Results tagged ‘ Justin Upton ’

NLDS Preview: Brewers vs. D-backs

Photo by Jonathan Willey

By Greg Dillard

The past two seasons had been forgettable ones for the D-backs, with Arizona sputtering to consecutive last places finishes in 2009 and ‘10. They fell victim to high strikeout totals and a lackluster bullpen, with the postseason being a distant thought.

Things have taken a drastic change in 2011.

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D-backs beat Giants in series finale to earn sweep

Photo by Jordan Megenhardt

By Greg Dillard

The Force was with Josh Collmenter and the D-backs.

It was Star Wars Day at Chase Field on Sunday, and the variety of Darth Vaders, Princess Leias and Yodas in attendance saw the 2011 National League West champion D-backs cap the magical weekend off with a 5-2 win over San Francisco in the series finale.

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Kennedy One-Hits Bucs en Route to His 20th Win

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By Josh Greene

Under a cloudless sky at Chase Field, Ian Kennedy rained down on the Pirates to become the National League’s first 20-game winner Monday. (more…)

Towers Sees a Lot of the 2010 Padres in the ’11 D-backs

Photo by Jon Willey

By Josh Greene

As the D-backs wind down their 2011 regular season road schedule with the weekend series in San Diego, Executive Vice President & General Manager Kevin Towers is once again back at his old PETCO Park stomping grounds. (more…)

Kennedy pitches D-backs past Padres

(Photo by Jordan Megenhardt/Arizona Diamondbacks)

By Greg Dillard

The 21,000-plus fans at Chase Field rose to their feet and applauded their starting pitcher.

Ian Kennedy walked off the mound to a standing ovation after yet another stellar pitching performance on Thursday night. The right-hander headed into Thursday night’s series opener against the Padres with a standout 18-4 record and a 2.96 ERA.

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Kennedy propels D-backs to win over Mets

Photo by Jon Willey

By Greg Dillard

Ian Kennedy didn’t have his best stuff, but that didn’t mean he wasn’t going to win.

Kennedy delivered a winning performance for the D-backs in Friday’s series opener against the Mets. The right-hander shut down the New York lineup en route to his 15th win of the season. The victory now ties Kennedy with Roy Halladay for most wins in the National League.

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D-backs complete comeback against Astros

Photo by Jordan Megenhardt

By Greg Dillard

For the first four innings of Tuesday night’s matchup against the Astros, it appeared as if the D-backs were destined for another disheartening loss. Houston’s red-hot offense picked up where it left off on Monday by plating seven early runs off Arizona starter Jason Marquis.

Marquis was knocked out of the game early and the D-backs faced a six-run deficit heading into the bottom of the fifth. That’s when the game took a startling turn.

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D-backs visit San Francisco: A first-person view

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By Greg Dillard

There’s nothing quite like watching a heated division race during the second half of the MLB season.

In 2011, the D-backs and Giants are locked in a close-knit battle for possession of first place in the National League West. Every pitch, every at-bat and every game means something for both of these teams.

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Upton named Co-National League Player of the Week

Photo by Jon Willey

By Greg Dillard

To say Justin Upton has been swinging a hot bat would be an understatement.

For the past week, the D-backs’ All-Star right fielder has been nearly unstoppable at the plate. Upton’s monster performance earned him Co-National League Player of the Week Honors for July 18-24.

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Montero, Upton share All-Star experience


Photo by Josh Greene

By Greg Dillard

For the first time since 2009, the D-backs have not one, but two All-Star representatives at the Midsummer Classic.

Right fielder Justin Upton and catcher Miguel Montero were both selected as reserves on Bruce Bochy’s National League squad.

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