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  1. Shoulder injury sends Chris Young to the disabled list

    Apr 18, 2012, 3:15 PM EST

    Chris Young

    Chris Young left yesterday’s game in the fourth inning after slamming his right shoulder into the outfield wall while making a catch and the Diamondbacks have placed the center fielder on the disabled list. Young underwent an MRI exam this morning, but for now the Diamondbacks are calling the injury a “shoulder contusion.” Earlier today…

  2. Diamondbacks place Geoff Blum on DL, call up 2009 first-round pick A.J. Pollock

    Apr 18, 2012, 1:50 PM EST

    Aaron Hill, Geoff Blum, Gerardo Parra

    Geoff Blum pulled a muscle in his side while taking batting practice yesterday, so the Diamondbacks have placed the 39-year-old on the disabled list while calling up 2009 first-round pick A.J. Pollock to take his roster spot. Blum received just 14 total plate appearances through 10 games and the presence of Willie Bloomquist and John…

  3. Justin Upton to see hand specialist for thumb injury

    Apr 17, 2012, 7:05 PM EST

    Justin Upton

    Justin Upton‘s thumb injury is suddenly looking like a bigger deal. FOXSportsArizona’s Jack Magruder reports that he’ll get an MRI and see a hand specialist. A DL stint is a possibility. Upton was a trendy pick to win NL MVP honors this year after busting out for 31 homers as a 23-year-old last season. However,…

  4. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 17, 2012, 6:06 AM EST

    Baltimore Orioles v Chicago White Sox

    Orioles 10, White Sox 4: Matt Wieters homered twice. The first one coming in the eighth, which kicked off the O’s comeback after finding themselves down 4-1, the second one: a 10th inning grand slam which put the game out of reach. Twins 7, Yankees 3: Joe Mauer had three hits and Justin Morneau played in…

  5. Josh Collmenter might be pitching for his job next time out

    Apr 16, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Josh Collmenter

    Josh Collmenter struggled this spring and has coughed up 11 runs in seven innings through two starts, leading to speculation that he might not be long for the Diamondbacks’ rotation despite a very solid rookie season that saw him throw 154 innings with a 3.38 ERA. Kirk Gibson confirmed to Steve Gilbert of MLB.com that…

  6. Justin Upton’s thumb is still “bothering him considerably”

    Apr 14, 2012, 12:11 PM EST

    Justin Upton Reuters

    Justin Upton has played three straight games since being scratched from Tuesday’s lineup due to a jammed left thumb, but Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic last night that the injury is still “bothering him considerably.” Upton hurt the thumb while sliding into second base to break up a double…

  7. And That Happened: Thursday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 13, 2012, 5:45 AM EST

    San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Madison Bumgarner throws against the Colorado Rockies in their Major League Baseball game in Denver

    Giants 4, Rockies 2: Madison Bumgarner took a no-hitter into the sixth, silencing the Rockies bats that rocked Tim Lincecum‘s world the night before. That, and some bad defense by Dexter Fowler, prevented Jamie Moyer from becoming the oldest pitcher to ever win a game. Can’t have errors behind the old guy or he’s toast.…

  8. Stephen Drew to hit in extended spring game

    Apr 11, 2012, 8:00 PM EST

    Stephen Drew

    Stephen Drew, who is making his way back from a fractured ankle, will take a step forward on Thursday, hitting in an extended spring training game. The plan is for Drew to take four at-bats in the game and run lightly out of the box if he puts the ball in play, manager Kirk Gibson…

  9. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 11, 2012, 6:02 AM EST

    Atlanta Braves v Houston Astros

    Braves 6, Astros 4: Chipper Jones came off the disabled list, singled in his first at bat and hit a home run in his second. Dude is on death’s door and he hasn’t had functional knees since Bush’s first term yet he’s still the best hitter on this team.  Tyler Pastornicky hit his first MLB…

  10. Justin Upton scratched from lineup with jammed thumb

    Apr 10, 2012, 7:45 PM EST

    upton getty

    From Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic comes word that Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton has been scratched from Tuesday night’s lineup against the Padres because of a jammed left thumb. Upton suffered the injury Sunday while sliding into second base, trying to break up a double play. “It’s not too bad,” he told Piecoro on…

  11. Players with more homers than the Phillies

    Apr 9, 2012, 6:07 PM EST

    Hunter Pence fans

    Jay Bruce Miguel Cabrera Yoenis Cespedes Corey Hart Omar Infante Alex Avila Carlos Beltran Lucas Duda Prince Fielder Aaron Hill Eric Hosmer Adam LaRoche Matt Kemp Nick Markakis Carlos Pena Pablo Sandoval Carlos Santana Josh Willingham Yeah, I’m trolling a bit. But this has been an ugly offensive display. Not only do the 1-3 Phillies…

  12. Josh Collmenter isn’t long for the Diamondbacks rotation

    Apr 8, 2012, 6:44 PM EST

    Josh Collmenter

    Forget that Josh Collmenter had a 3.59 ERA in his 24 starts as a rookie last season. If many Diamondbacks fans had their way, he would have been demoted to the pen before 2012 even opened. Those calls will only get louder now. Collmenter followed up a Cactus League season in which he went 0-4…

  13. In which I still don’t get Jim Tracy

    Apr 7, 2012, 7:20 PM EST

    Jim Tracy

    Earlier today I complimented Kirk Gibson on how he’s worked the No. 2 spot in the order in these first two games, using Chris Young against the righty Tim Lincecum on Friday and Aaron Hill versus the lefty Madison Bumgarner today. Rockies manager Jim Tracy, on the other hand, isn’t really looking for his No.…

  14. Kirk Gibson pushing the right buttons in Arizona

    Apr 7, 2012, 4:56 PM EST

    Kirk Gibson

    Kirk Gibson appeared in over his head at times in the postseason last year, but now he’s back demonstrating why he was the 2011 NL Manager of the Year in the first two games of 2012. After not using him there all spring, Gibson inserted Chris Young into the second spot in the order Friday…

  15. Buster Posey says he “felt normal” in season opener

    Apr 7, 2012, 10:16 AM EST

    Buster Posey Getty

    We saw Buster Posey play all spring, but last night was his first official major league game since he suffered a broken leg and torn ankle ligaments in a home-plate collision with Marlins’ outfielder Scott Cousins last May 25. Posey told Andrew Baggarly of CSNBayArea.com that he “felt normal,” even though the season opener didn’t…

  16. Velocity still down, Tim Lincecum gets hit hard by D-backs

    Apr 6, 2012, 9:16 PM EST

    Tim Lincecum

    Tim Lincecum gave up two or more homers just three times in three seasons from 2009-11. He allowed that many in 2012 before his first inning was complete. Chris Young and Paul Goldschmidt did the damage in the first, and the Diamondbacks tagged Lincecum for five runs in 5 1/3 innings in Friday’s season opener…

  17. Your inaugural Power Rankings

    Apr 4, 2012, 9:55 AM EST

    Joe Girardi

    The only thing sillier than predictions about who wins each division several months before the season ends is judging which team is the best before any games are played.  But hey, that’s never stopped me before, so let’s have a Power Ranking, shall we? And yeah, there is that big of a gap between the…

  18. Springtime Storylines: Can the Minnesota Twins get back on track after 99 losses?

    Apr 3, 2012, 2:50 PM EST

    Justin Morneau, Joe Mauer

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: Minnesota Twins. The Big Question: Can the Minnesota Twins get back on track after 99 losses? Everything that could go…

  19. Stephen Drew on return timetable from broken ankle: “It’s a slow process”

    Mar 30, 2012, 5:17 PM EST

    stephen drew getty

    Stephen Drew was never expected to make it back from his broken ankle by Opening Day, but with the season starting next week there’s still no timetable for his return. Drew, who fractured his ankle and tore multiple ligaments in July, told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com that his recovery “is a slow process” and described…

  20. Miguel Montero wants a Victor Martinez-type contract

    Mar 29, 2012, 7:34 PM EST

    montero getty

    D’Backs catcher Miguel Montero cut off extension talks with the Arizona front office earlier this spring. And it sounds like they might never resume. According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, Montero “is said to be looking for a deal similar to Victor Martinez‘s $52-million, four-year contract (with the Tigers), and the chances for him to…

  21. A’s choose Brandon Allen as starting first baseman

    Mar 27, 2012, 11:51 AM EST

    Brandon Allen Getty

    Brandon Allen has beaten out Kila Ka’aihue to be the A’s starting first baseman, at least for their opening game of the season in Japan. Ka’aihue is still in the mix for playing time, but Jane Lee of MLB.com reports that manager Bob Melvin was unimpressed with his defense and prefers Allen’s combination of power…

  22. Springtime Storylines: Was 2011 a fluke for the Arizona Diamondbacks?

    Mar 26, 2012, 2:00 PM EST

    Justin Upton, Matt Davidson, Chris Young

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: the Arizona Diamondbacks. The Big Question: Was 2011 a fluke year? The Diamondbacks went from 70 wins in 2009 to…

  23. Springtime Storylines: Who are the Oakland Athletics?

    Mar 26, 2012, 10:00 AM EST

    Chicago Cubs v Oakland Athletics

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2012 season. Up next: the Somewhere in the Bay Area Probably Oakland A’s. The Big Question: Who are these guys? To say the A’s…

  24. Paul Goldschmidt: “I enjoy numbers in the business sense”

    Mar 20, 2012, 3:49 PM EST

    Arizona Diamondbacks Photo Day

    Steve Gilbert of MLB.com has an interesting article about Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt, who was a finance major in college and had to pass up a scheduled offseason internship “shadowing a financial investor” after he was called up in August and played into October. And it sure sounds like the 24-year-old first baseman is a…

  25. Rangers sign Derek Holland to five-year, $28 million deal

    Mar 20, 2012, 10:49 AM EST

    Derek Holland

    Derek Holland and the Rangers have agreed to a five-year, $28 million contract that includes team options for 2017 and 2018, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star Telegram. Holland wasn’t even arbitration eligible yet and Texas had him under team control through 2015 already, so the five-year contract cancels out his previous…

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