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Rubby De La Rosa shines in Diamondbacks' win — With a combined 47 runs scored in the Diamondbacks' four-game matchup against the Cardinals, the results haven't been too flattering for many pitchers on either side. But right-hander Rubby De La Rosa was an exception, tossing arguably his best outing of the season en route to a 3-0 win Thursday at Chase Field to split the set.

Inexperienced outfield part of Arizona Diamondbacks' reality — The loss of A.J. Pollock to an elbow injury and departure of Ender Inciarte via trade has certainly altered the look the Diamondbacks had become used to deploying in the outfield, one that - at least last season - managed to combine a sturdy defense with offensive pop.

Diamondbacks' offense shines against Cardinals in 9-run inning — Despite slogging through a five-hour, 25-minute marathon the day before, the Diamondbacks didn't seem to have a shortage of energy when they opened a four-game set with the Cardinals Monday. Arizona racked up 18 hits - including six doubles - in 40 at-bats with nine runs alone coming in the sixth inning to help the team rally for a 12-7 win at Chase Field.

Arizona Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb continues to sit vs. lefties — Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb seemed to find a rhythm offensively on the team's most recent road swing, clubbing 12 extra-base hits and carrying a .657 slugging percentage and .343 average during the trip, but he hasn't had many chances to build off that momentum at home.

Nick Ahmed ejection forces Arizona Diamondbacks to put Shelby Miller in outfield — Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed had dropped his bat and was preparing to trot to first base as his team attempted to stage another rally - this time in the 12th inning - Sunday against the Pirates. But instead of jogging to first, Ahmed had to retreat to the dugout after getting ejected for arguing a called strike for the first out in the inning.

Arizona Diamondbacks' Shelby Miller working to fix early-season woes — The rut was probably more indicative of an under-performing Braves team than right-hander Shelby Miller but with only one start remaining, Miller shined to cap off the 2015 season with a victory after a winless skid that included 16 losses in his previous 24 starts.

Reports: John Chayka a candidate for Arizona Coyotes' GM vacancy — Reports surfaced over the weekend that a current member of the Coyotes' management team might fulfill the vacant general manager post. Sportsnet's Elliotte Friedman and TSN's Bob McKenzie sent out tweets on Saturday that mentioned Arizona assistant general manager John Chayka as a potential replacement for Don Maloney, who was fired April 11 with two years remaining on his contract, with McKenzie writing Chayka "is most likely the man."

Plenty of positives in Arizona Diamondbacks' loss to Pittsburgh Pirates — Seven runs, three home runs and a total of 15 hits might cut it on other nights, but the performance wasn't enough for the Diamondbacks Friday as their comeback bid against the Pirates fizzled into an 8-7 loss at Chase Field.

Road trip a memorable one for Arizona Diamondbacks' Jake Lamb — His teammates didn't catch the slide live. Their attention was on Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt as he tried to advance to second after singling to right. But once everyone saw third baseman Jake Lamb's tumble over home plate splashed across social media after Thursday's 6-2 win over the Giants, Lamb had to explain what happened.

Coyotes' Connor Murphy ready to earn spot on top pairing — Coyotes defenseman Connor Murphy earned an in-season promotion next to Oliver Ekman-Larsson, a nod to the growth the 23-year-old continues to show in his young NHL career. But Murphy isn't expecting to automatically have the No. 2 spot next season. He plans to merit the opportunity again in the fall when the team reconvenes for training camp.
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Apr 29, 2016

RT @azcsports: Perhaps a performance like this from Rubby De La Rosa can help stabilize #Dbacks starting rotation. @azc_mclellan:

Apr 28, 2016

RT @azcwestvalley: Kent Somers, Dan Bickley last-minute preview of Cardinals draft

Apr 26, 2016

RT @azcsports: #Dbacks racked up 18 hits in 40 at-bats with nine runs alone coming in the sixth inning last night. @azc_mclellan:

Apr 26, 2016

RT @azcsports: #Dbacks' Jake Lamb continues to sit vs. lefties. @azc_mclellan takes a look in her notebook on team:

Apr 25, 2016

That series was such a treat to watch. Certainly had the feel of a Cup Final, not a first-round matchup.That series was such a treat to watch. Certainly had the feel of a Cup Final, not a first-round matchup.

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