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  • D-backs have options to replace Duke in rotation

    PHOENIX – The Arizona Diamondbacks could be looking for a new fifth starter in the near future to replace the struggling Zach Duke. Duke was strong out of the gate compiling a 2.37 ERA in his first three starts only allowing five earned runs in 19 innings of work. However, in his last four starts, […]
  • Upton would do Home Run Derby if named an All-Star

    Diamondbacks right fielder Justin Upton has hit 13 home runs so far this season, and if he is named to the NL All-Star team he’ll likely hit more. A lot more. On the Diamondbacks radio broadcast Wednesday team president Derrick Hall said he hopes Upton, who has a legitimate case to be an All-Star, makes […]
  • Arizona, MLB ready to battle heat for All-Star festivities

    PHOENIX – For this year’s All-Star game in Phoenix, managing the extreme Arizona heat may be the biggest challenge. The Arizona Diamondbacks, along with MLB, are taking steps to limit the problems caused by the heat according to the Sporting News. The clear subtext of the event this year will be to beat the heat, […]
  • Will Wily Mo Pena be around for the long haul with the Arizona Diamondbacks?

    The Arizona Diamondbacks mantra this season should be ‘live in the moment.’ Between their unexpected rise towards the top of the National League West and their plethora of come from behind victories, you never know what to expect with this club. That mindset also applies to the franchise’s approach to Wily Mo Pena’s future in […]
  • Putz’s struggles don’t worry Towers

    J.J. Putz began the 2011 baseball season with two perfect months. The closer was 16 for 16 in save opportunities in April and May and did not blow a save until June 1. In June, Putz is just five for nine in save opportunities and many Diamondbacks fans are beginning to wonder what has happened […]
  • The Arizona Diamondbacks can be buyers but should they be?

    Since their World Series victory almost a decade ago the Arizona Diamondbacks have been known as much for their financial constraints as their ability to win on the field. Big spending, deferred payments and a lull in attendance handcuffed the franchise for years. With the team in the thick of National League West race people […]
  • Wily Mo Pena has an odd ritual

    Wily Mo Pena is quickly turning into a cult hero in the Valley. He’s one of those guys who fans love because he’s quirky, has an interesting back story and is in the midst of a hot streak. But why is Wily crushing balls like college kids crush empty cans? His secret might surprise you […]
  • Diamondbacks call up a couple of relievers

    The Diamondbacks, seeking help for a recently-beleaguered bullpen, called up relievers Yhency Brazoban and Alberto Castillo Tuesday. The D-backs optioned Esmerling Vasquez and Bryan Shaw to Triple-A Reno in a corresponding move. Brazoban, 30-year-old veteran, joined the D-backs after pitching in parts of five Major League seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers. He had a […]
  • Diamondbacks ‘pen still needs upgrades

    When D-backs manager Kirk Gibson says, “We have to develop a bullpen,” he isn’t saying anything we don’t already know. While he said those words to the media Monday afternoon, could they have been directed to GM Kevin Towers? That’s the theory Sports 620 KTAR’s Paul Calvisi presented on Sports Interactive Tuesday, saying it could […]
  • Fans overreacting to D-backs bullpen problems

    Is the Arizona Diamondbacks’ bullpen a victim of its own success this season or rather of its lack of success last year? Sports 620 KTAR’s Ron Wolfley thinks it’s a combination of both. “Look, the Arizona Diamondbacks coming into the season the expectation was their bullpen was a huge question mark,” he said on Doug […]
  • J.J. Putz: Excellent closer, not so good otherwise

    Diamondbacks closer J.J. Putz has converted 21 of 24 save opportunities on the season, giving the team a dominant pitcher to finish off games. Sporting an ERA of 2.65, Putz has struck out 32 hitters in 34 innings of work, giving up just 11 runs (10 earned) this season. Need to hold a lead? He’s […]
  • Chemistry leads to improved Diamondbacks

    The Arizona Diamondbacks won 65 games last season. They’ve won 43 this season. And there’s still 82 games left to play. Kirk Gibson, an improved bullpen, fewer strikeouts and better starting pitching are all factors, but one thing that cannot be overlooked is improved team chemistry. “Everybody didn’t click like they do now, for some […]
  • Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Daniel Hudson questions fans

    Last night the Arizona Diamondbacks played in front of a crowd of 25,726 fans. The question is, was it actually a home field advantage? That’s what starting pitcher Daniel Hudson was wondering as he watched his team take on the Cleveland Indians at Chase Field and he expressed his concern via Twitter after it. Were […]
  • Inside the Box: Blown save costs D-backs the game

    After every Arizona Diamondbacks game we’ll examine the box score and provide you with instant analysis. So it’s time to go Inside the Box for June 27, 2011: Indians 5, Diamondbacks 4 The Good: The D-backs eighth inning symbolized their entire season. Going into the inning, the D-backs once again trailed by one run late […]
  • Gibson: ‘We have to develop a bullpen’

    The Diamondbacks bullpen, a rock earlier in the season, has faltered as of late. After blowing a lead Sunday in Detroit, manager Kirk Gibson talked about how the team can’t keep relying on David Hernandez and J.J. Putz. Putz, especially, was unavailable to pitch Sunday. “It’s important that everybody can play in August and September,” […]