In dealing away Didi Gregorius and acquiring Robbie Ray, the Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday used their depth at shortstop to land a left-hander they believe will develop into a high-impact starting pitcher.
ST. LOUIS – The buildup to the most talked-about hire in baseball started with silence.
LOS ANGELES – Standing at the top step of the Diamondbacks’ dugout on Saturday afternoon, right-hander Mike Bolsinger did not look like a man a couple of hours away from making his first major league start.
LOS ANGELES — Outfielder Cody Ross admits he probably doesn’t feel the same physically as he did before injuring his hip in August, but he believes he’s ready to come off the disabled list and contribute.
SAN FRANCISCO – The issues with Arizona right-hander Trevor Cahill are no different from what they’ve been during other stretches of ineffectiveness in his career, general manager Kevin Towers said. Cahill can’t seem to avoid mistakes related to his command.
SAN FRANCISCO — This is the way it is for the Arizona Diamondbacks rotation this year:
DENVER — The Diamondbacks’ season is barely a week old but already its foundations appear to be crumbling around them. The rotation has struggled, the bullpen is gassed and the Diamondbacks have won just once in seven games.
SYDNEY, Australia – As they hoped, the Diamondbacks established their international identity this week in Australia. Trouble is, they’ll probably be remembered as the friendly mates who kind of looked like rubbish compared to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
SYDNEY — As they hoped, the Diamondbacks established their international identity this week in Australia. Trouble is, they'll probably be remembered as the friendly mates who kind of looked like rubbish compared to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
SYDNEY — Growing up about a half hour from Angel Stadium, Addison Reed remembers the feeling he would get watching Angels closer Troy Percival enter a game in a save situation. He remembers Percival spitting out his water and sprinting in from the bullpen with the music blaring. And he remem…
PITTSBURGH - Nearly every team in baseball would rather hit in the comfortable, familiar environment of its home ballpark, and the Diamondbacks, who play half their games in the hitter-happy zone that is Chase Field, are no different.
BOSTON - There was a dropped fly ball, a base-running mistake, a ball lost in the sun, a dropped throw and, above all, there was little hitting. Very little hitting.
PHOENIX - With two veteran starters working their way back from the disabled list, the Diamondbacks have decisions to make in their rotation. After what happened Saturday night at Chase Field, one of those decisions became a lot easier.
ST. LOUIS - It was a night filled with casualties, from all the discarded wads of gum fired into left field by third base umpire Jordan Baker to the bat that St. Louis slugger Matt Holliday shattered by slamming it into the ground in the 11th inning.
SAN DIEGO - There were certain things manager Kirk Gibson expected out of his team heading into the season, areas in which he figured the Diamondbacks might struggle. Protecting leads late in games was not one of them.
PHOENIX - The Arizona Diamondbacks constructed their lineup for these kinds of games, nights when they face a pitcher as tough as Cardinals right-hander Adam Wainwright.
PHOENIX - First baseman Paul Goldschmidt was deftly tap-dancing around the elephant in the room on Friday when Diamondbacks catcher Miguel Montero jokingly called attention to it.
SCOTTSDALE - The final week of spring training is usually a time for fine-tuning the roster, for deciding on the last bench player or settling on a reliever to round out the bullpen.
SCOTTSDALE - For veteran players just trying to get ready for the season, results in spring-training games can sometimes matter less than being able to finish the daily crossword puzzle.
ST. LOUIS - Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson sat in his office at Busch Stadium on Tuesday afternoon and ran through the reasons why he believes his team has struggled in one-run games. For Gibson, it's not overly complicated.
PHILADELPHIA - During his first game with the Diamondbacks on Monday in Los Angeles, third baseman Chris Johnson heard a teammate ask in the dugout if the Giants were winning their game in San Francisco. That sort of thing hadn't happened very often, if at all, during his time in the majors.
LOS ANGELES - There was burgeoning confidence mixed with cautious optimism in the visitors' clubhouse at Dodger Stadium, where a heretofore inconsistent baseball team took another step toward establishing itself as a contender in the National League West.
CINCINNATI - The calendar keeps moving toward October, but the Diamondbacks are getting no closer to playing in it.
CHICAGO - With an extra wild card added to each league, there aren't many clubs that have essentially declared themselves "sellers" this early in July. But the Diamondbacks have now been swept by two of them in the past two weeks.
CHICAGO - The Diamondbacks this season have been like an old car engine that sputters out just when you think it's about to roar to life.
ANAHEIM, Calif. - The Arizona Diamondbacks reluctantly gave credit to another opposing pitcher Sunday, but given the way the majority of this road trip went for them, their praise went only so far.
SAN FRANCISCO - Miguel Montero couldn't understand it. He knows starter Trevor Cahill has had his problems in the first inning this season, but this was different.
PHOENIX - The Diamondbacks wore out such a path around the bases Wednesday night that it was as if they were trying to take out all their frustrations from the previous night - or perhaps the previous month.
PHOENIX - The Los Angeles Dodgers fielded a lineup Monday night filled with rookies and journeymen, a group of players that seemed more suited for the Pacific Coast League than the National League.
LOS ANGELES - The signs of frustration were everywhere, from the bat Justin Upton slammed into the ground to the helmet Paul Goldschmidt's flung toward the visitors' dugout at Dodger Stadium.
Carlos Beltran's sharp grounder bounced twice, hit off the heel of Diamondbacks third baseman Ryan Roberts' glove and then smoked Roberts in the jugular. The moment sort of summed up the past three days for the Diamondbacks.
NEW YORK - Miguel Montero didn't think it was just gone.
NEW YORK - The Diamondbacks trudged into the quiet of a losing locker room for the third time in the past four days Saturday evening. They had lost, this time 4-3 to the New York Mets at Citi Field, but like many of their recent losses, it didn't have that bad of a feel.
MIAMI-Trouble was brewing in Diamondbacks left-hander Pat Corbin's first major league inning. The bases were loaded with only one out, and the Miami Marlins' hottest hitter, Omar Infante, was up.
Josh Collmenter had not seen the sixth inning this season, let alone the seventh, and considering the Diamondbacks made a roster move to add a multi-inning reliever before the game, the team was preparing for the possibility of another short night for the right-hander Tuesday.
PHOENIX - The Diamondbacks' doomsday scenario might look something like what happened Tuesday.
PHOENIX - The Giants are built around their starting rotation, a unit that for years has not only frustrated the Diamondbacks but has rated among the best in the National League.
PHOENIX - The festiveness of opening day reminds Kirk Gibson of a holiday. It also reminds him of October and of what he wants out of his Diamondbacks team, which opens the season this afternoon against the San Francisco Giants.
The Diamondbacks set their opening day roster Wednesday morning, placing right-hander Takashi Saito on the 15-day disabled list with a calf strain and outrighting left-hander Mike Zagurski to Triple-A Reno.
SCOTTSDALE - If Ian Kennedy had better stuff, the Diamondbacks right-hander joked, then perhaps he wouldn't have faced the Los Angeles Dodgers at Salt River Fields on Saturday. Maybe then he'd believe the baseball adage that the more often a pitcher faces a hitter, the less advantage the pit…
SCOTTSDALE - Still breathing heavy from his daily running, right-hander Ian Kennedy motioned toward the Diamondbacks weight room, a place he believes might help him more for his next couple of seasons than his next couple of starts.
A theory: For a reliever, the eighth inning is a tougher assignment than the ninth.
While Trevor Bauer's quirks and Tyler Skaggs' curveball have received attention at Diamondbacks camp, a precocious Oklahoman has been throwing in the mornings at Salt River Fields, far from the spotlight.
SCOTTSDALE - Justin Upton wasn't two months past his 20th birthday when he played in his first postseason in 2007.
Diamondbacks second baseman Aaron Hill bounded out of the batting cage Saturday and seamlessly picked up a conversation with teammate Stephen Drew right where it had left off.
PHOENIX - Not long after Tyler Skaggs was drafted, the Los Angeles Angels wanted him to scrap his curveball. The pitch was slow and loopy, and they wondered whether a slider might work better for the tall left-hander.
SCOTTSDALE - When manager Kirk Gibson addressed the media a year
ago on Day 1 of spring training, he might have been the only person
in the building who truly believed the Diamondbacks could win. The
trick for Gibson was convincing everyone else.
The prevailing notion inside the Arizona Diamondbacks clubhouse
on Friday evening was the hope that their surprisingly successful
season is only the first of many to come.
MILWAUKEE - The door from the visitors' clubhouse to the field
kept swinging open, the roar of the Miller Park crowd still audible
well after the Diamondbacks' season had come to a stunning end
MILWAUKEE - This series has put "Beast Mode" on the map and
launched "The Snake." It has shown that sometimes there's no place
like home. It has seen wild momentum shifts and provided ample
fodder for second-guessing.