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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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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Diamondbacks pull away from Padres for 9-3 win
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Tonight’s attendance at Chase Field was just announced. It was 12,215, which officially makes it the smallest in Diamondbacks history
The previous smallest crowd was 14,110 last season on July 5 against these same Padres. Prior to that, the smallest crowd was 15,509 for an Aug 18, 2010 game against the Reds.
Godley done after 5
Right-hander Zack Godley wasn’t too bad in his first start for the Diamondbacks, pitching in place of the injured Shelby Miller.
Godley went five innings, allowing two earned runs on four hits with three walks and six strikeouts. That translates to a respectable 3.60 ERA.
He recorded two 1-2-3 innings in the first and the fifth, and although he didn’t make it through seven as manager Torey Lovullo hopes each of his starters can do, it was a decent effort for a guy who just got recalled from Triple-A Reno.
Time will tell if Godley stays in the rotation, but with Miller expected to be sidelined indefinitely, Godley certainly didn’t do anything to warrant a quick trip back to the minors. He threw 97 pitches – 52 of them for strikes.
Godley OK through 3
Right-hander Zack Godley got off to a brilliant start by retiring the side in order to open Wednesday night’s game against the visiting Padres.
He got Manuel Margot to ground out to second and then struck out Cory Spangenberg and Wil Myers.
Godley, taking Shelby Miller’s place in the starting rotation for now, had trouble with his fastball location in the second inning. Yangervis Solarte greeted him with a leadoff double and after inducing a groundout, Godley walked two batters. He got out of the jam, however, by starting an inning-ending double play.
The Diamondbacks offense also picked him up when Paul Goldschmidt hit a run-scoring single to center in the first for a 1-0 lead. Godley allowed a base hit in the third, but no damage was done. He had three strikeouts through three innings.
The Diamondbacks entered the game having homered in the first inning in five consecutive games for the first time in club history. The last major league team to do that was the White Sox in 2005. The Diamondbacks failed to homer in the first on Wednesday, however.
The last team to homer in the first inning in six straight games was the Rockies in 1995.
Miller MRI forwarded to Dr. James Andrews
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said the team still is awaiting word on medical reports regarding starting pitcher Shelby Miller and the right-hander’s injured right arm.
MRI exams have been forwarded to a third surgeon, Dr. James Andrews, and it wasn’t clear on Wednesday afternoon if Andrews has had a chance to review them yet, Lovullo said.
“It’s not necessarily a third opinion,” Lovullo said before Wednesday’s game against the Padres. “It’s part of the plan that we had talked about all along where we were going to have this group look at it and come together and get as much information as we possibly could, and pass it along to Shelby and figure out what the best game plan is.
“So unfortunately, there’s not really an update.”
Miller left his Sunday start against the Dodgers in the fifth inning after complaining of forearm tightness. That is usually an indication of elbow issues and the fear, of course, is that he may ultimately require Tommy John surgery.
Asked if no news was good news, Lovullo said, “Well, that’s an old adage, right? I’ve heard that my whole life. In this case, we haven’t got the news from Dr. Andrews, and maybe it’s good news, but we’re going to try to get as much input as we possibly can from three very, very qualified doctors – some of the best in the country – to weigh in and give us their opinion.”
Lovullo said Miller seems to be in a positive mood and is trying to be as patient as he can while he waits the final analysis. In the meantime, Miller’s situation has been hard on everyone, especially the first-year manager.
“It’s challenging,” Lovullo said. “Like I said the other night, these things are hard on me and I’m guessing it’s hard on every manager to have to watch one of your players walk off the mound and not be 100 percent and wait for a diagnosis, and you’re just not sure what’s going to happen. It’s very hard on me, but I shared that with Shelby and it makes me feel better that I can sit down and let him know how I’m feeling and when I express myself, as we all do, I feel a little bit better.
“But I know at some point I have to turn the page and get ready for (a) game. That’s my responsibility to this team, and I think everybody’s in the same boat. We hurt for Shelby, but tonight is a night where we’ve got to go out and compete and be ready for the San Diego Padres.”
After Tuesday night’s 9-3 victory over the Padres, the Diamondbacks celebrated by blaring the stereo in their clubhouse with rap music, turning on a disco ball, and playing basketball on the new 7-foot-tall hoop that pitcher Taijuan Walker brought in to help his teammates kill some time.
“I love that stuff,” Lovullo said Wednesday.
“As long as there’s a separation and it’s the right time and the right moment. Hey, they work hard. They’re very focused. They’re pounding away at things for three and half hours and when you win a game, we need to celebrate that moment. They do a good job of separating the good, the bad and the ugly and when it’s time to turn the disco ball on, it’s going.”
Asked who the team’s ringleader is, Lovullo couldn’t say.
“I just know I see (reliever) Tom Wilhelmsen dancing a lot and I really enjoy that. It’s probably one of my favorite things to walk in on. He gets in his own world.”
There is value in a winning team blowing off some steam by having some post-game fun and hijinks.
“I think it’s great,” the manager said. “I think for these guys to celebrate the moment and step away from it and feel good about something is good for all of us. … I’ve watched things like that happen from the beginning of spring training when these guys came together as a group. That’s what makes it special. That’s what makes this group so special to me. I know that they care about one another.”
During Tuesday night’s television broadcast, cameras caught first base and outfielder coach Dave McKay approaching left fielder Yasmany Tomas for a private chat in what later was confirmed to be a quick refresher course on how to jump and snare a potential line-drive home run.
Tomas failed miserably on such an attempt earlier in the game when Jabari Blash lined a shot just over his glove and into the seats.
What the cameras didn’t show, according to Lovullo, was Tomas telling McKay right away that he knew what he did wrong because he didn’t turn his body sideways to gain some clearance before jumping.
“And that’s what is pretty powerful,” Lovullo said, “when the player comes to you and says, ‘Hang on, this is what should have done. I know I did this the wrong way.’ I know a lot of times, people are wanting us to go out and yell and scream and kick these guys when they’re down after making a mistake, but that’s just not our style. We know based on their reaction when they’ve done something wrong, that they can come in and let us know … and that’s pretty powerful.”
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Diamondbacks pitching prospect Jon Duplantier, the team’s third-round draft pick a year ago out of Rice University, has yet to allow an earned run after four appearances and three starts for Kane County in the Class-A Midwest League.
The right-hander will look to extend his scoreless streak of 20.1 innings on Saturday when he faces the Beloit Snappers.
Duplantier has allowed just eight hits overall and has a 28-to-4 strikeout-to-walk ratio to begin his first full season in professional baseball.
Waiting for his turn
Right-hander Zack Godley, who is starting for the Diamondbacks tonight against the Padres, looked incredibly comfortable and relaxed upon reporting to work today.
He spent the past hour reclining in his locker with his feet up in street clothes before changing and later, going over the scouting report with tonight’s starting catcher, Jeff Mathis.
Godley, filling in for Shelby Miller, was 1-1 with a 2.55 ERA in three appearances (one start) with Triple-A Reno. He was named the Pacific Coast League’s Pitcher of the Week on Monday after tossing seven scoreless innings against Albuquerque, which included starting the game with six hitless frames.
1. A.J. Pollock CF
2. David Peralta RF
3. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
4. Jake Lamb 3B
5. Yasmany Tomas LF
6. Brandon Drury 2B
7. Chris Owings SS
8. Jeff Mathis C
9. Zack Godley P
Note: David Peralta and Jake Lamb return to the lineup to face Padres right-hander Trevor Cahill.
PREGAME READING: Zack Godley welcomes opportunity to start for D-Backs
Padres at Diamondbacks
When: 6:40 p.m.
Where: Chase Field.
Pitchers: Diamondbacks RHP Zack Godley (first start) vs. Padres RHP Trevor Cahill (1-2, 3.44).
TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).
Godley has been inserted into the starting rotation in place of Shelby Miller. Godley was 1-1 with a 2.55 ERA for Triple-A Reno. In 17 2/3 innings he had struck out 15 batters and walked nine. Godley made 27 appearances for the Diamondbacks in 2016, going 5-4 with a 6.39 ERA. Cahill was brilliant his last time out, holding the Miami Marlins to three hits and one earned run in seven innings. He has a surprisingly high 21 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings.
Thursday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker (2-1, 4.57) vs. Padres RHP Jered Weaver (0-1, 3.91).
Friday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (2-0, 3.42) vs. Rockies LHP Kyle Freeland (2-1, 3.32).
Saturday: At Chase Field, 5:10 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (2-2, 2.93) vs. Rockies LHP Tyler Anderson (1-3, 7.11).