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  1. Diamondbacks name Addison Reed closer

    Mar 20, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    Chicago White Sox v Detroit Tigers

    Making official what was expected from the moment they acquired him from the White Sox this offseason, the Diamondbacks announced that Addison Reed will begin the season in the closer role. J.J. Putz also has previous closing experience and David Hernandez certainly has the raw stuff to pitch the ninth inning, but Reed saved 40…

  2. What, exactly, are we supposed to do to prevent Aroldis Chapman-style injuries?

    Mar 20, 2014, 8:53 AM EDT

    aroldis chapman getty

    The scene from Arizona in which Aroldis Chapman was smacked in the face by that Sal Perez comebacker is simply awful. He had literally no time to react and, while the latest reports from the hospital are encouraging, it may be a while before Chapman is pitching again. And there is no guarantee that the…

  3. Hey, look, it’s Paul Goldschmidt and a wallaby …

    Mar 19, 2014, 11:59 PM EDT

    goldschmidt wallaby

    On Tuesday night we brought you a picture of Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and a kangaroo, so let’s even things up now with this shot of Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt and a wallaby … Paul Goldschmidt poses with a wallaby at @tarongazoo. pic.twitter.com/KMgDb6Wgte — Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) March 19, 2014 The D’Backs and Dodgers open…

  4. Cardinals shopping shortstop Pete Kozma

    Mar 19, 2014, 9:53 PM EDT

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    Adam Rubin of ESPN New York reports that the Cardinals are shopping shortstop Pete Kozma, who is currently on the outside looking in for an Opening Day roster spot with the defending National League champions. Rubin says the Mets probably aren’t interested because Kozma is “not really” an upgrade over projected starting shortstop Ruben Tejada.…

  5. 2014 Preview: Arizona Diamondbacks

    Mar 17, 2014, 6:02 PM EDT

    Towers Gibson AP

    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 2014 season. Next up: The Arizona Diamondbacks. The Big Question: Can the Diamondbacks withstand the injury to Patrick Corbin and get over the .500…

  6. A’s Opening Day starter Jarrod Parker needs a second Tommy John surgery

    Mar 17, 2014, 3:45 PM EDT

    Jarrod Parker AP

    Another day, another young pitcher lost to Tommy John elbow surgery. This time it’s A’s right-hander Jarrod Parker, who was slated to start on Opening Day and will instead be undergoing Tommy John surgery for the second time at age 25. Parker had the first surgery while in the Diamondbacks’ farm system and bounced back…

  7. Chris Owings the favorite over Didi Gregorius for D-Backs’ starting shortstop job

    Mar 16, 2014, 11:40 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks

    ESPN’s Jim Bowden hears that Chris Owings is the favorite over Didi Gregorius for the Diamondbacks’ starting shortstop job. Owings, 22, has not had a particularly great showing this spring, but has out-hit Gregorius in OPS, .698 to .541. Gregorius, 24, wasn’t particularly impressive in his rookie season in 2013, posting a .704 OPS. Owings…

  8. Patrick Corbin diagnosed with “damage” to left UCL

    Mar 16, 2014, 12:15 PM EDT

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    Brutal news Sunday out of Diamondbacks camp. According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, staff ace Patrick Corbin has been diagnosed with “damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow.” Corbin is going to seek a second opinion, but a damaged UCL almost always leads to Tommy John surgery, which would cost the…

  9. Carl Crawford expected to miss Australia trip for birth of child

    Mar 15, 2014, 5:19 PM EDT

    Carl Crawford Getty

    The Dodgers will leave tomorrow night in preparation for their two-game season-opening series against the Diamondbacks next Saturday and Sunday in Australia. However, they’ll likely do so without one of their regulars. According to Eric Stephen of True Blue LA, Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said this morning that Carl Crawford is expected to stay behind…

  10. The D-Backs weren’t kidding about the retaliation thing

    Mar 14, 2014, 8:50 PM EDT

    Clayton Kershaw, Kirk Gibson, Clint Fagan

    Back in October, Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers made headlines extolling the virtues of protecting your teammates. Towers was particularly upset that first baseman Paul Goldschmidt was hit by a pitch and the pitching staff did nothing — no revenge. From MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert: Tuesday on his weekly show broadcast on KTAR 620AM, Towers was asked…

  11. Diamondbacks pitcher Josh Collmenter is trying to find a date in Australia

    Mar 14, 2014, 12:42 PM EDT

    Josh Collmenter Getty

    Sure, the Dodgers and Diamondbacks are heading to Australia next week for a two-game series, but more importantly Arizona right-hander Josh Collmenter is hoping to get a date while he’s there. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports writes that Collmenter has agreed to a dating game-style contest sponsored by the Daily Telegraph in Sydney. Women have…

  12. The Mets could solve their shortstop problem via a trade with the Diamondbacks

    Mar 13, 2014, 7:52 AM EDT

    Mets shortstop Tejada cannot field an RBI hit by Twins' Plouffe in Minneapolis

    The Mets shortstop situation is still in flux. Or a mess. Or a tire fire. Or is being overly-focused upon because nothing else is going on. Take your pick. Just know that it’s what everyone who goes to Port St. Lucie is talking about. The latest being John Harper of the Daily News. Who, after noting…

  13. Smart money on Hanley Ramirez, Jay Bruce in prop bets

    Mar 12, 2014, 5:55 PM EDT

    Hanley Ramirez Getty

    Bovada released its player prop bets for the 2014 season on Wednesday, providing odds on the AL and NL MVP and Cy Young races, as well as MLB’s home run leader. Here’s a look at what I consider to be the best bets in each category. Please do note, though, all information here is for…

  14. Bronson Arroyo says back injury “is driving me nuts”

    Mar 11, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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    Signed largely for his career-long durability, 37-year-old Bronson Arroyo has been sidelined with a bulging disk in his back for almost all of Diamondbacks camp and the injury hasn’t shown much improvement. He’s able to play catch, but Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Arroyo was sore and stiff after doing so Monday and could…

  15. Bronson Arroyo aims to return Friday from back injury

    Mar 9, 2014, 5:18 PM EDT

    bronson arroyo getty

    Bronson Arroyo was diagnosed last week with a bulging disk in his back, which threatened to steer him to his first-ever 15-day disabled list stint. But recent workouts have it looking like a minor blip. According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, the veteran right-hander felt “way better” Sunday in Diamondbacks camp after testing…

  16. Dodgers name Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-Jin Ryu as the starters for series in Australia

    Mar 9, 2014, 4:05 PM EDT

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    As speculated last week by MLB.com’s Ken Gurnick … Don Mattingly announced today @ClaytonKersh22 and @HyunJinRyu99 will start in games one and two of the #OpeningSeries, respectively. — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) March 9, 2014 Zack Greinke would have started the second game if not for a calf strain that he is still rehabbing. Kershaw…

  17. Nate Jones made his Cactus League debut Saturday

    Mar 9, 2014, 12:08 PM EDT

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    White Sox right-hander Nate Jones said at the end of February that he was completely over the glute strain that he suffered shortly after arriving at spring camp and he proved that on Saturday, delivering a scoreless inning in his 2014 Cactus League debut. Jones allowed a hit and issued a walk, but he also recorded…

  18. The Collective Bargaining Agreement won’t be changed until it expires

    Mar 8, 2014, 9:40 PM EDT

    Kendrys Morales

    Yesterday, Brewers starter Kyle Lohse criticized the qualifying offer system. Lohse rejected a $13.3 million qualifying offer from the Cardinals after the 2012 season, hoping to get a lucrative deal in free agency. He ended up jobless well into march until the Brewers jumped in and signed him to a three-year, $33 million deal. This…

  19. Replay will not be available in Australia when the regular season opens

    Mar 8, 2014, 8:30 PM EDT

    instant replay picture

    Many are anxious to see how the new instant replay system will affect the way baseball is played. They may have to wait a week. According to the Associated Press, replay won’t be available when the Dodgers and Diamondbacks open the regular season in Australia. Standard replay, for home run and boundary calls, will be…

  20. Diamondbacks close to signing Oliver Perez

    Mar 7, 2014, 4:17 PM EDT

    Seattle Mariners v New York Yankees

    Oliver Perez is one of the best unsigned free agents and Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says that’s about to change, reporting that the left-handed reliever is close to a multi-year deal with the Diamondbacks. Arizona had already invested an awful lot of resources into the bullpen even before bringing in Perez, who went from being…

  21. Clayton Kershaw and Hyun-jin Ryu likely to start for Dodgers in Australia

    Mar 6, 2014, 7:11 PM EDT

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    Earlier this week, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson named left-hander Patrick Corbin and right-hander Trevor Cahill as his starters for the upcoming two-game season opening series in Australia from March 22-23. The Dodgers have yet to make an official announcement on their starters for the series, but Ken Gurnick of MLB.com writes that things are starting…

  22. Bronson Arroyo has a bulging disk, out 7-10 days

    Mar 6, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

    arroyo getty

    Bronson Arroyo‘s durability was his primary selling point as a 37-year-old free agent, but his stint with the Diamondbacks has started with an injury. Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Arroyo has a bulging disk in his back and is expected to be out for 7-10 days. He was scratched from Tuesday’s scheduled start and…

  23. 2014 Preview: Atlanta Braves

    Feb 28, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

    Atlanta Braves v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Four

    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 2014 season. Next up: The Atlanta Braves. The Big Question: Can the Braves follow up on a 96-win season and defend their NL East…

  24. Rehabbing from hip surgery, Cody Ross on track for spring debut in mid-March

    Feb 27, 2014, 10:30 PM EDT

    Cody Ross Getty

    Cody Ross required season-ending surgery last August after he sustained a fracture and dislocation of his right hip, an injury you don’t often hear about with a baseball player, but he’s getting closer to returning to game action. According to Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic, Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson said today that Ross could…

  25. Diamondbacks open to trading a shortstop, perhaps for a catcher

    Feb 27, 2014, 2:52 PM EDT

    Arizona Diamondbacks v Colorado Rockies

    The Diamondbacks currently have youngsters Didi Gregorius and Chris Owings fighting it out for their shortstop job, but they’ve weighed settling the battle with a trade, the Arizona Republic’s Nick Piecoro reports. The preference would be to acquire a catcher who could potentially back up Miguel Montero in the near future and eventually supplant him…

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