D-backs' options for top pick a good problem

No consensus for Draft's No. 1 overall selection, but brass has narrowed list

D-backs' options for top pick a good problem

MILWAUKEE -- On Thursday morning, the D-backs' area scouts and crosscheckers began meeting at Salt River Fields to put together their Draft board, kicking off 10 days of discussions that will culminate with the First-Year Player Draft, taking place from June 8-10.

When the Draft begins at 4 p.m. MST that Monday, all eyes will be on the D-backs, who own the first overall pick for just the second time in franchise history.

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D-backs take positives from tough loss, sweep

D-backs take positives from tough loss, sweep

ST. LOUIS -- The D-backs were three outs away from securing a win Wednesday night and avoiding a sweep at the hands of the Cardinals. They had their best reliever, Brad Ziegler, on the mound. This game belonged to them.

And then it didn't.

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Phoenix to host '16 Diversity Business Summit

Chase Field, Salt River Fields will serve as joint home of event next March

Phoenix to host '16 Diversity Business Summit

The Diversity Business Summit is coming back after a year's hiatus.

Major League Baseball announced plans on Thursday to bring back the groundbreaking event, which seeks to connect attendees with exclusive access to executives from all 30 big league clubs and the league's central office, in addition to representatives of MLB Network and MLB Advanced Media.

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D-backs can't hold back Cardinals in ninth

D-backs can't hold back Cardinals in ninth

ST. LOUIS -- With a pair of ninth-inning runs -- the latter scoring on a throwing error by catcher Jordan Pacheco -- off reliever Brad Ziegler, the Cardinals stole a 4-3 win over the D-backs on Wednesday night, giving St. Louis its second walk-off victory in the three-game set and a sweep of Arizona at Busch Stadium. 

The game ended in wild fashion, with D-backs replacement catcher Pacheco sailing a throw into right field to allow the winning run to jog in from third. Pacheco, trying to finish off an inning-ending double play with the bases loaded, had his back foot hit on Peter Bourjos' aggressive slide home. That seemed to throw off his timing on the play. Jason Heyward had opened the inning with a solo blast to tie the game.

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Gosewisch to have MRI after jamming knee

Gosewisch to have MRI after jamming knee

ST. LOUIS -- D-backs catcher Tuffy Gosewisch suffered what is being called a jammed left knee while trying to beat out a grounder in the sixth inning of Wednesday night's 4-3 D-backs loss to the Cardinals.

Gosewisch lunged for first base with his left leg and came up short of the bag and tumbled past the base, clutching his knee as he went to the ground.

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Goldy looking for support in All-Star balloting

Goldy looking for support in All-Star balloting

ST. LOUIS -- D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt ranks third among National League first basemen in the latest vote totals for the 2015 All-Star Game, which will take place in Cincinnati on July 14. Fans can vote via the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

Goldschmidt has 480,019 votes, which places him behind the Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez (929,016) and the Cubs' Anthony Rizzo (489,255).

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De La Rosa makes first start vs. Brewers in series opener

De La Rosa makes first start vs. Brewers in series opener

MILWAUKEE -- Brewers shortstop Jean Segura is expected back from the 15-day disabled list for Friday's series opener against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Miller Park.

It was a minimum DL stint for Segura, who reluctantly accepted the assignment after suffering a fracture in the joint of his finger on a slide into third base on May 12. He pleaded with club officials to allow him to play through the injury, but was convinced that doing so could risk a more serious injury, and a long-term absence.

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Hale, D-backs credit Bourjos with clean slide

Hale, D-backs credit Bourjos with clean slide

ST. LOUIS -- After watching his catcher get clipped on Peter Bourjos' hard slide home and subsequently airmail a throw that allowed the Cardinals to score the winning run in a 4-3 walk-off victory Wednesday, Arizona manager Chip Hale slipped out of the dugout to have a few words with home-plate umpire Eric Cooper.

Hale's purpose wasn't so much to offer a complaint as it was throw up a Hail Mary.

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Harkey confident Bradley will get back on track

Harkey confident Bradley will get back on track

ST. LOUIS -- D-backs starter Archie Bradley has been struggling in his last three starts, but pitching coach Mike Harkey has not lost any faith in the right-hander.

The main issue for Bradley comes down to command of his fastball, which would allow him to use his secondary pitches more.

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Bradley seeking answers amid rocky stretch

Right-hander left 'frustrated' after allowing 6 runs in 3 2/3 innings

Bradley seeking answers amid rocky stretch

ST. LOUIS -- There was one word that Archie Bradley kept coming back to time and time again following his poor outing Tuesday night in the D-backs' 6-4 loss to the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Frustrating.

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Tomas' hot bat not enough to pick up Bradley

Tomas' hot bat not enough to pick up Bradley

ST. LOUIS -- An early-inning battle of offensive firepower turned into a defensive struggle that fell St. Louis' way, as the Cardinals held on for a 6-4 win over Arizona before 41,107 at Busch Stadium on Tuesday night. The victory made St. Louis the first National League team to reach 30 wins this season.

In his second start of the year, Cardinals starter Jaime Garcia allowed six hits and four runs (three earned) to the D-backs over the first three innings before settling in to shut them out during his final three frames.

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La Russa 'overwhelmed' by youth field dedication

Park named for former Cards manager and current D-backs chief baseball officer

La Russa 'overwhelmed' by youth field dedication

ST. LOUIS -- Tony La Russa is a veteran of baseball's biggest stage and has the accolades to prove it. The former St. Louis manager and Arizona's current chief baseball officer wore his three World Series rings on Wednesday at Ray Leisure Park on South Tucker Boulevard as the Cardinals honored him with the dedication of Tony La Russa Field.

But while community leaders and members of the Cardinals' front office took turns praising La Russa and listing his accomplishments, the legendary skipper's mind didn't drift to Game 7 of the 2011 World Series or to Wednesday evening's series finale between the D-backs and Cards.

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MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

MLB.TV unveils new Web-based media player

Today's schedule starts with a White Sox-Orioles doubleheader that makes up the games that were postponed last month in Baltimore, and then a Corey Kluber-vs.-Nelson Cruz matchup that headlines six more games to follow. Along the way, you are about to have another one of those MLB.TV moments that make you realize how far we have come since the first live video broadcast stream by a major sports league in 2002.

Major League Baseball Advanced Media is introducing its new Web-based media player (version 5.0), for those who currently subscribe or those who sign up now for MLB.TV Premium ($114.99 a year or $24.99 a month) or regular MLB.TV ($94.99/$19.99). You'll notice the difference right away as the HD media player has an in-page layout, so it all happens in your browser with no need for an additional download.

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Burgos placed on DL; lefty Nuno recalled

Reliever needs time to rest shoulder; Hale says righty was overused

Burgos placed on DL; lefty Nuno recalled

ST. LOUIS -- The D-backs placed right-handed reliever Enrique Burgos on the 15-day disabled list with shoulder tendinitis Tuesday, one day after he experienced soreness when warming up to pitch.

Burgos, 24, has been used heavily since being called up from Double-A Mobile at the end of April. He has made 13 appearances, including one stretch of four games in five days and one of three games in four days.

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Scout Hahn an inspiration through courage

Paralyzed during headfirst slide, member of D-backs' front office maintains positive outlook

Scout Hahn an inspiration through courage

PHOENIX -- The story of a former college baseball player getting a job in scouting with goals of working his way up the organizational ladder is a common one. But the story of 23-year-old Cory Hahn certainly isn't common.

"I definitely think about it all the time, whenever I'm watching a game," Hahn said. "There isn't a day that goes by that I don't actually think about 'What if?' or 'What would I be doing now if I'd never gotten hurt?'"

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Hudson OK after getting hit in jaw during BP

D-backs reliever clears concussion tests Monday, available for action

Hudson OK after getting hit in jaw during BP

ST. LOUIS -- D-backs reliever Daniel Hudson was stuck in the jaw by a ball off the bat of Cardinals infielder Mark Reynolds during batting practice Monday afternoon.

Hudson passed the concussion protocol Monday, but D-backs manager Chip Hale said he stayed away from using the right-hander in a 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Cardinals.

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Goodyear Little Leaguers get surprise visit from D-backs

Goodyear Little Leaguers get surprise visit from D-backs

Imagine you're at the local community park watching your Little Leaguer play and out of nowhere the FOX Sports Arizona Fan Express Bus rolls into the parking lot to provide the whole Chase Field Experience.

That's exactly what happened to a bunch of kids who were playing baseball on three Little League fields at Foothills Community Park in Goodyear, Ariz., last week.

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Bottom of lineup misses chances for D-backs

Trumbo provides spark but offense squanders opportunities

Bottom of lineup misses chances for D-backs

ST. LOUIS -- The D-backs had their chances against the Cardinals in Monday's series opener, but the offense could not deliver a knockout blow.

Instead, that was provided by Jhonny Peralta, whose homer to lead off the bottom of the 10th gave the Cardinals a 3-2 win on Memorial Day at Busch Stadium.

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Cards strike back in 10th after Trumbo's HR

Cards strike back in 10th after Trumbo's HR

ST. LOUIS -- A half-inning after the D-backs squandered a bases-loaded opportunity, Cardinals shortstop Jhonny Peralta put a quick end to the Memorial Day matinee at Busch Stadium, launching a walk-off homer to lift the Cardinals to a 3-2 win in 10 innings.

The walk-off victory was the Cardinals' fourth this season and the second to end on a home run. The blast, Peralta's seventh of the year, came off Arizona reliever J.C. Ramirez, who had wiggled out of a mess an inning earlier by striking out the side with two on.

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La Russa's loyalty undivided in St. Louis

D-backs chief baseball officer pulling for current team in former home

La Russa's loyalty undivided in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- There are a lot of great memories for Tony La Russa in this town from his long tenure as Cardinals manager, but as D-backs chief baseball officer, he will not have any divided loyalties during the three-game series.

"I think when you look at their record and our record, we need the wins more than they do," La Russa said. "So that's an easy reminder that this is all about the Diamondbacks winning the series, respecting them, but you know it's that practiced state of mind. You can look back sometimes at your leisure and enjoy the memories and see past relationships, but when you're in the moment like in the game, it's a good kind of distraction, you clear it all out. I won't have any trouble pulling for the Diamondbacks today."

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O'Brien on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

Top phenom raised average 26 points, drove in eight runs

O'Brien on MLB Pipeline's Prospect Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, including big leaguers.

Reports of Byron Buxton's demise have been greatly exaggerated.

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Jonathan Mayo is a reporter for MLBPipeline.com and writes a blog, B3. Follow @JonathanMayoB3 on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

For Goldy, personal stats take backseat to team

D-backs first baseman downplays personal achievements

For Goldy, personal stats take backseat to team

PHOENIX -- Jeremy Hellickson has only been a teammate of Paul Goldschmidt's for a few months. But that's all it has taken for the D-backs starter to form an opinion of the club's powerful first baseman.

"Best player in the game," Hellickson said.

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Goldy's three RBIs lead D-backs over Cubs

Goldy's three RBIs lead D-backs over Cubs

PHOENIX -- The Cubs will be happy to not see Paul Goldschmidt again until early September.

The D-backs first baseman hit an RBI single and a two-run home run Sunday to back Jeremy Hellickson and lead the D-backs to a 4-3 victory over the Cubs at Chase Field and take the series. Goldschmidt, now a career .383 batter against the Cubs, went 5-for-10 with two home runs in the three-game set.

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Goldschmidt, Rizzo share mutual respect

Counterparts admire each other, just not when they are opposing

Goldschmidt, Rizzo share mutual respect

PHOENIX -- Who's the top first baseman in the National League? Two of the best, Anthony Rizzo and Paul Goldschmidt, were at Chase Field this weekend, and most likely will meet again at the All-Star Game.

On Friday, Goldschmidt was the D-backs' hero, hitting an RBI single and a game-tying two-run homer in the 10th inning. On Saturday, it was Rizzo's turn as he drove in six runs, hitting a three-run double in the fifth and a game-winning three-run homer in the ninth.

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D-backs cashing in as hot streaks coincide

Even hitters who struggled early have contributed of late

D-backs cashing in as hot streaks coincide

PHOENIX -- After Saturday's game, D-backs manager Chip Hale noted how he was pleased with how his club has been producing runs as of late, noting that even players who struggled early in the season have been contributing.

Slugger Paul Goldschmidt said he agrees that will be important later in the season for the D-backs, who ranked second in the National League and fourth in the Majors with 200 runs scored heading into Sunday's games.

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Everything clicking for hot-hitting Pollock

D-backs outfielder worked with hitting coach Ward on pitch selection

Everything clicking for hot-hitting Pollock

PHOENIX -- A.J. Pollock was out of the starting lineup Tuesday, when he sat down with D-backs hitting coach Turner Ward.

Pollock was in a bit of a slump offensively coming off an 0-for-6 day on Monday and batting just .222 during an 11-game stretch. But since Pollock entered that game Tuesday and delivered a pinch-hit, two-run homer, the D-backs outfielder has returned to being a tough out for opposing pitchers.

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