Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s eight-run first inning and right-hander Taijuan Walker’s sharp outing vs. the Padres. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker gave up just two hits in six scoreless innings, but he wasn’t satisfied with the way he threw on Friday night in a win over the Padres. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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The Diamondbacks’ Brandon Drury talks about his team’s offensive outburst vs. the Padres on Friday night at Petco Park. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss the NBA MVP, the Diamondbacks and the Dodgers and the Arizona Cardinals’ defensive backs.
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D-Backs manager Torey Lovullo, catcher Chris Herrmann and left-hander Patrick Corbin react to the 5-4 win against the Mets, sweeping the series, May 17, 2017.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Zack Greinke and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt react to Tuesday’s 5-4 Diamondbacks win. Sarah McLellan/azcentral sports
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D-Backs’ Zack Godley talks pitching and gameplay after his team’s 7-3 win over the Mets, May 15, 2017.
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D-Backs’ Torey Lovullo discusses the pace his team kept during a 7-3 win over the Mets, May 15, 2017.
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Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock talks about the injury that forced him to leave Sunday’s loss to the Pirates. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta doesn’t think his glute injury is significant, he said. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo breaks down his team’s 6-4 loss to the Pirates on Sunday and provides updates on his injured outfielders. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta says he ‘got lucky on all accounts’ after being hit in the face by a 93 mph fastball on Friday night vs. the Pirates. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Taijuan Walker and shortstop Nick Ahmed react to the 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, May 13, 2017.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo provides an update on catcher Chris Iannetta, who was hit in the face by a pitch during Friday’s game, before Saturday’s game. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Manager Torey Lovullo, second baseman Brandon Drury and left-hander Patrick Corbin react to 11-4 win against the Pirates, May 12, 2017.
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Shot Clock: Colin Kaepernick is better than Blaine Gabbert, right? So why did the Cardinals not sign him? Also, Zack Greinke has his Randy Johnson moment … what does it mean for Diamondbacks?
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Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke describes his night, in which he nearly threw a no-hitter against the Pirates.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo reacts to Zack Greinke’s near-no-hit performance in Thursday’s win over the Pirates.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Zack Godley and shortstop Nick Ahmed react to the 7-1 win.
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Manager Torey Lovullo and left-hander Robbie Ray react to the 7-3 loss.
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azcentral sports’ Sarah McLellan and Dan Bickley discuss the D-Backs’ difficulties on the road and the NBA’s big issue in the playoffs.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo says defensive miscues cost them in a 5-2 loss to the Rockies on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker talks about his outing vs. the Rockies at Coors Field on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin was charged with eight runs in four-plus innings against the Rockies on Saturday night.
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Manager Torey Lovullo didn’t think his team played fundamentally sound in Saturday night’s 9-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke gave up two runs in seven innings in a win over the Rockies on Friday.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo breaks down his team’s win over the Rockies on Friday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo on Braden Shipley’s outing and his offense’s struggles vs. Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Braden Shipley gave up three runs in four-plus innings against the Nationals on Thursday afternoon. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s inability to come up with a hit in a key situation on Wednesday night, May 3, 2017. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray had everything working but still came away with a loss on Wednesday night in D.C., May 3, 2017. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said his pitching staff did well to hold the Nationals to three runs on Tuesday night.
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Taijuan Walker didn’t blame a small strike zone for his abbreviated, 4 2/3-inning outing on Tuesday night.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss the Rockets’ explosion against the Spurs and a possible pitching implosion for the Diamondbacks.
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Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock speaks about the controversial call that went against him in the 10th inning of Arizona’s win over the Rockies on Sunday. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks’ Daniel Descalso talks about his two-run, walk-off homer to beat the Rockies in the 13th inning on Sunday. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses the team’s strong pitching fueling Arizona’s walk-off win over the Rockies on Sunday. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin talks about his strong, scoreless outing against the Rockies in Sunday’s win. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks closer Fernando Rodney talks about his outing vs. the Rockies, and says he’ll have no trouble bouncing back from his latest setback. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke talks about his start on Saturday night, in which he allowed three earned runs in six-plus innings vs. the Rockies. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller explains his decision to undergo Tommy John surgery, April 29, 2017. (Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports)
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Manager Torey Lovullo, left-hander Robbie Ray and catcher Chris Iannetta react to the loss.
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Chris Owings talks about the first multi-homer game of his career, and how he’s feeling at the plate after homering three times in the past four games.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker says his fastball was working well for him on Thursday night.
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Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller says he has a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and that Tommy John surgery is an option, April 27, 2017. (Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports)
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Diamondbacks closer Fernando Rodney on Wednesday’s blown save against San Diego.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo reacts to the Padres’ comeback win.
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Wednesday night’s game against the Padres drew the smallest crowd in Diamondbacks history.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, first baseman Paul Goldschmidt and left-hander Patrick Corbin react to Tuesday’s win. Sarah McLellan/azcentral sports
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Zack Greinke and shortstop Chris Owings react to Monday’s home win over the Padres. Sarah McLellan/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller did not provide many details on his elbow injury on Monday, but he is planning to receive a second opinion on Tuesday in Los Angeles. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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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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Zack Greinke after outing vs. Rockies
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Diamondbacks fall 3-1 to Rockies
Chris Owings on his two-homer night
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SAN DIEGO – Robbie Ray took a shutout into the eighth inning, David Peralta had four hits, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the San Diego Padres 9-1 Saturday night for their fifth straight win.
Ray (3-3) limited the Padres to just two hits and three walks while striking out six in 7 2/3 innings. Tom Wilhelmsen struck out Wil Myers with the bases loaded in the eighth, and J.J. Hoover allowed the Padres’ lone run on an infield single by Allen Cordoba in the ninth.
BOX SCORE: Diamondbacks 9, Padres 1
Paul Goldschmidt had a two-run single in the Diamondbacks’ five-run first inning as the first four batters got hits against Luis Perdomo (0-1). Jake Lamb had an RBI double and Chris Herrmann added a two-run homer in the inning.
Yasmany Tomas had a two-run single in the second and Lamb’s run-scoring single in the fourth made it 8-0.
Ray departs in 8th with D-Backs in command
Lefty Robbie Ray gave up just two hits in 7 2/3 scoreless innings, leaving with the Diamondbacks leading the San Diego Padres 8-0 on Saturday night.
Ray departed with two on and two out in the eighth inning, giving way to reliever Tom Wilhelmsen, who walked the first batter he faced but struck out Wil Myers with the bases loaded to end the inning.
For Ray, it was his most effective outing of the season in terms of pure results, though it might have been less impressive than his April 17 outing against the Washington Nationals given the level of competition.
D-Backs’ Robbie Ray in control vs. Padres
Staked to an 8-0 lead, Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray is having little trouble making it stand.
He has allowed just one hit – an infield single to Cory Spangenberg in the third inning – through five scoreless innings.
Ray, who issued eight walks in his past two starts and struggled with high pitch counts, has not issued a walk and has thrown just 42 pitches through four innings.
Ray also doubled to center field in the third inning; he’s 6 for 17 (.353) at the plate this season.
D-Backs jump ahead again vs. Padres
The Diamondbacks scored five times in the first inning and added two more in the second to take an early 7-0 lead over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night at Petco Park. They jumped to an 8-0 lead in the first inning on Friday night then cruised to a 10-1 win.
On Saturday, they benefitted from three consecutive well-placed hits to start the game but then proceeded to hammer Padres right-hander Luis Perdomo.
After Paul Goldschmidt’s two-run single made it 2-0 in the first, Jake Lamb slammed an RBI double and Chris Herrmann capped the scoring with a monstrous two-run homer to dead center, giving the Diamondbacks a 5-0 lead.
For Herrmann, it was his second homer in as many at-bats – he also hit the walk-off homer on Wednesday afternoon – with both going to straightaway center. The blasts went a combined 861 feet.
The Diamondbacks added two more in the second on a Yasmany Tomas bases-loaded single.
Iannetta replaces Bracho on D-Backs’ roster
Catcher Chris Iannetta was activated from the seven-day concussion disabled list on Saturday, taking the place of reliever Silvino Bracho, who was optioned to Triple-A Reno after Friday night’s game.
Iannetta missed the minimum seven days after he was hit in the face by a 93 mph fastball from Pirates reliever Johnny Barbato on May 12.
He needed stitches for a split lip and sustained damage to two or three teeth, he said, but thinks he helped avoid a concussion by sitting out a few days after the initial injury, thus avoiding foul tips or other blows to the catcher’s mask.
The move brings the Diamondbacks back to 13 position players after they’d played the past five games with just 12.
The Diamondbacks traded right-hander Enrique Burgos to the Atlanta Braves for cash considerations. Burgos had been in the Diamondbacks organization since July 2007, when he received a $295,000 bonus to sign out of Panama as a 16-year-old.
Burgos posted strong numbers in the minors as a reliever in recent years but never put it together at the big league level, logging a 5.27 ERA in 68 1/3 innings the previous two years. He had a 6.23 ERA in 13 innings for Reno before being designated for assignment on Monday.
*Outfielder Socrates Brito, who needed surgery in March to repair a badly dislocated ring finger on his left hand, will report to Triple-A Reno on Sunday to begin a rehab assignment, manager Torey Lovullo said.
Hazen keeping tabs as D-Backs prep for draft
SAN DIEGO – Diamondbacks General Manager Mike Hazen plans to head to the SEC Tournament next week in Hoover, Ala., to get a firsthand look at a handful of prospects in advance of next month’s draft.
Hazen said he’s already made two other scouting trips this spring, and he’s hoping that by the time the draft begins on June 12, he’ll have had a chance to lay eyes on the player the club ultimately selects with the seventh overall pick.
But he said he mostly tries to stay out of the way when he takes these sorts of trips.
“I’m a question-asker and that’s about it,” Hazen said. “I think if you haven’t seen a lot of players, it’s hard to see a player and say, ‘This is the guy.’ I don’t think I can do that. But it’s good to be able to ask questions.”
Hazen said that even though he delegates responsibilities to scouting director Deric Ladnier when it comes to running the draft, he’s ultimately responsible, as the GM, for whom the club selects, so he wants to have a sense for how things play out.
“Even though Deric is going to be making the pick, ultimately I’m accountable for that, too,” he said. “Being able to at least ask questions about why we would want to take this type of player, having seen them, I think it adds a little context. You read all the reports and you watch video, but I think getting to go watch them play it helps me to be able to at least put a little bit more of the picture together.”
Among the SEC’s top prospects are Vanderbilt right-hander Kyle Wright; Florida right-hander Alex Faedo; Vanderbilt outfielder Jeren Kendall and Louisiana State right-hander Alex Lange.
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1. Chris Owings SS
2. David Peralta RF
3. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
4. Jake Lamb 3B
5. Yasmany Tomas LF
6. Brandon Drury 2B
7. Chris Herrmann C
8. Rey Fuentes CF
9. Robbie Ray P
Ray labored through four innings his last time out, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Since posting a 1.96 ERA in his first three outings, Ray has a 6.33 ERA in his past five. Ray is averaging 5.2 walks per nine innings, fourth highest in the majors.
Perdomo allowed eight runs in 10 1/3 innings in his first two starts but has a 3.00 ERA in four starts since. He has shown improvement in several statistical categories, including lowering his hits, walks and homers allowed and increasing his strikeout rate.
Perdomo throws a sinking fastball that averages 94.5 mph, according to BrooksBaseball.net.
Diamondbacks at Padres
When: 7:10 p.m.
Where: Petco Park, San Diego.
Pitchers: Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (2-3, 4.57) vs. Padres RHP Luis Perdomo (0-0, 4.19).
TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).
Sunday: At San Diego, 1:40 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Zack Godley (1-0, 1.93) vs. Padres LHP Clayton Richard (2-5, 4.86).
Monday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (5-2, 3.09) vs. White Sox RHP Miguel Gonzalez (3-4, 4.29).
Tuesday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (3-4, 4.38) vs. White Sox RHP Dylan Covery (0-3, 7.64).