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Fox Sports Arizona:
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Diamondbacks rookies put on quite a spirited performance for teammates Saturday morning -- with an assist from some local high schoolers.
In an initiation routine orchestrated by veteran closer J.J. Putz, the rookies -- Nick Ahmed, Chris Owings, David Holmberh, Zeke Spruill, Chase Anderson, Tuffy Gosewisch, Ed Easley and Matt Davidson along with first-year assistant trainer Ryan KiPanfilo -- showed off a pair of cheerleading routines learned Thursday at Chaparral High School, about 10 minutes from Salt River Fields.
The Chaparral cheerleading squad taught the rookies the routines for almost two hours Thursday, and the group performed in front of clearly amused teammates before stretching for workouts on a chilly, rainy Saturday morning.
Reliever Josh Collmenter last weekend led another group of rookies in full costume to the Arizona Renaissance Festival, where they participated in a handful of activities and contests.
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- When Diamondbacks rookie left-hander Tyler Skaggs took the mound for his third start of spring training, it was evident pretty quickly something was different. He was more in command and more himself.
After a chat with manager Kirk Gibson, Skaggs has relaxed and begun focusing less on winning the fifth spot in the starting rotation, and in doing so, he has begun...
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Ian Kennedy and J.J. Putz used a "B" game Sunday to work on off-speed pitches that they would like to take into the regular season. Kennedy threw between 15 and 20 curveballs in five innings against a team of Giants minor leaguers, and Putz threw slider after slider after slider in his one inning.
Kennedy uses the curve to complement his primary fastballchangeup...
He wasn't actually injured. That's the good news for Arizona Diamondbacks fans. However, there was a brief period of fear and confusion as Wade Miley exited his spring game yesterday a full inning earlier than he was scheduled to.
Nick Piercoro of the Arizona Republic pointed it out on Twitter:
Expected #Dbacks LHP Wade Miley to go three innings but he's out...
TEMPE, Ariz. -- Mother Nature played the hidden ball trick on the Diamondbacks on Friday. The rain and gusty wind conditions were particularly hard on D-backs catcher Wil Nieves.
"I felt like a goalie, Nieves said. "I just saw shapes coming at me. Catching, I knew what was coming, so that was OK. But hitting, I couldnt really see it. You couldnt pick up the spin."...
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. After suffering through a death-by-inches existence for the first seven weeks of 2012, Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz turned lethal. Closers Craig Kimbrel and Aroldis Chapman were among the top eight finishers for the NL Cy Young award, and had Putz found his mechanics earlier, he might have joined them.
When Putz got back to his normal delivery in late May, he...
Michael Brantley of the Indians isn't the only player looking to return from spike-related injury. Tony Campana of the Arizona Diamondbacks was spiked on Thursday and had to receive eight stitches. The injury will keep him out of action for a short period of time.
Jack Magruder of Fox Sports Arizona says Capana will likely miss a week.
#Dbacks OF Campana takes eight...
So far on the countdown, the only team that I was down on that some have disagreed with is the Milwaukee Brewers. The pitching is going to be a concern and I do see them taking a major step back this season. Really, from here forward, most teams are more evenly matched. However, I have the Diamondbacks next on my list, ranking them #23 on the 30-1 MLB countdown previews.
When Alex Kim went to work for the Arizona Diamondbacks Friday the last thought he probably had was," Gee--I hope my windshield doesn't get busted by a monster home run hit in batting practice or nothing."
You would think that teams would be wary of things like this and would not have the parking lot anywhere near the danger zone, but sometimes there is no accounting...
During the off season, Arizona Diamondbacks fans certainly had their hearts toyed with from the whirlwind of trade talk that constantly surrounded one of their favorite players.
While some of the fans prepared for Justin Upton’s inevitable trade, others held out hope that the outfielder would once again wear sedona red in 2013. When the deal was done and Upton was sent to play...
Brett Anderson called it ''pure athleticism at its finest.''
The fact that he could make light of what could have been a serious situation for the Oakland A's was a bit of good news in a 7-5 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Sunday.
Anderson, picked by manager Bob Melvin to start on opening day, was just eight pitches into his second start of the spring...
The Diamondbacks are definitely look different this year. The focus of quality, hard working players meant they dealt a few key players; will this new strategy work out?
Matt Albers, RHP (Indians, Trade)
Trevor Bauer, RHP (Indians, Trade)
Brad Bergesen, RHP (Japan, Free Agent)
Henry Blanco, C (Blue Jays, Free Agent)
Jesus Castillo, RHP (Cubs, Trade)
Sam Demel, RHP ...