Newcomer Kelly gets 1st chance to catch Arizona ace Greinke
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have tried to match up Zack Greinke with the same catcher per the pitcher's request. On Monday, 24-year-old Carson Kelly got his first chance...
John Ryan Murphy, D-Backs reach $900,000, 1-year deal
PHOENIX (AP) — Catcher John Ryan Murphy and the Arizona Diamondbacks agreed to a $900,000, one-year contract, a raise from his $558,000 salary last year.
The 27-year-old set career bests with nine homers and 24 RBIs in 223 plate appearances, hitting .202. He split time behind the plate with Alex Avila and Jeff Mathis, who left for Texas.
Catcher Jeff Mathis, Rangers finalize $6.25M, 2-year deal
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Catcher Jeff Mathis and the Texas Rangers finalized a $6.25 million, two-year contract Tuesday.
Mathis, one of baseball's best defensive catchers, gets $3.25 million next season and $3 million in 2020.
D-backs add 4th catcher with acquisition of Stewart
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have acquired catcher Chris Stewart from the Atlanta Braves.
Friday's move bolsters Arizona's catching depth and gives the team a fourth player at the position.
The deal calls for the Braves to receive cash or a player to be named later.
CHICAGO (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks staked Patrick Corbin to a five-run lead before he threw a pitch.
The left-hander easily made it stand up.
Paul Goldschmidt homered and Corbin pitched seven strong innings to pick up his first win in seven weeks, leading Arizona to a 7-1 victory over the Chicago Cubs.
A.J. Pollack had two hits and Jeff Mathis added a two-run double as the Diamondbacks won for the fourth time in their last five games at Wrigley Field.
Peralta’s blast lifts Diamondbacks over Rockies, 5-3
DENVER (AP) — Tyler Anderson kept Arizona in check for six innings. Once he left, the Diamondbacks pounced on the Colorado Rockies bullpen.
David Peralta and A.J. Pollock homered in Arizona's four-run seventh inning, and the Diamondbacks beat the Rockies 5-3 on Tuesday night.
"It's good when you do something to help the team to win," said Peralta, who has 16 home runs. "You have to be ready for a mistake. I was trying to slow down the game. I was really happy."
PHOENIX (AP) — Batting for the eighth time in the game — and facing a catcher he later called the best position player he's ever seen pitch — Wil Myers got something he liked and hammered it.
Myers homered for the fourth time in two days, connecting in the 16th inning off Arizona Diamondbacks backstop Jeff Mathis to send the San Diego Padres to a 4-3 victory Sunday.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks' offense remains in something of a slumber. Strong pitching and one timely hit was enough to end their six-game losing streak.
Daniel Descalso singled home Jarrod Dyson with two outs in the eighth inning, and the Diamondbacks beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-1 on Tuesday night.
Diamondbacks put C Jeff Mathis on DL with broken right hand
NEW YORK (AP) — Jeff Mathis was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday with a broken right hand, leaving the Arizona Diamondbacks without their top catcher as they make a playoff push.
Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said it's too early to tell whether Mathis will miss the rest of the season. The 13-year major league veteran, valued for his fine defense and leadership, was injured Monday night against the New York Mets when his bare hand was hit by a foul ball.
Arizona’s Lovullo, Mathis ejected in fourth inning
PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona manager Torey Lovullo and catcher Jeff Mathis were ejected for arguing balls and strikes at the end of the fourth inning Wednesday night in the Diamondbacks' game against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Plate umpire D.J. Reyburn threw out Mathis after a called third strike. When Mathis turned around to go argue with Reyburn, Lovullo joined him. Lovullo, in his first season at the helm for Arizona, was ejected for the first time this season, as was Mathis.
MIAMI (AP) — Short on sleep, the Houston Astros finally stirred in the sixth inning Monday night when Yuli Gurriel hit a grand slam to help beat the Miami Marlins 7-2.
The Astros arrived at their hotel at 5 a.m. after a doubleheader in New York against the Yankees and were listless and hitless against Dan Straily until the fifth inning.
Josh Reddick doubled in the sixth off Junichi Tazawa (1-1) and after a walk and a hit batter loaded the bases, Gurriel connected with two outs for a 4-1 lead.
PHOENIX (AP) — Zack Greinke's bid for his first career no-hitter ended when Gregory Polanco of the Pittsburgh Pirates led off the eighth inning with first home run of the season.
Polanco's shot to right field came on a 2-2 pitch. He had narrowly missed a homer with a foul ball to right earlier in the at bat.
The homer cut Arizona's lead to 2-1.
Greinke, with a vicious slider doing most of the damage, has struck out 11. Only one batter has reached base for the Pirates through seven innings.
PHOENIX (AP) — Two big swings from Madison Bumgarner were undone by another bullpen meltdown in a wild opener for the San Francisco Giants that looked an awful lot like last season.
Chris Owings singled home the winning run and the Arizona Diamondbacks scored twice with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning off new San Francisco closer Mark Melancon for a 6-5 victory Sunday.
AP Source: D-backs add another catcher in Josh Thole
PHOENIX (AP) — A person close to the situation has confirmed that the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a one-year minor league contract with catcher Josh Thole.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the deal has not been officially announced.
The 30-year-old Thole, who has been the personal catcher for knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, played four seasons with the New York Mets and the last four with the Toronto Blue Jays.
Diamondbacks, Iannetta agree to $1.5 million, 1-year deal
PHOENIX (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $1.5 million, one-year contract with catcher Chris Iannetta.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity Friday because the deal had not been officially announced.
Mathis, Diamondbacks finalize $4 million, 2-year contract
OXON HILL, Md. (AP) — Catcher Jeff Mathis and the Arizona Diamondbacks have finalized a $4 million, two-year contract.
The 33-year-old, a 12-year major league veteran, played the last four seasons as the No. 2 catcher for the Miami Marlins. He hit .238 in 41 games this year with two home runs and 15 RBIs. Mathis could back up or platoon with Chris Herrmann.
AP source: D-backs agreed to 2-year deal with catcher Mathis
PHOENIX (AP) — A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that the Arizona Diamondbacks and catcher Jeff Mathis have agreed on a two-year, $4 million contract.
The person said the deal was pending a physical and asked not to be identified Saturday because the move had not been officially announced.
Ichiro Suzuki gets 3,000th career hit in major leagues
DENVER (AP) — Ichiro Suzuki tripled off the wall for his 3,000th career hit in the major leagues Sunday, becoming the 30th player to reach the milestone.
The 42-year-old Marlins outfielder did it in the seventh inning against Colorado at Coors Field. He joined Paul Molitor as the only players whose 3,000th hit was a triple.
Miami players came out of the dugout to congratulate Suzuki, and he waved his helmet to acknowledge the cheers.