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  • Gibson won’t let hype affect Diamondbacks

    There is plenty of hype surrounding the Arizona Diamondbacks. Division winners last year, they improved over the offseason and have many picking them not only to repeat as NL West champs, but reach the World Series, too. And while positive attention is certainly a welcome change from what the team had the last few seasons, […]
  • Putz is fine focusing on pitching, not hitting

    With all of the time and resources the Diamondbacks have to improve during spring training, J.J. Putz expressed he has no desire to work on his hitting skills. Fortunately, quality bat handling isn’t a necessity for closers. “Back in high school my first couple years I was a catcher on the varsity team, and as […]
  • D-backs chosen to repeat as Division champs

    Arizona has become the favorite among some to repeat as NL West Champions, after the Diamondbacks caught the national media’s attention last year. The latest to praise the franchise is MLB Network’s Matt Vasgersian, who spoke Thursday with Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo. “I loved what they did in the offseason. Trevor Cahill is […]
  • D-backs’ Gibson defends Kubel’s defense

    The Diamondbacks signed left fielder Jason Kubel this offseason in an effort to increase their offensive depth while adding some punch from the left side of the plate. Kubel hit .273 with 12 home runs and 58 RBI for the Minnesota Twins in 2011. He should benefit from moving to Chase Field — a hitter-friendly […]
  • Stephen Drew making progress

    Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew returned to the field for his third day of on-field workouts since undergoing surgery for a broken ankle last July. Drew took ground balls on Monday and Tuesday before taking Wednesday off and returning to action today. “The healing is coming along and you know pretty excited about that because there […]
  • Young D-backs pitchers are learning how to be big leaguers

    Trevor Bauer and Tyler Skaggs are two of the D-backs’ more well known prospects, a pair of pitchers many think will reach the big league level sometime this season. Neither Bauer, 21, nor Skaggs, 20, are expected to begin the season with the Diamondbacks, but that doesn’t mean they can’t learn something while they’re with […]
  • D-backs bracing for tougher NL West

    The Arizona Diamondbacks have a target on their back, and they know it. As the team that came out of nowhere to shock their divisional foes to win the N.L. West last season, the Diamondbacks know repeating won’t be easy. “Every organization evaluates what they did last year and they try to improve upon that, […]
  • Ian Kennedy facing high expectations after breakout year

    For Ian Kennedy, high expectations abound following his breakout season with the Diamondbacks in 2011. Kennedy, who finished fourth in the National League Cy Young balloting after going 21-4 with a 2.88 ERA in 2011, wouldn’t have it any other way. “You always get those questions like, ‘well, are you going to try to do […]
  • Kirk Gibson says Parra is up to the challenge

    Diamondbacks Gold Glove outfielder Gerardo Parra was back at Salt River Fields Wednesday ready to work and return to his spot in left field. The only problem is somebody is already there — newcomer Jason Kubel. Nobody would have been surprised if Parra was upset about the off-season acquisition of Kubel from the Twins. After […]
  • Diamondbacks rotation set up well for the future

    The Arizona Diamondbacks have one of the league’s better starting rotations, with Ian Kennedy, Daniel Hudson, Trevor Cahill, Joe Saunders and Josh Collmenter rounding out the top five. But Arizona’s stable of arms doesn’t end there, and according to an ESPN Insider story, the D-backs have the next great MLB starting rotation, with Trevor Bauer, […]
  • Gibson: Training facility perfect for work, fans

    The Diamondbacks are looking to make a lot of improvements during Spring Training, and manager Kirk Gibson is glad they have the facility where they can do it all: Salt River Fields at Talking Stick. “It’s certainly an advantage for the team to be able to really live in the same location year round. The […]
  • D-backs are doing things right, but NL West up for grabs

    The positivity around the upcoming Diamondbacks season continues to reach new heights, with local and national attention, but the chance of repeating as National League West champions or going further into the playoffs is still up in the air. “I think when you look at the National League, there’s not that super power,” ESPN’s Pedro […]
  • Gibson won’t let D-backs buy into their success

    The Diamondbacks will not believe they will win the NL West simply by showing up this season. Kirk Gibson won’t let them. Gibson, who said “successes can be very dangerous” Sunday, expanded on that thought Tuesday as a guest on Arizona Sports 620’s Doug and Wolf. “You read a lot of good articles about yourself […]
  • D-backs’ pitching depth is one of team’s strengths

    Kirk Gibson knows one of his team’s greatest strengths is the depth of the pitching staff from top to bottom. The Diamondbacks’ starting rotation comprised of Ian Kennedy, Daniel Hudson, Trevor Cahill, Joe Saunders and Josh Collmenter is arguably one of the best in Major League Baseball. The team’s decision to bring Saunders back into […]
  • Stephen Drew returns to action

    Diamondbacks shortstop Stephen Drew took ground balls at Salt River Fields today for the first time since having ankle surgery last July. Drew has been working out non-stop since the injury but it’s the first time he’s seen any action on the baseball field. Manager Kirk Gibson was happy to see him back out there. […]
  • D-backs GM Towers happy with his roster

    One year ago we (the media) sat in a room at Salt River Fields and asked new manager Kirk Gibson how he was going to change the culture of the clubhouse, and we asked general manager Kevin Towers if the Diamondbacks had the talent to reach .500. This spring started out a little different. Scratch […]
  • D-backs among top stories in Cactus League camps

    It’s that time of year again when hope springs eternal for all 30 Major League Baseball teams. Pitchers and catchers reported to camp this weekend, signifying the official start to the new season. Not surprisingly, the new-look Angels have garnered the most attention in Cactus League camps, after luring the prized free agent on the […]
  • There’s a lot to like about this year’s Diamondbacks

    There’s a lot to like about the Arizona Diamondbacks as they head into the 2012 season. They followed up a 94-win season with what most think was an excellent off-season, with some “experts” even picking the team to reach the World Series. So, it should come as no surprise that manager Kirk Gibson, on the […]
  • ESPN: D-backs have a nice future ahead of them

    We all felt like the Diamondbacks had a bright future ahead of them, with a talented young core and a stocked farm system. The national perception isn’t much different, it turns out. According to ESPN’s Future Power Rankings, which is an Insider piece, the Diamondbacks rank 8th among teams with the best chance for sustained […]
  • ESPN analyst hands D-backs A- for offseason

    ESPN analyst Jim Bowden gave the Arizona Diamondbacks a grade of A- for the business they did in the offseason. In a piece for ESPN Insider, Bowden said the D-Backs “might have had the best offseason of any midlevel market team in terms of undervalued free- agent signings and trades.” Big acquisitions for Arizona were […]

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