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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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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Right-hander Zack Godley has made three appearances this season, and none have been like the others.
He debuted with Triple-A Reno by coming on in relief during the first inning.
His second outing was also considered mop-up duty, as he took to the mound after snow in Reno suspended action until the next day, a first for Godley that he enjoyed because as a duck hunter, he said, he thrives in poor weather conditions.
“I was actually in the clubhouse, and I kept going back out and forth just to see the snow,” Godley said.
Game No. 3 was an official start, and so will his fourth look of the season, but it, too, will be unlike its predecessors. Godley will start Wednesday for the Diamondbacks against the Padres at Chase Field.
“I’m just going to go out and take advantage of the opportunity I have,” he said.
Arizona reconfigured its rotation as it waits for more information on right-hander Shelby Miller’s elbow, with Miller receiving a second opinion Tuesday in Los Angeles by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Miller underwent an MRI on Monday, which revealed inflammation, and conferred with team physician Dr. Gary Waslewski.
Instead of naming a starter for Friday’s game, which was supposed to be Miller’s next appearance, the Diamondbacks wanted Godley to pitch Wednesday since they didn’t want him to go too long between games. Godley’s most recent start was last Wednesday; he was scheduled to pitch Monday but was scratched.
As a result of this change, right-hander Taijuan Walker and lefty Robbie Ray have each been pushed back a day, with Walker taking the mound Thursday and Ray opening the series against the Rockies Friday.
“It just seemed like the right thing to do,” manager Torey Lovullo said.
Godley was tabbed for this game amid a strong recommendation from the organization’s player development staff. Lovullo said the team hasn’t planned beyond Miller’s initial missed start.
“There were some very good candidates that were throwing the ball in Reno,” Lovullo said. “But we trust and believe in their eyes, and that was their recommendation. He threw the ball very well at the tail end of spring training, and he left a very positive impression on myself and the rest of the staff.”
During his last start, Godley cruised – giving up just one hit and striking out seven through seven scoreless innings. His location was key, he said, as he had strong command of all of his pitches.
Overall, Godley is 10-5 with a 5.34 ERA in 36 major-league games over the last two seasons, with 15 of those starts.
“It’s the kind of start you want every time you go out on the mound regardless of whether it’s down there, up here, the time before you come up here, the time after you go back down there, the time you get up here,” Godley said. “That’s the start you want every time you go out. Giving up one hit through seven innings, that’s about as ideal as you can possibly imagine.”
Elsewhere in the pipeline
Asked what the feedback was on fellow minor-league pitchers Braden Shipley and Anthony Banda, Lovullo said: “They’re throwing the ball OK, not as good as Godley was. That they’re repeating pitches, probably not executing a game plan right now at this point in time.”
Right-hander Silvino Bracho had a rough season debut for the Diamondbacks Monday, on the mound for four runs (three earned) after getting recalled from Triple-A Reno earlier in the day.
But he didn’t have to wait long to get another chance.
Bracho pitched a scoreless ninth Tuesday in the 9-3 win over the Padres, retiring the side in order as fans cheered his name.
“They gave the opportunity to me again, so I just tried to do my best,” Bracho said.
In the seventh Monday, Bracho faced five batters and recorded just one out. After an inning-opening walk, the Padres’ Erick Aybar reached on a fielding error by first baseman Chris Herrmann.
Later in the inning, one run scored after a force out and then a three-run homer to left by Wil Myers moved San Diego within 2 after the team trailed 7-1 when the inning began. Arizona ended up winning 7-6.
“Bad luck yesterday,” Bracho said. ” it’s not bad day because we won. Just bad luck for you. Today’s another day, and you have to improve out there so that’s what I did today.”
On Tuesday, Bracho struck out Manuel Margot, got Cory Spangenberg to fly out and then also struck out Myers.
“It was a great effort by him,” Lovullo said. “I know yesterday was a tough day for him. He didn’t throw the way he wanted to, and to get somebody back out there after that is important to me and I wanted to see what he could do and he threw the ball very, very well.”
After the game, Bracho was optioned back to Reno – a move that opens up a roster spot for right-hander Zack Godley to start Wednesday. Bracho said he knew he was going to be with the team for only a few days and after rebounding Tuesday, he returns to Reno feeling encouraged.
“When they give me opportunity again,” he said, “I’m going to be here to do my best.”
Padres at Diamondbacks
When: 6:40 p.m.
Where: Chase Field.
Pitchers: Diamondbacks RHP Zack Godley (first start) vs. Padres RHP Trevor Cahill (1-2, 3.44).
TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).
Godley has been inserted into the starting rotation in place of Shelby Miller. Godley was 1-1 with a 2.55 ERA for Triple-A Reno. In 17 2/3 innings he had struck out 15 batters and walked nine. Godley made 27 appearances for the Diamondbacks in 2016, going 5-4 with a 6.39 ERA. Cahill was brilliant his last time out, holding the Miami Marlins to three hits and one earned run in seven innings. He has a surprisingly high 21 strikeouts in 18 1/3 innings.
Thursday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker (2-1, 4.57) vs. Padres RHP Jered Weaver (0-1, 3.91).
Friday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (2-0, 3.42) vs. Rockies LHP Kyle Freeland (2-1, 3.32).
Saturday: At Chase Field, 5:10 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (2-2, 2.93) vs. Rockies LHP Tyler Anderson (1-3, 7.11).