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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Taijuan Walker on his first D-Backs start
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ win over Giants
Shot Clock: Answer to D-Backs’ shortstop question?
Chris Owings talks about his fifth-inning error
Patrick Corbin after loss to Giants
Diamondbacks dedicate ‘Paul Goldschmidt Field’
Former Dodgers star Pedro Guerrero in critical condition
How to watch every baseball game in 2017
Chris Owings discusses his walk-off hit vs. Giants
Torey Lovullo on his emotional first win as D-Backs’ manager
Zack Greinke after his start vs. Giants on Opening Day
What is in store for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2017?
MLB’s 100 Names to Know for 2017
Behind the scenes at Diamondbacks Photo Day
Through three games, the Diamondbacks’ rotation has yet to log a quality start. Their bullpen and defense have had bouts of porousness and unreliability. Their offense, however, has performed as advertised.
The Diamondbacks banged out another victory over the San Francisco Giants on Wednesday night, this time by a score of 8-6, using a formula that might become a go-to at Chase Field this year. They hit, they ran the bases aggressively and they hit some more.
“It’s been a good sign,” center fielder A.J. Pollock said. “We’ve had a lot of clutch hitting. We’re going to have to keep that going. I hope we can keep building off that. It’s early, but it’s a big day tomorrow. We can take a series from these guys.”
Torey Lovullo is three games into his managerial tenure with the Diamondbacks, and one of the things he said has struck him most about his group of position players is their level of communication in the dugout.
Whether they’re discussing the action on the pitches they’re seeing, what to expect in a certain count or what a pitchers’ release point looks like, he said his hitters are supportive and trusting of each other, and he thinks it can pay off over the course of a game.
“Your whole career you talk about that stuff in the dugout,” Diamondbacks infielder/outfielder Chris Owings said. “But once you play together for long enough, that stuff starts to build and you start building a relationship with people and you start trusting them and you see exactly what the pitches are doing that someone might have told you about.”
The Diamondbacks had four more hits with men in scoring position on Wednesday night, making them 9 for 26 (.346) in those situations so far this season. They have scored 18 runs in three games and own a team slash line of .296/.345/.472.
Pollock already has provided several reminders of just how badly he was missed last season, going 7 for 14 with two doubles, a home run and a stolen base.
They not only came through in big situations on Wednesday – Jeremy Hazelbaker’s pinch-hit, go-ahead double in the sixth might have been the biggest such hit – they put pressure on the Giants at nearly every opportunity.
Sometimes that backfired – they ran into a couple of outs on the bases – and sometimes not, like when Pollock manufactured a hustle double on a hit to center in the third and quickly scored on an Owings single.
“I think one person can be a catalyst and it just gets that ball rolling,” Lovullo said. “I think that’s what really good offensive teams do. They never feel like they’re out of any game. They just keep pushing and plowing. I’ve only been here for three major league games and what I’ve seen out of them is the relentlessness we’re asking for.”
They’ll try for the four-game series win on Thursday night, but, failing that, they’ve already won more games at Chase Field against the Giants than they did all of last season, when they went 1-9 against them at home.
Reach Piecoro at (602) 444-8680 or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @nickpiecoro.