Colorado Rockies win Cactus League opener over Arizona Diamondbacks 8-4 - Manager Bud Black’s Cactus League debut as Rockies manager got off to a rocky start Saturday when Tyler Anderson gave up three first-inning runs. But solid pitching thereafter, coupled with productive offense, paced Colorado’s 8-4 victory over Arizona.
Progress report: Arizona Diamondbacks - For all the D’backs’ spending a year ago, their prospects took a major hit when CF A.J. Pollock fractured his elbow three days before the start of the regular season. The injury limited Pollock to 12 games a year after a breakout season (.865 OPS, 20 HRs, 39 steals) saw him earn a Gold Glove, his first All-Star selection and NL MVP consideration (14th). A return to that tier of play would give Arizona another hitter to fear besides 1B Paul Goldschmidt (.899 OPS).
Arizona Diamondbacks: Shelby Miller looks forward to a fresh start - Before Saturday’s pre-season opener, Torey Lovullo, manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, told Venom Strikes that Shelby Miller, his starting pitcher, right now “is on a good place.”
Veteran catcher Jeff Mathis is what Arizona Diamondbacks needed - Of all the deficiencies the Diamondbacks are said to have had during the last few seasons, a perceived lack of leadership from within the clubhouse might have rang the loudest.
Patrick Corbin confident he can deliver as an Arizona Diamondbacks starter - The first words Patrick Corbin said during an interview last week were the same ones he’d repeat four more times in the span of about seven minutes. They were his way of shooting down the idea that his late-season move to the bullpen last year should somehow suggest what role he should fill this year.
Pitcher Braden Shipley not feeling the pressure as D-backs determine his role - Braden Shipley can find comfort that Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo will take his first outing of spring with a grain of salt. It wasn’t the cleanest of starts for the 25-year-old righty, who Lovullo said is in the mix to move to the bullpen if he doesn’t win a starting job.
Arizona Diamondbacks 2017 preview: New management looks to turn it around - The 2016 Arizona Diamondbacks were among the most disappointing teams in all of baseball. Off the heels of a 79-83 season, the D-Backs added ace Zack Greinke, traded for All-Star Shelby Miller and had expectations of making the playoffs for the first time since 2011.