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11 A.J. Pollock CF
Height/Weight: 6-1/196 | Birthdate: 12/5/1987 | Birthplace: Hebron, CT | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Arizona | College: Notre Dame | MLB Experience: 4 | Salary: $491,000 | Owned/Started%: 99/96 | Average Draft Position: 166.37
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A.J. Pollock in, Nick Ahmed out of leadoff spot for Diamondbacks


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/29/2015) Perhaps the experiment of Diamondbacks shortstop Nick Ahmed batting leadoff is over. He was placed into that role for three of the last four games, but finds himself back in the eighth spot Monday night against the Dodgers.

Ahmed hasn't thrived at the top of the order. He was 2-for-11 batting leadoff with just one run scored.

A.J. Pollock is back in the leadoff spot, where he was positioned for the eight games prior to Ahmed taking over. He is hitless in his last eight at-bats.


Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock homers in three-hit day


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/24/2015) Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock went 3 for 5 with a solo home run in Tuesday's loss to Colorado. 

Pollock snapped a 10-game home run drought. He hit his ninth homer and drove in his 34th run of the year. 


D-Backs OF A.J. Pollock continues hot streak with eighth HR


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/11/2015) Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock totaled three hits, including his eighth home run, during a 7-6 loss Wednesday against the Dodgers. He also had two runs and two strikeouts.

Pollock tied the game at six in the top of the ninth inning, as he hit a leadoff home run off of Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen. Five of his home runs this season have been solo shots.

Since May 19, Pollock is batting .398 (35 for 88) with a .442 on-base percentage, .705 slugging percentage and 1.147 OPS in his last 22 games. He has two triples, eight doubles, five home runs, 15 RBI, 20 runs and eight stolen bases in that span.


Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock gets a rest Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/9/2015) Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock is out of the lineup for Tuesday's action against the Dodgers. The hot-hitting Pollock had started each of the last 13 games in center field. He's hitting .351 (20 for 51) with six doubles, a triple and three home runs in those 13 games.

Ender Inciarte will man center field while David Peralta handles left field on Tuesday.


Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock collects two RBI in Monday's loss


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/9/2015) Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock drove in two runs to lead the team, but it was not enough as the Diamondbacks fell 9-3 to the Dodgers on Monday.

Pollock went 1 for 4 during the game. He drove in two runs when he hit a double off Mike Bolsinger in the sixth inning. Over his last 13 games, Pollock is 20 for 57 with three home runs and 11 RBI.


A.J. Pollock stays hot at the plate for Diamondbacks on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/6/2015) Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock continued his offensive surge in the 7-2 win over the Mets on Friday. Pollock went 3 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored on Friday, as he pushed his season average up to .330.

Pollock doubled twice and also stole his 14th base of the season. He's now riding a six-game hitting streak, and has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. Over that 10-game stretch, he's batting .400 with five doubles, a triple and three home runs. 


Diamondbacks OF A.J. Pollock homers, reaches base three times


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock homered and reached base three times in Wednesday's win over Atlanta.

Pollock drew a walk in the first, launched a solo home run in the fifth, doubled in the seventh and plated a run on a fielder's choice in the eighth inning. He finished 2 for 4 with two runs scored and an RBI in a 9-8 victory. He has homered in back-to-back games and is hitting .318 with seven homers, 23 RBI and a .370 on-base percentage in 51 games this season.


Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock hits game-winning home run Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/3/2015) Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock played hero in Tuesday night's 7-6 victory over the Braves. With his team down 6-5 in the bottom of the seventh, Pollock launched a two-run home run to put the Diamondbacks up for good. The longball, which splashed into the pool at Chase Field, was his sixth of the season. 

"He's got quick hands and that bat is through the zone so quick, he's able to hit it into the pool," manager Chip Hale said, per MLB.com. "He's still putting it together, he's still a work in progress and working on his game. If he stays healthy, he's an All Star-type player."

Overall on Tuesday, Pollock was 2 for 5 with three RBI. He has been hitting well over his last 10 games, batting .310 (13 for 42) with two home runs and six RBI in that span. He has hit safely in eight of those 10 contests.

"I'm just trying to be consistent with how I'm showing up, how I'm preparing for the game," Pollock said. "I've had some good helpers along the way, with the mindset [that] we've got good guys in-house here that help with the mental part of the game."


Diamondbacks CF A.J. Pollock adds three hits in loss to Brewers


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/31/2015) Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock went 3 for 7 in his team's 7-6 loss to the Brewers in 17 innings on Sunday.

Pollock recorded a double, a triple and also stole a base in the game. He is hitting .308 with five home runs and 19 RBI in 185 at-bats this season.


Jarrod Saltalamacchia gets second start for Diamondbacks


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/31/2015) Catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia is getting his second start as a member of the Diamondbacks on Sunday. 

Saltalamacchia was recently called up following Tuffy Gosewisch (knee) going on the disabled list. Saltalamacchia will hit seventh in the lineup against the Brewers. 

Outfielder Ender Inciarte has the day off, with the three starting outfielders being A.J. Pollock, David Peralta and Mark Trumbo. Third baseman Yasmany Tomas is back in the starting lineup. 


Diamondbacks CF A.J. Pollock goes yard in win on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/30/2015) Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock gave his team some breathing room with a two-run home run in the top of the ninth on Friday. The homer, his fifth of the season, put the Arizona up 7-4, as they went on to beat the Brewers 7-5. 

Pollock joined the outfield-home run party, as all three members of the Diamondbacks' outfield went deep on Friday. Pollock has now hit safely in nine of his last 10 games. 


Diamondbacks LF David Peralta sits on Tuesday against a lefty


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/26/2015) With the Diamondbacks facing a left-hander on Tuesday, outfielder David Peralta is out of the lineup against the Cardinals. Peralta, who had started three straight games, has just two hits in 17 at-bats against lefties this season. 

Ender Inciarte will move over to left field, with A.J. Pollock entering the lineup and playing center field while batting fourth. 


Diamondbacks CF A.J. Pollock set to sit in St. Louis


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock is red-hot, but he will cool his heels on the bench Monday in St. Louis. He is out of the lineup.

Pollock is batting .500 (12-for-24) with eight runs scored in his last six games.


Diamondbacks getting aggressive on the basepaths


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) The Diamondbacks have been speed demons so far this season. Arizona entered Saturday's game tied for second in the National League with 40 stolen bases, led by A.J. Pollock with 10 and Paul Goldschmidt with eight.

"What we've really tried to do the whole year is if there's an opportunity there, be aggressive with it," Goldschmidt said to MLB.com. "It's just another way we can get a guy into scoring position and make it a little bit easier on offense to score."

Pollock is tied for fourth in the NL with his stolen bases and 12 different players have recorded at least one stolen base.

"If it is a good spot and it's a good opportunity to take one, we'll try to take it," Pollock said. "We've got a pretty dynamic team and overall our team speed is pretty good. You've got a couple guys that kind of fly under the radar with speed and they can sneak one here and there."


Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock continues hot hitting roll


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock went 1 for 4 in Arizona's 9-6 loss on Saturday. It was Pollock's first "bad game" in his last five. Entering Saturday, Pollock was 10 for 16 in the last four, something he can't explain, according to MLB.com.

"Just clicking, I don't know what's going on," Pollock said. "It's just baseball, you feel like you've got something, you're not getting hits, then you do the same thing and you're getting hits. It's just how the game is."

Manager Chip Hale noted his approach change to his recent success.

"He's really turned it up in just the mental part of the game, of picking the pitches that he wants to go after, whether it's the first pitch or a pitch with two strikes," Hale said. "Instead of trying to guess or wait, he's looking for a good pitch to hit out over the plate and using the whole field."

Pollock is now hitting .308 with 16 RBI in 156 at-bats this season.


Surging A.J. Pollock to bat leadoff for Diamondbacks against Cubs


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) A.J. Pollock is on fire, and now he's batting leadoff for the Diamondbacks' game against the Cubs on Saturday.

Pollock, who went 4 for 6 with a double and a triple in his team's 5-4 win on Friday, will look to keep his hot-streak alive from the top spot in the lineup.

Pollock has been the lead-off hitter 11 times this season, hitting .289/.360/.444 with two home runs and six RBI.


Diamondbacks' Pollock hits safely four times in win


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(5/23/2015) Diamondbacks centerfielder A.J. Pollock could not be stopped in his team's 5-4 win against the Cubs on Friday.

Pollock went 4 of 6 with a double and a triple. Pollock's double came in the 10th inning with the Diamondbacks trailing the Cubs. Teammate Paul Goldschmidt followed up the double with a game-tying two-run homer.

Pollock is hitting .625/.647/1.063 with a home run and three RBI in his last four games.


D-Backs' A..J. Pollock steals home, nets career-high three SBs


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock had a career-high three stolen bases in Wednesday's 6-1 win against the Marlins, which included a steal of home in the fifth inning.

During a first-and-third situation in the fifth, Marlins starting pitcher David Phelps attempted a pickoff move to first base. Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta broke for second base. Marlins first baseman Michael Morse then fired the baseball down to second base. As this was happening, Pollock broke for home. Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon then chose to throw home instead of tag out Peralta for the second out. However, Pollock easily scored to put Arizona ahead 4-0.

"I saw Dave kind of getting in the middle there, saw the throw and went," Pollock said, per MLB.com. "It's a good chance, good try right there. I wanted to get the best jump I could. I knew no matter what they would have to make a good throw. It was definitely worth getting out there and cheating a little bit. Morse had the ball. It worked out."

It marked the seventh steal of home in Diamondbacks history. The last time it happened was Aug. 8, 2014, when Peralta stole home against the Rockies.

"If it's there, we'll take it," said Pollock, who has nine steals this season. "It's even more when we're not forcing the issue. Couple guys can get out there. We really could be forcing something that's not there. We do a good job; if they give us something, we'll take it. If not, then we'll hold off."


D-Backs OF A.J. Pollock goes 3 for 4 in win over Marlins


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/21/2015) Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock went 3 for 4 during Wednesday night's 6-1 victory over the Marlins. 

All three of Pollock's hits were singles. He also drew a walk in the game. He's now hitting .291/.340/.411 for the season. 

Pollock has a batting average of.275 over his past 10 games. 


A.J. Pollock's pinch homer wins game for Diamondbacks


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2015) A.J. Pollock hit a pinch-hit two-run home run to give the Diamondbacks a 4-2 win over Miami. 

Pollock's tie breaking eighth-inning blast was his fourth homer of the year and gave him 15 RBI on the season. 


D-Backs shuffle lineup with Mark Trumbo getting the night off


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) The Diamondbacks gave right fielder Mark Trumbo the night off on Friday against Philadelphia. With Trumbo on the bench, manager Chip Hale inserted A.J. Pollock at the No. 2 hole playing center field, with leadoff man Ender Inciarte in right and David Peralta in left field.

Since hitting homers in consecutive games, Trumbo is batting .176 (3 for 17) with two homers, four RBI and two walks in five appearances (four starts).

Arizona is favored (-120) at Philadelphia, per VegasInsider.com.


Against left-hander, Diamondbacks' Peralta sits on Wednesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/13/2015) Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta will get his first day off since the second game of a doubleheader on May 6. Peralta is hitting just .167 against left-handers this season, so with lefty Gio Gonzalez on the mound for the Nationals, manager Chip Hale will opt to keep Peralta on the bench.

A.J. Pollock will grab the start on Wednesday. He will bat cleanup and play centerfield, with Ender Inciarte shifting over to left. 


Diamondbacks CF A.J. Pollock hits second homer in three games


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/10/2015) Center fielder A.J. Pollock's third-inning solo homer against the Padres proved to be the game winner for the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

The homer was Pollock's second in three games.


Diamondbacks OF Ender Inciarte out, A.J. Pollock in lineup Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/8/2015) After starting each of the last five games, Diamondbacks outfielder Ender Inciarte is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Padres. As he has done all season, Inciarte hit well during that five-game stretch, going 8 for 25 with three doubles and three RBI. 

He will be replaced by A.J. Pollock, who is in center field and leading off for manager Chip Hale. Pollock has struggled lately, hitting .229 with seven strikeouts over his last 10 games.


Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock reaches five times in Game 1 of DH


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock went 2 for 3 with two doubles, three walks, four runs scored and one stolen base in his team's 13-7 win over the Rockies in Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader.

Pollock wasn't able to pick up any RBI in the high-scoring game but did just about everything else, scoring runs in the third, fourth, sixth and eighth innings. He drew just six walks in April and hadn't had an extra-base hit in almost three weeks before Wednesday's barrage. Pollock has hit .297/.363/.385 with one home run, eight RBI, 18 runs scored and five stolen bases.