Collmenter's shutout extends Giants' skid

Collmenter's shutout extends Giants' skid

SAN FRANCISCO -- Josh Collmenter established control immediately and strengthened his command as the evening progressed Friday, surrendering four hits in his second career shutout to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks past the San Francisco Giants, 9-0.

Trouble continued for the defending World Series champion Giants, who endured their eighth consecutive loss and were shut out for the third time in that span. Right-hander Jake Peavy could not last past the fourth inning for the second time in as many starts, yielding four runs and eight hits in 3 ⅔ innings.

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Dropped chicken causes bit of a flap for D-backs

Food item landed near pitching mound in extra innings vs. Giants

Dropped chicken causes bit of a flap for D-backs

SAN FRANCISCO -- D-backs reliever Randall Delgado didn't know what it was, but he saw something fall from the sky and hit the mound as he delivered a pitch to the Giants' Buster Posey in the 12th inning Thursday night.

Arizona manager Chip Hale thought the umpires were heading out to the mound to check Delgado's glove, while third baseman Aaron Hill believed it might have been something thrown from the stands at AT&T Park.

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Delgado shows his value in D-backs' bullpen

Reliever pitches in third straight game, goes two frames in extras for win

Delgado shows his value in D-backs' bullpen

SAN FRANCISCO -- Before Thursday night's game, the one pitcher in the bullpen that the D-backs planned on not having available was Randall Delgado, who had seen action in two straight games.

But in the 11th inning, D-backs manager Chip Hale looked at his bullpen and there was only one man left in it: Delgado.

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Hale second-guesses Inciarte's steal in front of Goldy

Opening up first base in 12th allowed Giants to intentionally walk slugger

Hale second-guesses Inciarte's steal in front of Goldy

SAN FRANCISCO -- In the 12th inning Thursday night, D-backs manager Chip Hale faced a decision when Ender Inciarte led off with a single to center: Should he have A.J. Pollock bunt him into scoring position even though doing so would open up first base and allow the Giants to intentionally walk Paul Goldschmidt?

Pollock fouled off a bunt attempt and then Hale thought better of it and took the bunt sign off. Pollock eventually struck out.

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Bradley misses out on history in duel with Bumgarner

D-backs righty allows 2 runs on 4 hits in second career start

Bradley misses out on history in duel with Bumgarner

SAN FRANCISCO -- Right-hander Archie Bradley almost made history Thursday night at AT&T Park, but even though it didn't come to pass he was still all smiles after the D-backs' 7-6 win over the Giants in 12 innings.

Bradley had beaten 2014 National League Cy Young Award winner Clayton Kershaw with six shutout innings in his first start last Saturday.

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Hill lifts D-backs over Giants in extra-innings thriller

Hill lifts D-backs over Giants in extra-innings thriller

SAN FRANCISCO -- Aaron Hill's two-run, two-out double broke a 12th-inning tie and led the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 7-6 victory Thursday night over the reeling San Francisco Giants.

With the score knotted, 5-5, Ender Inciarte singled off Sergio Romo to open the 12th. One out later, Inciarte stole second base, prompting an intentional walk to Paul Goldschmidt. Cliff Pennington popped up before Hill, who was 0-for-4, drilled his go-ahead hit off the base of the left-field wall. That hastened the seventh loss in a row for the defending World Series champion Giants, matching their longest losing streak since 2010. San Francisco (3-8) also equaled its worst 11-game start since the franchise moved west in 1958. More >

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Giants series a homecoming for Bay Area-native Hale

Giants series a homecoming for Bay Area-native Hale

SAN FRANCISCO -- The series with the Giants is a homecoming for D-backs manager Chip Hale, who grew up in the Bay Area and also spent the previous three seasons as bench coach for the A's.

"Every time I come to this ballpark or play against the Giants or the A's, it's a warm spot for me," Hale said. "I've got a lot of family and friends here, people that are the reason I'm here. I wouldn't be here without all the coaching I had throughout my youth."

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Chicken finger causes delay in D-backs-Giants game

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Chicken finger causes delay in D-backs-Giants game

Delays are normally not fun. But do you know when they are fun? When they're caused by a chicken finger.

Yep, as you can see in the above video, a chicken finger fell from the sky and disrupted play for about 20 seconds during Thursday's D-backs-Giants game. 

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Inciarte forces Hale's hand with early hot streak

D-backs outfielder takes over leadoff role

Inciarte forces Hale's hand with early hot streak

SAN FRANCISCO -- Ender Inciarte's hot start at the plate has led D-backs manager Chip Hale to rethink his outfield situation and his lineup order.

Hale will still try to get some playing time for David Peralta, but with Inciarte hitting .406 heading into Thursday night's game, Hale has found it harder and harder to take him out.

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Tomas makes debut after being recalled to D-backs

Tomas makes debut after being recalled to D-backs

SAN DIEGO -- Yasmany Tomas will have to continue his development in the big leagues, as the D-backs called up the outfielder/third baseman prior to their 3-2 loss to the Padres on Wednesday.

Tomas made his Major League debut -- a pinch-hit appearance in the top of the seventh -- and grounded out to second base.

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Robinson's legacy has special meaning for Stewart

Robinson's legacy has special meaning for Stewart

SAN DIEGO -- If you're going to ask D-backs general manager Dave Stewart about Jackie Robinson, you'd better make sure to leave yourself some time.

"I could talk about that all day," Stewart said.

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Delgado, D-backs done in by one bad fastball

Delgado, D-backs done in by one bad fastball

SAN DIEGO -- Randall Delgado's plan was to start Justin Upton off with a fastball to get ahead, and then finish him off with his breaking ball or changeup.

Delgado never got past that first pitch. Upton smashed the first-pitch fastball into the left-field bleachers for a eighth-inning home run that led the Padres past the D-backs, 3-2, on Wednesday night at Petco Park.

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Goldschmidt's homer not enough as D-backs fall in San Diego

Goldschmidt's homer not enough as D-backs fall in San Diego

SAN DIEGO -- Justin Upton homered with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning Wednesday night, putting the Padres on top for good in a 3-2 victory over the D-backs at Petco Park.

Upton's home run, his third of the season, came on the first pitch he saw from D-backs relief pitcher Randall Delgado.

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Hellickson sees progress, but early struggles loom large

Hellickson sees progress, but early struggles loom large

SAN DIEGO -- Did D-backs right-hander Jeremy Hellickson make progress in his second start of the season? Probably. Was he about to feel good about that after watching his team fall, 5-1, to the Padres on Tuesday night at Petco Park? No chance.

"We lost, so I'm not really in too good of a mood right now," Hellickson said. "But it was finally nice to get a little deeper into the game, that's for sure."

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Cold bats cost D-backs after Hellickson's early struggles

Cold bats cost D-backs after Hellickson's early struggles

SAN DIEGO -- Odrisamer Despaigne, filling in for an injured Ian Kennedy, allowed one run over seven innings Tuesday as the Padres defeated the D-backs, 5-1, at Petco Park.

Despaigne has stepped into Kennedy's spot in the rotation since Kennedy suffered a strain of his left hamstring last Thursday. In 11 2/3 innings this season -- all innings he took over from the injured Kennedy -- Despaigne has allowed just one run.

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Inciarte staying grounded despite hot start

Inciarte staying grounded despite hot start

SAN DIEGO -- Coming off a Monday night in which he had a pair of doubles, a triple, four RBIs and thew a runner out on the bases, D-backs outfielder Ender Inciarte was quite the hot topic in his native Venezuela.

Inciarte received a lot of attention for his game and a start to the season in which he has a slash line of .393/.414/.571, entering Tuesday's game. It's led to a lot of text messages from friends and family.

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Pacheco slides into D-backs' backup-catcher role

Pacheco slides into D-backs' backup-catcher role

SAN DIEGO -- It didn't take D-backs manager Chip Hale long to get used to having three catchers.

The D-backs broke camp with Tuffy Gosewisch as the starter behind the plate, Gerald Laird as the backup and Jordan Pacheco as the third catcher and utility man, as he can also play second, third, first and both corner-outfield spots.

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MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

MLB head of youth sports Reagins discusses game's future

LOS ANGELES -- Tony Reagins has spent decades in the game of baseball, and he's worked in everything from marketing to baseball operations. Reagins, formerly the general manager of the Angels, has taken on a new assignment with Major League Baseball as the senior vice president of youth programs, and he took some time Tuesday to discuss his plans for the future.

Reagins, under new Commissioner Rob Manfred, will be in charge of consolidating the league's relationships with youth, high school and college baseball organizations around the country. Reagins attended the Civil Rights Game instructional clinic Tuesday at Rancho Cienega Recreation Center, and he spoke a bit about Jackie Robinson, the Urban Youth Academies and the future of the game.

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Inciarte, De La Rosa help D-backs snap Padres' streak

Inciarte, De La Rosa help D-backs snap Padres' streak

SAN DIEGO -- Ender Inciarte had two doubles and a triple and knocked in four runs on Monday as the D-backs defeated the Padres, 8-4, before a crowd of 19,538 at Petco Park.

San Diego starting pitcher Andrew Cashner (0-2) struck out nine and allowed four runs, all unearned, over six innings. He was hurt by a throwing error in the D-backs' four-run second inning.

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Inciarte taking opportunity and running with it

Inciarte taking opportunity and running with it

SAN DIEGO -- Good luck trying to get D-backs outfielder Ender Inciarte out of the lineup any time soon.

Inciarte continued to make the most of his playing time Monday night as he went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles, a triple and four RBIs to help lead the D-backs past the Padres, 8-4, at Petco Park.

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Owings to see time at short in middle-infield rotation

Owings to see time at short in middle-infield rotation

SAN DIEGO -- After Spring Training, once it was decided that Nick Ahmed would start at short and Chris Owings would get the nod at second base, D-backs manager Chip Hale said he preferred to not have Owings, a natural shortstop, go back and forth between the middle-infield positions.

Circumstances, namely trying to find playing time for veteran Aaron Hill, have led Hale to change his stance, and the three will rotate in the middle infield.

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Hale keeping tabs on Tomas, O'Brien at Triple-A Reno

Hale keeping tabs on Tomas, O'Brien at Triple-A Reno

SAN DIEGO -- D-backs prospect Peter O'Brien is off to a hot start with the bat while playing left field for Triple-A Reno.

After Tuesday's game, O'Brien was hitting .333 with a pair of doubles, a home run and four RBIs for the Aces.

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Hale proud D-backs battled in ninth inning

Arizona scored four runs after being held scoreless for eight frames

Hale proud D-backs battled in ninth inning

PHOENIX -- The first week of the regular season is complete and D-backs manager Chip Hale continues to learn new things about his club. He's watching how his young players handle big situations. He's also keeping an eye on his veterans.

But on Sunday against the Dodgers, the first-year skipper was reminded of something he already knew: The D-backs will not quit.

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D-backs rally in 9th but unable to complete sweep

D-backs rally in 9th but unable to complete sweep

PHOENIX -- Dodgers starter Zack Greinke pitched seven shutout innings and his offense, led by Joc Pederson and Alex Guerrero, racked up 16 hits to power Los Angeles to a 7-4 victory against the D-backs on Sunday and avoid the three-game sweep at Chase Field.

Pederson and Guerrero had three hits each -- including their first big league home runs -- and both finished a triple shy of a cycle. Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig also hit a home run, his first of the season, in the victory.

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D-backs recall Schugel, place Laird on DL

Righty makes big league debut vs. Dodgers; catcher out with back spasms

D-backs recall Schugel, place Laird on DL

PHOENIX -- A.J. Schugel's big league career got off to a fast start.

On Sunday, the D-backs recalled Schugel from Triple-A Reno and placed catcher Gerald Laird on the 15-day disabled list with lower back spasms, retroactive to April 9.

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