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(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By BOB BAUM AP Sports Writer Justin Upton credits his big 2011 season to a more relaxed attitude.
Often his own worst enemy, he's eased up on himself, at least a little, and stopped worrying about living up to the expectations he's shouldered since the Arizona Diamondbacks made him the No. 1 overall pick in the draft nearly seven years ago.
Still just 24, he is entering his fifth full season with the Diamondbacks and is coming off a year when he set career bests in home runs (31), RBIs (88), hits (171), runs (105), doubles (39) and stolen bases (21). Playing in all but three games, he was a major component in the Diamondbacks' surprise run to the NL West title.
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SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. Arizona right fielder Justin Upton has been tested.
He passed, with flying colors.
Now, it's time for the opposition to move on.
A year ago, Upton was hit by a pitch 19 times, sharing the top spot in the National League.
He would take some extended stares at the opposition pitcher, but avoided charging the mound.
This year, the Diamondbacks, as a team...
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- As would be expected with any player relocating after seven Major League seasons with the same team, new Diamondbacks outfielder Jason Kubel still has a few things to get used to.
"It hasn't been too tough an adjustment," Kubel said. "Its obviously something new, but everyone's made it really easy for me coming over here."
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- One of the lasting memories from the Diamondbacks final game of the NLDS in Milwaukee last October was Chris Youngs Willie Mays-replica, over-the-shoulder catch in deep center field that left Jerry Hairston Jr. staring in disbelief. He looked as if he wanted to file a protest.
That play goes to the reason D-backs manager Kirk Gibson kept Young in the lineup...
In 2011, the Arizona Diamondbacks, behind 1st year manager Kirk Gibson, went from a team many picked to finish dead last in the NL West and flat-out crushed the competition on their way to a division crown. The D’backs were eventually upended in extra innings of Game 5 of the NLDS by the Brewers.
Regardless, with a new attitude, a promising roster, and a loaded farm system...
Another day, another Bad Spring Training Roster Decision of the Day. Today's nominee comes to us straight from the front office of the defending NL West champion Arizona Diamondbacks who announced today that they have called off contract extension talks with their All-Star catcher Miguel Montero.
Bad idea? Oh yeah.
Contract extension talks get called off all the time during...
On Thursday, Ben Lindbergh examined the roster flaws of baseball’s best teams. For the Diamondbacks, he identified trouble spots at first and third base, which are occupied by Paul Goldschmidt and Ryan Roberts, respectively.
We also learned on Thursday that shortstop Stephen Drew is still recovering from the gruesome ankle injury he suffered on July 20. Doctors initially told...
The right-hander from Homer, Mich., burst on the scene as soon as he was recalled from Triple-A Reno in mid-April.
Ian Kennedy will get the ball on Opening Day for the D-backs for the second straight year.
Hudson was a KTAR-AM (620) guest Monday when he seemed to imply there would be retaliation if Upton continues to get drilled by pitches in 2012.
The D-backs and catcher Miguel Montero agreed Wednesday to suspend any further talks on a long-term contract until after the 2012 season.
Contracts talks between the Diamondbacks and Miguel Montero have broken down, and the sides have agreed to table discussions until after the season.
Wade Miley starts off the day very vigilant. But invariably once stretching starts, or maybe the day's drills get under way, he forgets and then suddenly there's a big chewing-gum bubble on his hat courtesy of closer/prankster J.J. Putz.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) The Arizona Diamondbacks and catcher Miguel Montero say they have ended talks on a multiyear contract until after this season, when he will be a free agent.
The rookie-veteran relationship is often portrayed in a negative light. The focus usually lies on hazing and annoyance but that's not the case in the Arizona Diamondbacks clubhouse.
Less than a week into full-squad workouts, the Diamondbacks will move the competition off the field and onto the green.