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2012 Archives http://www.dbacksvenom.com/table/2012-articles/february/ Sat, 01 Nov 2014 02:24:15 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb 2012 Diamondbacks Spring Training Preview - Middle Infield http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/february/2012-diamondbacks-spring-training-preview-middle-infield.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/february/2012-diamondbacks-spring-training-preview-middle-infield.html Continuing our preview of Spring Training 2012 for the Arizona Diamondbacks, here is a look at the team's middle infield situation (Here are links to previous articles on the Starting Pitching, Bullpen, and Catchers). If all goes well, the team's middle infield will have a healthy Stephen Drew at SS, and a hot hitting Aaron Hill at 2B. But Drew missed the second half of 2011 with a serious ankle injury, and Hill went through a huge offensive slump for almost two full seasons before joining the Diamondbacks. If Drew isn't ready to go on Opening Day, or if Hill goes back to his 2010-11 Blue Jays batting ways, the Diamondbacks have several middle infield options in Spring Training -  Geoff Blum, Willie Bloomquist, and John McDonald, plus non-roster invitees Cody Ransom and Chris Owings. The problem is, none of these other five can supply the offense/defense combo that the team needs, so the team really needs Drew and Hill to come through.  Here is a closer look at the middle infield candidates.

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) February Tue, 28 Feb 2012 04:47:54 +0000
2012 Diamondbacks Spring Training Preview - Catchers http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/february/2012-diamondbacks-spring-training-preview-catchers.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/february/2012-diamondbacks-spring-training-preview-catchers.html Continuing our 2012 Spring Training preview (see Starting Pitching, Bullpen), here is a look at the Catching Situation for the Arizona Diamondbacks. The team has seven catchers in Big League camp, four from the 40-Man roster, and three non-roster invitees. Most likely, the team will carry just two when the season starts - Miguel Montero and Henry Blanco. Montero had a fine season offensively, and has greatly improved defensively. Blanco continued to throw well, and was the King of the Solo Homer. The third player with Major League experience is 28 year old Craig Tatum, who was claimed off waivers in the offseason.

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) February Thu, 23 Feb 2012 04:11:12 +0000
2012 Diamondbacks Spring Training Preview - Relief Pitching http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/february/2012-diamondbacks-spring-training-preview-relief-pitching.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/february/2012-diamondbacks-spring-training-preview-relief-pitching.html Continuing our Spring Training preview for the 2012 Arizona Diamondbacks, here is a look at the relief pitching. Like the starting pitching, most of the bullpen appears to be set before a single Spring game is played.  There are a total of 16 relievers in camp, who will be battling for around 7 spots. Here are the candidates:

Jonathan Albaladejo, Craig Breslow (L), Mike DeMark*, Sam Demel, David Hernandez, Jensen Lewis*, Brett Lorin, Evan Marshall*, Kevin Munson*, Yonata Ortega, Joe Paterson (L), J.J. Putz, Takashi Saito, Bryan Shaw, Mike Zagurski (L), Brad Ziegler.   (* = Non Roster Invitee)

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) February Tue, 21 Feb 2012 18:55:33 +0000
2012 Diamondbacks Spring Training Preview - Starting Pitching http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/february/2012-diamondbacks-spring-training-preview-starting-pitching.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/february/2012-diamondbacks-spring-training-preview-starting-pitching.html Pitchers and catchers are reporting to Spring Training today, and the Diamondbacks find themselves considered the favorites in the National League West. Just one year ago, most experts had picked the team to finish last in the division, and many fans were speculating that the team could lose more than 100 games. Now, the team is coming off a division-winning 94-68 season, and has been bolstered by the additions of Trevor Cahill, Jason Kubel, Takashi Saito, and Craig Breslow. Unlike last year, most of the Opening Day roster appears set, and there are only a few questions for the team in Spring Training. This is the first in a series of articles previewing Spring Training for the Diamondbacks, starting with the starting position.

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amitlal@cox.net (Amit Lal) February Sun, 19 Feb 2012 20:17:42 +0000
Behind the Scenes: 2012 Waste Management Phoenix Open http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/february/behind-the-scenes-2012-waste-management-phoenix-open.html http://www.dbacksvenom.com/2012-articles/february/behind-the-scenes-2012-waste-management-phoenix-open.html We've still got some time until spring training but that doesn't mean Phoenix isn't a bad place to be as a sports fan in that uncomfortable gap between football season and the start of baseball.

A couple weeks back the PGA Tour was in town and Kyle Stanley walked away with the win and a mighty big check. Check out the video below to see what goes on behind the scenes at this great event in addition to why golfers love coming to Phoenix.

  

If you're dying for more golf coverage, I'd suggest checking out the Haney Project which premiers on The Golf Channel on February 27th. 

Click here for more info on The Haney Project and Feherty on Golf Channel

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ben@bloguin.com (Bloguin Staff) February Tue, 14 Feb 2012 11:20:42 +0000