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)
1 of 25
Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley disagree on the NBA MVP and share their thoughts on the D-Backs’ hot start.
2 of 25
Arizona Diamondbacks’ Torey Lovullo discusses the team’s win against the Indians, sweeping the series, April 9, 2017. (Bob McManaman/azcentral sports)
3 of 25
Breaking down the Diamondbacks’ fantastic start to the 2017 season.
4 of 25
Right-hander Zack Greinke gave up just one run in 6 2/3 innings against the Indians as the Diamondbacks rolled to another victory.
5 of 25
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)
6 of 25
D-Backs’ Shelby Miller talks about his 2017 season start in a win against the Cleveland Indians, April 7, 2017. (Bob McManaman/azcentral sports)
7 of 25
azcentral sports’ Mark Faller and Dan Bickley discuss the D-Backs’ start to the season as well as the retirement of Shane Doan.
8 of 25
Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta discusses Thursday’s win over the Giants.
9 of 25
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses his team’s 3-1 start to the season.
10 of 25
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo on using humidor for baseballs at Chase Field.
11 of 25
Starting pitcher Taijuan Walker discusses his first start in a Diamondbacks uniform on Wednesday against the Giants. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
12 of 25
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his club’s 8-6 win over the Giants on Wednesday. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
13 of 25
The Diamondbacks need a shortstop. Scott Bordow and Jay Dieffenbach discuss that and the Hamilton hazing scandal in the Shot Clock.
14 of 25
Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings talks about his error in the Giants’ five-run fifth inning.
15 of 25
Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin talks about his outing vs. the Giants and his struggles to retire Hunter Pence.
16 of 25
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
17 of 25
Former Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals slugger had an emergency brain procedure to address a brain hemorrhage.
USA TODAY Sports
18 of 25
You can stream baseball online using MLB.TV, but the service does have restrictions.
Reviewed.com – Jeremy Stamas
19 of 25
Diamondbacks shortstop Chris Owings delivered the game-winning hit on Sunday vs. the Giants.
20 of 25
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about the hug he gave walk-off hero Chris Owings and about his first win in his new job.
21 of 25
Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke gave up two runs in five innings against the San Francisco Giants on Sunday at Chase Field.
22 of 25
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
23 of 25
USA TODAY Sports released its annual list of players to watch for in the upcoming season.
USA TODAY Sports
24 of 25
The Diamondbacks had their photos taken on Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 at Salt River Fields.
25 of 25
Diamondbacks’ Patrick Corbin describes personal performance
Shot Clock: NBA MVP and surprising D-Backs
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
Shot Clock: What D-Backs’ good start means
David Peralta on hot start: ‘We’re ready for anybody’
D-Backs manager Lovullo on starting year 3-1
D-Backs manager Lovullo on using humidor for baseballs
Taijuan Walker on his first D-Backs start
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ win over Giants
Shot Clock: Answer to D-Backs’ shortstop question?
Chris Owings talks about his fifth-inning error
Patrick Corbin after loss to Giants
Diamondbacks dedicate ‘Paul Goldschmidt Field’
Former Dodgers star Pedro Guerrero in critical condition
How to watch every baseball game in 2017
Chris Owings discusses his walk-off hit vs. Giants
Torey Lovullo on his emotional first win as D-Backs’ manager
Zack Greinke after his start vs. Giants on Opening Day
What is in store for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2017?
MLB’s 100 Names to Know for 2017
Behind the scenes at Diamondbacks Photo Day
SAN FRANCISCO – Giants catcher Buster Posey was doing well after being struck in the helmet by a 94 mph fastball in the first inning and forced out of the game, a frightening moment in San Francisco’s 4-1 victory Monday against the Arizona Diamondbacks in its home opener.
Posey will be re-evaluated Tuesday but, “He’s doing good, he’s doing fine,” manager Bruce Bochy said. Posey is likely to sit out Tuesday’s game.
Taijuan Walker’s 0-1 fastball with two out in the first inning sent the Gold Glove catcher immediately to ground. Athletic trainer Dave Groeschner sprinted toward the plate and Bochy was right behind. Posey got up on his own but exited the game, with Nick Hundley entering to pinch run and stay in the game as catcher.
Bochy said if Posey weren’t a catcher, he might have been OK to stay in the game, but the Giants weren’t taking a chance with the 2012 NL MVP and 2010 NL Rookie of the Year.
“It’s a scary moment, dangerous moment,” Bochy said. “It’s one of the worst sounds you can hear in baseball, the ball hitting the helmet. It’s a scary moment. There’s been a lot of damage to hitters hit in the head.”
BOX SCORE: Giants 4, Diamondbacks 1
Walker (1-1) was booed at the conclusion of the inning, when he came up to bat and at every other opportunity by the AT&T Park sellout crowd of 42,129. Home run king Barry Bonds was among those in attendance.
Matt Moore (1-1) struck out five in eight impressive innings.
The Giants scored three runs in the fourth on a trio of successive plays at the plate. Brandon Crawford doubled, then one out later Joe Panik and Jarrett Parker drew consecutive walks. Walker fielded Moore’s chopper midway up the first-base line and fired wildly to home, allowing Crawford and Panik to score. Catcher Jeff Mathis retrieved the ball and also made an errant toss well past the plate. First baseman Paul Goldschmidt got the ball in nearly the same place where Walker had been, and his throw back home was too late as Parker slid across safely. Two errors were charged.
Crawford added a sacrifice fly in the seventh after Hunter Pence doubled to start the inning.
Yasmany Tomas led off the fifth with his first home run of the season for Arizona.
Moore, beginning his first full season with the club after being acquired from Tampa Bay at the 2016 trade deadline, took the loss after working 5 1/3 innings last Wednesday at Arizona.
He got through a 1-2-3 first on seven pitches and was on a roll. He gave up three hits and didn’t walk a batter before new $62 million closer Mark Melancon finished for his second save in as many days and first at home after blowing a save opening day in Phoenix.
Moore plunked David Peralta on the upper right arm to start the eighth.
Diamondbacks at Giants
When: 7:15 p.m.
Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco.
Pitchers: Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (0-0, 4.76) vs. Giants RHP Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 10.13).
TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).
Ray faced the Giants in his first start last week and gave up three runs in 5 2/3 innings, walking three and striking out six. … He allowed just three hits, one apiece to C Buster Posey, SS Brandon Crawford and INF/OF Aaron Hill. … Ray averaged 92.8 mph with his fastball, down from his average last season of 94.1. … Samardzija gave up six runs in 5 1/3 innings against the Diamondbacks last week. He had a 3-2 lead going into the bottom of the sixth but was charged with four runs in the inning. … In 56 career innings against the Diamondbacks, Samardzija has a 4.50 ERA. … He has held 1B Paul Goldschmidt to a .208 career average (5 for 24) with four walks and 10 strikeouts.
Wednesday: At San Francisco, 7:15 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Shelby Miller (1-0, 5.06) vs. Giants RHP Matt Cain (0-0, 8.31).
Friday: At Los Angeles, 7:10 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (1-0, 2.31) vs. Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw (1-1, 3.46).
Saturday: At Los Angeles, 6:10 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (1-1, 1.80) vs. Dodgers RHP Kenta Maeda (1-1, 6.30).