D-Backs’ Shelby Miller talks about arm injury suffered during the 6-2 loss to the Dodgers, April 23, 2017. (Scott Bordow/azcentral sports)
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David Peralta talks about the Diamondbacks’ offense and his record-setting four doubles Saturday.
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Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray talks after his team’s 11-5 victory over the Dodgers.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Taijuan Walker, shortstop Chris Owings and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt react to the 13-5 win.
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First baseman Paul Goldschmidt says the Diamondbacks couldn’t string together enough hits against the Padres on Thursday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s 4-1 loss to the Padres and their 4-6 road trip through San Francisco, Los Angeles and San Diego.
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Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin gave up three runs in six innings, striking out eight, and took the loss vs. the Padres.
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Zack Greinke talks about the breaking ball the Padres’ Erick Aybar hit for a home run, his only blemish in a 1-0 loss in San Diego.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses the pitchers’ duel that ended in a 1-0 loss against the San Diego Padres.
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Diamondbacks catcher Jeff Mathis talks about the pitch Erick Aybar hit for a homer off Zack Greinke, and about the effectiveness of Padres right-hander Jhoulys Chacin.
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Shelby Miller won for the second time this season, beating the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night at Petco Park.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talked about Shelby Miller’s strong outing in an 11-2 win over the Padres.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo after his team rallied to beat the Dodgers 3-2 on Monday night. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray walked four batters early but settled in and struck out 10 in six innings against the Dodgers on Monday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss Zack Greinke’s slump and the Cardinals and Sun Devils continuing their preparations for the season.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Fernando Rodney’s save, Taijuan Walker’s performance and his team’s win against the Dodgers on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker gave up just one run in five innings against the Dodgers on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta talks about his home run against Dodgers lefty Rich Hill and the performance of teammate Taijuan Walker in Sunday’s win. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo explains why he used closer Fernando Rodney with his team trailing in the eighth inning on Saturday night. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin gave up five runs (three earned) in six innings vs. the Dodgers in Arizona’s 8-4 loss to Los Angeles on Saturday night. Nick PIecoro/azcentral sports
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Manager Torey Lovullo talks about Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw’s dominance vs. the Diamondbacks on Friday night.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke gave up five runs in five innings against the Dodgers on Friday night, coming up short in his matchup against Clayton Kershaw.
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Shot Clock: azcentral sports’ Mark Faller and Dan Bickley discuss the Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers series and the NBA playoffs.
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Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke and Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw will combine to make more than $69 million this season.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller took the blame for Wednesday night’s loss to the Giants.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talked about Shelby Miller’s outing and his hitters’ struggles with guys in scoring position.
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Now that the Cubs have their rings, a look back the Diamondbacks’ World Series ring from 2001.
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Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock talks about his play on Aaron Hill’s third-inning drive and Jake Lamb’s go-ahead, three-run triple.
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Lefty Robbie Ray worked around five walks and was helped by his defense in the Diamondbacks’ win over the Giants on Tuesday night.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker said he made a mistake by trying to throw home on a strange play against the Giants in Monday’s loss in San Francisco. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Arizona Diamondbacks’ Patrick Corbin talks about his personal performance so far this season after the team swept the series against the Indians, April 9, 2017. (Bob McManaman/azcentral sports)
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Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley disagree on the NBA MVP and share their thoughts on the D-Backs’ hot start.
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Arizona Diamondbacks’ Torey Lovullo discusses the team’s win against the Indians, sweeping the series, April 9, 2017. (Bob McManaman/azcentral sports)
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Breaking down the Diamondbacks’ fantastic start to the 2017 season.
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Right-hander Zack Greinke gave up just one run in 6 2/3 innings against the Indians as the Diamondbacks rolled to another victory.
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Arizona Diamondbacks’ Torey Lovullo talks about the team’s ups and downs in a win against the Indians, April 7, 2017. (Bob McManaman/azcentral sports)
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D-Backs’ Shelby Miller talks about his 2017 season start in a win against the Cleveland Indians, April 7, 2017. (Bob McManaman/azcentral sports)
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azcentral sports’ Mark Faller and Dan Bickley discuss the D-Backs’ start to the season as well as the retirement of Shane Doan.
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Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta discusses Thursday’s win over the Giants.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses his team’s 3-1 start to the season.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo on using humidor for baseballs at Chase Field.
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Starting pitcher Taijuan Walker discusses his first start in a Diamondbacks uniform on Wednesday against the Giants. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his club’s 8-6 win over the Giants on Wednesday. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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The Diamondbacks need a shortstop. Scott Bordow and Jay Dieffenbach discuss that and the Hamilton hazing scandal in the Shot Clock.
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Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings talks about his error in the Giants’ five-run fifth inning.
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Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin talks about his outing vs. the Giants and his struggles to retire Hunter Pence.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks dedicated Paul Goldschmidt Field in Goodyear on April 4, 2017. It’s the 39th “Diamonds Back” Field in Arizona. Video: Arizona Diamondbacks
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Former Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals slugger had an emergency brain procedure to address a brain hemorrhage.
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You can stream baseball online using MLB.TV, but the service does have restrictions.
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Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings delivered the game-winning hit on Sunday vs. the Giants.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about the hug he gave walk-off hero Chris Owings and about his first win in his new job.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke gave up two runs in five innings against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday at Chase Field.
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Diamondbacks insider Nick Piecoro and Jay Dieffenbach talk about the upcoming baseball season. The lineup appears to be solid. What about the pitching staff? Video: Cheryl Evans/azcentral sports
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USA TODAY Sports released its annual list of players to watch for in the upcoming season.
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The Diamondbacks had their photos taken on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at Salt River Fields.
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Arizona Diamondbacks’ Shelby Miller discusses arm injury
David Peralta on his record-setting night
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Diamondbacks use 9-run eighth to overwhelm Dodgers
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Manager Torey Lovullo breaks down D-Backs’ loss, road trip
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Torey Lovullo talks about the D-Backs’ win against the Indians
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Don’t start planning the Diamondbacks’ parade route through downtown Phoenix just yet.
A swing-and-miss at a sweep of the Dodgers Sunday at Chase Field wasn’t the party-pooper.
The calendar is.
Even if the Diamondbacks had polished off their rivals instead of getting tripped up 6-2 to pry just two out of three from the Dodgers, the reality of their situation would have remained the same.
It’s still April.
All they’ve won so far is our attention.
But an encouraging debut and the best start at home in franchise history is praise-worthy, especially since the team’s 12 wins ranks among the most in baseball.
And the entire organization deserves credit.
Let’s start at the top with ownership and management.
First-year general manager Mike Hazen’s initial read on the club he inherited looks accurate based on his offseason changes.
Right-hander Taijuan Walker hasn’t dominated, but he’s intrigued enough to suggest that he very well may provide consistency at the top of the rotation like some have predicted.
Adopting a defense-first mentality with their catchers has to have contributed to the strong start by the starters. And while closer Fernando Rodney can mimic a tightrope walker when he takes the mound, he’s done his job – going 5-for-5 in save chances.
One of the front office’s best decisions might have been to give right-hander Shelby Miller a do-over instead of severing ties.
Miller’s road to redemption after a putrid 2016 took a slight detour Sunday when he exited the game after just four innings with right forearm tightness. He’s set to undergo an MRI Monday.
“Personally I feel like I’ll feel probably better tomorrow,” he said. “I don’t think it’s that big of an issue.”
After impressing in the third when he got first baseman Adrian Gonzalez to bite on three straight fastballs, the last peaking at 96 mph, Miller’s command slipped in the fifth. He walked two, and then shortstop Corey Seager laced a two-run double to center to tie it at 2.
Reliever Randall Delgado came on to replace Miller and wasn’t able to nix the Dodger’s momentum, surrendering a single, double and then a home run to catcher Yasmani Grandal to put Los Angeles ahead 6-2.
The postgame scene inside of the Diamondbacks clubhouse was subdued, perhaps in part to the uncertainty surrounding Miller’s status, but the vibe overall has been loose.
That reflects the culture manager Torey Lovullo has helped establish in just a few months – an atmosphere that seems to unite by being more relaxed than restrictive.
“I want these guys to be able to color outside the lines a little bit, scribble when they want to, get creative when they want to,” Lovullo said. “But what I was going to do was give them the space to go out and perform without feeling like I was micromanaging them.”
This approach is working.
Arizona’s rotation has looked promising, flashing its potential on a recent 10-game road trip, and the offense has overwhelmed at times – like the first two games of this series against the Dodgers when the Diamondbacks racked up 24 runs.
And it wasn’t just one player leading the charge.
First baseman Paul Goldschmidt rediscovered his groove after a sluggish road trip, chipping in six RBIs in the series.
Outfielder David Peralta continues to look reenergized after spending much of last season on the disabled list. Same with center fielder A.J. Pollock, who took a break Sunday and did not play.
Who knows if the Diamondbacks would have been able to rally Sunday with Pollock in the mix; shortstop Chris Owings and outfielder Yasmany Tomas also didn’t start. But considering the depth of scoring of late, juggling the lineup didn’t seem like a misguided call.
“We’re winning our share of ballgames,” Lovullo said. “We’re playing good baseball. I’m pleased in just about every area.”
Make no mistake, though, the Diamondbacks have perspective about their start.
An offense that appeared to be unstoppable Friday and Saturday stalled Sunday.
And how will the rotation continue to settle in, especially if Miller gets sidelined?
Many more ballgames have to be logged for labels to stick, and the Diamondbacks know that.
“We just take it day-by-day,” Goldschmidt said. “It’s really easy to do. I couldn’t tell you what our record is or standings or stats or any of that. If you try to look too far ahead, that can definitely be a distraction.”
Staying levelheaded has been a successful tactic so far.
And if they keep their blinders on for the rest of the season, the Diamondbacks might just find themselves still relevant when they take them off in October.
Padres at Diamondbacks
When: 6:40 p.m.
Where: Chase Field.
Pitchers: Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (1-2, 3.28) vs. Padres RHP Jhoulys Chacin (2-2, 4.70).
TV/Radio: FSAZ, MLB Network/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).
One mistake, a breaking ball down the middle that the Padres’ Erick Aybar crushed for a home run, cost Greinke his last time out; he gave up that lone run in an eight-inning complete-game effort, but the Diamondbacks fell 1-0. … Overall, Greinke has given up two runs or less in three of his four starts. … Despite his past start, Greinke has fared well over his career against San Diego with an 8-2 record and 1.96 ERA in 17 starts. … Chacin has cruised at home but struggled on the road; in two starts away from Petco Park, he’s allowed 12 earned runs and 16 hits. … One of his home wins came against the Diamondbacks last Wednesday as he kept them scoreless through eight innings. … He has a 2.83 ERA at Chase Field in his career.
San Diego Padres
After hosting the Diamondbacks last week, the Padres welcomed the Marlins to Petco Park and dropped two out of three. The Padres were outscored 13-6 in the two losses. A retooled rotation has been key so far with three of the four new faces posting wins on the team’s recent homestand. The other newbie, right-hander Jered Weaver, earned a quality start in Saturday’s loss to the Marlins. Overall, San Diego pitchers have a 3.80 ERA at home but translating that success to the road has been a challenge. The Padres are 3-8 as the visitor and have given up the second-most runs in the National League at 56. Their offense has also had a tough time with a league-worst .207 average. First baseman Wil Myers is off to a strong start, leading the team with a .354 average. Third baseman Yangervis Solarte has also been key. He has a team-high 12 RBIs.
Tuesday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (1-3, 3.27) vs. Padres LHP Clayton Richard (2-2, 3.04).
Wednesday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker (2-1, 4.57) vs. Padres RHP Trevor Cahill (1-2, 3.44).
Thursday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (2-0, 3.42) vs. Padres RHP Jered Weaver (0-1, 3.91).