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  • 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 […]
  • Tap the breaks on Ike Taylor talk

    Maybe I’m just in a surly, anti-Pittsburgh mood after hearing of a planned celebration in the Steel City for Dancing with the Stars winner Hines Ward. Or maybe I’m just being a contrarian. Tap the brakes a little bit on the talk the Cardinals should pursue Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor. To be fair, I was […]
  • 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 […]
  • Vontaze Burfict wins another award

    Yeah, Vontaze Burfict is pretty good. The Arizona State linebacker added another award to his collection Tuesday, as he was named Blue Ribbon Magazine’s National Defensive Player of the Year. Burfict, who was also named a First-Team All-American by the magazine, is one of just two Pac-12 players on the list, as Stanford’s Andrew Luck […]
  • Grant Hill understands an NBA lockout

    Grant Hill has been through a lockout before, as he was a member of the Detroit Pistons when the NBA lost games in the 1998-99 season. With the league on the verge of another work stoppage, Hill told Yahoo Sports he has no regrets over what happened 13 years ago. “It’s always worth it. I […]
  • Taylor speaks out, is anyone listening?

    When former ASU receiver Kerry Taylor spoke out against head coach Dennis Erickson, more than a few eyebrows were raised. After all, it’s rare for a player to publicly blast a head coach, and Taylor’s saying Erickson “is NOT the right man for the job” surely struck a chord with many discontented Sun Devil fans. […]
  • Suns look to future by hosting 2-day mini-camp

    In an attempt to get ahead of the curve before the NBA most likely enters a lockout on Friday, the Phoenix Suns have announced that they’ll hold a two-day mini-camp (the Hawks, Heat, Lakers, Sixers and Spurs will also be hosting similar camps). Suns first-round draft pick Markieff Morris along with rookie free agents Jeff […]
  • 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 […]
  • Ike Taylor would be good addition for Cardinals

    Rumors of the Cardinals being interested in Steelers corner Ike Taylor have begun to surface, something which could very much be a reality should Arizona trade cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie to Philadelphia for Kevin Kolb. If, in fact, that trade happens, Steelers sideline analyst Craig Wolfley says the Cards would be getting quite a player if […]
  • 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 […]
  • Time for Coyotes to break from the past

    It’s time, Coyotes fans. For too long you’ve supported a team that continues to take traditions from a town that didn’t want them. For too long you’ve perpetuated the stereotype that hockey can’t survive in the desert. For too long, you’ve beaten a long dead horse. The Coyotes ownership situation is a disaster. There. I […]
  • 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 […]
  • Cardinals ill-prepared for quick off-season

    The Arizona Cardinals have plenty of holes to fill, but the lockout is likely to leave them — as well as every other team in the league — little time to work on filling them. The problem for the Cardinals, according to Sports 620 KTAR’s Mark Asher, is that they may not have the capabilities […]
  • Dennis Erickson under fire and deservedly so

    Is this the beginning of the end for Dennis Erickson at Arizona State? No, it’s not. The groundwork was laid when the coach followed up a 10-3 debut with seasons of five, four and six wins. That is not the way to get the job done, and if it weren’t for a bad economy there […]
  • 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,” […]
  • One potential owner drops out of Phoenix Coyotes race

    And then there were two. Just hours after news emerged that there were three groups interested in purchasing the Phoenix Coyotes (Matthew Hulsizer, Jerry Reinsdorf and a mystery group), one of those interested parties has taken their name out of consideration. Hulsizer has decided to end his pursuit of the Coyotes according to the Phoenix […]
  • Would Ike Taylor be a better fit than DRC?

    If the Cardinals decide to trade Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie for Kevin Kolb they would be filling one hole by creating another. Rodgers-Cromartie’s spot in the defensive secondary, though, could be filled by veteran Ike Taylor, a Pittsburgh Steelers free agent. “If he is truly wide open to any scenario, and you look at the fact that […]
  • All downhill from here for D-backs ‘pen

    For a while it seemed as though the disgrace better known as the Arizona Diamondbacks bullpen was a thing of the past. Joe Paterson, Micah Owings, David Heranndez and J.J. Putz were rolling, stifling hitters and locking down late leads. The month of June has brought a few hiccups, though, the most recent of which […]

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