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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Paul Goldschmidt on D-Backs’ offense vs. Padres
Manager Torey Lovullo breaks down D-Backs’ loss, road trip
D-Backs’ Patrick Corbin on loss vs. Padres
D-Backs’ Zack Greinke on his performance vs. Padres
Torey Lovullo on his team’s ‘frustrating’ loss vs. Padres
Jeff Mathis on D-Backs’ 1-0 loss to Padres
Shelby Miller on his win vs. Padres
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ win over Padres
Manager Torey Lovullo after D-Backs split series vs. Dodgers
Robbie Ray on his 10-strikeout game vs. Dodgers
Shot Clock: Time to worry about Zack Greinke?
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ win 3-1 win over Dodgers
Taijuan Walker tosses five strong innings vs. Dodgers
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Torey Lovullo on usage of Fernando Rodney vs. Dodgers on Saturday
D-Backs lefty Patrick Corbin talks about his outing vs. Dodgers
Torey Lovullo after D-Backs’ 7-1 loss to the Dodgers
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Diamondbacks third base Jake Lamb ripped the first pitch he saw from Alex Wood in the fifth inning to center for a two-run single that allowed Arizona to take a 4-3 lead over the Dodgers at Chase Field.
Chris Owings reached on a fielder’s choice and advanced to second on a throwing error by Dodgers second baseman Chase Utley. Paul Goldschmidt was intentionally walked and both runners advanced on a wild pitch.
After Lamb’s two-run single, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts lifted Wood for right-handed reliever Pedro Baez. Cook’s line for the night: 4.2 innings, seven hits, four earned runs, one walk and six strikeouts.
So far, not so bad
The Diamondbacks were tied up at 2 after three innings with the Dodgers at Chase Field.
Shortstop Corey Seager gave Los Angeles a 2-0 lead with a first-inning, two-run home run off Arizona starter Taijuan Walker.
A.J. Pollock answered with a solo homer, his second of the season and his first career leadoff homer. He sent the 0-1 pitch from Dodgers starter Alex Wood into and out of the pool area in right-center field.
Pollock also doubled in the third and scored thanks to an RBI double down the left field line by Chris Owings.
As for Walker, he retired the side in order in the second and third innings and pitched out off a partial jam in the fourth.
Playing it safe
Basketball is off-limits.
So is getting on the water to wakeboard.
And sliding down a mountain on skis, which Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt has never done.
“I’m not going to try until my career’s over,” he said.
Avoiding certain activities isn’t unusual for baseball players who, like Goldschmidt, are mindful of the danger they could present to their health, which is paramount to staying on the field and having a chance at a lengthy career.
But they also aren’t bubble-wrapped when they’re off the clock, a reality that was highlighted Friday when news surfaced Giants ace Madison Bumgarner suffered a separated shoulder and bruised ribs from a dirt-bike accident during a recent off-day.
So striking that balance between living life and being safe is a judgment call each player has to make.
“You can’t just sit back and be scared of everything,” Goldschmidt said. “But you try to be smart, as well, and not take too many crazy risks.”
Deciding what’s doable isn’t always clear-cut.
Goldschmidt has previously gone snowmobiling, which he didn’t think was dangerous – until riding changed his mind.
“I’m glad I didn’t get hurt,” he said.
Third baseman Jake Lamb enjoyed snowboarding but gave it up once he started playing collegiately because he knew he’d want to barrel down the mountain too fast. Even now, he might skip a trip with his buddies in the offseason because he knows he won’t be able to participate.
“Your body is Number 1,” Lamb said. “If you can’t be on the field, you’re worth nothing. So I’m not going to go risk that. What other guys do – I’m sure guys do it in the offseason. I just know me, and I know how I used to snowboard.”
Left-hander Robbie Ray liked to ride dirt bikes and four-wheelers when he was younger. Center fielder A.J. Pollock has stopped skiing.
“I could do a lot of that after baseball,” Pollock said. “I love being around mountains, but it’s just not worth it.”
Accidents can still happen; in 2013, then-Diamondbacks pitcher Ian Kennedy missed a start after cutting his right index finger while washing a knife. The season before that, catcher Jonathan Lucroy’s wife accidentally knocked over a suitcase that fell on Lucroy’s hand and broke it. And former Yankees pitcher Joba Chamberlain dislocated his ankle that same season while jumping on the trampoline with his son.
“You can walk to the ballpark and fall off a curb or something, twist your ankle,” Ray said. “There’s stuff you can cut out and you can be smart about, but there’s also things you can’t control.”
Manager Torey Lovullo called Bumgarner’s injury “very unfortunate” for the Giants and all of baseball while also mentioning players’ ability to unplug away from the field as what makes them great.
“I always encourage our guys to get away from the game on their off-days,” he said, “but be smart about what they’re going to be doing.”
Prohibited activities can be written in contracts, language that specifically outlaws certain sports, but players also acknowledged that staying safe is expected.
“You should know,” Pollock said. “I’d be really embarrassed to tell the team I went skiing and hurt myself. It’s just I don’t want to have to go through that conversation.”
Insight from La Russa
With his first homestand and road trip in the books, Lovullo said he continues to learn every day amid the “whirlwind” of his first season at the helm of the Diamondbacks.
And Chief Baseball Analyst Tony La Russa has helped during the transition, with the two talking Thursday and visiting a couple times during the team’s opening homestand.
“He will give great advice and always supporting some of the things that are going on here,” Lovullo said. “But in the same vein, he’s not afraid to say, ‘Hey look, this is what should have happened or what could have been a little bit different.’ But always very supportive and always somebody that’s giving me some really good advice.”
Lovullo and some players were sporting T-shirts Friday embossed with the slogan, “Win an inch.”
“It’s not about an inch fair or foul or getting thrown out by an inch,” Lovullo said. “It’s about the placement of so many inches on a field that you can’t possibly count that we want to make sure we’re prepared to win. That means more or less taking care of your business to win that moment.”
Greinke gets his gold
During pregame ceremonies, Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke was formally presented with his 2016 Rawlings Gold Glove Award. It’s the third time the right-hander has received the honor in his career and he looked absolutely delighted about hoisting it up and posing for photos with it as well.
Greinke will next pitch on Monday night when the Diamondbacks host the Padres for the start of a four-game series at Chase Field.
Polly me this
Yes, manager Torey Lovullo – who so far seems pretty hip when it comes to social topics like food, music and the latest trends – dropped a “Leland Van Lew” reference on us today during his pre-game media session.
And “Leland Van Lew,” in case you didn’t know, is Bryan Brown’s character in the 2004 film “Along Came Polly,” starring Ben Stiller and Jennifer Aniston. In the movie, Van Lew is a high-risk insurance client prone to base jumping off high rises and swimming with sharks. It came up while Lovullo was asked for his reaction to Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner injuring his shoulder and ribs during a dirt bike accident. Specifically, reporters wanted to know how he felt if one of his own players was out risking life and limb doing something like riding a dirt bike.
“I know that you’re going to have a couple of candidates like Leland Van Lew from ‘Along Came Polly.’ Anyone remember that movie?” Lovullo asked. “But that’s what makes some of these players so great, is their ability to go out and get away from the game and do things like that. I always encourage our guys to get away from the game on their off days, but be smart about it.”
Here are some of highlights from manager Torey Lovullo’s pregame news conference with reporters at Chase Field:
On his level of concern about the defense, which has been shaky – “I have concerns in all areas at all times, but right now in the third week of April, my concerns are minimal. I know that as we’re sitting here talking right now, there’s a group out there that’s pounding away, taking ground balls and really getting their skills perfected. Although it hasn’t been pristine at times, I know that we’re going to improve. I feel very comfortable in saying that. … We’ve seen a lot of areas of improvement with certain guys and I know that will continue.”
On where he feels he feels the team stands following one completed homestand and one completed road trip – “Well, it feels good to know that we can play the type of baseball we played in our first homestand and we’re looking for that to continue. It’s nice to come home. But the road trips that take you into this journey throughout the course of a season is really where you find out a lot about your team. The first road trip was a little bit of a white-knuckler because we were going into San Francisco and LA and then to San Diego, but our guys handled it very well. They got off to a little bit of a rugged start and then winning the two final games in LA showed me that this team is ready to compete on that type of level.”
On if he cared to share what the message “Win the Inch” means that’s printed on the back of workout T-shirts that he and his team were wearing Friday – After a lengthy pause, he said, “I can. It’s not about an inch fair or foul or getting thrown out by an inch. It’s about a placement of so many inches on the field that you can’t possibly count that we want to make sure we’re prepared to win. And that means, more or less, taking care of your business to win that moment. And that’s as far I’m going to go.”
Dodgers at Diamondbacks
When: 6:40 p.m.
Where: Chase Field (Roof hotline: 602-462-6262).
Pitchers: Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker (2-1, 3.94) vs. Dodgers LHP Alex Wood (1-0, 1.00).
TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).
1. A.J. Pollock CF
2. Chris Owings SS
3. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
4. Jake Lamb 3B
5. Yasmany Tomas LF
6. Brandon Drury 2B
7. David Peralta RF
8. Jeff Mathis C
9. Taijuan Walker P
MLB POWER RANKINGS: Diamondbacks hit road, road hits back
By the numbers
2: This will be the second time Mathis has caught Walker. Mathis went 1-for-18 on the team’s recent 10-game road trip.
15: Lamb has reached base safely in a career-high 15 straight games.
.312: Goldschmidt is hitting .312 in his career against the Dodgers with 24 home runs and 78 RBIs in 99 games.
Speed from Goldy, D-Backs
Paul Goldschmidt has been successful in 22 consecutive stolen base attempts dating to 2016, the second-longest streak in club history (record: 30 by Eric Byrnes in 2007).
Entering Friday’s games, Arizona ranked second in the majors with 16 stolen bases, one behind Cincinnati.
Taijuan Walker went five innings and gave up just one run against the Dodgers on Sunday at Dodger Stadium, an outing that likely would have lasted longer had he not been dealing with back tightness. Walker said this week the back felt “much better,” but he said he’ll still try to limit the effort he puts into the swings he takes at the plate. … Walker has six walks and 16 strikeouts in 16 innings and he has allowed just one home run, to Giants 1B Brandon Belt in his first start of the season. … The Dodgers’ Alex Wood has made three appearances, two in relief and one as a starter, and has pitched effectively each time. He’s allowed one run in nine innings. … He threw in relief against the Diamondbacks last week, throwing 3 1/3 innings of hitless ball. … In 35 1/3 innings against the Diamondbacks in his career, he has a 3.06 ERA. He started once against them last year, giving up one run in seven innings.
Saturday: At Chase Field, 5:10 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (1-0, 1.96) vs. Dodgers RHP Kenta Maeda (1-1, 7.07).
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).