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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A.J. Pollock talks about his big catch in D-Backs’ win over Giants
Robbie Ray after tossing 6 2/3 shutout innings vs. Giants
Taijuan Walker discusses his errant throw vs. Giants
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 – Baseball’s effort to shorten the decision time on issuing replay challenges hasn’t been a major change for Diamondbacks video coordinator Allen Campbell, who said he’s always tried to get to an answer as quickly as possible.
“You’re just putting a number on something, but you were already trying to rush,” he said. “Sure, there’s a little bit of pressure to it, but I don’t think it makes it that much more difficult than the pressure already put on ourselves.”
Managers now are supposed to be limited to 30 seconds before having to signal to on-field umpires whether they want to use one of their challenges. Campbell said the replay system teams use now includes a 30-second time that shows up on the screen.
For Campbell, the bigger difference might be in the amount of time New York has to make a decision, which cuts down on the agonizing wait before a ruling is issued.
“I like the fact that New York only gets two minutes now,” he said. “It’s nerve-wracking, there’s no doubt.”
Campbell likes another change that’s gone into effect this year, one that allows a team’s video person to tag a specific camera angle that was used when deciding to challenge.
“You can take the clip that you saw and sort of highlight it and send it over,” Campbell said. “And they’re supposed to see that. It’s supposed to go to the operations center.”
So far, Campbell and manager Torey Lovullo, who ultimately makes the call on whether to challenge, are off to a nice start. The Diamondbacks are tied with the Washington Nationals for the most successful challenges. They’re the only two clubs that are a perfect 3 for 3 this season.
“I don’t even pay attention to that stuff,” Campbell said. “We talk about so many different plays throughout the day. I mean, I know when we go out and challenge them and I’m excited when we win them, but I can’t tell you what our record is. I hear about it enough from other people. I’m sure someone will let me know.”
Swinging the stick
During his at-bat in the third inning on Tuesday night, Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray hit a monster foul ball into McCovey Cove, a drive that easily had home run distance if it were fair. The power on display there wasn’t a one-off; Ray routinely hits balls out to right field during batting practice.
Ray, who wound up grounding a single to center in that at-bat and eventually scored, is 2 for 4 so far this season. He says he’s feeling more comfortable with his swing than he has in the past, something he credits to taking that side of the game seriously.
“It’s a part of the game, especially for pitchers in the National League, so I feel like the better you are at it the better your whole game is going to be,” he said.
Ray said he’s been working with hitting coach Dave Magadan as well as listening to hitters’ talk and watching them more closely at the plate and during batting practice. He also says it helps having a teammate like pitcher Zack Greinke, who seems obsessed with the offensive side of the game.
“I’m seeing the ball pretty good, so that’s always good,” Ray said. “I think success breeds confidence. I’ve had some pretty good success here early in the year. I feel good about where I’m at. I think that definitely has a lot to do with it.”
- Lovullo was asked about the pitch from Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija that drilled Paul Goldschmidt on the backside in the first inning on Tuesday night and whether he thought it was retaliation for the Taijuan Walker pitch that struck the Giants’ Buster Posey in the head on Monday. “Whatever happened, happened,” he said. “They had a reason for it. It’s fine. But that’s their side; that’s their perspective. Our perspective is, we won the game and that was all I cared about yesterday.”
- Right-hander Matt Koch landed on the Triple-A Reno disabled list with what the team is calling right shoulder inflammation. Koch left his start Saturday two batters into the second inning. The team does not consider the injury serious. “Could we push it?” GM Mike Hazen said. “We possibly could have pushed it, but he didn’t feel perfect, and they did a good job of getting him out of there. We’ll take a half-step back to make sure he is perfect and we’ll get him back out there as soon as we can.”
Reach Piecoro at (602) 444-8680 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @nickpiecoro.