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Experts Split On Tate, Rodgers As No. 1 Pick

Apr 30, 2015 3:50 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks will pick first overall when the First-Year Player Draft is held on June 8.

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo of MLB.com are split on who Arizona will take -- UC Santa Barbara right-hander Dillon Tate or Lake Mary High School (FL) shortstop Brendan Rodgers.

The Houston Astros (second and fifth), Colorado Rockies, Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins will pick after the Diamondbacks.

Jim Callis & Jonathan Mayo/MLB

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2015 MLB All-Star Ballot Released

Apr 29, 2015 3:34 PM

Major League Baseball marked the official start of All-Star Balloting for the 86th All-Star Game, which will be held on Tuesday, July 14th at Great American Ball Park, the home of the Cincinnati Reds on Wednesday.

For the first time, the All-Star Balloting Program will be conducted exclusively online.  Beginning today, fans around the world can cast their votes for starters 35 times exclusively at MLB.com and all 30 Club web sites – online or via their mobile devices – with the 2015 Esurance MLB All-Star Game Ballot.

You can begin voting here -- 2015 All-Star Game Ballot.

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Archie Bradley OK After Taking Liner To Face

Apr 29, 2015 8:37 AM

Archie Bradley was struck in the face by a line drive Tuesday night, leading to sinus cavity damage.

The Arizona Diamondbacks rookie hit the ground immediately after a second-inning shot off the bat of Colorado's Carlos Gonzalez hit him above the jaw on the right side of his face.

The 22-year-old stayed face down for several minutes as trainers attended to him and teammates squatted near the mound. He was able to get to his feet, walk off the mound and let the crowd know he was OK with a thumbs-up gesture.

He was released from a Phoenix hospital and back with his teammates before the end of the game.

"I tried to throw a curveball in there for a strike and I saw the pitch going towards the plate, then I woke up and I was laying down," Bradley said. "I got myself together and opened my eyes. I could see, wiggled my feet and the next thing I know the trainers are there."

Gonzalez was distraught after the game, saying his night was ruined and that he intended to visit Bradley.

"That is one thing you see once in a while on the diamond that you really wish you never see when you are playing," Gonzalez said. "For me as a hitter, it's a nightmare. It's something you don't try to do. Seeing one of those guys going down, especially a guy like him, who is really young and starting his career."

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Kirk Gibson Diagnosed With Parkinson's Disease

Apr 28, 2015 5:06 PM

Kirk Gibson has been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, he revealed on Tuesday.

"I have faced many different obstacles in my life, and have always maintained a strong belief that no matter the circumstances, I could overcome those obstacles," Gibson said in a statement released by Fox Sports Detroit, for whom he has been working as an analyst on Detroit Tigers telecasts.

"While this diagnosis poses a new kind of challenge for me, I intend to stay true to my beliefs," Gibson added. "With the support of my family and friends, I will meet this challenge with the same determination and unwavering intensity that I have displayed in all of my endeavors in life."

Gibson played for the Tigers and Los Angeles Dodgers, Kansas City Royals and Pittsburgh Pirates. He also managed the Arizona Diamondbacks from 2010-14.

ESPN

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Diamondbacks Easing Tomas Into Big Leagues

Apr 20, 2015 8:08 AM

Yasmany Tomas recorded his first Major League hit on Sunday afternoon as the Arizona Diamondbacks defeated the San Francisco Giants.

Tomas signed a six-year, $68.5 million deal with the Diamondbacks after defecting from Cuba. He was called up last week, but has only recorded four at-bats and played one inning at first base.

"He's on a certain program that we think is going to help him in his progression to being an everyday player," Chip Hale said. "People are having a hard time believing it because he's not getting at-bats every day, which is hard. But he's doing [work] offensively with our hitting coaches and then the strength coach; they're really working hard to get him to where we think he needs to be to be an everyday player."

Tomas has been getting extra work in the cage with hitting coach Turner Ward, and Dave McKay has worked with him on his outfield play.

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Chicken Finger Causes Delay At Diamondbacks-Giants Game

Apr 17, 2015 7:41 AM

Thursday's game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and San Francisco Giants was delayed for less than a minute when a chicken finger fell onto the field.

The chicken tender reportedly came from a seagull. It bounced on the infield grass and landed on the mound as a pitch was being thrown by Arizona reliever Randall Delgado.

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Arizona Plans To Use Tomas Off The Bench

Apr 16, 2015 7:30 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks plan to use Yasmany Tomas, who they promoted on Wednesday, as an offensive punch off the bench.

"He'll play off the bench for us," Chip Hale said. "If there's a start, we'll see. I'm not sure."

The Diamondbacks signed Tomas to a six-year, $68.5 million deal in the offseason.

"I think we're just going to have to play it by ear and see what happens," Dave Stewart said of the long-term plan for Tomas. "We're still trying to develop Yasmany and make sure he gets playing time.

"If he's just here to hit and doesn't get much time in the field, then that's not beneficial to him and we'll have to explore what our other options are at that time."

Tomas hit a ground ball to second base in his first Major League at-bat on Wednesday night.

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

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Diamondbacks Promote Yasmany Tomas

Apr 15, 2015 8:38 PM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have promoted Cuban outfielder Yasmany Tomas from Triple-A Round Rock.

Arizona signed the 24-year-old to a six-year, $68.5 million deal in December.

Dave Stewart said Wednesday the Diamondbacks needed "a player that would be comfortable coming here and not having any fear of swinging the bat."

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Diamondbacks Ask Dodgers Fan To Change Jersey

Apr 14, 2015 7:24 AM

The Arizona Diamondbacks have a strict dress code for fans sitting in the Batter's Box Suite at Chase Field.

During Sunday's game the policy, which has come under scrutiny, was on full display in a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Tickets in the Batter's Box Suite cost $3,700.

A Dodgers fan sitting behind home plate can be seen taking off a Dodgers hat and putting on a Diamondbacks jersey over his blue shirt.

Andrew Joseph/Arizona Republic

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MLB Releases Draft Bonus Slots

Apr 8, 2015 4:53 PM

Major League Baseball has informed teams of the draft bonus slot allocations that will apply to the 2015 amateur draft.

The Arizona Diamondbacks, who have the first overall pick, will have more than $8.6 million to spend on all selections.

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D-Backs Send Yasmany Tomas To Triple-A Reno
Cuban prospect Yasmany Tomas signed a six-year deal with the D-Backs just four months ago.

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Diamondbacks Trade Trevor Cahill To Braves
The Diamondbacks have agreed to send Trevor Cahill and $6.5 million to the Braves for Minor League outfielder Josh Elander.

Steve Gilbert/MLB

Braves Seeking Starters, Have Discussed Cahill With Diamondbacks
The Braves don't want to slot similar left-handers -- Eric Stults and Wandy Rodriguez -- back-to-back in the starting rotation.

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Arizona Will Look Into Relief Role For Archie Bradley
The Diamondbacks will look at Archie Bradley as a long reliever as a way to ease the 22-year-old into the Major Leagues.

Zach Buchanan/Arizona Republic

Forbes: Average MLB Team Worth $1.2B
The Yankees are worth $3.2 billion, tops on the list and just the second United States sports franchise to eclipse the $3 billion mark.

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Josh Collmenter To Start Opening Day For D-Backs
New manager Chip Hale has confirmed Josh Collmenter will be the the D-Backs' Opening Day starter.

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Yasmany Tomas Getting Comfortable At Third Base
Yasmany Tomas played third base for the Diamondbacks in a Cactus League game on Thursday for the first time.

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

Diamondbacks Agree To New Television Deal
The Diamondbacks and FOX Sports Arizona have agreed to a new television contract believed to be worth more than $1 billion in total.

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

Diamondbacks Confident In Young Rotation
The Diamondbacks, who had one of the worst pitching staffs in baseball last season, are comfortable relying on young, unproven hurlers this year.

Nick Piecoro/Arizona Republic

Reed Agrees To $4.875M Deal With Diamondbacks
The Diamondbacks and Addison Reed have agreed to a one-year, $4.875 million deal.

Associated Press

2015 MLB Draft Order Set
The order for the 2015 Major League Baseball draft is set now that James Shields has reached a deal with the Padres.

Jeff Todd/MLB Trade Rumors

Gerald Laird Reaches Agreement With Diamondbacks
Gerald Laird's contract is of the Minor League variety and includes an invitation tp Spring Training.

Jerry Crasnick/ESPN

Diamondbacks Hire Joe Carter As Assistant To GM
Joe Carter and Dave Stewart played together for two seasons with Toronto, including 1993 when the Blue Jays won the World Series.

Associated Press

Diamondbacks Comfortable With $91.5M Payroll
Arizona's projected payroll could increase depending on the arbitration cases with Mark Trumbo and Addison Reed.

Steve Gilbert/MLB

Giants Maintaining Contact With Vogelsong
Ryan Vogelsong has been linked to a number of other clubs, but the Giants have maintained contact with the right-hander.

Chris Haft/MLB

Hellickson Avoids Arbitration With Arizona
The Diamondbacks have avoided arbitration with Jeremy Hellickson by agreeing to a one-year, $4.275 million contract.

Associated Press

Sources: D-Backs Reach Record Deal With Yoan Lopez
The Diamondbacks have agreed to a record-setting $8.27 million bonus with Cuban right-handed pitching prospect Yoan Lopez, according to sources.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Source: Diamondbacks In Mix For Shields
Arizona's interest appears to be an indication that James Shields won't get $100 million on the market as the club isn't willing to spend that much for the right-hander.

Ken Rosenthal/FOX Sports

Yoan Lopez Likely Headed For Record Contract
Cuban right-handed pitching prospect Yoan Lopez could be in line for a record-setting contract as Major League clubs court him.

Jesse Sanchez/MLB

Diamondbacks Reach Out To Jays About Navarro
Dioner Navarro has been mentioned in trade rumors since Toronto signed Russell Martin to a five-year, $82 million contract.

Jon Heyman/CBS Sports

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