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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Diamondbacks’ Zack Godley talks after win over Mets
Diamondbacks’ Torey Lovullo talks upbeat pace in win over Mets
A.J. Pollock discusses his injury after loss to Pirates
David Peralta downplays his injury vs. Pirates
Torey Lovullo on injuries, loss vs. Pirates
Chris Iannetta talks about scary HBP vs. Pirates
Diamondbacks rally falls short against Pirates
Lovullo: Iannetta “said he could play tonight if he had to” after HBP
Diamondbacks overwhelm Pirates 11-4
Kaepernick blackballed? Greinke now trade bait?
Zack Greinke on his near no-hitter against Pirates
Lovullo reacts to Greinke’s near no-hitter in win
Diamondbacks snap losing streak with win over Tigers
Diamondbacks drop third straight with loss to Tigers
Shot Clock: D-Backs face pivotal homestand
Torey Lovullo after D-Backs’ latest loss to Rockies
Taijuan Walker after loss to Rockies
Patrick Corbin after being roughed up by Rockies
D-Backs’ Torey Lovullo on ‘tough night’ at Coors Field
Zack Greinke on impressive outing vs. Rockies
Manager Torey Lovullo after win over Rockies
Manager Torey Lovullo after D-Backs lose series vs. Nationals
Braden Shipley after walking six in loss to Nationals
D-Backs’ Torey Lovullo after loss to Nationals
Diamondbacks’ Robbie Ray strikes out 10 in loss to Nationals
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ 6-3 win over Nationals
Taijuan Walker on his short start vs. Nationals
Shot Clock: Rockets sizzle, D-Backs fizzle?
A.J. Pollock on controversial play: “You guys saw the replay”
Descalso talks about walk-off home run over Rockies
Lovullo on pitching, more in D-Backs’ wild win
Corbin discusses his scoreless outing vs. Rockies
Fernando Rodney talks about his latest blown save
Zack Greinke after outing vs. Rockies
D-Backs’ Shelby Miller to have Tommy John surgery
Diamondbacks fall 3-1 to Rockies
Chris Owings on his two-homer night
D-Backs’ Taijuan Walker on his 11-strikeout performance vs. Padres
D-Backs’ Shelby Miller considering Tommy John surgery
Fernando Rodney reacts to his blown save against the Padres
Torey Lovullo reacts to Diamondbacks’ ‘heartbreaking’ loss
Diamondbacks attendance hits new low
Diamondbacks pull away from Padres for 9-3 win
Diamondbacks hold on for win over Padres
Shelby Miller on his injury, visit with team doctor
Arizona Diamondbacks’ Shelby Miller discusses arm injury
David Peralta on his record-setting night
Robbie Ray reacts to Saturday’s win over the Dodgers
Diamondbacks use 9-run eighth to overwhelm Dodgers
Paul Goldschmidt on D-Backs’ offense vs. Padres
Manager Torey Lovullo breaks down D-Backs’ loss, road trip
If there were any doubts that Zack Godley hadn’t already earned the right to remain in the Diamondbacks’ starting rotation – and there shouldn’t have been any, really – the right-handed stamped his name as the fifth starter with an exclamation point on Monday night.
Godley mowed down the Mets in his third appearance, allowing just one run on one hit over 6 2/3 innings, and Arizona clubbed three home runs in the eighth to win the series opener, 7-3, in front of a crowd of 15,908 at Chase Field.
Godley, who is replacing the injured Shelby Miller, has allowed a total of just four earned runs in his three starts spanning 18 2/3 innings. Mets catcher Rene Rivera was the only New York batter to get a hit off of Godley – a single to right in the second inning.
Godley did walk five batters, however, one of them intentionally. He also had seven strikeouts and was charged with an error.
“I think the pace was set by Zack, who gave us 6 2/3 of real good baseball on a night when we really needed it, we were a little bit down,” manager Torey Lovullo said. “I know it wasn’t a perfect outing for him – he had five walks – but the bottom line was he went out there, gave up one hit, and kept them in check by making pitches when he had to.”
Lovullo confirmed Godey will remain in the rotation, but he didn’t give the pitcher a wholehearted endorsement.
“Safe to say right now. We’re thinking along those lines,” Lovullo said when asked if it’s safe to assume Godley will remain in the rotation. “Right now, yes, he’ll be the starter in five days.”
Godley, who threw 98 pitches, said he didn’t have his best stuff and battled through some control problems, especially with his fastball, but was pleased with the overall result.
“To come out of a game in a tie ballgame or just giving the team a chance to win is a great feeling, no matter how I felt on the mound,” he said.
Asked if he’s gaining confidence knowing the team is relying on him more and more, Godley said, “The confidence grows each time when you go out on the mound, no matter what the circumstances are. I just hope I can continue to get that opportunity and just keep going out and giving the team a chance to win.”
Rey Fuentes given another chance in the majors
Pressure can get the best of anybody and it got the best of Reymond Fuentes after the Red Sox made him a first-round pick in 2009, giving him a $1,134,000 signing bonus as a young outfield prospect out of Puerto Rico.
Despite possessing all the tools, the talent never fully translated at the major-league level. The Red Sox traded him to the Padres as part of the Adrian Gonzalez-for-Anthony Rizzo deal. The Padres traded him to the Royals in 2014 for minor-league pitcher Kyle Bartsch. Then Kansas City cut him last September, making him a free agent.
On Monday, Fuentes became the new starting center fielder for the Diamondbacks, who had signed him to a minor-league contract in December.
“I’m very excited. I’m very happy to be here,” Fuentes said before making his Arizona debut against the Mets at Chase Field. “A lot of traveling, a lot of packing, a lot of emotions. I called my Dad and he was really excited about it.”
Fuentes, 26, entered the night with 18 career hits and had previously played in only 36 career major-league games. But he’ll get the first crack, regardless, of trying to replace the injured A.J. Pollock in center and at the top of Arizona’s batting order.
Pollock went on the disabled list with a Grade 1 right groin strain and the Diamondbacks said he won’t play again until he is 100 percent healthy. That could mean an extended stay on DL for a player who’s dealt with multiple groin problems and other injury issues.
Fuentes, meanwhile, said his career in the big leagues was stunted because of nervous energy and pressures brought about by all the heavy expectations placed upon him as a 19-year-old.
“It affected me in Kansas City and San Diego before and I’ve worked on it and I’m pretty happy about my work and just trying to do my job,” he said. “I guess every player in their first two years get nervous around a lot of people, even the best of the best in baseball.”
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo knew Fuentes during their time together in the Red Sox organization and he made it a point on Monday to say young players develop and mature at different rates.
“You need to embrace what you can handle and what you can do and that takes time to understand,” Lovullo said. “It’s not a perfect science. There’s very few Bryce Harpers and Derek Jeters in today’s game.”
Fuentes, a left-handed batter, was hitting .376 in 36 games for Triple-A Reno when he was promoted. He collected eight doubles, three triples, eight walks, nine stolen bases and 13 RBIs for the Aces and was hitting .516 against lefties.
Asked how he got over his bout with anxiety, he said, “Just by breathing, just by remembering what I was doing in Triple-A. My Dad and I were talking about just relaxing, taking everything slow and just slowing the game down.”
After exiting Sunday’s game against the Pirates because of a tight right glute, right fielder David Peralta wasn’t in the starting lineup on Monday. Peralta said he was feeling much better and was able to pinch hit and play if necessary.
“For me it’s good. It’s a big relief because you see what happened with A.J. and everything and I was kind of worried about that,” Peralta said. “But I know at the first moment it wasn’t going to be that bad because I didn’t feel that really bad that moment when I was hitting. But the good news is, I’m available to play and it’s nothing bad, so I’m ready to go help the team.”
Chris Owings started in right for Peralta.
Catcher Chris Iannetta, on the disabled list after getting struck in the face by a fastball Friday night and suffering fractures to his teeth and nose as well as a badly split-open upper lip, said he was lucky.
Fixing his teeth, he said, won’t require any invasive repair. He’ll simply get some veneer caps. As for the fractures in his nose, he said there’s a really one small one and it’s likely the result of getting hit in the face by a pitch when he was 13.
“When they told me this time it may never heal, that might have been from the previous injury,” Iannetta said. “He was pressing on it and I didn’t feel anything. I’m guessing it was old because I think if it was fractured, I’d feel it.”
The real lucky part, though, was his upper lip.
“Yeah, I got real lucky there,” he said. “The plastic surgeon that did the repair is one of the best and I was very thankful that he was the attending doctor at the time.”
Mets at Diamondbacks
When: 6:40 p.m.
Where: Chase Field (Roof hotline: 602-462-6262).
Pitchers: RHP Zack Greinke (4-2, 2.79) vs. Mets LHP Tommy Milone (1-0, 5.88).
TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).
was sensational in his last start, taking a no-hitter into the eighth inning against the Pirates before settling for a one-hitter and exiting after the eighth. He is 3-0 with a 2.33 ERA and 38 strikeouts over his last four starts. He is 4-1 with a 2.74 ERA in his career against the Mets. … Milone made his first start for the Mets last Wednesday after being claimed off waivers from the Brewers. He received a no-decision after allowing two runs on six hits over five innings. In his career, Milone is 23-21 on the road in 72 career appearances, 65 of them starts.
Wednesday: At Chase Field, 12:40 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (3-3, 4.17) vs. Mets RHP Matt Harvey (2-3, 5.63).
Friday: At San Diego, 7:10 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker (3-3, 3.91) vs. Padres RHP Jered Weaver (0-4, 6.05).
Saturday: At San Diego, 7:10 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (2-3, 4.57) vs. Padres TBA.