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  • NL West Champ Camp Notes: Monday 2/27

    Diamondbacks starters Ian Kennedy, Daniel Hudson, Trevor Cahill, Joe Saunders and Josh Collmenter threw live batting practice today. Collmenter continues to work on a curveball. “We tried to have him work on that all last year,” said manager Kirk Gibson. “I want him to use that curveball more. He got a couple of big strikeouts […]
  • Diamondbacks’ Hudson offers warning for those who hit Justin Upton

    Diamondbacks All-Star Justin Upton was hit by 19 pitches last season, the second-most in all of baseball. “I’m not going to move,” Upton said at Fan Fest in early February. “So, I’m going to stand in the same spot again. We’ll see.” Upton is the team’s best player, so it’s little surprise he was the […]
  • A crowded outfield is a deep one? Kubel adds pop to Diamondbacks lineup

    The Diamondbacks had a good outfield in 2011, with Justin Upton, Chris Young and Gerardo Parra covering as much ground as any trio in baseball while being fairly productive at the plate. But that didn’t stop GM Kevin Towers from looking for help, which he found in the form of former Twins outfielder Jason Kubel. […]
  • Diamondbacks aiming for World Series again

    Like every team, the Arizona Diamondbacks have their sights set on getting to the World Series. While that hope usually fades in the doldrums of summer for some teams, the D-backs will be in it to win it. At least, D-backs third baseman Ryan Roberts thinks so. “The expectations last year were to go to […]
  • Gibson: D-backs have to buy in to be successful

    As the baseball season approaches and Spring Training gets started, expectations are high for the Arizona Diamondbacks. They have been touted as the favorites to win the NL West and possibly heading to the World Series. There’s a buzz in the Valley and spring games are already selling out. But there’s one person who knows […]
  • Camaraderie influenced Saunders’ decision to return

    Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Joe Saunders had an eventful offseason, to say the least. He thought he had no future with the team when GM Kevin Towers had other interests for a pitcher to take Saunders’ place. But in January, the organization wanted him back. It was a relief for the left-handed pitcher because he didn’t […]
  • 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 […]

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