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The Plan

32

Every team builds their roster loaded with assumptions. We look at the plan the Diamondbacks put in place to win the West in 2013, and create some baselines to use as the season progresses.

Corbin, Marte take last roster spots

20

Corbin built on his very good spring to win the final spot in the rotation, sewing up the only real battle of the exhibition period. Marte came out of almost nowhere to take the backup outfielder position.

Short History of D-Backs Early Extensions

8

Signing a young player early has inherent risk. What if he doesn't work out? We look at the various players that were extended early by the Diamondbacks to see in what company Goldschmidt now stands.

D-backs Ate Mariners

8

Wade Miley had a bit of a rough outing, but the D-backs offense powered on and notched a win.

ASU Baseball: On Ryan Kellogg's no-hitter

One of the beautiful things about sports, baseball especially, is that the possibility to see the unknown is great in every game. Soco talks about watching Ryan Kellogg's no-hitter.

Book Review: Baseball as a Road to God

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We review John Sexton's take on the sociological impact of baseball, as viewed through religious terms. It's the rare baseball book that dares to think a little deeper than a rote retelling of history. Most impressively, it's not a dull read.

Scoring the Runner from Third: Is It a Skill?

12

There's few things more frustrating that when a team can't score a runner from third with less than two outs. The D-backs have seemed to be especially bad at this, so we look at the numbers to see if it is a skill, or just random.

Tree of Baseball (parody film)

9

Whilst at the WBC, Clefo videotaped the last out. I thought the footage kind of looked like a lo-fi Terrence Malick film, well, one thing led to another.

Battle for 5th: An Alternative Approach

14

One of the few actual battles for the Diamondbacks during this year's Spring Training is for the fifth spot in the starting rotation. We look at pitch type rates and batted balls allowed to figure out who would complement the rest of the staff.

D-backs 3, Giants 5: Overpowered in Scottsdale

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The Diamondbacks played the Giants at Scottsdale Stadium, and fell behind early. They couldn't catch up in runs, but position players expected to make the 25 man roster did most of the hitting, so it's not a complete loss.

NL Preview 2013: Primavera Gigante!

74

We try to sum up all the NL teams in witty but insightful blurbs, then climax with predictions that are probably too safe, but also probably thoroughly wrong.

Right Field Report Card: More Upton Talk

119

We continue our series on grading the positions of the 2012 Diamondbacks. Today we look at how Justin Upton had a good year but still disappointed, especially in context with larger expectations.

Meet the New D-backs: Prado and Delgado

28

We begin our look at the new arrivals for the Diamondbacks, by looking at Martin Prado and Randall Delgado, the most experienced players coming to Arizona.

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Costas at the Movies

Bob Costas, he of perennial boyish looks and great baseball anecdotes, will be hosting a series of baseball films that will include interviews with key members of the productions. First up is Cobb, a film starring Tommy Lee Jones

JINGLE BELLS, PADRES SMELL, DODGERS LAID AN EGG

32

It's the holiday season, which means presents.

D-backs sign Cody Ross

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Word on the street is that Cody Ross is coming to the desert for 3 years, $26MM

The Mystery of Clemente's Bat

2

Great read about family, memories, baseball, and the strange history of the bat Roberto Clemente supposedly got to 3000 hits.

D-Backs Report Card: Third Base

13

One of the surprises in 2011 was the emergence of Ryan Roberts at third base. Diamondbacks fans hoped that he presented a solution at the position, both through his play and his winning personality. 2012 turned out to be a reality check.

D-Backs Report Card: Shortstops

3

We look at the shorstop production in the 2012 campaign, the next in our continuing series reviewing last season. Let's just the position wasn't the Diamondbacks strong suit.

Our Punishment Will Be More Severe

21

There are dangers in rooting for your rivals in the postseason. NL West fans now have the frightening possibility of another Giants World Series win, and a 2013 filled with the braying of the orange clad ghouls.

Trout is MVP, Triple Crown be damned

74

Mike Trout should be the runaway MVP for the American League, yet might be blocked by Miguel Cabrera's Triple Crown. We look at the numbers, the context, and what it means to baseball.

Giants Score 6 in 2nd, Oy Vey

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The Giants jump all over Patrick Corbin early and often, scoring 6 runs in the 2nd inning. The D-backs had a few opportunities, but never really fought back. Paul Goldschmidt steals two bases to bring his season total up to 18.

Diamondbacks 5, Padres 6: Arizona Comes Up Short, Story of the Season

19

Tyler Skaggs gave up a 3 run home run in the first inning, and the Diamondbacks failed to capitalize on a bases loaded, no outs situation in the ninth. Just another day for Arizona baseball.

Diamondbacks 1, Dodgers 0: The Battle of Zeros and One

18

The Diamondbacks returned home to face the Dodgers for the last two times this season. Ian Kennedy pitched into the eighth inning in a pitcher's duel that Arizona won thanks to a Miguel Montero double.

Diamondbacks 2, Dodgers 0: From Out of the Well

33

The Diamondbacks grinded out a win, finally, scratching out a couple runs to bolster a strong pitching performance by Ian Kennedy and company. Meanwhile the Dodgers continue to slide. How are those shiny trades working out, LA?

Fan Confidence: Who Do You Hate Less?

34

Now that the D-backs seem assured of no postseason action, we look at some of the other possibilities to try to figure out who to hate less.

Joe Saunders to Orioles for Matt Lindstrom

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Diamondbacks pull the trigger on a deal after Joe Saunders passed through waivers without a claim. He'll be moving to Baltimore, who are sending Matt Lindstrom over to complete the trade. Trevor Cahill takes Saunders' spot in the rotation today.

Diamondbacks 3, Marlins 0: Wade Miley Goes the Extra Mile

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Diamondbacks finished their first home doubleheader by beating the Marlins again, but the real story is Wade Miley's continued brilliance. Dude should be the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year, for real.

Diamondbacks 5, Marlins 6: Feast and then Famine

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2 games against the Marlins, and 2 demoralizing losses. At least Justin Upton wasn't hurt too bad in the first inning.

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