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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%: 96/90 | Average Draft Position: 166.49
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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.


D-Backs switch Mark Trumbo, A.J. Pollock in batting order


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) Diamondbacks right fielder Mark Trumbo will bat second for the first time in his career in Game 1 of Wednesday's day-night doubleheader against Colorado.

Trumbo, who is hitting .083 through his first three games in May, will flip spots in the batting order with A.J. Pollock. Pollock, who is hitting .071 (1 for 14) over his last four games, will bat cleanup.

Arizona is considered an underdog (+115) in Game 1, according to VegasInsider.com.


Diamondbacks switch Mark Trumbo, A.J. Pollock in lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) The Diamondbacks have pulled off a flip-flop in their lineup Tuesday against the host Rockies. Right fielder Mark Trumbo is batting second and A.J. Pollock cleanup. They had been accustomed to hitting the other way around.

It will mark the first time in those spots for both of them this season.

Both can use a little pick-me-up. Trumbo has just one hit in his last 12 at-bats after a mini-tear while Pollock is 1-for-14 over his last four games.


Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock trying to avoid over-swinging


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock knows the team is in a bit of a slump at the plate, including himself, according to MLB.com.

Arizona scored just four runs in the weekend set with Los Angeles, including two shutouts. Pollock is hitting .284, but went a combined 1 for 13 in the series.

"I think when you're not putting runs up you've got guys that want to get it done now," Pollock said. "Probably a little over-swinging and getting outside the zone. I know I've done that. It's tough, because you want to pick up the pitchers because they're throwing well, and it just wasn't happening and you start to press.

"Every team is going to go through that at some point. It's tough when you're in it to figure out exactly how to stop it. Obviously you want to care, I mean everyone cares. It's kind of trying to back off because you can care too much sometimes and that causes pressing. It's a tough one to get out of it."


Diamondbacks' David Peralta out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Diamondbacks left fielder David Peralta is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers.

Manager Chip Hale will run with both Ender Inciarte and A.J. Pollock in the lineup for the first time in four games, sending Peralta to the bench. He has started just once during a seven-game stretch prior to earning three straight starts this week.

The Diamondbacks are underdogs (+135) in Los Angeles Sunday.


Series vs. Dodgers could help D-Backs' Pollock extend hot streak


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/30/2015) Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock came off the bench as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning Wednesday against the Rockies and eventually recorded a fly out in his only at-bat, which ended his hitting streak at eight games.

Still, Pollock has been very productive offensively the last few weeks. He is batting .353 (18 for 51) with one home run, two doubles, four RBI, nine runs and four stolen bases in his last 13 games (11 starts).

Nonetheless, the Diamondbacks now move on to face the Dodgers in a three-game series, which starts Friday. Pollock has hit well against the Dodgers as of late, so his hot streak could continue through the weekend.

In his career against Los Angeles, he has a .336/.405/.504/.909 slash line in 33 games. He has hit safely in his last eight games against the Dodgers, which includes three games from April 10-12. Pollock went 5 for 12 (.417) with one double, three runs and four RBI in that series.


Diamondbacks' A.J. Pollock, Chris Owings atop lineup Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock is leading off and shortstop Chris Owings is batting second in Tuesday's matchup with the Rockies.

The alignment is the same from last Tuesday, which was the last time Ender Inciarte was out of the lineup as he is against the Rockies. However, Owings getting just his second start of the season at shortstop, having seen most of his action at second base.

The Diamondbacks are favorites (-115) against the Rockies Tuesday.


Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock out of the lineup Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock is out of the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Giants, with Mark Trumbo starting in right field, the team announced. 

Pollock, who has started nine of the team's first 11 games, will get the day off as the team faces righty Chris Heston. Pollock is hitting well at the plate to begin the year, posting a .333/.422/.487 slash line in 45 plate appearances.

The Diamondbacks are currently the underdogs (+145) against the Giants.


Diamondbacks CF A.J. Pollock collects four hits Friday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock had his first four-hit game of the season to lead the Diamondbacks to a 9-0 win over the Giants on Friday.

Pollock went 4 for 5 with one walk and a strikeout. His lone RBI came in the top of the ninth inning when he drove in pitcher Josh Collmenter on a double. Pollock was able to raise his batting average from .265 to .333.


D-Backs' A.J. Pollock uncorks first HR of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock launched his first home run of the season during Thursday's extra-inning win over the Giants.

Pollock took Santiago Casilla deep for a two-out solo home run in the 10th inning. The Giants scored on an infield single in the bottom of the frame to extend the game before Aaron Hill doubled in two runs in the 12th to secure a 7-6 victory.

Pollock added a double and finished 2 for 6 with two runs scored and an RBI. He is hitting .265/.359/.412 this season.


Diamondbacks' Hale: Ender Inciarte set to play regularly


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/17/2015) Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale said Thursday that left fielder Ender Inciarte will play almost every day after jumping out to a hot start, MLB.com reports.

"He's going to be in there most every day now," Hale said. "The way he's played, he's forced his way in there."

Inciarte is set to fill the leadoff spot moving forward, with former leadoff man A.J. Pollock sliding down to the No. 2 spot.

"I think Pollock in the two-hole is dynamic," Hale said. "He's got a little more power and Ender has done a better job of getting on base at this point so far."

Hale said he's still try to find some playing time for David Peralta, but with Inciarte entering play Thursday hitting .406/.441/.594 in 32 at-bats, the manager has had trouble finding a good time to take him out of the lineup.


D-Backs move Ender Inciarte to leadoff spot, A.J. Pollock at No. 2 hole


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/15/2015) Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale told reporters that outfielder Ender Inciarte has pushed him to see everyday at-bats. On Tuesday, Hale placed Inciarte in the leadoff spot against the Padres.

"The one guy who has pushed me to play him every day is Inciarte. He has been terrific, and today I'll lead him off," Hale told MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM Satellite Radio.

Inciarte moving to the leadoff spot bumps A.J. Pollock to the No. 2 hole. Inciarte is hitting .393 (11 for 28) with three doubles, a triple, one walk and six RBI in eight games.