Lane Thomas giving Nationals lift going into Diamondbacks series

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The streaking Washington Nationals host the Arizona Diamondbacks in the opener of a three-game series on Tuesday night. The Nationals have won three straight games and eight of nine to move with one game of .500 and into the thick of the National League wild-card chase. Washington’s run has been propelled by solid starting pitching — Nationals starters are 6-0 with a 1.41 ERA over their past 10 games — and aided by the return

White Sox seek rare series win in matchup with D-backs

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With a chance to win just their fifth series of the season, the Chicago White Sox will turn to right-hander Drew Thorpe to make his second major league start in Sunday afternoon’s rubber game of a three-game series with the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. The 6-foot-4 Thorpe (0-0, 1.80 ERA), who was obtained in a spring training deal with San Diego that sent right-hander Dylan Cease to the San Diego Padres, was MLB Pipeline’s minor

White Sox P Erick Fedde faces D-backs, looks for long-awaited win

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The Chicago White Sox sit 35 games below .500 and own the worst record in the majors. Bright spots are hard to find on a squad that has lost 19 of 22 games entering Saturday night’s game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in Phoenix. But right-hander Erick Fedde, who starts Saturday, certainly qualifies as one. The White Sox took a chance on the 31-year-old Fedde after he dominated the Korea Baseball Organization last season while pitching

D-backs’ Christian Walker on roll ahead of White Sox series

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Christian Walker showed off his power by hitting two homers that traveled a combined 868 feet on Thursday. The Arizona first baseman will look to provide more muscle on Friday when the Diamondbacks open a three-game series against the struggling Chicago White Sox in Phoenix. Walker has hit three homers in the past two games, including two long blasts during an 11-1 rout of the visiting Los Angeles Angels on Thursday. His three-run homer in

Diamondbacks look to flex muscles in encounter vs. Angels

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Randal Grichuk finished last season with the Los Angeles Angels, but his 54-game cameo wasn’t productive enough for a return invitation. Grichuk signed as a free agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks in mid-February and presented the Angels with a little payback in Tuesday’s opener of a three-game set. The teams will play the middle contest Wednesday night in Phoenix. Grichuk went 3-for-4 with a homer and fell a single short of the cycle in Arizona’s

Scuffling Jordan Montgomery, D-backs brace for Angels

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The Los Angeles Angels will be riding a wave of momentum when they face the Arizona Diamondbacks on Tuesday night in the opener of a three-game series in Phoenix. The Angels have won four of their past six games, topped by Sunday’s 9-7 comeback victory over the Houston Astros. The improbable victory came courtesy of a wild sequence in which Logan O’Hoppe hit a game-ending, two-run homer. O’Hoppe’s hard-hit fly ball went down the left

Fresh off pair of routs, Padres bid for series win vs. D-backs

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While Manny Machado has just one at-bat since Wednesday, the result of a hip flexor strain that has sidelined him, the San Diego Padres brass feel their star third baseman will be able to avoid the injured list. But they don’t know if they’ll be able to pencil him into the lineup for Sunday’s finale of a four-game series against the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks. Arizona won the opener Thursday, 4-3, but San Diego certainly hasn’t

Fernando Tatis Jr., Padres bid for repeat performance vs. D-backs

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Fernando Tatis Jr. extended the longest current active hitting streak in the majors on Friday night. And this time, it was enough to help the San Diego Padres end a season-high-tying five-game losing streak. Tatis got a 14-hit attack rolling with a solo homer in the bottom of the first inning of San Diego’s 10-3 win over the visiting Arizona Diamondbacks on Friday. He will aim to extend his hitting streak to 14 games on

Ketel Marte bids to power D-backs past Padres again

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Ketel Marte knows his importance to the Arizona Diamondbacks. “When I play (well), we are going to win a lot of games,” he said. Marte played well on Thursday night in San Diego, where the Diamondbacks opened a four-game series with the Padres by taking a 4-3 win. Marte snapped a tie with a two-out RBI single in the seventh inning for Arizona, which will vie for its sixth win in seven outings on Friday