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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Miller gets early jump on trip
SAN DIEGO – The Diamondbacks sent right-hander Shelby Miller down to San Diego a little early on Monday night in hopes of getting him a good night’s sleep in advance of his start against the Padres on Tuesday night.
Miller participated in a pregame workout at Dodger Stadium on Monday and left in the afternoon, manager Torey Lovullo said.
“I feel very strongly that, although I want us to travel as a team and move around the country as a team,” Lovullo said, “there are going to be times when I’m going to ask the guys to branch off ahead so they don’t have a rugged travel schedule and have to go to sleep that next morning at 3 or 4 a.m. I feel like a good night’s rest is very important.”
The Padres, who played a night game in Atlanta on Monday night, did the same with their starter, right-hander Jarred Cosart.
Ray effectively wild for D-Backs
Scroll through the pitching leaderboard in the National League and there’s Diamondbacks left-hander Robbie Ray’s name, tied for the lead in strikeouts. Keep going and there he is again, atop the league in walks.
Ray, of course, doesn’t like the fact that strike throwing remains an issue for him at times, as it was for stretches last season. But he is able to take solace in the fact that, through three games, it hasn’t kept him from pitching deep into games.
After going 5 2/3 innings in his first start, he worked 6 2/3 innings his second time out and six more in his third outing, a win against the Dodgers on Monday night. His walks in each game, respectively: three, five, four.
“If I can just limit those walks to like one or two, then I could probably go even deeper,” Ray said. “That’s the next step.”
Ray also has been effective. Not only is he routinely overpowering hitters as the strikeouts attest, he owns an impressive 1.96 ERA.
He said he was able to make a mechanical adjustment in the early innings on Monday night that helped with his fastball command. He just wishes he’d been able to do it more quickly.
“There’s always room for improvement,” he said. “I think it’s going to get better. It’s still early in the season and I’m still working on some things.”
In each of his first two at-bats on Monday night, David Peralta hit balls to the left side of the infield. The Dodgers were in a shift, leaving only shortstop Corey Seager to the left of second base, and Peralta wound up with an infield hit the first time but bounced out on a nice play by Seager the next time.
Peralta doesn’t sound like he’s going to make a habit trying to beat the shift that way. He said that when he is thinking too much about going the other way, he winds up chasing pitches out of the zone, particularly balls off the plate away.
“I don’t want to get into the bad habit of swinging at bad pitches,” he said. “It’s hard because I’m hitting and I see this huge hole and it’s hard to not think about it. But I don’t want to think too much about it.”
- Right-hander Taijuan Walker said his back felt “much better” on Tuesday and that he has no doubt he’ll be ready to make his next scheduled start, set for Friday at Chase Field against the Giants.
- Right-hander Jake Barrett threw a bullpen session on Tuesday and is in a “lull period” in his recovery from spring shoulder problems, Lovullo said. “We want to make sure we’re ramping up these guys to get out of extended spring training,” Lovullo said. “So what we decided to do was as, we would in spring training, ramp these guys up, pull back a little bit and then get them ramped up one more time.” Barrett’s next step has yet to be determined, Lovullo said.
1. A.J. Pollock CF
2. David Peralta RF
3. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
4. Jake Lamb 3B
5. Yasmany Tomas LF
6. Brandon Drury 2B
7. Chris Owings SS
8. Chris Iannetta C
9. Shelby Miller P
MONDAY RECAP: Diamondbacks salvage split with comeback vs. Dodgers
Diamondbacks at Padres
When: 7:10 p.m.
Where: Petco Park, San Diego.
Pitchers: Diamondbacks RHP Shelby Miller (1-1, 5.06) vs. Padres RHP Jarred Cosart (0-0, 3.86).
TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).
Miller was unable to stop the bleeding in the fifth inning against the Giants in his most recent start. After giving up a double to opposing pitcher RHP Matt Cain, Miller gave up run-scoring hits to CF Denard Span, RF Hunter Pence and 3B Conor Gillaspie. … Miller has given up three runs in 5 1/3 innings in each of his first two starts. He hasn’t been at his best, but he’s managed to keep the Diamondbacks in the game both times, something that couldn’t be said for the majority of his starts last season. … Cosart’s first appearance came in relief (two runs in two-thirds of an inning), but he started his next time out, tossing four scoreless innings on 70 pitches, allowing five hits and a walk. … He faced the Diamondbacks once last season, giving up one run in 5 2/3 innings with two walks and seven strikeouts. … Cosart, who averages 93.2 mph with his fastball, has used his curveball liberally, throwing it 32.3 percent of the time so far this season.
MLB POWER RANKINGS: Diamondbacks hit road, road hits back
Wednesday: At San Diego, 7:10 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (1-1, 4.32) vs. Padres RHP Jhoulys Chacin (1-2, 7.80).
Thursday: At San Diego, 6:10 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (1-2, 2.81) vs. Padres LHP Clayton Richard (1-2, 3.60).
Friday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker (2-1, 3.94) vs. Dodgers TBA.
San Diego Padres
Padres update: The Padres entered their series-finale against the Atlanta Braves on Monday with a 5-8 record, and though they’ve been beaten soundly a few times, their other five losses have been by three runs or less, so they’re at least playing competitive games. Not much is expected of them this season, however, the second year of their all-out rebuild. They do have some interesting young players whom they could end up building around, including CF Manuel Margot, who has a .828 OPS and seven extra-base hits, and RF Hunter Renfroe, who has three home runs. 1B Wil Myers is off to a good start, hitting .365 with 10 extra-base hits, and 3B Ryan Schimpf might be hitting just .152 but he has a league-leading 13 walks and has connected for three home runs. The Padres’ pitching staff has struggled, particularly the rotation, which owns a league-worst 4.75 ERA. The bullpen hasn’t been much better, ranking 12th with a 5.21 ERA.