn't the only Phillies' farmhand to have a good night at the plate. Nick Williams, Philadelphia's No. 3 prospect, was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate and raised his average to .279.

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

D-backs rue missed chances in finale loss to Bucs

D-backs rue missed chances in finale loss to Bucs

PITTSBURGH -- Until Josh Harrison hit a two-run double in the sixth inning, right-hander Gerrit Cole had supplied the Pirates' only offense in their 8-3 win and series sweep vs. the D-backs at PNC Park on Thursday.

Cole hit a three-run home run to left-center field, scoring Francisco Cervelli and Gregory Polanco and pulling the Pirates ahead 3-1 in the second inning. Arizona got two runs back in the sixth inning off reliever A.J. Schugel, recalled from Triple-A on Tuesday to fill the spot of the injured Ryan Vogelsong.

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

Sarah K. Spencer is a reporter for MLB.com and covered the Pirates on Thursday.

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Bucs TV voice, La Russa have exchange over HBPs

Bucs TV voice, La Russa have exchange over HBPs

PITTSBURGH -- D-backs chief baseball officer Tony La Russa entered the Pirates TV booth during Tuesday night's game to dispute what the broadcasters were saying on the air.

La Russa's emotions apparently were running high after Pirates reliever Arquimedes Caminero hit both Jean Segura and Nick Ahmed in the head with pitches in the seventh and eighth innings, respectively. In between those two hit by pitches, Pirates third baseman David Freese was hit by an Evan Marshall pitch.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry.

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Goldy destroys inside pitch and Pirates' dugout phone

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Goldy destroys inside pitch and Pirates' dugout phone

Paul Goldschmidt is used to destroying baseballs, but on Wednesday he found another target of his offensive onslaught: the Pirates' dugout phone.

The D-backs slugger swung early on an inside pitch and walloped a screaming foul into the Bucs' dugout in the third inning of a game the Pirates eventually won, 5-4. Alas, this was no ordinary foul ball, as this one headed straight for the dugout phone and literally cracked it.

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De La Rosa's streak of strong starts halted

D-backs righty solid through 4, unravels in 4-run 5th

De La Rosa's streak of strong starts halted

PITTSBURGH -- Through four innings Wednesday night, there was every reason to believe that Rubby De La Rosa was going to continue his string of excellent starts.

That optimism faded quickly, though, in the fifth as the Pirates roughed De La Rosa up for four runs en route to a 5-4 win over the D-backs at PNC Park.

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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 build lead, but De La Rosa can't hold it

D-backs build lead, but De La Rosa can't hold it

PITTSBURGH -- A day after showcasing their lineup's full potential, the Pirates displayed their resilience. David Freese's two-run homer punctuated a four-run fifth inning as the Bucs stormed back to beat the D-backs, 5-4, on Wednesday night at PNC Park.

"This lineup has shown time and time again that we're going to fight, [at-bat] to [at-bat], from the first inning on," Freese said. "It might not look like it all the time, but we battle."

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @adamdberry.

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D-backs' Segura, Ahmed OK day after HBPs

Second baseman doesn't start, but shortstop in lineup

D-backs' Segura, Ahmed OK day after HBPs

PITTSBURGH -- Less than 24 hours after being hit in the head, D-backs second baseman Jean Segura and shortstop Nick Ahmed were both back in uniform for Wednesday night's 5-4 loss to the Pirates and doing well.

Ahmed, who was sporting seam marks on his chin from where the Arquimedes Caminero pitch hit him, was in the starting lineup, while Segura was not in the lineup, but had passed concussion protocol. A CT scan taken Tuesday night on Segura at the hospital did not show any issues.

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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.

Umpire Guccione struck by foul, leaves game

Umpire Guccione struck by foul, leaves game

PITTSBURGH -- Home-plate umpire Chris Guccione left Wednesday's 5-4 Pirates victory over the D-backs at PNC Park after being struck in the mask by a foul tip during the first inning.

Pirates third baseman David Freese was batting with one out and the bases loaded in the first when he fouled off a slider from D-backs starter Rubby De La Rosa. The pitch bounced off the lower part of Guccione's mask, stunning him.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter at @adamdberry. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Miller touched up early as D-backs fall

Miller touched up early as D-backs fall

PITTSBURGH -- The Pirates roughed up right-hander Shelby Miller, pounded out 17 hits and rode a scoreless bullpen performance to a 12-1 victory over the D-backs on Tuesday night at PNC Park, their seventh win in their last nine games.

Led by Gregory Polanco's three hits and career-high five RBIs, Pittsburgh put up a quartet of three-run innings. The Pirates sent 13 men to the plate in the series opener, and 11 of them recorded at least one hit. The exceptions? Pinch-hitter Sean Rodriguez and reliever Arquimedes Caminero, who grounded into a force out in his first Major League plate appearance.

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Adam Berry has covered the Pirates for MLB.com since 2015. Follow him on Twitter @adamdberry.

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Segura, Ahmed hit in head by Bucs' Caminero

Pittsburgh reliever ejected; D-backs' second baseman hospitalized

Segura, Ahmed hit in head by Bucs' Caminero

PITTSBURGH -- Pirates right-hander Arquimedes Caminero hit two D-backs players in the head during his 1 2/3 innings of relief in Tuesday night's 12-1 Pittsburgh victory, sending second baseman Jean Segura to a local hospital with concussion symptoms and leaving the indentation of a baseball seam on the chin of shortstop Nick Ahmed.

It also left D-backs manager Chip Hale questioning whether Caminero belonged in the big leagues.

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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.

Memory of friend helps drive Lamb

'I think he'd have a smile on his face, he'd be playing for fun'

Memory of friend helps drive Lamb

PITTSBURGH -- Josh Dickerson has been gone for almost four years, a life taken far too early by rhabdomyosarcoma, rare form of cancer. But Dickerson is never far from Jake Lamb's thoughts.

The D-backs third baseman has JD2 (2 was Dickerson's high school number) stitched into his glove where most players have their own names. On Lamb's wrist is a silicon band with the same abbreviation, along with the words Courage + Belief = Life.

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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.

Greinke's adjustments returning him to form

Greinke's adjustments returning him to form

ST. LOUIS -- Zack Greinke paused when asked if Sunday's eight-inning masterpiece in the D-backs' 7-2 win over the Cardinals was his best outing of the season.

"Last game was good," Greinke said of his outing last week against the Yankees. "Today and the San Fran game [on April 20] are the three best. San Fran, I thought I pitched really, really good. It's going to be tough to do much better than that one."

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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.

Shipley, Reed among top prospect performers Monday

Rangers' No. 4 prospect makes strong Double-A debut, Marlins' No. 2 has first pro multi-homer game

Shipley, Reed among top prospect performers Monday

Luis Ortiz, baseball's No. 69 overall prospect, made a seamless transition to Double-A as he enjoyed a stellar debut for Double-A Frisco. The Rangers' No. 4 prospect limited San Antonio to just one run in six innings, striking out six batters against one walk in the RoughRiders' lopsided 11-1 win.

Monday's outing marked the third time in his last four starts that Ortiz matched his career high mark with six innings while allowing one or no earned runs. The right-hander is 4-2 with a 2.41 ERA through eight games (seven starts) with Frisco and Class A Advanced High Desert this year.

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Goldy's 2 RBIs back Greinke's best start

Goldy's 2 RBIs back Greinke's best start

ST. LOUIS -- The D-backs ambushed opposing starter Jaime Garcia to seal a series win on Sunday, jumping out to an early lead that Zack Greinke never allowed the Cardinals to threaten en route to a 7-2 victory at Busch Stadium.

"They were ready," D-backs manager Chip Hale said of his team. "We really wanted to win this series. Zack has been pitching better and better. He went out there like a No. 1 does and took control of the game. The offense scored a few runs for him early, which I'm sure helped him."

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Jenifer Langosch has covered the Cardinals for MLB.com since 2012, and previously covered the Pirates from 2007-11. Read her blog, follow her on Twitter, like her Facebook page and listen to her podcast.

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Hudson, Marshall to represent D-backs at Draft

Hudson, Marshall to represent D-backs at Draft

Twenty-three former All-Stars. The winningest pitcher in postseason history. Three pitchers who tossed perfect games. A Most Valuable Player, a Rookie of the Year, a Hall of Fame manager and a Hall of Fame broadcaster.

They will be among team representatives on the floor at MLB Network's Studio 42 when the 2016 MLB Draft gets underway on June 9.

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