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In addition to monitoring the workload of reliever Takashi Saito, the D-backs plan to take it easy on closer J.J. Putz this spring.
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Joe Saunders had two words for his offseason. Weird. Crazy.They seem as good as any. Saunders was a Diamondback. Then he was not. Then he was again, becoming the final piece in a starting rotation that appears as solid as any in the pitching-rich National League West.
The experience of being temporarily on the job market made him stronger mentally and physically -- and maybe even...
J.J. Putz's job description with the Diamondbacks isn't limited to the ninth inning. He's also the team prankster, mentor, occasional spokesperson and clubhouse uniter.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Stress, Trevor Bauer believes, is defined by your perspective.
While many people seek to avoid it, he embraces it. He believes his success as a pitcher depends on his ability to function with it, so he immerses himself in it. His workout routine comes from the please, sir, can I have another? school.
Bauers pregame regimen, which includes an hour of stretching...
What else can baseball fans do in January but dream of October? In You May Say I'm a Dreamer, the Outside Corner staff will imagine the route to a World Series in 2012 title for all 30 teams.
The Arizona Diamondbacks are the 2012 World Series champions! A year after their brilliant “worst to first” campaign, the D-Backs proved they are here to stay after their thrilling...
2011 RecapAfter going an NL West-worst 65-97 in 2010, the Diamondbacks were able to turn it around under manager Kirk Gibson in his first full season at the helm in Arizona, going 94-68 and winning the NL West crown. The starting rotation was surprisingly strong, as Ian Kennedy (21-4, 2.88 ERA) and Daniel Hudson (16-12, 3.49 ERA) both had career years, while Joe Saunders (12...
Shaw throws a cut fastball that some in the Diamondbacks clubhouse liken to that of Yankees closer Mariano Rivera.
J.J. Putz has been more than just the linchpin at the back of the D-backs' bullpen. The veteran closer has served as a mentor to some of the younger pitchers, and the example he's set has resonated.
Though he somewhat flew under the radar, reliever David Hernandez was a key part of the unexpected success the D-backs had last year en route to winning 94 games and the National League West.
There were not a lot of nerves for D-backs No. 1 pick Trevor Bauer as he threw his first bullpen session of the spring Tuesday.
D-backs GM Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson are well aware of the perception that the starting rotation is already set, and they will do the best they can to not let it permeate the clubhouse.