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.
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.
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."
Hellickson to match up with Harrison in Texas finale
By T.R. Sullivan
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.
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.
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.
D-backs No. 17 prospect allows 0 runs in 6 innings; first time he's tossed more than 4 innings without allowing a run
By Alex M. Smith
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.
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.
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.
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.
No structural damage, but D-backs pitcher needs more rest
By Jake Rill
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Jake Rill is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
Five best names from international signing day
By Michael Clair |
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.
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."
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.
Bullpen can't hold late lead as D-backs fall to Dodgers
By Ken Gurnick and Jake Rill
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.
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.