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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Diamondbacks’ hot start by the numbers
Zack Greinke after strong start vs. Indians
Torey Lovullo talks about the D-Backs’ win against the Indians
D-Backs’ Shelby Miller describes starting his 2017 season
Shot Clock: What D-Backs’ good start means
David Peralta on hot start: ‘We’re ready for anybody’
D-Backs manager Lovullo on starting year 3-1
D-Backs manager Lovullo on using humidor for baseballs
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
The message from hitting coach Dave Magadan is simple and concise. Yasmany Tomas, big and strong and armed with a swing that can do damage, is at his best as a hitter when he is quiet, under control, and Magadan tries to remind Tomas of this in his native language. Toca lo, he tells him. Just touch the ball.
The first week of the season has provided evidence of how dangerous Tomas can be at the plate. It has also provided glimpses of the opposite, the wild, swings-at-everything version that pitchers can exploit with ease. Tomas knows this can be his downfall. He is trying not to let it be.
“I’m trying to have a mental approach and focus on what I have to do and make a plan for every single day,” Tomas said through interpreter Ariel Prieto. “My plan is more to try to take good swings at the pitches that I’m looking for in the strike zone. The experience that I have right now has helped me to be more patient at home plate. I think it’s important to be patient, that it will lead to better results.”
Tomas looked like a relatively easy out in the first two games of the season but appeared much more disciplined in his next two. Entering Saturday, he had four hits, including three doubles, in the past two games. He said his nerves were to explain for the early struggles.
In Magadan’s eyes, the key for Tomas is simple to spot, and it has everything to do with the slugger’s pre-pitch movements.
“When he’s nice and calm up there, he doesn’t have a huge leg kick and doesn’t have the big bat wrap, he ends up swinging at strikes,” Magadan said. “I think that is more linked to his swinging at strikes than it is anything else. When he’s ready to hit, when he’s not doing a whole lot to get ready, he swings at strikes.”
Magadan hopes that by reminding Tomas that he doesn’t need to swing hard – that he just needs to “touch the ball” – that he’ll keep his movements to a minimum.
Tomas is coming off a second half in which he began to show why the Diamondbacks committed $68.5 million in him some 2 1/2 years ago, hitting .294 with 18 homers, a stretch he said helped his confidence entering this year.
But he realized he had work to do on the other side of the ball. After rating as one of the worst defensive outfielders in the majors, Tomas said he worked to improve his agility in the offseason in hopes of getting better jumps on fly balls. His opportunities have been limited so far, but he said he feels quicker.
“We analyzed some things in the offseason and recognized from watching video that as soon as there was a ball off the bat, I recognized the ball right away, but my start was kind of slow,” Tomas said. “Now, working to improve my agility, my start right after I see the ball, it’s going to be right away.”
If he can’t improve defensively, Tomas is going to have to continue to hit like he did in the second half to be a net positive for the Diamondbacks. The sites that calculate Wins Above Replacement pegged Tomas as, at best, a replacement level player, in large part because of his poor his range was in the outfield.
Indians at Diamondbacks
When: 1:10 p.m.
Where: Chase Field (Roof hotline: 602-462-6262).
Pitchers: Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (0-1, 4.50) vs. Indians RHP Corey Kluber (0-0, 7.50).
TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).
Corbin lasted just four innings in his first start of the year, departing for a pinch-hitter in the bottom of the fourth inning against the Giants. He gave up three runs (two earned) on seven hits and two walks. … He continued to have trouble with RF Hunter Pence, who hit two balls hard against him, including one that went for a double. … Kluber had a somewhat rough first start against the Rangers, giving up five runs in six innings and serving up a pair of home runs to 2B Rougned Odor. … Kluber finished third in AL Cy Young voting last season; he won the award in 2014. … That was the year he made his lone career start against the Diamondbacks, tossing seven scoreless innings with one walk and eight strikeouts in a game at Chase Field.
Monday: At San Francisco, 1:35 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker (1-0, 6.00) vs. Giants LHP Matt Moore (0-1, 5.06).
Tuesday: At San Francisco, 7:15 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (0-0, 4.76) vs. Giants RHP Jeff Samardzija (0-1, 10.13).
Wednesday: At San Francisco, 7:15 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Shelby Miller (1-0, 5.06) vs. Giants RHP Matt Cain (0-0, 8.31).