Anthony Banda talks about how it feels to win his first game in the big leagues.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo was impressed with Anthony Banda’s ability to make adjustments during his outing against the Giants on Friday night.
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Arizona Senator John McCain joins the Shot Clock to talk Arizona sports.
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Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt talks about his three-homer game on Thursday afternoon against the Cubs.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s 10-8 win over the Chicago Cubs on Thursday at Wrigley Field.
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Third baseman Jake Lamb talks about the Diamondbacks’ ability to bounce back from an ugly loss to the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Zack Godley’s strong six innings and Jake Lamb’s two run-scoring doubles in a win over the Cubs.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s defensive miscues and infielder Daniel Descalso’s relief appearance.
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Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin says he made too many mistakes against the Cubs on Tuesday night at Wrigley Field.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and J.J. Hensley discuss the changes with the Diamondbacks.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s 3-2 loss on Sunday and Chris Owings’ fractured finger.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker talks about the mistakes he made in a 3-2 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday.
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Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray talks about what he remembers from Friday night, when he was struck on the head by a line drive in the second inning.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke talks about his performance in a 7-1 win over the Cardinals on Saturday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s all-around performance, including Zack Greinke’s seven strong innings, in a win over the Cardinals.
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Lovullo on Robbie Ray’s condition after getting hit in the head by a line drive.
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Diamondbacks infielder Daniel Descalso talks about the line drive that struck Robbie Ray, and how he was able to catch it after the ball ricocheted in the air.
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azcentral sports’ Sarah McLellan and Jay Dieffenbach discuss the Diamondbacks in our Shot Clock video.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses J.D. Martinez’s grand slam and Zack Godley’s seven shutout innings in a win over the Cardinals.
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Newly acquired Diamondbacks slugger J.D. Martinez on his play in Wednesday’s win.
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The Diamondbacks’ Ketel Marte talks about his inside-the-park home run in Wednesday’s win.
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Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s win against the Braves.
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Manager Torey Lovullo and right-hander Taijuan Walker react to the loss.
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Martinez: “It’s kind of hard not to [press],” he said. “You just kind of want to get here and show people what you want to do.”
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Lovullo: “He was in command from start to finish.”
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Greinke: “My command was as good as it’s been in awhile.”
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Manager Torey Lovullo and left-hander Robbie Ray discuss the team’s 6-2 loss to Nationals on Sunday at Chase Field.
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Anthony Banda talks about his MLB debut in the Diamondbacks’ loss to the Nationals.
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Torey Lovullo on the Diamondbacks’ loss to Washington.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, second baseman Brandon Drury and center fielder A.J. Pollock react to the 6-5 win.
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Right fielder J.D. Martinez was introduced at Chase Field on Friday.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about a 12-2 win over the Reds on Thursday in which Patrick Corbin went 7 1/3 innings.
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Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin talks about pitching against the Reds on short notice on Thursday in Cincinnati.
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Diamondbacks slugger J.D. Martinez talks about how his left hand feels after he was hit by a pitch on Wednesday night against the Reds.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s 4-3 loss to the Reds on Wednesday night and the hit-by-pitch on new slugger J.D. Martinez.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke says his location on Wednesday night wasn’t as good as it has been in previous starts.
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azcentral sports’ Greg Moore and Jay Dieffenbach talk about the Diamondbacks trade for J.D. Martinez and what it means.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s offensive breakout on Tuesday and about the potential impact of newly acquired slugger J.D. Martinez.
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azcentral sports’ Greg Moore and Mark Faller discuss Robbie Ray pitching for Diamondbacks and Josh Jackson’s transition to the Suns.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Doug Haller weigh in on the Diamondbacks and ASU football in our Shot Clock video.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Zack Godley’s performance on Sunday in a 7-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves.
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Anthony Banda on his first big-league victory
Torey Lovullo talks about Anthony Banda’s win vs. Giants
McCain’s stadium advice, best AZ sports moment
Paul Goldschmidt after three-homer game vs. Cubs
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ wild win over Cubs
Jake Lamb on D-Backs’ bounce-back win over Cubs
Torey Lovullo on Godley’s performance, Lamb’s clutch hits
Torey Lovullo on miscues, Descalso’s pitching in 16-4 loss to Cubs
Patrick Corbin on rough outing vs. Cubs
Shot Clock: Who’s at shortstop for D-Backs?
Torey Lovullo on loss to Cardinals, injury to Owings
Taijuan Walker on his mistakes vs. Cardinals
Robbie Ray talks about the line drive that hit him
D-Backs’ Zack Greinke on outing vs. Cardinals
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ 7-1 win over Cardinals
D-Backs manager Tony Lovullo on Robbie Ray’s condition
Daniel Descalso on liner that hit Robbie Ray
Shot Clock: Focus key for J.D. Martinez
Torey Lovullo on Martinez’s grand slam, Godley’s outing
J.D. Martinez on strong performance in win
Ketel Marte on his inside-the-park home run
Lovullo talks about the D-Backs’ 10-3 win over Atlanta
Diamondbacks fall 8-3 to Braves
J.D. Martinez on playing in the NL, seeing new pitching
Lovullo raves about Greinke’s outing vs. Braves
Zack Greinke discusses outing vs. Braves
Torey Lovullo and Robbie Ray discuss Diamondbacks’ loss to Nationals
Anthony Banda talks about his MLB debut
Lovullo reacts to the D-Backs’ loss to the Nationals
Diamondbacks edge Nationals in walk-off win
Diamondbacks introduce J.D. Martinez at Chase Field
Torey Lovullo on Corbin’s outing, series victory vs. Reds
Patrick Corbin on his strong start vs. Reds
J.D. Martinez talks about getting hit by a pitch vs. Reds
Manager Torey Lovullo on loss to Reds, Martinez’s injury
Zack Greinke on his outing vs. Reds
Shot Clock: D-Backs seize moment with trade
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ win over Reds, acquisition of J.D. Martinez
Shot Clock: Robbie Ray brings intensity to mound
Shot Clock: D-Backs fear Cubs; ASU’s hot seat
Torey Lovullo after D-Backs’ fifth straight loss
Taijuan Walker takes the mound for the Diamondbacks Saturday at 6:05 p.m. in San Francisco. Right-hander Chris Stratton will start for the Giants after Matt Cain was shifted to the bullpen.
D-Backs mum on starter for Thursday
Left-hander Anthony Banda was impressive in earning his first big league victory on Friday night against the San Francisco Giants, but the Diamondbacks haven’t made any assurances about him remaining in their rotation.
Banda was still with the team on Saturday afternoon, but the club is listing Thursday’s starter against the Dodgers at Chase Field as “TBA.” The club will start Zack Godley in Tuesday’s series opener and Zack Greinke in the second game.
Manager Torey Lovullo all but ruled out left-hander Robbie Ray as a possibility for that start – Ray is still working his way back from a concussion sustained when he was hit in the head by a line drive in St. Louis on July 28 – and seemingly the only other viable candidate besides Banda is Taijuan Walker, who is scheduled to start Saturday night.
“He’s going to stay with the team for right now, but we haven’t made any decisions about what the next step will be,” Lovullo said of Banda. “The next couple of days, as we normally do, we’ll develop a strategy and follow the process, and then we’ll get that information to you guys as soon as possible.”
Banda has never faced the Dodgers, but Walker has started twice against them this season, giving up a combined five runs in 10 2/3 innings. The Dodgers’ lineup has been equally effective regardless of handedness, ranking third in the league in OPS against both lefties and righties.
During a break early in Friday’s game, Diamondbacks outfielder Gregor Blanco was shown on the AT&T Park video board with the caption, “Forever Giant,” and received a warm ovation from the crowd.
“I wasn’t expecting that,” Blanco said. “They told me they were going to do something, but that was pretty cool. Especially the fans getting up and cheering for me, I think it was a great moment. Even my old teammates, from the field were saying hi to me.”
Blanco spent five seasons with the Giants and helped them win two World Series titles. He said the fans haven’t forgotten him. He was approached by several people while he was out shopping on Friday.
“A lot of people said, ‘Hey we miss you, welcome to the city, welcome home,’ stuff like that,” he said. “It’s nice that people still remember me.”
- Lovullo said he continues to hear positive things about Ray’s recovery, but called it “not very likely” that he would return to the rotation during the upcoming Dodgers series. Ray has yet to throw off the mound since the head injury.
- Shortstop Nick Ahmed has been doing hand strengthening exercises as he recovers from hand surgery, but he has yet to pick up a bat, which Lovullo said is the next step in his rehab process.
- Lovullo gave a big hug to Pablo Sandoval prior to Saturday’s game. Sandoval, who was called up by the Giants on Saturday, was released last month by the Boston Red Sox after parts of three disappointing, injury-plagued seasons. Lovullo was the bench coach with the Red Sox during two of those seasons. “It’s unfortunate that it didn’t work out as good as it possibly could have (in Boston),” Lovullo said. “I don’t know why it didn’t work out. I just know he’s happy to be here.”
- Sandoval took the place of first baseman Brandon Belt, who was placed on the seven-day concussion disabled list on Saturday, a day after he was hit in the head by an errant breaking ball thrown by Banda. On Friday night, Banda said the pitch was an accident and wished Belt a speedy recovery.
1. David Peralta LF
2. A.J. Pollock CF
3. Jake Lamb 3B
4. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
5. J.D. Martinez RF
6. Daniel Descalso 2B
7. Ketel Marte SS
8. Jeff Mathis C
9. Taijuan Walker P
Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker (6-5, 3.55) vs. Giants RHP Chris Stratton (0-2, 7.71).
Walker threw fairly well but took a loss in St. Louis in his most recent outing, giving up three runs in 5 2/3 innings with three walks and 10 strikeouts. … He has a 3.23 ERA in his past nine starts, with 21 walks and 49 strikeouts. … Opponents have been hitting Walker’s slider/cutter hard all year, but especially in recent starts; he allowed a .593 slugging off it during the month of July, according to Brooks Baseball. … RHP Matt Cain was scheduled to start but the Giants shifted him to the bullpen, inserting Stratton in his place in the rotation. … Stratton will be removed from the DL on Saturday after missing time with a calf strain. … This will be his second start of the season; he gave up five runs in 6 2/3 innings against the Tigers on July 6. … In 15 starts for Triple-A Sacramento, he posted a 5.11 ERA with 22 walks and 71 strikeouts in 79 1/3 innings.
Diamondbacks at Giants
When: 6:05 p.m.
Where: AT&T Park, San Francisco
TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).
Sunday: At San Francisco, 1:05 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (8-10, 4.77) vs. Giants RHP Jeff Samardzija (6-11, 4.77).
Tuesday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Zack Godley (5-4, 2.86) vs. Dodgers RHP Kenta Maeda (10-4, 3.79).
Wednesday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (13-4, 3.10) vs. Dodgers LHP Alex Wood (13-1, 2.33).