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Merrill Kelly pitches for the Arizona Diamondbacks at Dodger Stadium.

After his last home start of the year on Sep. 24, Diamondbacks starting pitcher Merrill Kelly had already thrown an impressive 189.2 innings this season. And he was hellbent on reaching 200. “It’s pretty important to me, to be honest with you,” Kelly said. “You guys have heard me talk for four years now on what I pride myself on...

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Diamondbacks pitcher Drey Jameson makes his second career start at Chase Field.

If you have been a baseball fan for any length of time, chances are you have heard this saying before: Hitting a baseball is the hardest thing to do in sports. There is some truth there. When I showed up at the batting cages for my first — and last — year of high school baseball, my coaches set the...

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Diamondbacks first baseman Christian Walker didn't get moved at the trade deadline.

From standing pat to potentially dealing one of the team’s young up-and-coming outfielders, there was always a wide range of possible outcomes for the Diamondbacks at this year’s MLB trade deadline. President and CEO Derrick Hall told Arizona Sports’ Bickley & Marotta less than a week before the deadline that any moves the team made would be aimed at improving...

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Dan Straily signed a minor league deal with the Diamondbacks.

Is it possible to make a splash in minor league free agency? That sounds like an oxymoron. But heck, we’re in a lockout. Any transaction that could impact a major league roster in 2022 is a splash. Speaking of which, the Diamondbacks have reportedly signed 33-year-old righty Dan Straily to a minor-league deal with an invitation to spring training. All...

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In many respects, Merrill Kelly’s game is as unassuming as they come. His fastball sits around 92 miles per hour. He doesn’t have a true put-away pitch. He doesn’t get an inordinate number of strikeouts or groundballs. But what he’s done for the Diamondbacks since joining the team in 2019 is more significant than you think. For starters, Kelly’s journey...

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