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Lyle Spencer

De La Rosa makes strong case for rotation spot in debut

De La Rosa makes strong case for rotation spot in debut

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- While Spring Training is a mere dress rehearsal for the likes of Madison Bumgarner, Clayton Kershaw and Felix Hernandez, every opportunity carries meaning for those in pursuit of steady work. In his and his team's Cactus League debut on Wednesday, new D-backs right-hander Rubby De La Rosa was a gem for first-year manager Chip Hale.

Bidding for a spot in Hale's rotation, De La Rosa made a bright impression on his 26th birthday. In two innings against the Rockies at Salt River Fields, he struck out two and yielded one scratch single, an unplayable slow roller. In the process, he managed to demonstrate his resolve in escaping a second-inning test.

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Lyle Spencer is a national reporter and columnist for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @LyleMSpencer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Viewed as third baseman, Drury will also see time at second

Hale: D-backs' No. 7 prospect 'looks good' at 2B

Viewed as third baseman, Drury will also see time at second

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs still view prospect Brandon Drury as a third baseman, but have not ruled out a future for him at second base.

Last season, the 22-year-old played mostly third, but did make two appearances at second.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

De La Rosa impressive in first D-backs start

Righty tosses two scoreless innings; Anderson, Blair also sharp against Rockies

De La Rosa impressive in first D-backs start

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- In the Cactus League opener for both teams, D-backs catching prospect Peter O'Brien went 2-for-3 with an RBI in a 6-2 victory over the Rockies on Wednesday afternoon in front of 6,780 at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.

D-backs starter Rubby De La Rosa, who is battling for a rotation spot, tossed an impressive two shutout innings on his 26th birthday. The right-hander, acquired from the Red Sox in the Wade Miley deal, allowed one hit and struck out two.

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Thomas Harding is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Hardball in the Rockies, follow him on Twitter @harding_at_mlb, and like his Facebook page, Thomas Harding and Friends at www.Rockies.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Quartet of Arizona hurlers twirl scoreless outings

Prospects Blair, Shipley impress manager Hale

Quartet of Arizona hurlers twirl scoreless outings

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs lost their shutout in the ninth inning of Wednesday's 6-2 win over the Rockies, but that didn't take away from a second straight impressive day turned in by the pitching staff.

Two pitchers competing for rotation spots -- Rubby De La Rosa and Chase Anderson -- both pitched two scoreless innings.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs to serve a Churro Dog this season

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D-backs to serve a Churro Dog this season

Hot dogs have been a ballpark staple since the beginning of baseball time. But what happens when you're done with your hot dog? Do you eat more hot dogs? 

No.

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Reynolds briefly sidelined with sore right oblique

Coming back from Tommy John surgery, D-backs lefty says elbow's fine

Reynolds briefly sidelined with sore right oblique

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- After missing the entire 2014 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery, D-backs left-hander Matt Reynolds was looking forward to a smooth Spring Training.

Yet on the day he was supposed to throw his session of batting practice, he found himself back in the trainer's room, this time with a sore right oblique muscle.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hale praises D-backs' approach in exhibition win over ASU

Hale praises D-backs' approach in exhibition win over ASU

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The result does not count toward their Spring Training record, but that doesn't mean there weren't some noteworthy things to come out of the D-backs' 4-0 win over the Arizona State University Sun Devils on Tuesday afternoon.

D-backs right fielder Mark Trumbo looked good in his two at-bats, even though he only had one hit to show for it. His other at-bat resulted in a sharp lineout to right fielder Trever Allen, who made a run-saving two-out catch.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tomas turns in solid D-backs debut

Tomas turns in solid D-backs debut

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Yasmany Tomas played five innings at third base and went 1-for-2 in the D-backs' 4-0 exhibition victory against Arizona State University on Tuesday, the Cuban's first game action since signing with Arizona as a free agent.

"Everybody knows it was my first day," Tomas said. "It was a good day. I put in the hard work to see it happen, and it felt like overall a good day."

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Goldschmidt singles in first at-bat since breaking hand

Goldschmidt singles in first at-bat since breaking hand

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Paul Goldschmidt picked up right where he left off last July, as the D-backs first baseman singled sharply up the middle in his lone at-bat in Tuesday's 4-0 win in an exhibition game against Arizona State University.

The at-bat was Goldschmidt's first since Aug. 1, when he was hit in the left hand by an Ernesto Frieri pitch in a game against the Pirates. The fastball fractured Goldschmidt's hand and sent him to the disabled list for the remainder of the season.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

De La Rosa to start D-backs' Cactus League opener

De La Rosa to start D-backs' Cactus League opener

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Right-hander Rubby De La Rosa, acquired in the offseason trade that sent Wade Miley to the Red Sox, will get the start for the D-backs in their Cactus League opener on Wednesday afternoon against the Rockies at Salt River Fields.

Chase Anderson, Aaron Blair, Braden Shipley and Dan Runzler are also scheduled to take the mound in the 1:10 p.m. MT matchup, which will be available via an exclusive free audio webcast on MLB.com.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs honor Prescott resident killed in Syria

D-backs honor Prescott resident killed in Syria

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs wore black patches with "KAYLA" on them on their left shoulders for Tuesday's exhibition game against Arizona State University in memory of Prescott resident Kayla Mueller.

The team will continue to wear the patches through the March 8 game against the Giants to honor Mueller, a human rights activist who died last month while being held captive in Syria.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Peralta strives to stick around after breakthrough season

Outfielder took remarkable route to Majors, stayed active with winter ball in Venezuela

Peralta strives to stick around after breakthrough season

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- David Peralta's journey -- from pitching prospect to out of baseball to trying again as an outfielder in independent ball before finally making to the big leagues with the D-backs last year -- has been well documented.

It deserves mentioning again, because it helps explain why after a successful rookie season in 2014, Peralta was not about to rest on his laurels, not about to take anything for granted.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs again praised for work environment

Arizona is lone baseball team named to Forbes' top 10 employee-friendly sports organizations

D-backs again praised for work environment

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs were named as one of the "10 Best Organizations to Work for in Sports" by Forbes, adding to the organization's list of awards in that category.

"That was a nice surprise," D-backs team president/CEO Derrick Hall said. "I was very proud and honored, but it really says a lot about our employees, who are so passionate and really make this culture what it is each and every day. I often say that we can't control what happens on the field as evident by last year's result, but we can control what happens off the field, and it really starts with how we treat our employees."

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs take cover to stay on task despite downpour

D-backs take cover to stay on task despite downpour

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Despite the rain, the D-backs were able to get most of their work in Monday morning on the eve of their first exhibition game of the spring.

The pitchers who were scheduled to throw bullpen sessions were able to get them in before the showers hit Salt River Fields.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reed likely needs two weeks before taking mound

Reliever feels no soreness in shoulder, but D-backs are staying cautious

Reed likely needs two weeks before taking mound

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs closer Addison Reed said it will likely be around two weeks before he gets back on the mound again after experiencing some soreness in his right shoulder just before camp opened.

Tests done on his shoulder showed no injury and Reed has been playing catch without any discomfort.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs have some fun on photo day

D-backs have some fun on photo day

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The D-backs went through their annual photo day, which lasted about two hours Sunday morning.

There were 14 stations for players to go through with media outlets like MLB.com and MLB Network on hand. The team also shot videos and head shots that will be used throughout the season on the Chase Field scoreboard.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs, Rockies unveil newly renovated Lehi Field

D-backs, Rockies unveil newly renovated Lehi Field

MESA, Ariz. -- When Deanna Scabby was a young infielder, the lights at Lehi Ballfield were so dim that families would park their cars around the outside of the field and shine headlights at home plate so games could continue after dark.

On Sunday, Scabby stood before members of the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies and her fellow Lehi District Council Representatives as a field dedication took place for the newly renovated diamond located on the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.

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Josh Rawitch is the senior vice president of communications for the D-backs. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs hold tryout camp at Salt River Fields

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- A little more than 100 players went through a tryout camp held by the D-backs on Saturday.

The camp ran eight hours long, lasting all the way until they turned the Salt River Fields lights off around 11 p.m., and there were four players that the D-backs had interest in talking to when all was said and done.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Robbie Ray's mom has proof he's always been a D-back

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Robbie Ray's mom has proof he's always been a D-back

Pitcher Robbie Ray got the call of his life last season when the Tigers were in need of a starting pitcher because Anibal Sanchez had to be placed on the disabled list. Ray went 1-4 in nine appearances for the Tigers, including six starts.

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Tomas to split time between third base, outfield in Spring Training

Hale wants Cuban slugger to see a lot of at-bats

Tomas to split time between third base, outfield in Spring Training

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Yasmany Tomas, who has worked out almost exclusively at third base, has started to shag balls from the outfield during batting practice and will see action there when games start next week.

"We've talked amongst everybody on the staff and in the front office, and what we're going to do for games is we have these at-bats, especially early on, where guys are only going to get two or three at-bats and then be out of the game," D-backs manager Chip Hale said. "We've told Tomas that if there's a day when he is not going to play third, we're going to put him in the outfield just to get at-bats.

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Jesse Sanchez is a national reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @JesseSanchezMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Cuban pitcher Lopez draws crowd for first BP session

D-backs' righty 'anxious' to see game action

Cuban pitcher Lopez draws crowd for first BP session

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs right-hander Yoan Lopez stepped on the mound at Quail Field, better known as Field No. 3, at the Salt River Fields complex on Saturday morning and a crowd of the most important decision-makers in the organization immediately gathered around the batting cage.

There stood general manager Dave Stewart, senior vice president of baseball operations De Jon Watson, D-backs pitching coach Mike Harkey, Dave Duncan, a special assistant to the general manager, and Lopez's right-hand man, Hatuey Mendoza, the club's coordinator of Latin American operations, with their eyes focused on the 22-year-old pitcher.

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Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hellickson's pitching session cut short by cramp

D-backs righty to be reevaluated on Sunday

Hellickson's pitching session cut short by cramp

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Right-handed pitcher Jeremy Hellickson experienced a cramp near his right rib cage area and shut down his pitching session a few pitches short.

He does not expect to miss any time.

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Jesse Sanchez is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

La Russa sees a lot of Pujols in Goldschmidt

Chief baseball officer discusses his star first baseman, other topics after 1st week of camp

La Russa sees a lot of Pujols in Goldschmidt

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- For the past five months they were just names on a white board, a conceptual idea, but over the past week as the D-backs have come to life on the field in front of him, chief baseball officer Tony La Russa has been pleased with what he's seen.

"The talent level is legit," La Russa said. "Sometimes over the winter you view the talent through rose-colored glasses, and then you look at it and the talent is here. It's exciting."

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs, Trumbo feel slugger better fit for right field

D-backs, Trumbo feel slugger better fit for right field

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs GM Dave Stewart decided after last season that right field would be a better fit for Mark Trumbo than left, where he began the 2014 season.

Stewart said he talked with Trumbo's previous manager, Angels skipper Mike Scioscia.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Hale would prefer to carry 12 pitchers

Recovering starters may force D-backs to carry extra arm

Hale would prefer to carry 12 pitchers

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- D-backs manager Chip Hale would prefer to carry 12 pitchers rather than 13, but that could be influenced by the number of hurlers the team has returning from Tommy John surgery.

If David Hernandez, Daniel Hudson and Matt Reynolds are all in the bullpen, the team might need to carry an extra reliever because they are trying to be careful with that trio since they have all had Tommy John surgery.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Tracy Ringolsby

D-backs' trajectory depends on choosing proper pieces

Club keeping open mind as position battles loom

D-backs' trajectory depends on choosing proper pieces

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Diamondbacks are definitely a work in progress.

What is known is that Dave Stewart is the new general manager and Chip Hale is the new manager.

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Tracy Ringolsby is a columnist for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs announce 2015 TV schedule

FOX Sports Arizona will televise 150 games

D-backs announce 2015 TV schedule

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- FOX Sports Arizona will televise 150 D-backs games during the regular season in 2015 as well as three Cactus League contests.

Each regular season broadcast will include the "Diamondbacks Live" pregame and postgame shows.

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Healthy Ross welcomes battle for playing time

D-backs outfielder looks to bounce back from hip injury, subpar year

Healthy Ross welcomes battle for playing time

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- If Cody Ross is going to get playing time with the D-backs this year, he's going to have to earn it, and that's fine by him.

"My back is against the wall, which is right where I want to be," Ross said. "That's kind of been like my whole career. I never really had anything handed to me until a couple of years ago and that didn't go so well. Now that my back is against the wall, the real Cody will come out."

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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. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.