azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley dish on the Diamondbacks and NBA finals in our Shot Clock video.
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MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred backs the Diamondbacks in the team’s arguments with Maricopa County. David Kadlubowski/azcentral.com
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Edinson Volquez’s no-hitter and his team’s struggles on the road.
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The Diamondbacks’ Chris Herrmann talks about Edinson Volquez’s outing and his team’s struggles on the road.
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Diamondbacks outfielder Rey Fuentes talks about his team’s struggles against Edinson Volquez.
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Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin said he thought he pitched better than the results showed on Friday night in Miami.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Patrick Corbin’s outing and his team’s ability to fight back from an early deficit.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s come-from-behind win over the Marlins on Thursday night in Miami.
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Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta said he was glad Chris Owings came through with an RBI hit because Peralta didn’t want to play another inning. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Chris Owings, who drove in the winning run, talks about the importance of Wednesday’s victory in Pittsburgh.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s ability to overcome obstacles on Wednesday in Pittsburgh. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks pitcher Robbie Ray was mobbed by his teammates in the clubhouse after throwing the first shutout of his career on Tuesday in Pittsburgh. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Robbie Ray’s outing on Tuesday night against the Pirates. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks catcher Chris Herrmann said Robbie Ray missed his glove only a couple of times on Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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azcentral sports’ JJ Hensley and Mark Faller discuss the Diamondbacks losing over the weekend and the Penguins’ win over the Predators.
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Chris Iannetta talks about his two-run, game-tying homer on Monday evening at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, May 29, 2017. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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D-Backs manager Torey Lovullo talks about the emotional swings in the Diamondbacks 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, May 29, 2017. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks reliever Archie Bradley talks about the home run Andrew McCutchen hit off him to give the Pirates a walkoff on Monday, May 29, 2017. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses Patrick Corbin’s struggles and his team’s loss to the Brewers on Sunday at Miller Park. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin was roughed up by the Brewers on Sunday in Milwaukee, giving up seven runs, including four on a grand slam by Domingo Santana. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke talks about the pitch that Jett Bandy hit for a bases-clearing double in Saturday’s loss to the Brewers. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo breaks down Zack Greinke’s outing vs. the Brewers and Chase Anderson’s near no-hitter on Saturday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt talks about the performance of ex-teammate Chase Anderson, who flirted with a no-hitter against his former team on Saturday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s late rally to beat the Brewers 4-2 in Milwaukee on Friday night.
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Chris Iannetta talks about the ninth-inning home run he hit on Friday night in Milwaukee.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss the key for the Diamondbacks’ long-term success this season and weigh in on the LeBron vs. Jordan debate.
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Lefty Robbie Ray lowered his road ERA to 0.81 with seven scoreless innings vs. the Brewers on Thursday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about left-hander Robbie Ray’s outing in his team’s 4-0 win over the Brewers on Thursday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses his club’s 8-6 win over the White Sox to complete a home sweep on Wednesday. Scott Bordow/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb discusses homering off left-hander Jose Quintana despite his lefty struggles and the Diamondbacks’ strong start to the season after Wednesday’s win. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks catcher Chris Herrmann on recent hitting surge and his home run in Arizona’s 5-4 win on Tuesday at Chase Field. Doug Haller/azcentral sports
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Pitcher Archie Bradley was one of three Arizona Diamondbacks who participated in a cow-milking competition on May 23, 2017 at Chase Field.
The contest was to promote Shamrock Farms Grand Slam Milk Drive program.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller discusses his Tommy John surgery and his impending rehab before Tuesday’s game at Chase Field. Doug Haller/azcentral sports
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azcentral sports’ Mark Faller and Dan Bickley weigh in on the Diamondbacks, LeBron James and NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
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Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke on his near-complete game and use of an Eephus pitch during Monday’s dominant outing against the White Sox. Scott Bordow/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Zack Greinke’s strong performance and the club’s offense. Scott Bordow/azcentral sports
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and E.J. Montini discuss the Diamondbacks and their special summer ticket deal.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Padres lefty Clayton Richard’s performance and the home run by Chris Iannetta on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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The Diamondbacks’ Chris Iannetta returned from the disabled list on Sunday and slammed a home run on the first pitch he saw. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Godley threw seven innings and allowed three runs, all of them scoring in the fifth in a loss to the Padres on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo on his team’s easy win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s eight-run first inning and right-hander Taijuan Walker’s sharp outing vs. the Padres. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker gave up just two hits in six scoreless innings, but he wasn’t satisfied with the way he threw on Friday night in a win over the Padres. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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The Diamondbacks’ Brandon Drury talks about his team’s offensive outburst vs. the Padres on Friday night at Petco Park. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss the NBA MVP, the Diamondbacks and the Dodgers and the Arizona Cardinals’ defensive backs.
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D-Backs manager Torey Lovullo, catcher Chris Herrmann and left-hander Patrick Corbin react to the 5-4 win against the Mets, sweeping the series, May 17, 2017.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Zack Greinke and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt react to Tuesday’s 5-4 Diamondbacks win. Sarah McLellan/azcentral sports
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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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Shot Clock: D-Backs train rolling; Durant new No. 1?
MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on rift between D-Backs, Maricopa County
D-Backs manager Torey Lovullo on no-hitter, road struggles
Chris Herrmann on Edinson Volquez’s performance in no-hitter
D-Backs’ Rey Fuentes on Edinson Volquez’s pitch mix in no-hitter
Patrick Corbin after loss to Marlins
Torey Lovullo on Patrick Corbin’s outing vs. Marlins
Torey Lovullo on Nick Ahmed, comeback win over Marlins
David Peralta talks about Chris Owings’ ‘clutch’ hit vs. Pirates
Chris Owings on D-Backs’ extra-inning win in Pittsburgh
Torey Lovullo on ‘character win’ in Pittsburgh
Robbie Ray on postgame celebration after shutout vs. Pirates
Torey Lovullo on Robbie Ray’s shutout of Pirates
Chris Herrmann on Robbie Ray’s ‘outstanding’ outing vs. Pirates
Shot Clock: Winless weekend with D-Backs
Diamondbacks’ Chris Iannetta on his latest clutch homer
Torey Lovullo on Diamondbacks’ loss to the Pirates
Archie Bradley after walkoff loss to Pirates
Torey Lovullo on Patrick Corbin’s outing, loss to Brewers
Patrick Corbin on his outing vs. Brewers
Zack Greinke on his outing in loss to Brewers
Torey Lovullo on loss to Brewers, Chase Anderson
Paul Goldschmidt talks about Chase Anderson’s outing
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ comeback win in MIlwaukee
Chris Iannetta on his game-tying homer vs. Brewers
Can D-Backs keep this up? Why, why not
Robbie Ray after dominant outing in Milwaukee
D-Backs’ Torey Lovullo on impressive win over Brewers
Torey Lovullo on ‘nice team win’ for D-Backs
Jake Lamb on strong game against lefty Jose Quintana
Chris Herrmann on hitting surge, HR in win
Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley competes in cow milking competition
Shelby Miller: Tommy John surgery ‘was a pretty smooth process’
Shot Clock: Time to take D-Backs seriously
Zack Greinke on near-complete game, Eephus pitch
Torey Lovullo on Zack Greinke’s ‘great night’
Montini volunteers free tickets – with Bickley’s help
D-Backs manager Torey Lovullo on loss vs. Padres
Chris Iannetta on homering in first game off DL
Zack Godley on his outing vs. Padres
Torey Lovullo after D-Backs pound Padres 9-1
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ blowout win vs. Padres
Taijuan Walker tosses six scoreless vs. Padres
Brandon Drury homers in win vs. Padres
Watch out for Dodgers; Cards CBs apply for job
Diamondbacks outlast Mets in extra innings
Diamondbacks discuss close win over Mets
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
Lamb, Drury put D-Backs ahead in the 3rd
Jake Lamb hit a three-run homer and Brandon Drury connected for a two-run shot as the Diamondbacks erupted for five runs in the third against Padres right-hander Luis Perdomo to grab a 5-2 lead.
Lamb’s homer, his 15th of the season, followed a pair of two-out walks from Perdomo, who left an 0-1 slider over the middle of the plate to Lamb.
Two batters later, after Chris Owings reached on an infield single, Brandon Drury launched a monster, two-run shot to center, sending it out just to left of the overhang.
The Padres had tacked on runs in the first and third innings against Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke in part because of Yangervis Solarte’s ability as a so-called “bad-ball hitter.”
In the first, Solarte golfed an 0-2 slider from Greinke just inside the right-field foul pole for a solo home run. The pitch was down and out of the strike zone – so low, in fact, that catcher Jeff Mathis was going down to block it – but Solarte still managed to make solid contact.
Two innings later, Solarte struck again. After David Peralta misplayed a Franchy Cordero fly to right – turning what should have been the third out of the inning into a triple by taking a bad route to the ball – Solarte hit a Greinke change-up into left for an RBI single. The pitch Solarte hit, a change-up, was also down and away, well outside of the strike zone.
Taijuan Walker hopes return to majors is imminent
Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker threw 64 pitches in an extended spring training game on Wednesday morning, then said later he believes he’s ready to come off the disabled list and return to the rotation.
“I think so, yeah,” he said. “I thought everything went really well today. (Pitching coach Mike Butcher) thought so, too. Hopefully, the next step will be in a game.”
Walker has been out since May 19 due to a blister on his right index finger. He has appeared to be close to a return on a couple of occasions only to have to give the blister additional time to heal.
He pitched on Wednesday with the blister covered in tape.
“We just want to protect it as much as we can right now until we get to the next start,” Walker said.
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo doesn’t think Walker needs to pitch in a game environment with the blister uncovered before returning.
“I think he’ll be OK,” Lovullo said. “My gut feel is that maybe an aggressive bullpen or something will allow him to get in there once that covering has been removed permanently and allow him to get a feel. He’s in a good spot.”
It’s unclear what the Diamondbacks will do in order to fit him into their rotation. The club recently recalled right-hander Zack Godley, who is scheduled to start Saturday against the Brewers, and right-hander Randall Delgado has pitched well in his three starts.
Left-hander Patrick Corbin, meanwhile, has been struggling, but he’s set to get another start on Thursday afternoon against the Padres.
“We have some thoughts” on how the rotation will look, Lovullo said. “We haven’t outlined them and clarified them yet. We’re not exactly sure right now. We have a thought, and as soon as we knock that out and the player knows first, we’ll make sure we address it with you guys as well.”
D-Backs’ lefty Robbie Ray picking up the pace
When Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray says he’s been working faster during his starts, he doesn’t just mean taking less time between pitches. Ray also has cranked up the tempo within his delivery, and he believes it helps explain his dominant run of success over the past few weeks.
“It allows me to be more fluid,” Ray said. “It allows my hand to get through normally, where as when I slow down a little bit, my arm kind of gets stuck behind me.”
Ray’s up-tempo delivery was on display during Fox Sports Arizona’s broadcast on Tuesday night. With a delivery from an outing in April queued up alongside a more recent outing, Ray’s quicker version had already delivered the pitch to the catcher by the time his slower self had even released the pitch.
“The overall objective is to have that hitter feel the pressure that somebody is just coming at them round after round – it ain’t letting up,” Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. “He’s coming for 12 full rounds. That’s the feeling Robbie is giving the hitter.”
Ray has given up just one run in his past 30 1/3 innings over the past four starts, a stretch in which he’s racked up 36 strikeouts and only five walks. On Tuesday night, he extended his string of consecutive scoreless innings to 27 2/3 innings before giving up a solo home run to the Padres’ Hunter Renfroe.
Ray said he worked on quickening his tempo with Butcher two offseasons ago but got out of the habit of working so quickly, in part because he began having success with a slower windup.
But after going through a rough stretch of outings, he decided to get back to working faster – both in terms of speeding up his delivery and cutting down the time he took between pitches.
“I think it’s just a combination of not thinking too much in between pitches and the quicker delivery,” Ray said.
- Lovullo said center fielder A.J. Pollock had a “really big day” in his recovery from a strained right groin, running at about 75 percent before taking batting practice and shagging fly balls on the field. Lovullo still wouldn’t map out a plan for Pollock’s return, but he did say he expects him back before the end of the month. Pollock hasn’t played since May 14. “Things are moving in a good direction for him,” Lovullo said.
- Catcher/outfielder Chris Herrmann continues to deal with soreness in his right hand, and Lovullo said he hopes to stay away from him on Wednesday night. “He just needs a little bit of rest,” Lovullo said. “If he had to play he probably could, but we’re going to try to let that thing calm down as best as we possibly can.”
When: 6:40 p.m.
Where: Chase Field (Roof hotline: 602-462-6262)
Pitchers: Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (7-3, 3.06) vs. Padres RHP Luis Perdomo (0-2, 5.01).
TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1)
Greinke has won five of his past six starts, including holding the Miami Marlins to one run in seven innings in his most recent appearance. He has struck out 92 batters in 79 1/3 innings while walking just 16 and his seven wins are tied for second among all major league starters. The Diamondbacks collected 11 hits and eight earned runs against Perdomo on May 20, but Perdomo has made two quality starts since then. He beat the Cubs 2-1 on May 31, giving up just three hits and one run in seven innings.
Daniel Descalso, Rey Fuentes and David Peralta are the Diamondbacks’ outfielders against the Padres Wednesday night.
Road Warrior Robbie Ray comes home, keeps winning
Starter Robbie Ray turned in another dominating performance Tuesday night. Ray’s scoreless-innings streak ended at 27 2/3 innings when San Diego right fielder Hunter Renfroe hit a two-out solo homer in the fourth, but Ray gave up just three hits and one run over 6 2/3 innings while striking out 11 and walking two.
He lowered his season ERA to 2.85 and now has won his past four starts, improving his record to 6-3.
In those four starts Ray has allowed just eight hits and one run over 30 1/3 innings while striking out 35.
That’s Randy Johnson-like.
How good has Ray been? He became just the third pitcher in franchise history to record 95 strikeouts in the team’s first 60 games. Johnson did it five times, Curt Schilling twice.
Ray credits two adjustments he’s made. First, he’s pitching quicker, both in terms of his delivery and not taking time on the mound to think about what he’s doing. Lovullo called it a “fearlessness in what he’s doing.”
More on the story: Robbie Ray ‘locked in’ for D-Backs
What’s to become of Corbin?
Randall Delgado and Zack Godley are now part of the Diamondbacks’ starting rotation. Taijuan Walker soon will be. All of which leads to one question: What to do with left-hander Patrick Corbin, who has allowed 12 earned runs in his past two starts and sported a 9.00 ERA the month of May?
Let’s start with Delgado, who has a 1.80 ERA in three starts since Walker went on the disabled list with a finger blister. Delgado has struck out 15 batters in 15 innings while walking just two, convincing Lovullo that he deserves to remain in the rotation rather than returning to his role as a long man out of the bullpen.
Godley, recalled from Reno Tuesday, was 1-1 with a 2.39 ERA in six starts when the Diamondbacks optioned him to Reno on June 1. The move was made because Arizona needed another arm in the bullpen, Godley had options, and he wouldn’t have pitched for another five days. At the time, Lovullo called it a “difficult conversation.”
Lovullo wouldn’t specify what he’ll do when all six starters are available, but it’s fair to wonder whether Corbin might be sent to the bullpen if he struggles in his start Thursday against San Diego. Corbin was 4-12 with a 5.58 ERA as a starter in 2016 but excelled coming out of the ‘pen, with a 2.70 ERA in 12 appearances.
More on the story: Delgado earns spot in D-Backs’ rotation
Thursday: At Chase Field, 12:40 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (4-6, 5.43) vs. Padres LHP Clayton Richard (3-6, 4.33).
Friday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Randall Delgado (1-1, 3.24) vs. Brewers RHP Zach Davies (6-3, 4.69).
Saturday: At Chase Field, 7:10 p.m. Diamondbacks RHP Zack Godley (1-1, 2.39) vs. Brewers RHP Junior Guerra (1-0, 1.83).