D-backs to use Marshall in low leverage spots

Club sticking with struggling reliever as he tries to recapture form

D-backs to use Marshall in low leverage spots

LOS ANGELES -- The D-backs have not lost faith in reliever Evan Marshall, but they are going to pitch him in less crucial situations while he irons out his struggles.

Marshall was outstanding last year as a rookie, but this year he has a 7.45 ERA.

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D-backs search for answers for 1st-inning woes

D-backs search for answers for 1st-inning woes

LOS ANGELES -- The first inning has been a trouble spot for D-backs pitchers, as they had a 6.55 ERA in the frame entering Sunday.

Not only are they allowing too many runs in the first inning, but the struggles also force the starters to throw a lot of pitches, which limits how deep they can pitch into the game.

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D-backs fall in back-and-forth battle

D-backs fall in back-and-forth battle

LOS ANGELES -- Rookie Joc Pederson homered again to tie the game and Howie Kendrick's tie-breaking RBI single helped lift the Dodgers to a 6-4 comeback win over the D-backs Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.

Arizona led three times, on a two-run homer by Paul Goldschmidt in the first inning, an RBI single by Ender Inciarte in the second inning and an Aaron Hill solo homer in the fourth inning, all off Dodgers starter Scott Baker.

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Hale not losing confidence in Marshall

Reliever allows two Dodgers runs in seventh inning

Hale not losing confidence in Marshall

LOS ANGELES -- D-backs reliever Evan Marshall feels like his stuff is as good as it was last year.

The results, though, are not, as evidenced again Saturday night when Marshall allowed a pair of runs in the seventh inning as the Dodgers rallied to beat the D-backs, 6-4, at Dodger Stadium.

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Dorn's family celebrates his first career hit

D-backs outfielder, who grew up near L.A., waited nine years for moment

Dorn's family celebrates his first career hit

LOS ANGELES -- It was just a single to right field in the sixth inning of a game the D-backs were losing 5-0 and would go on to drop 8-0 on Friday night. So some would say it was a meaningless hit.

But it was really much more than that.

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2,000 run in D-backs Race Against Cancer

Annual event raises more than $225,000 to provide cancer screening, treatment

The D-backs Race Against Cancer, which took place Saturday morning, was about more than just seeing who finishes first. It was about the stories of why people were running and walking to support the third annual event.

"I am so proud of the growth of this event. All of our initiatives are meaningful and have great impact on the community, but this may be the most significant," said D-backs president & CEO Derrick Hall. "Everyone knows someone who has been touched by this dreadful disease. These funds will go toward research, treatment and education as we look to save lives and find a cure. My own foundation, the Derrick Hall Pro-State Foundation, is a beneficiary of the generosity of everyone running and walking. Being a cancer survivor myself, I thank everyone from the bottom of my heart."

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Quiet offense can't bail out De La Rosa

Quiet offense can't bail out De La Rosa

LOS ANGELES -- Rookie outfielder Joc Pederson blasted a grand slam in a five-run second inning and rookie starter Carlos Frias pitched 5 1/3 scoreless innings as the Dodgers blanked the D-backs, 8-0, Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

Frias, in a tryout to replace injured starter Brandon McCarthy, outpitched former Minor League teammate Rubby De La Rosa, who allowed a solo shot to Justin Turner leading off the second inning. De La Rosa walked three of the nine batters before the slam by Pederson, who has homered in each of his last three starts. Andre Ethier also homered for the Dodgers, who lead the league with 35.

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De La Rosa on the ropes in knockout inning

D-backs starter struggles with command in five-run second

De La Rosa on the ropes in knockout inning

LOS ANGELES -- The D-backs were surprised when Justin Turner's fly ball to center wound up carrying over the fence for a home run to lead off the second inning, but it was not a crushing blow.

That came five batters later when Joc Pederson smacked a no-doubt grand slam to right-center off Rubby De La Rosa that ballooned the Dodgers lead as they rolled to an 8-0 win Friday night at Dodger Stadium.

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Tomas starting to hit with more authority

D-backs rookie working on aggressiveness at plate

Tomas starting to hit with more authority

LOS ANGELES -- Yasmany Tomas is starting to look more like the player the D-backs thought they were getting when they signed the Cuban free agent to a six-year, $68.5 million deal in the offseason.

Tomas was 4-for-7 in his past two games heading into Friday's matchup with the Dodgers and has begun to pull the ball more and drive it.

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Hernandez learns ropes ahead of activation

D-backs rookie catcher traveling with team while on DL

Hernandez learns ropes ahead of activation

LOS ANGELES -- It will still be at least a few weeks before injured catcher Oscar Hernandez returns from the disabled list, but he has begun traveling with the team.

The thinking is to get the Rule 5 pick acclimated to big league travel, participate in pitcher-catcher pregame meetings and help catch starters' between-start bullpen sessions.

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Ray to get callup for start vs. Rockies

D-backs left-hander will fill in for injured Bradley

Ray to get callup for start vs. Rockies

LOS ANGELES -- The D-backs will promote left-hander Robbie Ray from Triple-A Reno to start Tuesday's game against the Rockies at Coors Field.

Ray takes the place of rookie Archie Bradley, who is on the 15-day disabled list after being struck in the face by a line drive earlier this week.

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Inbox: When is Bradley expected to return?

Beat reporter Steve Gilbert answers questions from D-backs fans

Inbox: When is Bradley expected to return?

Do you believe Archie Bradley will be off the DL once he's allowed to be activated? Who do you believe will lose his starting pitching job when Patrick Corbin comes back in June?
-- Dalton, Nyack, N.Y.

From all indications, it appears that Bradley will be ready to return when his 15-day disabled list stint is over. Barring any kind of setback, he should be able to throw a bullpen session soon, and he can always pitch a game in extended spring camp if need be before he returns.

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Offense comes to life in series win over Rockies

Offense comes to life in series win over Rockies

PHOENIX -- The offensive struggles in the D-backs' weekend series against the Pirates seemed far away after Arizona took two of three games against the Rockies, while scoring a combined 25 runs.

The series clincher came Wednesday when the D-backs pounded out 13 hits en route to a 9-1 win.

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D-backs to put on third annual Race Against Cancer

Organization's 5K run helps nonprofits, brings people together and creates awareness

D-backs to put on third annual Race Against Cancer

PHOENIX -- A little more than 10 years ago, Sarah Stanford clung to life. A single mother now living in Mesa, Ariz., Stanford was diagnosed with a brain tumor called glioblastoma. That form of cancer is 99 percent fatal.

The story of her survival is a stirring one, and on Saturday she'll be among 2,000 people participating in the D-backs' third annual Race Against Cancer, a 5K jaunt through the streets of downtown Phoenix that begins and ends just off the main gate of Chase Field.

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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.

D-backs use 5-run fifth to top Rockies in series finale

D-backs use 5-run fifth to top Rockies in series finale

PHOENIX -- Behind the pitching of Josh Collmenter and a 13-hit outburst by the offense, the D-backs rolled to a 9-1 win over the Rockies on Wednesday night to take the three-game series at Chase Field.

Collmenter (2-3) allowed just one unearned run on five hits over eight innings to pick up the win. Meanwhile, Rockies starter Jordan Lyles was charged with seven runs (six earned) on eight hits in five frames.

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Called up to replace Bradley, Burgos makes his debut

Called up to replace Bradley, Burgos makes his debut

PHOENIX -- Enrique Burgos was sound asleep in his apartment in Mobile, Ala., when Double-A manager Robby Hammock began pounding on his door.

"I thought somebody was breaking into my apartment," Burgos said. "It was 12 at night."

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Bradley should be ready to return after DL stint

Bradley should be ready to return after DL stint

PHOENIX -- One day after being struck in the face by a line drive that left Carlos Gonzalez's bat at 115 mph, D-backs right-hander Archie Bradley was diagnosed with a sinus fracture. But otherwise, he came through the incident in remarkably good shape.

"No fracture of the jaw, no fracture of the orbital bone," Bradley said before Wednesday's game with the Rockies. "I guess I have a slight fracture of the sinus, which I'm not even sure what that is. If this was a playoff race or a playoff game, I could pitch tomorrow if the team needed it."

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Bradley in good spirits, DL-bound after scare

Bradley in good spirits, DL-bound after scare

PHOENIX -- D-backs right-hander Archie Bradley remembers throwing a curveball to Carlos Gonzalez, but he doesn't recall the line drive that came off Gonzalez's bat at 115 mph (per Statcast) and struck him in the right cheek.

Incredibly, Bradley was back from the hospital and able to greet his teammates as they came back to the clubhouse following a 12-5 win over the Rockies on Tuesday night. But he still will be placed on the disabled list.

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D-backs react to Gibson's Parkinson's diagnosis

D-backs react to Gibson's Parkinson's diagnosis

PHOENIX -- There was shock and sadness in the Arizona Diamondbacks clubhouse Tuesday as the team dealt with the news that its former manager, Kirk Gibson, had been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

Gibson managed the D-backs from July 1, 2010, until September 26, 2014, and served as a coach for the D-backs beginning in '07.

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New faces join 2014 starter Goldschmidt on ASG ballot

Gosewisch, Ahmed, Lamb and Inciarte aim to represent D-backs

New faces join 2014 starter Goldschmidt on ASG ballot

PHOENIX -- The D-backs have a lot of new faces on this year's All-Star Ballot, which was released Wednesday.

Those appearing on an All-Star Ballot for the first time include catcher Tuffy Gosewisch, shortstop Nick Ahmed, third baseman Jake Lamb and outfielder Ender Inciarte.

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D-backs' bats break out after Bradley's injury

D-backs' bats break out after Bradley's injury

PHOENIX -- The D-backs hit a pair of home runs and rapped out 15 hits as they beat the Rockies, 12-5, on Tuesday night at Chase Field to snap a four-game losing streak.

Arizona outfielder Mark Trumbo led the way with four RBIs, finishing a double shy of hitting for the cycle.The offensive support made a winner of reliever Andrew Chafin, who was summoned in the second inning after Archie Bradley was injured.

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CarGo on line drive that hit Bradley: 'It was a nightmare'

CarGo on line drive that hit Bradley: 'It was a nightmare'

PHOENIX -- It was less than an hour after the game on Tuesday night when Rockies center fielder Carlos Gonzalez strode to his locker to talk to the media. He was still shaken. At that point, he had no idea that Archie Bradley was in good spirits around the corridor in the D-backs clubhouse.

It was Gonzalez's line drive during the second inning - clocked at 115 mph - that struck the rookie right-hander on the right cheek and knocked him straight to the ground, where he laid prone for seemingly endless minutes on the lip of the Chase Field mound.

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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.

Gibson reveals diagnosis of Parkinson's disease

Former NL MVP and manager to resume analyst job with Tigers as health permits

Gibson reveals diagnosis of Parkinson's disease

DETROIT -- Kirk Gibson has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. The former Tigers great revealed the news Tuesday in a statement released through Fox Sports Detroit, which hired him this spring as an analyst.

"I have faced many different obstacles in my life, and have always maintained a strong belief that no matter the circumstances, I could overcome those obstacles," Gibson said in the statement. "While this diagnosis poses a new kind of challenge for me, I intend to stay true to my beliefs. With the support of my family and friends, I will meet this challenge with the same determination and unwavering intensity that I have displayed in all of my endeavors in life. I look forward to being back at the ballpark as soon as possible."

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D-backs being patient with Ahmed's offense

D-backs being patient with Ahmed's offense

PHOENIX -- Slow starts are nothing new for D-backs shortstop Nick Ahmed, though he certainly wishes he weren't so familiar with them.

"Obviously nobody wants to start slow," said Ahmed, who entered play Monday hitting .125 in 48 at-bats this season. "It's a long season, there's a ton of at-bats to come, a ton of games to play. I just wish the last few games I could have put together some better at-bats to help the team win."

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Signs of life for offense, but D-backs' rally falls short

Signs of life for offense, but D-backs' rally falls short

PHOENIX -- There were positive signs for the D-backs in their 5-4 loss to the Rockies on Monday night, particularly from an offense that had gone missing during the previous three-game series with the Pirates.

This is the big leagues, though, and those kinds of things only go so far with the men who are tasked with winning games.

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Anderson digs too deep a hole for D-backs vs. Rox

Anderson digs too deep a hole for D-backs vs. Rox

PHOENIX -- Justin Morneau hit a three-run homer in the first inning and Tyler Matzek tossed five-plus quality innings before exiting with an injury as the Rockies topped the D-backs, 5-4, on Monday night at Chase Field.

The loss was the fourth in a row for the D-backs, who have dropped five of six games on this homestand.

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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. 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' Hernandez plays in extended spring game

D-backs' Hernandez plays in extended spring game

PHOENIX -- D-backs reliever David Hernandez pitched in a game for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery last year when he threw one inning in an extended spring game against the Brewers on Saturday.

"I was excited just to feel a part of a team," Hernandez said. "It was just a weight off my shoulders. It felt good to be back out there. The command wasn't anywhere near where I wanted it to be."

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Heart of D-backs' lineup blanked by Bucs

Trumbo, Goldschmidt combine for two hits in three games

Heart of D-backs' lineup blanked by Bucs

PHOENIX -- It was a frustrating weekend for the heavy hitters in the D-backs' lineup. The Pirates swept them in a three-game series at Chase Field and Arizona was able to score only two runs.

The top five hitters didn't drive in one of them. Paul Goldschmidt went 1-for-9 with three walks and a single. Mark Trumbo was 1-for-8 with a double and a walk. Yasmany Tomas is still looking for his first extra-base hit and RBI in the Major Leagues.

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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.

D-backs' offense struggles again in loss to Bucs

D-backs' offense struggles again in loss to Bucs

PHOENIX -- The Pirates concluded a pounding of the D-backs this weekend at Chase Field with Sunday's 8-0 victory, their first three-game sweep of a National League West club on the road since 2007 at San Francisco.

On Sunday, it was Pirates left-hander Francisco Liriano who shut down the D-backs, losers of four out of five on this current eight-game homestand. He bested right-hander Jeremy Hellickson, who couldn't make it out of the fifth inning.

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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. Tom Singer is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog Change for a Nickel. Follow him on Twitter @Tom_Singer. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Corbin on track for June return to rotation

Lefty could soon start Minor League rehab stint

Corbin on track for June return to rotation

PHOENIX -- If all goes well, the D-backs will have left-hander Patrick Corbin back from last year's Tommy John surgery in a little bit more than a month.

Corbin's return after missing the entire 2014 season and the first two months of 2015 will create a log jam in a starting rotation that has been humming along. In the last nine games, the starters have posted a 3-2 record and 2.07 ERA, allowing just one home run.

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