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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D-Backs muster enough offense to edge Dodgers
Taijuan Walker threw five sharp innings and the Diamondbacks scraped together enough offense to beat the Dodgers 3-1, snapping a three-game losing streak and picking up their second win in six games on their current road trip.
The Diamondbacks’ bullpen finished the job, as three relievers combined to toss four scoreless innings, starting with Archie Bradley, who protected a lead for the second time this season before handing off to Jorge De La Rosa (one-third of an inning) and Fernando Rodney, who bounced back from an ugly outing on Saturday night to earn his fourth save.
Rodney worked around a one-out walk to Joc Pederson by getting Puig, who homered off him on Saturday, to bounce into a game-ending double play.
BOX SCORE: Diamondbacks 3, Dodgers 1
Dodgers on the board
The Dodgers cut the Diamondbacks’ lead in half in the fourth on Yasiel Puig’s RBI double to left, a hit that drove in Yasmani Grandal to make it 2-1.
It was the only run right-hander Taijuan Walker allowed in five innings. He worked out of a bases-loaded jam in the first inning but otherwise had little trouble keeping the Dodgers’ lineup in check.
Walker left for a pinch-hitter in the top of the sixth. With the bases loaded, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo went with Nick Ahmed – who had two big hits on Saturday night, including a three-run homer – but watched as Ahmed bounced into an inning-ending double play against Dodgers reliever Sergio Romo.
D-Backs take lead, Hill done by end of third
Dodgers lefty Rich Hill walked off the mound with a trainer before the top of the fourth inning, and the team announced later he had “re-aggravated” the blister on his left middle finger, an injury that had already landed him on the disabled list once this season.
Hill, whom the Dodgers signed to a three-year, $48 million deal in the offseason, was bothered intermittently last season by blister issues.
The Diamondbacks scored twice off him in the third. Chris Iannetta launched a solo homer to center field to make it 1-0, and the Diamondbacks added another on Jake Lamb’s bases-loaded walk.
Lovullo stands behind Rodney as closer
Manager Torey Lovullo says he’d have “zero hesitation” going to Fernando Rodney in a save situation despite some early-season struggles for the Diamondbacks’ closer.
“None whatsoever,” Lovullo said.
Certainly, if Lovullo were to make a change, it would be a very quick hook, particularly considering Rodney is 3-for-3 in save conversions so far. However, Rodney has allowed seven runs (six earned) in 4 1/3 innings. He’s also had a sea of baserunners, with seven hits and four walks allowed.
On Saturday night, Rodney gave up a three-run homer to Yasiel Puig in a non-save situation, an appearance he and Lovullo had coordinated before the game as a way to stay sharp.
“I was just want to keep warming up,” Rodney said on Sunday morning. “Sometimes you have four or five days where you don’t pitch and you don’t feel the same. That’s why I pitched last night.”
Asked what he’s seen thus far out of Rodney’s appearances, Lovullo said, “He’s had some really, really easy moments. Clean, easy moments where his innings have been quick and Fernando Rodney-like. And then yesterday (Saturday night) unfortunately there was a little bit of a hiccup.”
Well, kind of. Only one, or perhaps two, of Rodney’s five outings could reasonably be considered “really, really easy.”
And the definition of a “Rodney-like” outing might be up for debate. During Rodney’s time with the Mariners, Seattle Times reporter Ryan Divish coined his outings “The Fernando Rodney Experience” because Rodney would routinely walk a tightrope in save situations, often putting the tying run on base and creating drama.
“Overall, I think he’s done exactly what we’ve asked,” Lovullo said. “He’s closed out the games that we’ve needed him to, taken pressure off the rest of the bullpen and made sure he’s anchored down that area.”
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When: 1:10 p.m.
Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles.
Pitchers: Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker (1-1, 4.91) vs. Dodgers LHP Rich Hill (1-0, 1.80)
TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).
Sunday game notes:
Walker gave up three runs (two earned) in five-plus innings against the Giants on Monday, with all of the runs scoring on one play in the fourth inning on which Walker and catcher Jeff Mathis were charged with throwing errors. … Walker’s first start was only so-so as well; he gave up four runs in six innings against the Giants at Chase Field. … He’s only faced the Dodgers once in his career, in 2015, in an outing in which he gave up five runs in four innings at Dodger Stadium. … Hill gave up one run in five innings in his first start of the year, then missed his second one due to a blister issue. The plan is for him to come off the disabled list to start on Sunday. … Hill, whom the Dodgers acquired from Oakland at the trade deadline last year, re-signed in December for three years and $48 million. … He faced the Diamondbacks once last season, giving up four runs in 5 1/3 innings in a start at Chase Field.
FROM SATURDAY: Road struggles continue for slumping D-Backs
PITCHING: Archie Bradley’s bullpen role a hot topic for Diamondbacks
- A.J. Pollock CF
- Chris Owings SS
- Paul Goldschmidt 1B
- Jake Lamb 3B
- Yasmany Tomas LF
- Brandon Drury 2B
- David Peralta RF
- Chris Iannetta C
- Taijuan Walker P
Monday: At Los Angeles, 7:10 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (1-0, 2.19) vs. Dodgers RHP Brandon McCarthy (2-0, 1.50).
Tuesday: At San Diego, 7:10 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Shelby Miller (1-1, 5.06) vs. Padres RHP Jared Cosart (0-0, 3.86).
Wednesday: At San Diego, 7:10 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (1-1, 4.32) vs. Padres RHP Zach Lee (1-0, 0.00).