Ray stymies Rangers in longest career outing

Ray stymies Rangers in longest career outing

ARLINGTON -- Right from the start, it appeared D-backs left-hander Robbie Ray had his good stuff working as he held the Rangers hitless through 4 2/3 innings and scoreless through seven on Tuesday night at Globe Life Park.

While the no-hitter and shutout would both eventually be lost, that hardly seemed to matter as the D-backs beat the Rangers, 4-2.

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Ray outduels Gallardo as D-backs top Texas

Ray outduels Gallardo as D-backs top Texas

ARLINGTON -- The D-backs brought Yovani Gallardo's consecutive scoreless streak to an end Tuesday night while extending the Rangers' troubles in their own ballpark.

Left-hander Robbie Ray held Texas scoreless into the eighth inning and Arizona went on to a 4-2 victory at Globe Life Park. The Rangers have lost seven straight home games, while the D-backs have won six of their last nine games overall.

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Hale, Goldy happy for Pollock's All-Star berth

Hale, Goldy happy for Pollock's All-Star berth

ARLINGTON -- D-backs outfielder A.J. Pollock got the good news in a phone call from manager Chip Hale on Monday afternoon that he had been selected to the National League All-Star team through the player vote.

"He was elected by the players, which I think is really cool, because his peers are realizing what a great player he is and how important he is to us," Hale said. "It was really neat. I called him yesterday and let him know. He was with his wife at the hotel, so they got to find out together. It's just a special time. When you're peers vote you in, you realize that you've kind of come of age."

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D-backs agree with second-rounder Young

D-backs agree with second-rounder Young

ARLINGTON -- The D-backs have agreed to terms with 2015 second-round Draft pick Alex Young, who was the 43rd overall selection.

Young, a left-hander out of Texas Christian University, was 9-3 with a 2.22 ERA in 17 games (16 starts) for the Horned Frogs this past season.

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Hellickson to match up with Harrison in Texas finale

Hellickson to match up with Harrison in Texas finale

Rangers pitcher Matt Harrison is prepared for a rush for adrenaline, excitement and nerves all at once when takes the mound on Wednesday night when the Rangers and D-backs wrap up their two-game set in Arlington.

Harrison will be making his first Major League start since May 13, 2014. He underwent spinal fusion surgery on June 3, 2014, and there is no charted history of a pitcher returning from that kind of operation to pitch effectively in the Major Leagues. But Harrison is hoping he is on the verge of making medical history, just like Colby Lewis in his comeback from hip-replacement surgery.

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D-backs' Anderson happy to be home in Texas

D-backs' Anderson happy to be home in Texas

ARLINGTON -- D-backs right-hander Chase Anderson threw his between-starts bullpen session Tuesday afternoon, and when he was done, he sat for about 20 minutes by himself and just looked around Globe Life Park.

Anderson grew up about an hour and a half away, in Wichita Falls, Texas, and used to come to games at the ballpark when he was a kid.

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Pollock to join Goldy at ASG as OF reserve

Pollock to join Goldy at ASG as OF reserve

PHOENIX -- D-backs center fielder A.J. Pollock will be joining first baseman Paul Goldschmidt in Cincinnati for the All-Star Game next week.

Pollock was elected by his fellow players in vote totals that were released Monday.

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Goldschmidt voted starter for All-Star Game

Goldschmidt voted starter for All-Star Game

PHOENIX -- For the second straight year, D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt will be in the starting lineup for the National League in the All-Star Game in Cincinnati.

Goldschmidt won the fan voting at first base by collecting 9,119,375 votes to easily outdistance the Reds' Joey Votto and the Dodgers' Adrian Gonzalez.

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NL ASG starters' highlight-reel plays

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NL ASG starters' highlight-reel plays

If you thought July 4 was full of fireworks, just wait until July 14 in Cincinnati when baseball's biggest stars converge on Great American Ball Park for the 2015 MLB All-Star Game. 

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D-backs execs to make goodwill visit to Japan

Club has been active internationally, hopes to continue to cultivate relationships

D-backs execs to make goodwill visit to Japan

PHOENIX -- The D-backs' front office will continue to pile up the frequent flier miles as a contingent of executives will travel to Japan as part of a one-week goodwill trip from Aug. 14-20.

Team president/CEO Derrick Hall, chief baseball officer Tony LaRussa and special assistants Randy Johnson and Luis Gonzalez will visit with the Nippon Professional Baseball Commissioner's Office, MLB Japan, several NPB teams' front offices and the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo and will make a public appearance at the Major League Baseball Road Show.

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Reed fans career-high 10 for Hillsboro

D-backs No. 17 prospect allows 0 runs in 6 innings; first time he's tossed more than 4 innings without allowing a run

Reed fans career-high 10 for Hillsboro

D-backs No. 17 prospect Cody Reed posted his best performance of the year Monday, scattering three hits and notching a career-high 10 strikeouts in six shutout innings as Class A Short Season Hillsboro took down Everett, 2-1.

His outing was the first time he's thrown more than four innings without allowing a run at the professional level and the 19-year-old southpaw stands at 2-1 with a 2.11 ERA after four starts with the Hops.

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D-backs drop finale; De La Rosa dinged for 6 runs

D-backs drop finale; De La Rosa dinged for 6 runs

PHOENIX -- Troy Tulowitzki and Carlos Gonzalez each homered as the Rockies beat the D-backs, 6-4, and avoided a four-game sweep on Sunday at Chase Field.

The Rockies rattled off six straight hits to open the game, which included a three-run blast by Tulowitzki, to take a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning against D-backs starter Rubby De La Rosa, who allowed six runs on eight hits in five innings in the loss. Gonzalez's homer off De La Rosa proved big when the D-backs surged late.

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Corbin completes 'long road' back to Majors

D-backs starter, in return from Tommy John, earns 1st win since '13

Corbin completes 'long road' back to Majors

PHOENIX -- When the Chase Field public address announcer read the starting lineups, the sellout crowd roared when he got to pitcher Patrick Corbin.

It had been 645 days since the left-hander had last pitched in a regular-season game and in between he had Tommy John surgery and went through a lengthy rehab. His reward for all that work came Saturday night when he picked up the win as the D-backs beat the Rockies, 7-3.

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Pennington bunts and ends up on third (with help)

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Pennington bunts and ends up on third (with help)

Cliff Pennington laid down a bunt in the eighth inning of the D-backs' 7-3 win over the Rockies on Saturday that plated two runs and left him standing on third base.

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Corbin marks comeback with 1st win since '13

Corbin marks comeback with 1st win since '13

PHOENIX -- Patrick Corbin tossed five solid innings to earn the win in his first start since Sept. 27, 2013 as the D-backs beat the Rockies, 7-3, on Saturday night in front of a sellout crowd at Chase Field.

Corbin, who underwent Tommy John surgery in March, 2014, allowed two runs on eight hits while striking out three. The D-backs gave Corbin some early run support in the first when they capitalized on a Nolan Arenado error to score a pair of runs.

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Bradley gets good news on shoulder ailment

No structural damage, but D-backs pitcher needs more rest

Bradley gets good news on shoulder ailment

PHOENIX -- After traveling to Alabama to meet with renowned surgeon James Andrews, D-backs starter Archie Bradley has received confirmation that there is no structural damage to his right shoulder, which has caused him to be on the disabled list since June 4.

Bradley visited with Andrews on Wednesday to receive a second opinion on his injured shoulder. The D-backs right-hander was told the original diagnosis by team doctor Gary Waslewski was correct.

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D-backs activate Corbin, Hernandez from DL

Stites, Dorn optioned to Triple-A Reno

D-backs activate Corbin, Hernandez from DL

PHOENIX -- The D-backs made a pair of roster moves Saturday, activating left-hander Patrick Corbin and catcher Oscar Hernandez from the disabled list and optioning reliever Matt Stites and outfielder Danny Dorn to Triple-A Reno.

Corbin, who was recovering from Tommy John surgery, started Saturday's game.

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D-backs capitalize after bad luck strikes Rox

D-backs capitalize after bad luck strikes Rox

PHOENIX -- In consecutive innings, the D-backs and Rockies each had a chance to win the game late on Friday night. Both teams couldn't do so.

The D-backs loaded the bases with one out in the bottom of the ninth and couldn't plate a run. Then the Rockies had runners on first and second with no outs in the 10th and didn't capitalize. But the D-backs didn't waste their next opportunity, as Cliff Pennington delivered a walk-off sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th for a 4-3 win.

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Pennington pushes D-backs past Rox in walk-off

Pennington pushes D-backs past Rox in walk-off

PHOENIX -- Cliff Pennington drove in the game-winning run with an RBI sacrifice fly in the bottom of the 10th inning to lift the D-backs to a 4-3 win over the Rockies on Friday night at Chase Field.

"He's one of the veterans on this team," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "When they get their chances to play they just seem to be in the right place at the right time."

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Ahmed gets bit with aggression on basepaths

Ahmed gets bit with aggression on basepaths

PHOENIX -- Over the past two days, D-backs shortstop Nick Ahmed has twice been thrown out on a pick-off and manager Chip Hale would like him to show just a little more caution.

Ahmed was caught by Brett Anderson starting for second base early in the first inning Wednesday night and then in Thursday night's first inning the same thing happened at second base with Chris Rusin on the mound.

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Mark Grace chats with fans on Facebook

Mark Grace is pinch-chatting for Derrick Hall this month on another #DbacksTBT, presented by Chase.

Arizona Diamondbacks: Hey fans, it's Mark here. Don't come in here weak. Give me good questions. I have high expectations!

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Peralta continues to impress vs. lefties

D-backs outfielder triples, making most of opportunity

Peralta continues to impress vs. lefties

PHOENIX -- With outfielder Ender Inciarte on the disabled list, the D-backs have given David Peralta a chance to start against left-handed pitchers, and so far he's making the most of that opportunity.

Peralta's two-run triple in the sixth inning off lefty Chris Rushin helped propel the D-backs to an 8-1 victory over the Rockies on Thursday night at Chase Field.

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D-backs' extra-base hits sink Rockies

D-backs' extra-base hits sink Rockies

PHOENIX -- Jeremy Hellickson pitched seven innings of one-run ball and the offense gave him more than enough support, as the D-backs took the series opener against the Rockies, 8-1, on Thursday night at Chase Field.

David Peralta put the D-backs ahead, 3-1, in the sixth with a two-run triple. In the seventh, Yasmany Tomas and Aaron Hill each added a two-run double to break it open. Hellickson allowed just three hits and struck out six with no walks.

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Five best names from international signing day

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Five best names from international signing day

With the international signing period kicking off on Thursday (probably so all the GMs could sign their players and then head out for the long weekend), many of the biggest names on the market already inked some major deals. 

Of course, that also meant that the best names in the international market also put their signatures on their sparkling new contracts. 

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Rocky third inning does in Ray, D-backs

Rocky third inning does in Ray, D-backs

PHOENIX -- D-backs starter Robbie Ray made it past a bad inning, pitched a few more without allowing a run, and kept his team close enough to mount a late rally.

But that rally wasn't enough, and the D-backs fell 4-3 on Wednesday night to drop two out of three to the Dodgers. Ray suffered his fourth loss in his last five starts.

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Hill, Peralta homer, but D-backs come up short

Hill, Peralta homer, but D-backs come up short

PHOENIX -- Brett Anderson pitched seven quality innings, and Howie Kendrick continued to torment the D-backs as the Dodgers cruised to a 4-3 win on Wednesday night to capture the three-game series at Chase Field.

"He's a competitor. He's kept us in the game," Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said of Anderson. "He's got weapons. He knows what he's doing, and he doesn't get rattled."

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Ahmed's adjustments have yielded a power surge

Ahmed's adjustments have yielded a power surge

PHOENIX -- Nick Ahmed hit a two-run homer for the second straight night on Tuesday against the Dodgers, marking the first time the D-backs' rookie shortstop has gone deep in consecutive games.

The 25-year-old has never hit more than six homers in a season in his professional career, which includes four years in the Minor Leagues. Yet Ahmed's go-ahead blast on Tuesday was his sixth this year, and it's not even the All-Star break.

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Hernandez continues to search for his old form

Hernandez continues to search for his old form

PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Chip Hale knows it's unfair to think pitchers can come back from Tommy John surgery and immediately have the same success they had pre-surgery.

That's the situation the D-backs find themselves in with David Hernandez, who suffered the loss in Tuesday's 6-4 loss to the Dodgers at Chase Field. Hernandez gave up a trio of runs in the 10th inning, which included a go-ahead blast by Howie Kendrick to lead off the frame.

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Bullpen can't hold late lead as D-backs fall to Dodgers

Bullpen can't hold late lead as D-backs fall to Dodgers

PHOENIX -- Howie Kendrick (4-for-5) homered leading off the 10th inning and Yasmani Grandal, who homered earlier, added a two-run double as the Dodgers beat the D-Backs Tuesday night, 6-4, at Chase Field.

Former Dodger Rubby De La Rosa allowed a two-run homer to Grandal in the top of the second inning, Grandal's second homer in as many games.

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Webster optioned as D-backs recall Stites

Webster optioned as D-backs recall Stites

The D-backs recalled right-hander Matt Stites from Triple-A Reno and optioned right-hander Allen Webster to Reno, the club announced Tuesday.

Webster started Monday night's game against the Dodgers and allowed four runs on five hits in 3 2/3 innings, although he did not factor into the decision in Arizona's 10-6 victory. In four starts for Arizona, he was 1-1 with a 7.11 ERA.

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