D-backs expanding youth baseball programs

Club focused on engaging Arizona's young kids

D-backs expanding youth baseball programs

PHOENIX -- Other than winning baseball games, there is no greater priority for the D-backs than trying to grow the game of baseball among young people in the state of Arizona.

"Our biggest challenge in Major League Baseball is to make sure that we engage with the younger audience," D-backs team president and CEO Derrick Hall said. "We have to make sure they enjoy the sport, hopefully they participate in the sport and are fans for life."

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Bradley changes spikes, shuts down Rangers

D-backs' righty has out-pitched three straight Opening Day starters

Bradley changes spikes, shuts down Rangers

PHOENIX -- D-backs right-hander Archie Bradley knew time was running out on him in the first inning of Arizona's 8-5 win over the Rangers on Wednesday night.

After retiring the first two hitters in the frame, Bradley lost a feel for the strike zone and walked a pair of batters, hit another, then walked one more to force in a run.

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Owings, Bradley shine as D-backs earn split

Owings, Bradley shine as D-backs earn split

PHOENIX -- Archie Bradley overcame a difficult first inning to register another quality start, as the D-backs beat the Rangers, 8-5, on Wednesday night to earn a two-game split at Chase Field.

After allowing a run in the first -- thanks to three walks and a hit batter -- Bradley kept the Rangers off the board for the next five innings. The Rangers did not get their first hit off Bradley (2-0) until Yovani Gallardo's single to lead off the fifth.

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Steve Gilbert and Jesse Sanchez are reporters for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Caliendo take BP, reads D-backs lineup as celebs

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Caliendo take BP, reads D-backs lineup as celebs

It turns out that Frank Caliendo is a pretty good hitter. Well, for a comedian at least.

"I shouldn't be out of breath after just swinging should I?" Caliendo joked.

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Barry M. Bloom

With D-backs, La Russa sees game through new eyes

Now an executive, the Hall of Famer continues to adjust to latest role

With D-backs, La Russa sees game through new eyes

PHOENIX -- After 33 seasons as a Hall of Fame manager, Tony La Russa said this week that his nearly one full year as a club executive has been "eye-opening."

"I've got new respect for the guys who work upstairs," the D-backs chief baseball officer said in a wide-ranging interview with MLB.com this week at Chase Field. "The responsibility is definitely different."

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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.

Collmenter looks to stay hot in series opener vs. Bucs

Collmenter looks to stay hot in series opener vs. Bucs

The Pirates and D-backs open up a three-game series Friday night at Chase Field with the Pirates' Gerrit Cole squaring off against the D-backs' Josh Collmenter. Both pitchers are looking to build off impressive recent performances.

The D-backs had an off-day Thursday, their second this week, while the Pirates beat the Cubs, 5-4, on Thursday afternoon in Pittsburgh before heading to Phoenix.

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D-backs' 2001 title trio headline early Franchise Four leaderboard

D-backs' 2001 title trio headline early Franchise Four leaderboard

PHOENIX -- Major League Baseball on Wednesday announced the current leaders of the "Franchise Four" campaign, which allows fans to vote for the most impactful players who best represent each Major League franchise.

The D-backs don't have quite so long a history as most teams, but that doesn't make their choices any easier.

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Channeling his inner La Russa, Hale hits pitcher 8th

Only second time in D-backs history a hurler has batted outside the No. 9 spot

Channeling his inner La Russa, Hale hits pitcher 8th

PHOENIX -- Manager Chip Hale took a page out of D-backs chief baseball officer Tony La Russa's book Wednesday when he decided to hit pitcher Archie Bradley eighth rather than in the customary No. 9 spot.

It is only the second time in franchise history that a D-backs pitcher has hit eighth. The other time it happened came on June 4, 2008, when then-manager Bob Melvin put Micah Owings in the No. 8 spot.

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Tomas notches two hits in first big league start

Tomas notches two hits in first big league start

PHOENIX -- Yasmany Tomas made his first big league start Tuesday in the D-backs' 7-1 loss to Texas, and he went 2-for-3 with a run, but committed an error at third base.

Tomas started in place of Jake Lamb, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list prior to the game with a stress reaction in his left foot.

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Corbin, Hernandez throw live BP for first time since surgery

Corbin, Hernandez throw live BP for first time since surgery

PHOENIX -- Pitchers Patrick Corbin and David Hernandez each threw live batting practice sessions for the first time Tuesday afternoon in their respective returns from Tommy John surgery.

"I thought both of them threw the ball well," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "The ball was coming out of their hand great."

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Bullpen falters late in loss to Texas

Bullpen falters late in loss to Texas

PHOENIX -- A four-run eighth inning helped the Rangers beat the D-backs, 7-1, on Tuesday night in the first of a two-game series at Chase Field.

With the game tied at 1, Rangers left fielder Jake Smolinski reached first on a one-out error by Cliff Pennington, before Leonys Martin drew a walk. Elvis Andrus then drove home Smolinski with a chopper over Pennington's head, and Prince Fielder capped the rally with a two-run homer.

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D-backs fan makes hat catch, gives it to young fan

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D-backs fan makes hat catch, gives it to young fan

Catching a foul ball is a very rare occurrence. Some put it as high as 1 in 1,189, but it really depends on the game/ballpark. So when you do get one, you should act like you just won the lottery and were elected ruler of the world for all eternity, right?

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Anderson shines but has nothing to show for it

Anderson shines but has nothing to show for it

PHOENIX -- D-backs right-hander Chase Anderson turned in a second straight excellent start Tuesday night, but he wasn't in a celebratory mood after watching his team lose to the Rangers, 7-1, at Chase Field.

Anderson allowed just three hits and one run over seven innings before turning things over to the bullpen with the game tied at 1.

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Foot injury sends Lamb to disabled list

D-backs promote infielder Dorn; catcher Laird transferred to 60-day DL

Foot injury sends Lamb to disabled list

PHOENIX -- The D-backs placed Jake Lamb on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday, the result of a stress reaction in the third baseman's left foot. In Lamb's place, the club promoted first baseman/outfielder Danny Dorn, who made his debut in Tuesday night's game.

Manager Chip Hale said the team caught a break by diagnosing Lamb's injury before it became a fracture, which means he could be back in three weeks, as opposed to missing months.

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What's in a number? How some D-backs got their jerseys

What's in a number? How some D-backs got their jerseys

PHOENIX -- When a D-backs player is called up from the Minor Leagues, the man who decides what number they wear is clubhouse manager Roger Riley.

When the D-backs go on the road, Riley travels with some extra jerseys, numbers and letters in case a player is called up. Every team in baseball has a person on call in their city that visiting teams can use if new names and numbers need to be put on a jersey.

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D-backs pleased with success early in season

Offense, defense shine as pitching settles in during winning road trip

D-backs pleased with success early in season

SAN FRANCISCO -- It is early yet and they are just one game over the .500 mark, but there is some confidence beginning to build in the Arizona Diamondbacks' clubhouse.

With Sunday's 5-1 win over the Giants at AT&T Park, the D-backs took three of four from the defending World Series champs, and they finished the first road trip of the season, which also included a stop in San Diego, with a winning record at 4-3.

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Hellickson lifted to win over Giants

Hellickson lifted to win over Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Jeremy Hellickson ended a streak of 11 winless starts Sunday and received offensive support from Paul Goldschmidt and Chris Owings as the Arizona Diamondbacks tamed the San Francisco Giants, 5-1.

Hellickson lasted 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run and eight hits. Since recording his previous victory while pitching for Tampa Bay at Oakland last Aug. 6, Hellickson went 0-6 with a 5.67 ERA in 11 starts entering this game.

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Tomas getting chance to adjust to Majors

Pace of big leagues a big change for Cuban slugger

Tomas getting chance to adjust to Majors

SAN FRANCISCO -- Yasmany Tomas picked up his first Major League hit Sunday afternoon at AT&T Park when he grounded a single through second on a hit-and-run in the ninth inning of a 5-1 D-backs victory over the Giants.

Tomas, who was signed this past winter to a six-year $68.5 million deal after defecting from Cuba, was called up last week. Since then he has only gotten four at-bats and played one inning of defense at first base.

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D-backs muster little against Giants rookie

D-backs muster little against Giants rookie

SAN FRANCISCO -- Receiving impressive pitching from Chris Heston and brief but effective flurries of offense, the San Francisco Giants snapped their eight-game losing streak Saturday by subduing the Arizona Diamondbacks, 4-1.

"He's a good pitcher," D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt said of Heston. "He pitched well tonight. He didn't make too many mistakes. He worked ahead in the count a lot; that was maybe the biggest thing. He had the one walk, but there wasn't too many hitters' counts. He mixed up his slider and his fastball so you couldn't really lock in on one pitch. He did a great job tonight."

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De La Rosa improves, but takes loss vs. Giants

D-backs starter allows four runs (three earned) in 6 2/3 innings

De La Rosa improves, but takes loss vs. Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- When the D-backs decided to keep Rubby De La Rosa on the Opening Day roster, they said he had done all the learning he could at the Minor League level and whatever was left to be done would have to happen in the big leagues.

Saturday night against the Giants, that learning process continued as De La Rosa and D-backs fell, 4-1, at AT&T Park.

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D-backs 'show respect' by watching Giants get rings

Hale moves batting practice to before series finale

D-backs 'show respect' by watching Giants get rings

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Giants received their 2014 World Series rings prior to Saturday night's game, and D-backs manager Chip Hale requested that his players be in the dugout to watch.

"I think it's cool for them," Hale said. "We'll be out there to watch and show our respect. It's not easy to do. It's something that everybody when you start the season is aiming for. Hats off to them for last year. We're all trying to get there. We'll go out and watch it and show our respect."

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Two-hit game could be spark for Owings

D-backs infielder had started season 3-for-29 before success vs. Giants

Two-hit game could be spark for Owings

SAN FRANCISCO -- D-backs second baseman Chris Owings collected two hits Friday night, almost matching his season total coming into the game, and he hopes it's the start of good things to come.

"A lot of good stuff happened last night," Owings said Saturday of the D-backs' 9-0 win over the Giants. "It was one of those nights to kind of get out there and relax a little bit. I put a lot of pressure on myself and I just kind of watched guys have some good ABs and just tried to do the same thing and not try to do too much up there."

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Big Unit offers advice to D-backs Minor Leaguers

Big Unit offers advice to D-backs Minor Leaguers

Five-time Cy Young winner Randy Johnson will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame this summer, but for now his focus is on helping the D-backs' organization to develop its next great pitcher.

Johnson, currently serving as a special assistant to the president and CEO for the D-backs, stopped by the club's Triple-A affiliate in Reno, Nev., on Friday to talk to the Reno Aces' players prior to their 2015 home opener. While he'll be honored in Cooperstown later this summer for his pitching prowess, Johnson's advice on Friday certainly wasn't limited only to potential future Major League hurlers, as he instead advised all of Reno's Minor Leaguers that putting in the hard work now is more important than ever.

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Collmenter's shutout a big relief for D-backs

Arizona starter tosses four-hitter after entire bullpen used in 12-inning game

Collmenter's shutout a big relief for D-backs

SAN FRANCISCO -- After using every one of their relievers in a 12-inning win the night before, the D-backs were hoping Friday's starter Josh Collmenter would be able to pitch deep into the game.

Collmenter did better than that, tossing a complete-game four-hitter and contributing three hits himself as the D-backs beat the Giants, 9-0, at AT&T Park.

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D-backs extend Giants' skid behind Collmenter's shutout

D-backs extend Giants' skid behind Collmenter's shutout

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.

"It's fun when you have stuff working like that," Collmenter said. "For me, it was the fastball command. It was huge for me. I was able to move the ball in and out. Everything for me plays off of that."

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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. Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Haft-Baked Ideas, and follow him on Twitter at @sfgiantsbeat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Collmenter threw first CG and picked up three hits.

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Collmenter threw first CG and picked up three hits.

Given that there were already 27 shutouts this season going into Friday's action, you may be surprised to learn that there had been zero complete games. But considering that pitchers are still stretching their arms out and Major League bullpens have become more dominant than "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" during its heyday, it makes sense. 

Josh Collmenter put an end to that. Facing the Giants on Friday night, the ax-throwing Diamondback pitched the Majors' first complete game shutout, surrendering only four hits and picking up two strikeouts.

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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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