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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It might be too early to accurately state that the Diamondbacks have a streak-stopper – a starting pitcher that they can truly count on to stop the bleeding of a losing streak.
For $206.5 million, you’d like to think Zack Greinke would be that man. And maybe he is, or at least will be.
But the Diamondbacks can at least say they’ve got a Dodger buster in their starting stable. Left-hander Robbie Ray, who will be making his fourth start of the season tonight, has had some very strong performances against Los Angeles during his young career.
In nine previous starts against the Dodgers, he is 3-3 with a 2.80 ERA and his .180 batting average against is the second-lowest all-time by any pitcher vs. the Dodgers (with a minimum of eight starts).
His previous start was also against the Dodgers, and he only allowed one earned run on three hits over six innings with 10 strikeouts. The Diamondbacks, by the way, have won all three of his starts so far this season.
That’s helpful, too, considering they had lost five of their previous eight games after a surprising 7-2 start. A nine-run eruption in the eighth inning Friday night snapped a two-game slide as Arizona crushed the Dodgers 13-5 in front of 27,018. Paul Goldschmidt, Jake Lamb, Yasmany Tomas, Chris Iannetta and Daniel Descalso each had two RBIs for the Diamondbacks, who pounded out 14 hits and also drew eight walks.
So what’s been working so well for Ray this year? According to both the lefty and his manager, it’s been finding success with his secondary pitches that are set up by his fastball command.
“He’s found a rhythm and flow,” says Torey Lovullo.
Last Monday at Dodger Stadium, Ray said it was just “a steady mix of my pitches.”
“I wasn’t falling into any patterns,” he said. “I think that was the biggest thing. I was constantly going with what was working for me, but still mixing it up. I don’t expect anything to change (on Saturday) – just go with what works.”
The entire rotation has been getting it done overall on most occasions and the way Ray sees it, it’s because all five of the pitchers are so competitive – from Greinke to No. 5 man Shelby Miller.
“Every guy is going out there wanting to out-do the next guy,” he said. “Shelby went out there and had a great game his last time out and you saw what Zack did the next game. It’s kind of like a friendly competition out there.
“We joke around with each other, but we take it serious. This is our job and when one guy goes out there and puts up seven strong innings, the next guy wants to go out there and put up eight.”
The “friendly competition” has also made it to the batting cages, where the starting pitchers – OK, namely Ray – razz each other about their exploits with a bat in game situations.
“I’ve kind of been messing with some guys about their hitting since I’m 3 for 5 (actually 3 for 6),” he said, smiling, “so I’ve been giving the starting staff a little crap for that. They need to pick up the pace a little bit. … It’s all in good fun. We’re not paid to hit, so it’s just something to mess around with.”
Taijuan Walker is the only other starting pitcher with at least one base hit. Ray, it seems, pokes most of his fun at Miller, who is 0 for 5.
“Shelby takes a real good BP,” Ray said, “but I tell him all the time, ‘You don’t take your BP swing into the game. You’ve got to practice how you play.’”
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Dodgers at Diamondbacks
When: 5:10 p.m.
Where: Chase Field.
Pitchers: Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (1-0, 1.96) vs. Dodgers RHP Kenta Maeda (1-1, 7.07).
TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).
After a tough start during his last time out, Ray settled in to give up just one earned run to the Dodgers in six innings while striking out 10 and walking four; overall, he’s 3-3 with a 2.80 ERA in nine career starts against Los Angeles. … His .180 average-against is the second lowest all-time vs. the Dodgers (minimum of eight games started). … Ray’s steady start to the season has ranked him among NL leaders in opponent average (second at .161), strikeouts per nine innings (second at 11.78) and strikeouts (tied for sixth with 24). … Maeda has struggled to find an early rhythm; he’s given up four runs in each of his past two appearances – including his last start against the Diamondbacks. … Through three games, however, he’s walked only four batters. … Amid three career starts at Chase Field, Maeda is 2-1 with a 4.91 ERA while striking out 17 and walking five.
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).
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).