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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Paul Goldschmidt on D-Backs’ offense vs. Padres
Manager Torey Lovullo breaks down D-Backs’ loss, road trip
D-Backs’ Patrick Corbin on loss vs. Padres
D-Backs’ Zack Greinke on his performance vs. Padres
Torey Lovullo on his team’s ‘frustrating’ loss vs. Padres
Jeff Mathis on D-Backs’ 1-0 loss to Padres
Shelby Miller on his win vs. Padres
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ win over Padres
Manager Torey Lovullo after D-Backs split series vs. Dodgers
Robbie Ray on his 10-strikeout game vs. Dodgers
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Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ win 3-1 win over Dodgers
Taijuan Walker tosses five strong innings vs. Dodgers
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Torey Lovullo on usage of Fernando Rodney vs. Dodgers on Saturday
D-Backs lefty Patrick Corbin talks about his outing vs. Dodgers
Torey Lovullo after D-Backs’ 7-1 loss to the Dodgers
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A.J. Pollock talks about his big catch in D-Backs’ win over Giants
Robbie Ray after tossing 6 2/3 shutout innings vs. Giants
Taijuan Walker discusses his errant throw vs. Giants
Diamondbacks’ Patrick Corbin describes personal performance
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Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ sweep against the Indians
Diamondbacks’ hot start by the numbers
Zack Greinke after strong start vs. Indians
Torey Lovullo talks about the D-Backs’ win against the Indians
D-Backs’ Shelby Miller describes starting his 2017 season
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Chris Owings talks about his fifth-inning error
Patrick Corbin after loss to Giants
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Polly me this
Yes, manager Torey Lovullo – who so far seems pretty hip when it comes to social topics like food, music and the latest trends – dropped a “Leland Van Lew” reference on us today during his pre-game media session.
And “Leland Van Lew,” in case you didn’t know, is Bryan Brown’s character in the 2004 film “Along Came Polly,” starring Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston. In the movie, Van Lew is a high-risk insurance client prone to base jumping off high rises and swimming with sharks. It came up while Lovullo was asked for his reaction to Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner injuring his shoulder and ribs during a dirt bike accident. Specifically, reporters wanted to know how he felt if one of his own players was out risking life and limb doing something like riding a dirt bike.
“I know that you’re going to have a couple of candidates like Leland Van Lew from ‘Along Came Polly.’ Anyone remember that movie?” Lovullo asked. “But that’s what makes some of these players so great, is their ability to go out and get away from the game and do things like that. I always encourage our guys to get away from the game on their off days, but be smart about it.”
Here are some of highlights from manager Torey Lovullo’s pregame news conference with reporters at Chase Field:
On his level of concern about the defense, which has been shaky – “I have concerns in all areas at all times, but right now in the third week of April, my concerns are minimal. I know that as we’re sitting here talking right now, there’s a group out there that’s pounding away, taking ground balls and really getting their skills perfected. Although it hasn’t been pristine at times, I know that we’re going to improve. I feel very comfortable in saying that. … We’ve seen a lot of areas of improvement with certain guys and I know that will continue.”
On where he feels he feels the team stands following one completed homestand and one completed road trip – “Well, it feels good to know that we can play the type of baseball we played in our first homestand and we’re looking for that to continue. It’s nice to come home. But the road trips that take you into this journey throughout the course of a season is really where you find out a lot about your team. The first road trip was a little bit of a white-knuckler because we were going into San Francisco and LA and then to San Diego, but our guys handled it very well. They got off to a little bit of a rugged start and then winning the two final games in LA showed me that this team is ready to compete on that type of level.”
On if he cared to share what the message “Win the Inch” means that’s printed on the back of workout T-shirts that he and his team were wearing Friday – After a lengthy pause, he said, “I can. It’s not about an inch fair or foul or getting thrown out by an inch. It’s about a placement of so many inches on the field that you can’t possibly count that we want to make sure we’re prepared to win. And that means, more or less, taking care of your business to win that moment. And that’s as far I’m going to go.”
Dodgers at Diamondbacks
When: 6:40 p.m.
Where: Chase Field (Roof hotline: 602-462-6262).
Pitchers: Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker (2-1, 3.94) vs. Dodgers LHP Alex Wood (1-0, 1.00).
TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).
RELATED: Will the real Arizona Diamondbacks stand up this weekend?
1. A.J. Pollock CF
2. Chris Owings SS
3. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
4. Jake Lamb 3B
5. Yasmany Tomas LF
6. Brandon Drury 2B
7. David Peralta RF
8. Jeff Mathis C
9. Taijuan Walker P
MLB POWER RANKINGS: Diamondbacks hit road, road hits back
By the numbers
2: This will be the second time Mathis has caught Walker. Mathis went 1-for-18 on the team’s recent 10-game road trip.
15: Lamb has reached base safely in a career-high 15 straight games.
.312: Goldschmidt is hitting .312 in his career against the Dodgers with 24 home runs and 78 RBIs in 99 games.
MORE: Chill out on Goldschmidt’s cool start
Speed from Goldy, D-Backs
Paul Goldschmidt has been successful in 22 consecutive stolen base attempts dating to 2016, the second-longest streak in club history (record: 30 by Eric Byrnes in 2007).
Entering Friday’s games, Arizona ranked second in the majors with 16 stolen bases, one behind Cincinnati.
RELATED: ‘Long’ Diamondbacks road trip ends with loss to Padres
Taijuan Walker went five innings and gave up just one run against the Dodgers on Sunday at Dodger Stadium, an outing that likely would have lasted longer had he not been dealing with back tightness. Walker said this week the back felt “much better,” but he said he’ll still try to limit the effort he puts into the swings he takes at the plate. … Walker has six walks and 16 strikeouts in 16 innings and he has allowed just one home run, to Giants 1B Brandon Belt in his first start of the season. … The Dodgers’ Alex Wood has made three appearances, two in relief and one as a starter, and has pitched effectively each time. He’s allowed one run in nine innings. … He threw in relief against the Diamondbacks last week, throwing 3 1/3 innings of hitless ball. … In 35 1/3 innings against the Diamondbacks in his career, he has a 3.06 ERA. He started once against them last year, giving up one run in seven innings.
Saturday: At Chase Field, 5:10 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (1-0, 1.96) vs. Dodgers RHP Kenta Maeda (1-1, 7.07).
Sunday: At Chase Field, 1:10 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Shelby Miller (2-1,3.50) vs. Dodgers RHP Brandon McCarthy (2-0, 2.12).
Monday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (1-2, 3.28) vs. Padres RHP Jhoulys Chacin (2-2, 4.70).