Goldschmidt set to join Team USA

D-backs first baseman Paul Goldschmidt jersey will leave the D-backs after Sunday’s game to join Team USA for the World Baseball Classic, and after watching him blast a homer Friday, manager thinks Goldschmidt is ready.

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“He looks to be in really good position,” Lovullo said. “When you hit a ball like that the opposite way with the force that he did, you don’t do that by accident. You do it by the hard work, commitment to the plan, staying with it, the execution of the plan.”

Goldschmidt is scheduled to start Sunday afternoon’s game against the and get two or three at-bats.

was pleased with his start Saturday in which he allowed a pair of runs over three innings, in the D-backs’ 6-5 loss to the Padres.

All three of the runs came in his third inning of work.

“I felt strong, so that was a positive,” Corbin said. “I thought on a couple of fastballs I just got a little quick. I thought I was able to make the adjustment there. I felt really good with my offspeed, throwing it for strikes.”

That, of course, could change and it’s possible the D-backs could switch directions and keep him as a reliever rather than send him to Triple-A Reno to open the season.

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Bradley would welcome a move to the bullpen if it kept him in the Majors.

Mitchell And Ness Diamondbacks #20 Luis Gonzalez White Strip Throwback Stitched MLB Jersey“For me, I’d rather be in the big leagues in the bullpen than in Triple-A as a starter,” Bradley said. “I want to be in the big leagues, I want to pitch against big league hitters. Not in a cocky or selfish way, but I feel like I’ve advanced far enough to where I’m a big league pitcher every day.”

Bradley, who will throw in a Minor League game during Wednesday’s off-day for the rest of the team, has a 7.98 ERA, but those numbers are skewed by a pair of poor outings early in camp.

Numbers have not been a focus for Bradley this spring. Instead, he’s worked to finally add a dependable third pitch to his fastball-curve combination.

The former No. 7 overall pick in the 2011 Draft also feels like he’s learned how to attack a lineup better and throw strikes on a more consistent basis. All things that will help him wherever he winds up beginning the season.

“Yeah, it’s the same situation,” Bradley said of the roster crunch he’s faced the past couple of years. “But I’m so far ahead of where I was even at the beginning of this camp. I came in wanting to lock down a third pitch and although they aren’t set in stone now, I’ve got four pitches now. I’ve got the changeup down, I’m throwing it for strikes. I’m throwing a cutter/slider now, whatever you want to call it for . I feel like I’m in the best shape pitching-wise that I’ve been in in my life probably.”

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In addition to the virtual reality, visitors also get to see special artifacts from the National Baseball and Museum in Cooperstown, N.Y., as well as an original IMAX movie on the game.

“We are honored that the Baseball Hall of Fame has chosen Salt River Fields for this unique opportunity to showcase the history of baseball in a new and exciting way,” D-backs team president and Derrick Hall said. “Salt River Fields is the number one Spring Training destination and we are proud that our fans will be able to add to their game experience with this exhibit.”

The event is open daily until March 26, with admission prices that range from $17 for adults to $5 for ages 5-17, and those 4 and under admitted free.

and her 11-year-old son, Caleb, were among the first to get to play MLBAM’s newest mobile video game — Home Run Derby — the first ever developed by a professional sports league.

As Bridgid looked on, Caleb hit homer over Fenway Park’s Green Monster.

“This is great,” Bridgid said. “We didn’t know what to expect, but this has been great.”

In another trailer, Krista and T.J. Bart jersey designed their own Hall of Fame plaques on touch screens.

“It’s really cool to have this here,” T.J. said of the tour. “It’s a unique setup. It’s great, everything is interactive and it’s all custom built just for this.”

The Barts, who came to Arizona to attend Spring Training games, are from Cheyenne, Wyo. and have never been to Cooperstown with .

“We’re hoping to get that Spring Training crowd and show them a little of what they can see in Cooperstown,” Hall of Fame traveling curator Andy Couch said.

The IMAX film, which was produced by Thomas Tull and Red Sox co-owner , gave fans a view of the past, present and future of baseball with some never-before-seen content.

“It really captured the passion of the game,” said after watching it. “It was very interesting.”