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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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
The Diamondbacks look to win the weekend home series against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. Stay with this page for updates and analysis throughout the matchup.
Paul Goldschmidt launched a 453-foot homer off the video board in the bottom of the fifth inning to cut Pittsburgh’s lead to 4-3. Longtime observers of the Diamondbacks could only remember Richie Sexson hitting one higher up on the board.
Ray departs after stressful 4 IP
Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray lasted just four innings on Sunday, departing for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fourth with the Diamondbacks trailing 4-2.
Ray had a rocky performance from the beginning. The Pirates loaded the bases in the first on a single, hit by pitch and a walk, but Ray managed to avoid much damage, escaping with just one run allowed.
He dodged trouble entirely in the second, pitching around a pair of baserunners, but wasn’t as fortunate in the third, an inning in which the Pirates connected for a pair of home runs to grab the lead.
Andrew McCutchen led off the inning with a solo homer, and Josh Bell added a tie-breaking, two-run shot to give the Pirates a 4-2 lead.
Ray needed 27 pitches in the first, 23 in the second and 26 in the third. His final inning was his easiest; he needed 12 pitches to get out of the fourth.
His final line: four innings, six hits, four runs (all earned), three walks, two strikeouts.
Ray struggling with control, but Goldy blast gives D-Backs lead
The Diamondbacks took a 2-1 lead after two innings despite a so-far shaky outing from starter Robbie Ray, who already has walked three batters and hit another. Ray has thrown 51 pitches in two innings and it could have been worse; center fielder A.J. Pollock and David Peralta ran into each other chasing down a deep drive by Pittsburgh third baseman Josh Harrison, but Pollock held on for the final out of the second inning.
Paul Goldschmidt hit his ninth homer of the season, a two-run shot, to give Arizona a 2-1 lead.
D-Backs place Iannetta on 7-day concussion DL
The Diamondbacks placed catcher Chris Iannetta on the 7-day concussion disabled list on Sunday morning, a move that comes two days after he was struck in the face by a 93 mph fastball from Pittsburgh Pirates reliever Johnny Barbato.
Speaking to reporters for the first time since the inury, Iannetta said on Sunday he had passed the initial round of concussion tests, but the club had planned to run him through more tests. The roster move was announced about 20 minutes before Sunday’s game against the Pirates.
Though Iannetta will be out until at least next weekend, he said he felt fortunate to escape more serious injury.
“I got lucky on all accounts,” said Iannetta, his upper lip swollen and stitched up. “It could have been a lot worse than it really was.”
In a corresponding move, the Diamondbacks recalled right-hander Silvino Bracho from Triple-A Reno.
Iannetta, who was struck in the face in the seventh inning on Friday night, said he responded good-naturedly to a text message from Barbato on Friday night.
“He said, ‘I’m sorry. No one feels worse than me,’ ” Iannetta said. “I said, ‘It happens. Keep your front shoulder closed next time. The ball won’t sail as much.’ It was nice of him to reach out.”
He said he’ll eventually need to have “two or three” damaged teeth repaired, but he said he believes the fractured bone he was told he had in his nose likely resulted from a previous injury, perhaps from when he was hit by a baseball at age 13.
“(The doctor) was pressing on the spots where he said it was fractured and I didn’t feel anything,” Iannetta said. “… It could have happened then and it just never healed and showed up on the scan. It doesn’t hurt, so I’m guessing it’s old.”
Iannetta saw sliders from Barbato in the first three pitches of his at-bat before being struck by the up-and-in fastball. He said he doesn’t remember much about the pitch, but he recalls trying to make sure he tracked it in case it was another slider.
“And by the time I guess I realized it was a fastball it was a little too late to get out of the way,” Iannetta said. “I think I started getting out of the way but not nearly enough in time.”
Drury gets a day off
Hot-hitting second baseman Brandon Drury was out of the lineup on Sunday, the latest Diamondbacks regular to be given a day off by manager Torey Lovullo, who continues to be progressive in providing rest for his regular players.
“It’s tough to take him out of the lineup, but rest is important to everybody on this team,” Lovullo said. “It’s been something that I’ve been following throughout the course of the year. The players are pushing back because they want to play – and that’s a credit to them – but this is part of the plan for everybody to stay strong, stay fresh throughout the course of the year.”
Drury went just 1 for 4 on Saturday evening but is 9 for 20 with four doubles and two homers in five games on the homestand. He leads the majors with a .437 average (31 for 71) in home games.
1. A.J. Pollock CF
2. David Peralta RF
3. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
4. Jake Lamb 3B
5. Chris Owings 2B
6. Chris Herrmann C
7. Nick Ahmed SS
8. Gregor Blanco LF
9. Robbie Ray P
Robbie Ray struggled his last time out, giving up five runs in five innings against the Tigers; he also walked five batters in the loss.
In four career starts against the Pirates, Ray has gone 0-2 with a 7.71 ERA. He’s tied for the fourth most strikeouts in the National League with 57.
Ivan Nova has given up more than two runs only once in his last five starts. He’s 1-2 on the road with a 2.45 ERA.
Through seven starts, Nova has walked only three while striking out 29; he was named the NL Pitcher of the Month for April.
Pirates at Diamondbacks
When: 1:10 p.m.
Where: Chase Field (Roof hotline: 602-462-6262).
Pitchers: Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (2-3, 4.14) vs. Pirates RHP Ivan Nova (3-3, 2.23).
TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).
Monday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Zack Godley (1-0, 2.25) v. Mets RHP Zack Wheeler (2-2, 4.18).
Tuesday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (4-2, 2.79) vs. Mets LHP Tommy Milone (1-0, 5.88).
Wednesday: At Chase Field, 12:40 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (3-4, 4.17) vs. Mets RHP Matt Harvey (2-3, 5.63).