D-backs feel fortunate with rotation stability

Banda makes MLB debut with Walker on paternity leave

D-backs feel fortunate with rotation stability

PHOENIX -- For the most part this season, D-backs manager Torey Lovullo has had the luxury of rolling out the same starting rotation every week. Arizona entered Saturday boasting the second best team ERA (3.49) in the Majors and using just eight starting pitchers.

Saturday night, that number changed to nine as the D-backs' top prospect, left-hander Anthony Banda made his Major League debut. The 23-year-old started in place of Taijuan Walker, who is on paternity leave following the birth of his son on Friday.

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Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Back-to-back-to-back homers shock Max

Peralta, Pollock, Lamb open game with a franchise first

Back-to-back-to-back homers shock Max

PHOENIX -- There were a lot of firsts when the D-backs hit back-to-back-to-back homers off Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer in the first inning of Friday night's 6-5 walk-off win. It started with David Peralta's first career leadoff homer and was followed by homers from A.J. Pollock and Jake Lamb.

It was the first time that Scherzer had allowed three consecutive homers and the first time the D-backs hit three straight homers to open a game. It was also the first time the Nats had allowed three homers to open a game since moving to Washington in 2005.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs start with 3 HRs, finish with walk-off

D-backs start with 3 HRs, finish with walk-off

PHOENIX -- The D-backs made a lot of noise early, but it was a ground-ball single by Brandon Drury that snuck through a drawn-in infield in the bottom of the ninth that proved to be the difference, as the D-backs walked off against the Nationals, 6-5, on Friday night at Chase Field in what could be a playoff preview.

A.J. Pollock led off the ninth with a triple to center off Enny Romero, who then intentionally walked Jake Lamb and Paul Goldschmidt to load the bases. After Gregor Blanco's flyout to left was not deep enough to score a run, Drury came through with the big hit.

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J.D. out of lineup for home debut with D-backs

Hand contusion forces slugger to miss second straight start

J.D. out of lineup for home debut with D-backs

PHOENIX -- J.D. Martinez missed his home debut with his new club on Friday night.

The slugger, acquired from the Tigers in a trade on Tuesday, left his first start with the D-backs on Wednesday with a contusion on his left hand after being hit by a pitch. Friday marked his his second straight missed start, but he could be back in the lineup any day.

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Jarrid Denney is a reporter for MLB.com based in Phoenix. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast of the Day: D-backs solve 99-mph heat

Marte, Lamb go deep, giving Arizona 3 of the 7 HRs hit off pitches that fast

Statcast of the Day: D-backs solve 99-mph heat

Baseballs have a way of finding the seats in a hurry during games at Cincinnati's Great American Ball Park. That was true again Thursday, when the D-backs and Reds combined to hit six home runs in Arizona's 12-2 victory.

But the two most electric round-trippers of the day came when the game was well in hand, as the D-backs' Ketel Marte and Jake Lamb each took Reds reliever Ariel Hernandez deep in the ninth on two of the fastest pitches thrown across the Major League slate all day. They also happened to be two of the seven fastest pitches hit for a homer (Marte, second fastest; Lamb, tied for sixth fastest) by any Major League player this season.

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Corbin comes through on short notice

Corbin comes through on short notice

CINCINNATI -- Wednesday marked Patrick Corbin's 28th birthday. And for a present, the D-backs' pitcher found out he was going to start Thursday's series finale against the Reds.

Corbin -- who was originally scheduled to face the Nationals on Friday -- got a call from Arizona pitching coach Mike Butcher at 1:30 a.m. Thursday letting him know that he would have to fill in for Taijuan Walker, who had to head back to Phoenix for the birth of his first child. Less than 12 hours later, the left-hander took the mound and shined over 7 1/3 innings, allowing one run while walking one and striking out six in Arizona's 12-2 victory. It was Corbin's first win since June 16.

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Jeremy Vernon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati who covered the D-backs on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lamb (2 HRs) backs Corbin's gem in Cincy

Lamb (2 HRs) backs Corbin's gem in Cincy

CINCINNATI -- Three batters into Thursday's game at Great American Ball Park, the D-backs set the tone. After the first two batters reached, Jake Lamb slugged a three-run home run that sent Arizona on its way to a 12-2 victory over the Reds. That claimed two of three games in the series.

Before Lamb batted, Daniel Descalso walked and Chris Iannetta hit a double against Reds rookie Luis Castillo. Castillo went on to retire 18 of his next 20 batters. Lamb added a second homer, a three-run shot to left field, in the ninth inning against Ariel Hernandez during a six-run rally to finish with a career-high six RBIs.

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

Jeremy Vernon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati who covered the D-backs on Thursday.

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Terence Moore

Goldschmidt underrated talk makes no sense

Goldschmidt underrated talk makes no sense

A can of corn.

Mustard on that fastball.

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Walker placed on paternity leave list

Corbin gets the start; RHP Koch recalled from Triple-A

Walker placed on paternity leave list

CINCINNATI -- D-backs right-hander Taijuan Walker didn't make his scheduled start Thursday after flying back to Phoenix to be with his wife Heather for the birth of their first child.

Walker -- who is 6-4 with a 3.61 ERA in 15 starts this season -- learned the news that his child would be coming soon after Wednesday's game. He flew out of Cincinnati early Thursday morning.

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Jeremy Vernon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati who covered the D-backs on Thursday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Peralta homers, but D-backs fall to Reds in 11

Peralta homers, but D-backs fall to Reds in 11

CINCINNATI -- With the bases loaded in the bottom of the 11th inning, Adam Duvall ended the Reds' five-game losing streak. Duvall's RBI single scored the winning run for a 4-3, walk-off victory over the D-backs on Wednesday at Great American Ball Park. Arizona lost for the sixth time in seven games.

Billy Hamilton started the rally with a one-out single to left field against reliever T.J. McFarland. Zack Cozart followed with his fourth hit of the game, a ground-rule double to right-center field that prevented Hamilton from scoring. Joey Votto was intentionally walked, setting up Duvall.

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Jeremy Vernon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati and covered the D-backs on Wednesday.

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Martinez hit by pitch, exits in D-backs debut

X-rays negative; Right fielder is day to day

Martinez hit by pitch, exits in D-backs debut

CINCINNATI -- J.D. Martinez's D-backs debut didn't last long. The right fielder, who joined the team Wednesday after getting traded from the Tigers a day prior, exited Wednesday's 11-inning, 4-3 loss to the Reds in the fourth with a left hand contusion after getting hit by a pitch. X-rays were negative, and he is day to day.

In his second at-bat, Martinez tried to swing at a 1-2 fastball from Cincinnati starter Tim Adleman, but the ball hit him as he swung, with Martinez also striking out.

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Jeremy Vernon is a reporter for MLB.com based in Cincinnati and covered the D-backs on Wednesday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs get J.D. from Tigers in 4-player deal

Detroit receives 3 infield prospects from Arizona

D-backs get J.D. from Tigers in 4-player deal

KANSAS CITY -- The first big hitter of the Trade Deadline season has been dealt. J.D. Martinez, who went from Spring Training release a few years ago to an All-Star with the Tigers, was traded to the D-backs for three prospects on Tuesday, bolstering Arizona's charge for a spot in the postseason.

Perhaps anticipating the slugger's addition, the D-backs went out and routed the Reds, 11-2, in Cincinnati.

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Jason Beck has covered the Tigers for MLB.com since 2002. Read Beck's Blog, follow him on Twitter @beckjason and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Big 5th inning helps D-backs snap 5-game skid

Big 5th inning helps D-backs snap 5-game skid

CINCINNATI -- Winless since the All-Star break, both the D-backs and Reds were desperate to create some second-half traction with a victory on Tuesday. Arizona got what it wanted with an 11-2 victory to snap a five-game losing streak, while Cincinnati is still searching while immersed in its own five-game losing streak.

It was a 2-2 game until a six-run Arizona fifth inning broke it open. Two batters after David Peralta's RBI double, Jake Lamb came through with a two-run triple that ended rookie starter Sal Romano's night without an out recorded in the fifth. Reliever Tony Cingrani could not slow the momentum and gave up two doubles and a Chris Herrmann two-run homer for a six-run lead. 

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Mark Sheldon has covered the Reds for MLB.com since 2006, and previously covered the Twins from 2001-05. Follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon and Facebook and listen to his podcast.

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D-backs excited to have Martinez's righty bat

Newly acquired outfielder hitting .474 vs. lefties, Arizona hitting just .223 vs. southpaws

D-backs excited to have Martinez's righty bat

CINCINNATI -- The D-backs snapped a five-game skid with an 11-2 win over the Reds on Tuesday, but they already had cause for celebration before the first pitch, as the news broke that they acquired outfielder J.D. Martinez from the Tigers in exchange for three infield prospects.

Well, at least it was for those who knew about it.

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Richard Justice

D-backs send message with deal for J.D.

By acquiring OF from Tigers, front office shows it believes team can make postseason push

D-backs send message with deal for J.D.

The D-backs' front office sent its players and fans this message on Tuesday: We believe in this team. That's what the acquisition of outfielder J.D. Martinez from the Tigers represents on several levels.

Yes, Martinez is one of the best right-handed hitters in baseball, and he will give Arizona's lineup a different look the next time the Dodgers run out all those lefty starters -- Clayton Kershaw, Alex Wood and Rich Hill.

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Delgado has flexor strain, shut down for 2 weeks

Right-hander placed on disabled list Sunday, Hoover recalled to shore up 'pen

Delgado has flexor strain, shut down for 2 weeks

CINCINNATI -- D-backs manager Torey Lovullo gave an update on the health of Randall Delgado on Tuesday, revealing the right-handed reliever has a flexor strain in his right elbow and will be shut down for 10-14 days.

Delgado was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday. He is 1-1 with a 4.30 ERA in 21 relief appearances this season. He has also started five games, posting an 0-1 record and a 2.52 ERA in those outings.

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Goldy D-backs' Heart and Hustle Award winner

Goldy D-backs' Heart and Hustle Award winner

The Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association revealed the 30 preliminary winners of the 2017 Heart and Hustle Award on Tuesday. The honor is the only one voted on by former players, and is bestowed each year upon the active player who most represents a passion for the game of baseball, and best embodies the values, spirit and tradition of the game.

Past winners of the Heart and Hustle Award include David Eckstein (2005), Hall of Famer Craig Biggio (2006, 2007), Grady Sizemore (2008), Albert Pujols (2009), Roy Halladay (2010), Torii Hunter (2011), Mike Trout (2012), Dustin Pedroia (2013), Josh Harrison (2014), Anthony Rizzo (2015) and Todd Frazier (2016).

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Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Reed throws six strong for Visalia

Reed throws six strong for Visalia

Tyler O'Neill has plenty of power and he showed it off with home runs in each game of Triple-A Tacoma's doubleheader split against Albuquerque.

O'Neill, the No. 29 overall prospect (Mariners No. 2) is heating up lately, having homered in three straight games and boasting a .327 average through 14 games this month.

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D-backs fall flat in series finale vs. Braves

D-backs fall flat in series finale vs. Braves

ATLANTA -- If the weekend's events at SunTrust Park were a sign of things to come, the National League Wild Card race might prove to be much more interesting than expected. The Braves enhanced the potential intrigue as they received a career-best three doubles from Brandon Phillips while completing a three-game sweep of the slumping D-backs with a 7-1 win Sunday afternoon.

"It was fun and we got off on the right foot," Braves outfielder Matt Kemp said. "That is a good team that we swept and we have to keep going. We've got another tough series coming up and it's time to enjoy it tonight and turn the page [Monday] to get ready for the Cubs."

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Godley suffers with first-pitch fastballs in loss

Godley suffers with first-pitch fastballs in loss

ATLANTA -- Zack Godley knew better, but in the heat of the moment, the right-hander threw fastballs early in the count to a good fastball-hitting team and paid the price with his worst outing of the year as the D-backs fell, 7-1, to the Braves at SunTrust Park.

The Atlanta hitters jumped on Godley early in the count and early in the game with single runs in the first and second innings before a four-run outburst in the third and another run in the fourth.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs surprised, not worried, about slide

D-backs surprised, not worried, about slide

ATLANTA -- D-backs left-hander Patrick Corbin seemed surprised. Manager Torey Lovullo didn't realize the exact number, and shortstop Chris Owings also seemed caught off-guard by it.

Focusing intently on the task at hand has served the D-backs well this year, so well that their 8-5 loss to the Braves on Saturday night marked the first time they had lost four straight all season.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs run out of gas, drop 4th straight

D-backs run out of gas, drop 4th straight

ATLANTA -- The Braves moved a little closer to the slumping National League Wild Card leaders as they used Brandon Phillips' three-hit game and Lane Adams' three-run double to claim Saturday night's 8-5 win over the D-backs at SunTrust Park.

Along with moving one win away from evening their record (44-45), the Braves moved six games away from the Rockies for the second spot in the NL Wild Card race, which the D-backs still comfortably lead despite losing four straight for the first time this season, and 10 of their past 13.

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Lovullo reflects on decision to let Walker hit

Lovullo reflects on decision to let Walker hit

ATLANTA -- D-backs fans on Twitter expressed dismay with manager Torey Lovullo's decision to let starting pitcher Taijuan Walker hit with one out and the bases loaded in the sixth inning Friday night during a 4-3 loss to the Braves, especially after the move backfired and Walker hit into an inning-ending double play.

Rest assured, though, no one took the decision's outcome harder than Lovullo.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Bradley's stumble atypical, but not worrisome

Bradley's stumble atypical, but not worrisome

ATLANTA -- It would be hard to have had a better first half of the season than D-backs setup man Archie Bradley, which is why the two runs the Braves managed to score off him in their 4-3 win Friday night stunned the Arizona clubhouse.

"He kind of spoils us," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "He gets through things so easily, so clean. So when he has a little moment like that you wonder what's wrong, but there's really nothing wrong. They just hit some quality pitches. They did what they had to."

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs come up short after seesaw battle

D-backs come up short after seesaw battle

ATLANTA -- After the D-backs positioned themselves to halt their recent struggles, Freddie Freeman preserved R.A. Dickey's latest impressive effort and halted Archie Bradley's recent dominance as the Braves opened the second half with an eventful 4-3 win Friday night at SunTrust Park.

Brandon Phillips slipped rounding third base before scoring the winning run on the decisive eighth-inning single Freeman produced against Bradley, who had a 0.76 ERA over his 24 most-recent appearances before squandering a one-run, eighth-inning lead that had been gained via a two-out, two-strike wild pitch in the top of the eighth.

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Ray, Goldy reflect on All-Star experience

Ray, Goldy reflect on All-Star experience

ATLANTA -- D-backs left-hander Robbie Ray found himself looking around the National League clubhouse at the All-Star Game and just taking it all in.

"Being in that clubhouse with all those guys, a lot of big-name guys, it was humbling, it was exciting and I enjoyed every minute of it," Ray said. "I don't even know if there's a word to describe it, really. It was just really, really awesome. I just kind of soaked it all in, sat at my locker, looked around and saw all the big-name guys. To be in that room with those guys, it was something special."

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Duplantier goes seven strong for Visalia

Duplantier goes seven strong for Visalia

The ball has been flying out of the park lately for Jordan Patterson -- a trend that continued on Friday as he connected on a pair of home runs for a second straight game to lead Triple-A Albuquerque past Las Vegas, 7-2.

The Rockies' No. 15 prospect homered in his first two at-bats, hitting solo shots to lead off the second and fourth innings, respectively, before tallying a pair of singles to finish the game 4-for-5 with three RBIs.

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D-backs eye quick start after strong 1st half

Lamb, Goldy among players who've led Arizona into contending position

D-backs eye quick start after strong 1st half

PHOENIX -- While D-backs players will say their performance in the first half of the season was not a surprise to them, it certainly was to the rest of baseball.

After a disappointing 2016, the D-backs have been one of MLB's best teams through the first half of this year. They've dominated at Chase Field, played right around .500 on the road and have proven to be resilient in leading the National League in comeback wins for much of the first half.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lugo plates three for Jackson

Lugo plates three for Jackson

Spencer Adams and Grayson Long made up for a limited slate of Minor League games on Tuesday as the two hurlers engaged in a Southern League duel that saw Long and Mobile shut out Birmingham, 1-0.

Adams, the White Sox No. 12 prospect, was a tough-luck loser for Birmingham even though he set a career high with 12 strikeouts in 7 1/3 innings. Throwing 62 of his 99 pitches for strikes, he allowed one earned run on two hits while walking two. Overall, the 21-year-old righty has pitched to a 3.63 ERA with 89 strikeouts and 18 walks in 106 2/3 innings (17 starts) for the Barons.

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