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Baseball: G'day for Dodgers, D-backs in Sydney openers

Major League Baseball launches its 2014 season this weekend with a historic two-game series in Australia aimed at boosting the sport's global appeal, particularly with sports fans Down Under. The Arizona Diamondbacks and Los Angeles Dodgers will stage a pair of National League contests at the Sydney Cricket Ground, which has not hosted the sport since the Chicago White Sox played a 1914 exhibition there.

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RHP Archie Bradley, who pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings in his first two spring training starts, gave up five hits and four runs in two innings of a 6-3 loss to Seattle on March 13. "I just couldn't get that first pitch over, and it seemed like every batter, I was working from behind," said Bradley, whose chances of making the Opening Day roster increased due to LHP Patrick Corbin's elbow injury. "I know what I need to work on going into my bullpen (session).

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RHP Archie Bradley, who pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings in his first two spring training starts, gave up five hits and four runs in two innings of a 6-3 loss to Seattle on March 13. "I just couldn't get that first pitch over, and it seemed like every batter, I was working from behind," said Bradley, whose chances of making the Opening Day roster increased due to LHP Patrick Corbin's elbow injury. "I know what I need to work on going into my bullpen (session).

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RHP Archie Bradley, who pitched 6 1/3 scoreless innings in his first two spring training starts, gave up five hits and four runs in two innings of a 6-3 loss to Seattle on March 13. "I just couldn't get that first pitch over, and it seemed like every batter, I was working from behind," said Bradley, whose chances of making the Opening Day roster increased due to LHP Patrick Corbin's elbow injury. "I know what I need to work on going into my bullpen (session).

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MLB Team Report - Arizona Diamondbacks - INSIDE PITCH SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The Arizona Diamondbacks understand that they need to pitch well to compete in the arm-heavy National League West, and that is why the news that No. 1 starter Patrick Corbin almost certainly will miss the 2014 season was so sobering.

Baseball: All-Star pitcher Corbin to miss Aussie trip

Arizona Diamondbacks left-handed All-Star pitcher Patrick Corbin will miss the team's trip to Australia for the opening games of the Major League Baseball season against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Corbin had been scheduled to start for Arizona in Saturday's major league season opener in Australia. But the Diamondbacks announced Sunday that an MRI exam showed damage to the ulnar collateral ligament in Corbin's left elbow.

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CF A.J. Pollock was 10-for-25 in his first 11 spring games. "Numbers mean absolutely nothing to me right now," he said. "Just trying to work on stuff. Obviously, results are great. It doesn't translate. If there is something specific you are working on that gets you more comfortable for the season, that is the best thing to do right now."

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C Tuffy Gosewisch, battling with veteran Henry Blanco for the backup catcher position, suffered a strained calf in late February but is expected to return in early March. C Bobby Wilson, who spent parts of five seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, and C Blake Lalli became roster candidates in Gosewisch's absence, GM Kevin Towers said. "It's pretty much open for that backup spot," Towers said.

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RHP Randall Delgado likely will win a bullpen job if he is squeezed out of the rotation, GM Kevin Towers said. Delgado, who was 5-7 with a 4.26 ERA in 19 starts with Arizona last season, is out of options, and the D-backs do not want to expose him to waivers for fear of losing him. "There is not as much flexibility with him," Towers said. Delgado, who is working to develop a breaking ball to add to his fastball/changeup mix, could be used as a second long reliever to pair with RHP Josh Collmenter.

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RHP Randall Delgado likely will win a bullpen job if he is squeezed out of the rotation, GM Kevin Towers said. Delgado, who was 5-7 with a 4.26 ERA in 19 starts with Arizona last season, is out of options, and the D-backs do not want to expose him to waivers for fear of losing him. "There is not as much flexibility with him," Towers said. Delgado, who is working to develop a breaking ball to add to his fastball/changeup mix, could be used as a second long reliever to pair with RHP Josh Collmenter.
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