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    Robbie Ray on D-Backs’ win over Brewers

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    Paul Goldschmidt on grand slam, offensive outburst

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    Godley on taking advantage of opportunity after D-Backs win

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    Torey Lovullo after D-Backs’ win over Brewers

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    Randall Delgado on his rough outing against Brewers

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    Lovullo on Diamondbacks’ loss to Brewers

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    Chris Iannetta on his career-high 7 RBIs vs. Padres

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    Patrick Corbin on his effectiveness vs. Padres

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    Chris Owings on Diamondbacks’ offensive production with two outs

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    Arizona Diamondbacks vs. San Diego Padres — June 8, 2017

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    Greinke on his ‘all right’ outing in D-Backs’ win

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    Lamb on big performance in D-Backs’ win

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    D-Backs beat Padres for another home win

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    Shot Clock: D-Backs train rolling; Durant new No. 1?

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    MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred on rift between D-Backs, Maricopa County

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    D-Backs manager Torey Lovullo on no-hitter, road struggles

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    Chris Herrmann on Edinson Volquez’s performance in no-hitter

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    D-Backs’ Rey Fuentes on Edinson Volquez’s pitch mix in no-hitter

  • Patrick Corbin after loss to Marlins

    Patrick Corbin after loss to Marlins

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    Torey Lovullo on Patrick Corbin’s outing vs. Marlins

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    Torey Lovullo on Nick Ahmed, comeback win over Marlins

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    David Peralta talks about Chris Owings’ ‘clutch’ hit vs. Pirates

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    Chris Owings on D-Backs’ extra-inning win in Pittsburgh

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    Torey Lovullo on ‘character win’ in Pittsburgh

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    Robbie Ray on postgame celebration after shutout vs. Pirates

  • Torey Lovullo on Robbie Ray's shutout of Pirates

    Torey Lovullo on Robbie Ray’s shutout of Pirates

  • Chris Herrmann on Robbie Ray's 'outstanding' outing vs. Pirates

    Chris Herrmann on Robbie Ray’s ‘outstanding’ outing vs. Pirates

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    Shot Clock: Winless weekend with D-Backs

  • Diamondbacks' Chris Iannetta on his latest clutch homer

    Diamondbacks’ Chris Iannetta on his latest clutch homer

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    Torey Lovullo on Diamondbacks’ loss to the Pirates

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    Archie Bradley after walkoff loss to Pirates

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    Torey Lovullo on Patrick Corbin’s outing, loss to Brewers

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    Patrick Corbin on his outing vs. Brewers

  • Zack Greinke on his outing in loss to Brewers

    Zack Greinke on his outing in loss to Brewers

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    Torey Lovullo on loss to Brewers, Chase Anderson

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    Paul Goldschmidt talks about Chase Anderson’s outing

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    Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ comeback win in MIlwaukee

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    Chris Iannetta on his game-tying homer vs. Brewers

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    Can D-Backs keep this up? Why, why not

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    Robbie Ray after dominant outing in Milwaukee

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    D-Backs’ Torey Lovullo on impressive win over Brewers

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    Torey Lovullo on ‘nice team win’ for D-Backs

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    Jake Lamb on strong game against lefty Jose Quintana

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    Chris Herrmann on hitting surge, HR in win

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    Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Archie Bradley competes in cow milking competition

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    Shelby Miller: Tommy John surgery ‘was a pretty smooth process’

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    Shot Clock: Time to take D-Backs seriously

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    Zack Greinke on near-complete game, Eephus pitch

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    Torey Lovullo on Zack Greinke’s ‘great night’

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    Montini volunteers free tickets – with Bickley’s help

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    D-Backs manager Torey Lovullo on loss vs. Padres

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    Chris Iannetta on homering in first game off DL

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    Zack Godley on his outing vs. Padres

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    Torey Lovullo after D-Backs pound Padres 9-1

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    Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ blowout win vs. Padres

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    Taijuan Walker tosses six scoreless vs. Padres

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    Brandon Drury homers in win vs. Padres

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    Watch out for Dodgers; Cards CBs apply for job

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    Diamondbacks outlast Mets in extra innings

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    Diamondbacks discuss close win over Mets

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    Diamondbacks’ Zack Godley talks after win over Mets

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    Diamondbacks’ Torey Lovullo talks upbeat pace in win over Mets

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    A.J. Pollock discusses his injury after loss to Pirates

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    David Peralta downplays his injury vs. Pirates

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    Torey Lovullo on injuries, loss vs. Pirates

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    Chris Iannetta talks about scary HBP vs. Pirates

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    Diamondbacks rally falls short against Pirates

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    Diamondbacks overwhelm Pirates 11-4

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    Kaepernick blackballed? Greinke now trade bait?

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    Zack Greinke on his near no-hitter against Pirates

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    Lovullo reacts to Greinke’s near no-hitter in win

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    Diamondbacks snap losing streak with win over Tigers

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    Diamondbacks drop third straight with loss to Tigers

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    Shot Clock: D-Backs face pivotal homestand

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    Torey Lovullo after D-Backs’ latest loss to Rockies

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    Taijuan Walker after loss to Rockies

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    Patrick Corbin after being roughed up by Rockies

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    D-Backs’ Torey Lovullo on ‘tough night’ at Coors Field

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    Zack Greinke on impressive outing vs. Rockies

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    Manager Torey Lovullo after win over Rockies

Pavin Smith was regarded as one of the best pure college hitters in this year’s draft class, a first baseman who not only walked more than he struck out – he homered more, as well.

Smith, whom the Diamondbacks selected with the seventh overall pick on the first night of baseball’s amateur draft, says the reason behind this is simple.

“I hate striking out with a passion,” Smith said on a conference call with reporters. “ … I think hating striking out is one of the things that drives me to not strike out.”

Smith put together an impressive collegiate career at the plate, capping it with a standout junior season in which he hit .342 with a .427 on-base and .570 slugging, connecting for 13 homers – with only 12 strikeouts – in 228 at-bats.

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The overall skill-set of being able to hit, hit for power and control the strike zone was enough to win over the Diamondbacks, who were “ecstatic” he got past the first six picks, scouting director Deric Ladnier said.

Ladnier said Smith has a “tremendous knack” for finding the barrel of the bat, and he called his pitch recognition and strike zone awareness “elite.” Smith even managed to increase his power production from previous years without making sacrifices in other areas.

“That was one of the things he tried to focus on was to create more power in his swing,” Ladnier said. “The thing about it is, most of the times when guys do that, the strikeouts go up. And as you can well see, they didn’t go up. …

“He just tries to do damage. He’s not necessarily trying to go up there and hit home runs. But he’s aware that he does have power and he does feel like, as he grows as a hitter, and this is verbatim by him, he knows that the power will continue to improve.”

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Smith was one of a handful of players linked to the Diamondbacks in reports leading up to the draft, but he said he had no idea whether they were actually going to take him. And he even spent time on a conference call with club officials on Sunday night.

“They were trying to get to know me, really, and see my character,” he said, adding that they gave “zero hints” that they might actually select him.

It wasn’t until five minutes before the pick was announced that he found out. One pick later, his teammate at Virginia, outfielder Adam Haseley, was selected eighth overall by the Philadelphia Phillies.

Surrounded by family, friends, neighbors and former coaches, Smith said he asked everyone in the room to quiet down after his selection so they could see where Haseley was going.

“We hit back-to-back in the order, go back-to-back in the draft,” Smith said. “It’s an awesome feeling.”

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The baseball draft is unlike those in other sports in that players rarely make an impact right away, meaning the fact that Smith plays the same position as franchise icon Paul Goldschmidt is a moot point for the time being – and likely will remain so for several years.

Still, Smith says he’s capable of playing other positions, and believes that versatility played a part in his being selected. Still, Ladnier said the Diamondbacks intend to develop him as a first baseman.

“I think Paul Goldschmidt is obviously one of the best hitters in the MLB,” Smith said. “I don’t think he’s moving anytime soon. So (I will) definitely get some work in in the outfield. I’m pretty comfortable out there and I think that’s definitely one the reasons I was selected by them; they saw that I could do well out there.”

Smith said he played about half the time in the outfield his freshman year and played left field once a week this season.

Either way, his bat will have to get him to the majors, and there are many who believe it will. Some scouts viewed him as the draft’s best hitter, a hitter with a pretty swing and good strike zone awareness.

As for the lack of swing-and-miss, Smith said, “I think just maturing as a baseball player, maximizing my development and being able to realize what the pitcher is trying to do to you with two strikes or maybe getting out of there early before you even get to two strikes.”

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Smith figures to provide an immediate boost to the Diamondbacks’ farm system. The club did not have a first-round pick last year, forfeiting it to sign right-hander Zack Greinke.

The Diamondbacks made two other selections on the first night of the draft, remaining in the college hitter ranks with both. At No. 44 overall, they took Louisville’s Drew Ellis, a power-hitting third baseman, and at No. 68, they took Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Daulton Varsho.

Ellis posted impressive offensive numbers this season as a redshirt sophomore, hitting .367/.457/.729 with 20 homers, 38 walks and 38 strikeouts. Ladnier said the club sees in Ellis a hitter with power who uses the whole field and possesses a “very easy, professional stroke.”

The Diamondbacks also believe Ellis will be a solid defender at third; Ladnier described him as having good first-step quickness, sure hands and a strong arm.

Varsho, the son of former big leaguer Gary Varsho, is a left-handed hitter whose bat is ahead of his glove but whom the club believes has a chance to develop into a major league catcher. If not, he could shift to left field or perhaps even second base, Ladnier said, though it’s Varsho’s bat that stood out. He hit .362/.490/.643 with 11 homers for UW-Milwaukee.

“His swing, it’s very short, compact, powerful,” Ladnier said. “And he’s another guy who uses the entire field.”

Reach Piecoro at (602) 444-8680 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @nickpiecoro.

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Tuesday’s game

When: 4:10 p.m.

Where: Comerica Park, Detroit.

Pitchers: Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (8-3, 3.20) vs. Tigers RHP Buck Farmer (2-0, 0.00).

TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1)

Greinke is coming off an outing in which he gave up three earned runs in five innings against San Diego. It tied for his shortest outing of the season. He has won seven of his last eight starts and historically has had success against Detroit, with a 13-7 record and a 2.79 ERA. … Farmer is making his third start of the season and has a 13-inning scoreless streak, tied for the longest in the American League. He’s struck out 16 batters in his two previous starts.

Coming up

Wednesday: At Detroit, 4:10 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker (4-3, 3.46) vs. Tigers RHP Michael Fulmer (6-4, 3.40).

Thursday: Off

Friday: At Philadelphia, 4:05 p.m., Diamondbacks TBD vs. Phillies RHP Aaron Nola (3-4, 4.40).

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Detroit Tigers

Tigers update: The Tigers are 30-32 and 3 ½ games behind the Minnesota Twins in the American League Central. Detroit’s pitching has been a disaster; its team ERA of 4.74 ranks 14th in the AL and its opponents’ batting average is .271. The bullpen has been a real sticking point with an ERA of 5.14. Detroit still has a capable offense with Miguel Cabrera, J.D. Martinez and Justin Upton but the team is getting told and there’s a lot of talk that the Tigers might be big sellers before the July 31 trading deadline.