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8/20/2014 | D-backs' Stites has put good advice to work

A pair of adjustments -- one mechanical, one mental -- appear to have been just what D-backs rookie reliever Matt Stites needed.

8/20/2014 | Nats go with Gio as they look to hang 10 vs. D-backs

The Nationals carry a season-best lead over the Braves of seven games in the National League East as they look to extend their winning streak to 10 games on Thursday afternoon in the series finale vs. the D-backs. Gio Gonzalez pitches for Washington, opposed by Arizona lefty Wade Miley.

8/20/2014 | D-backs battle to tie, but Nats walk off winners

Anthony Rendon's ninth-inning single down the left-field line scored Bryce Harper as the Nationals walked off the D-backs, 3-2, on Wednesday night at Nationals Park.

8/20/2014 | Schilling: Cancer caused by smokeless tobacco

Curt Schilling said Wednesday that he believes his use of smokeless tobacco led to oral cancer that required radiation and chemotherapy. Schilling revealed the type of cancer he had while speaking on WEEI Radio during the Boston station's annual fund-raising broadcast for the Jimmy Fund.

8/19/2014 | La Russa: Report on Gibson's future inaccurate

Tony La Russa declined to meet with reporters Tuesday, but through a spokesperson, the D-backs' chief baseball officer said a USA Today report that stated the "D-backs currently plan to bring back" manager Kirk Gibson for 2015 was inaccurate.

8/19/2014 | D-backs keeping up with Little League World Series

There was a division within the D-backs' clubhouse Tuesday afternoon. On one side, you had Oliver Perez, a native of Culiacan, Mexico, rooting for the Little League team from Mexico. On the other, you had Ender Inciarte, David Peralta and Miguel Montero rooting for the Little League team from their native Venezuela.

8/19/2014 | Nats turn to Roark looking for ninth straight victory

Nationals righty Tanner Roark had a sensational July, but August hasn't treated him so kindly. Washington has been in a real groove, bringing a season-high eight-game winning streak into the third game of the series against the D-backs, who counter with Trevor Cahill on Wednesday.

8/19/2014 | Anderson chased in third as D-backs can't stop Nats

Despite losing five of the first seven games on their current road trip, the D-backs could take some consolation in the fact that they were close games, with all but one decided by a single run. Tuesday night's game, not so much. The Nationals scored six runs in the third inning en route to an 8-1 win over the D-backs at Nationals Park.

8/18/2014 | La Russa ready to assert influence with D-backs

Next month, when the D-backs begin reporting for instructional league, you can expect chief baseball officer Tony La Russa to begin to assert his influence on how the organization plays the game.

8/18/2014 | D-backs prospect Blair keeps firing blanks

Right-hander Aaron Blair, the D-backs' No. 4 prospect, struck out seven batters in six scoreless innings Monday as Double-A Mobile defeated Mississippi, 4-2.

8/18/2014 | Trumbo not being moved off first base

Mark Trumbo got the starting nod in left field Monday night, but manager Kirk Gibson said it was not because of Trumbo's struggles at first base over the weekend.

8/18/2014 | Collmenter assures Gibson he's healthy

D-backs manager Kirk Gibson met with Josh Collmenter on Monday, and the right-hander will remain in the rotation while the team keeps an eye on his workload.

8/18/2014 | D-backs bring back righty reliever Harris

Will Harris is back again. The D-backs recalled the right-hander from Triple-A Reno on Monday and optioned Bradin Hagens to Reno.

8/18/2014 | Seeking eighth straight win, Nats turn to Strasburg

Coming off three straight walk-off wins and with a winning streak of seven games, the Nationals turn to Stephen Strasburg on Tuesday in D.C. Strasburg will be opposed by D-backs righty Chase Anderson.

8/18/2014 | D-backs hang tough, but fall to Nats in DC

Didi Gregorius and David Peralta hit big homers late for the D-backs, but Adam LaRoche's two-out homer in the 11th inning allowed the Nationals to walk off with a 5-4 win on Monday night at Nationals Park.

8/17/2014 | After Collmenter falters early, 'pen digs deeper hole

The Marlins scored four runs off Josh Collmenter in the opening frame as they beat the D-backs, 10-3, to take three out of four in the series at Marlins Park on Sunday.

8/17/2014 | Scoring change erases 'E' in D-backs-Marlins tilt

After further review, the decisive run scored in the Marlins' 2-1 victory over the D-backs on Saturday night is now earned.

8/17/2014 | Communication key for Harkey with influx of rookies

D-backs pitching coach Mike Harkey has had to familiarize himself with a lot of new faces this year. Entering Sunday, the D-backs have had 11 players make their big league debuts this year, including seven pitchers.

8/17/2014 | As pitchers learn Peralta, rookie learning to adjust

In the back-and-forth game between hitters and pitchers, it's David Peralta's move. The D-backs' rookie outfielder who got off to a hot start after being called up at the beginning of June, entered Sunday's action in a 2-for-27 slump, as opposing pitchers have made adjustments in the way they've worked him

8/16/2014 | Marlins seek series vs. D-backs, elusive return to .500

For Miami to have a shot at reaching .500 for the first time since July 29, Tom Koehler will have to get over the 8.00 ERA he has in two career starts against Arizona. Koehler and the Marlins wrap up a four-game set and their season series with the D-backs and Josh Collmenter on Sunday at Marlins Park.

8/16/2014 | Five errors catch up to D-backs in loss to Marlins

An ugly night on defense proved costly for the D-backs on Saturday. Arizona committed five errors, one shy of a team record, in falling to the Marlins, 2-1, at Marlins Park.

8/16/2014 | Replay confirms no violation on play at plate in Miami

D-backs manager Kirk Gibson asked for and was granted a crew-chief review of a possible violation of Rule 7.13 in the first inning of Arizona's 2-1 loss to the Marlins on Saturday night. After a one-minute, 27-second review, the ruling on the field was confirmed and there was no violation.

8/16/2014 | Skipping BP, pregame drills suits D-backs

In the dog days of August and in the midst of a 10-game road trip that has already included a rainout and a doubleheader, having back-to-back show and go days is welcomed by players. Show and go simply means that players are asked to report to the ballpark later than usual and there is no batting practice or infield drills. They just show up and go play.

8/15/2014 | Marlins' All-Star hurler returns to face D-backs

The Marlins are getting their ace back on Saturday, when Henderson Alvarez takes the mound for the first time since July 29. Alvarez, who stepped up as Miami's No. 1 starter after Jose Fernandez went down in May, has been on the disabled list with right shoulder inflammation. Alvarez's counterpart, Wade Miley, will need to cut down on the home runs if he's going to finish 2014 strong. Miley enters the game third in the league in home runs allowed.

8/15/2014 | Cahill, D-backs escape jams as homers hold up

It looked like Friday's D-backs-Marlins game was going to be an offensive show with a combined five runs in the first inning. And then ... well, nothing. Neither team pushed across a run the rest of the way as the D-backs hung on for a 3-2 win at Marlins Park.

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