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Fox Sports Arizona:
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 was as effective as any closer in the league: 1.14 ERA, 23 saves in 25 opportunities (including 19 in a row) and a .181 opponents batting average in his final 41 appearances. It is another of the reasons the D-backs signed him to a one-year extension to anchor their bullpen through 2014. They believe his presence gives them one of the strongest bullpens in franchise history.
General manager Kevin Towers one-word evaluation of the bullpen: "Attack."
As well as Putz attacked the final four months of 2012, his start uncharacteristically skewed the other way, which was especially unexpected after he...
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The story of Rod Barajas’ missing World Series ring has a happy ending. Barajas, 37, saw his first regular action as a big leaguer with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001 — the year the team beat the New York Yankees in the World Series. Even though he only batted .160 in 51 games as a backup catcher that season, Barajas went 2-for-5 with a home run in the thrilling seven-game...
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...
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."...
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...
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.
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...
Khris Davis hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning, his third straight game with a homer, and the Milwaukee Brewers rallied to beat the Arizona Diamondbacks 4-3 on Thursday.
Eric Chavez gave Arizona a 2-0 lead in the third with a two-out home run just to the right of the batters' eye in center field, his first of the spring.
Milwaukee tied it at 2 in the...
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 ...