azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and E.J. Montini discuss the Diamondbacks and their special summer ticket deal.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Padres lefty Clayton Richard’s performance and the home run by Chris Iannetta on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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The Diamondbacks’ Chris Iannetta returned from the disabled list on Sunday and slammed a home run on the first pitch he saw. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Godley threw seven innings and allowed three runs, all of them scoring in the fifth in a loss to the Padres on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo on his team’s easy win over the San Diego Padres on Saturday night. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s eight-run first inning and right-hander Taijuan Walker’s sharp outing vs. the Padres. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker gave up just two hits in six scoreless innings, but he wasn’t satisfied with the way he threw on Friday night in a win over the Padres. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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The Diamondbacks’ Brandon Drury talks about his team’s offensive outburst vs. the Padres on Friday night at Petco Park. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss the NBA MVP, the Diamondbacks and the Dodgers and the Arizona Cardinals’ defensive backs.
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D-Backs manager Torey Lovullo, catcher Chris Herrmann and left-hander Patrick Corbin react to the 5-4 win against the Mets, sweeping the series, May 17, 2017.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Zack Greinke and first baseman Paul Goldschmidt react to Tuesday’s 5-4 Diamondbacks win. Sarah McLellan/azcentral sports
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D-Backs’ Zack Godley talks pitching and gameplay after his team’s 7-3 win over the Mets, May 15, 2017.
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D-Backs’ Torey Lovullo discusses the pace his team kept during a 7-3 win over the Mets, May 15, 2017.
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Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock talks about the injury that forced him to leave Sunday’s loss to the Pirates. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks outfielder David Peralta doesn’t think his glute injury is significant, he said. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo breaks down his team’s 6-4 loss to the Pirates on Sunday and provides updates on his injured outfielders. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta says he ‘got lucky on all accounts’ after being hit in the face by a 93 mph fastball on Friday night vs. the Pirates. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Taijuan Walker and shortstop Nick Ahmed react to the 4-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates, May 13, 2017.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo provides an update on catcher Chris Iannetta, who was hit in the face by a pitch during Friday’s game, before Saturday’s game. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Manager Torey Lovullo, second baseman Brandon Drury and left-hander Patrick Corbin react to 11-4 win against the Pirates, May 12, 2017.
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Shot Clock: Colin Kaepernick is better than Blaine Gabbert, right? So why did the Cardinals not sign him? Also, Zack Greinke has his Randy Johnson moment … what does it mean for Diamondbacks?
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Diamondbacks pitcher Zack Greinke describes his night, in which he nearly threw a no-hitter against the Pirates.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo reacts to Zack Greinke’s near-no-hit performance in Thursday’s win over the Pirates.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right-hander Zack Godley and shortstop Nick Ahmed react to the 7-1 win.
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Manager Torey Lovullo and left-hander Robbie Ray react to the 7-3 loss.
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azcentral sports’ Sarah McLellan and Dan Bickley discuss the D-Backs’ difficulties on the road and the NBA’s big issue in the playoffs.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo says defensive miscues cost them in a 5-2 loss to the Rockies on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker talks about his outing vs. the Rockies at Coors Field on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin was charged with eight runs in four-plus innings against the Rockies on Saturday night.
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Manager Torey Lovullo didn’t think his team played fundamentally sound in Saturday night’s 9-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke gave up two runs in seven innings in a win over the Rockies on Friday.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo breaks down his team’s win over the Rockies on Friday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo on Braden Shipley’s outing and his offense’s struggles vs. Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Braden Shipley gave up three runs in four-plus innings against the Nationals on Thursday afternoon. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s inability to come up with a hit in a key situation on Wednesday night, May 3, 2017. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray had everything working but still came away with a loss on Wednesday night in D.C., May 3, 2017. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said his pitching staff did well to hold the Nationals to three runs on Tuesday night.
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Taijuan Walker didn’t blame a small strike zone for his abbreviated, 4 2/3-inning outing on Tuesday night.
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss the Rockets’ explosion against the Spurs and a possible pitching implosion for the Diamondbacks.
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Diamondbacks outfielder A.J. Pollock speaks about the controversial call that went against him in the 10th inning of Arizona’s win over the Rockies on Sunday. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks’ Daniel Descalso talks about his two-run, walk-off homer to beat the Rockies in the 13th inning on Sunday. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses the team’s strong pitching fueling Arizona’s walk-off win over the Rockies on Sunday. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks starter Patrick Corbin talks about his strong, scoreless outing against the Rockies in Sunday’s win. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks closer Fernando Rodney talks about his outing vs. the Rockies, and says he’ll have no trouble bouncing back from his latest setback. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke talks about his start on Saturday night, in which he allowed three earned runs in six-plus innings vs. the Rockies. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher Shelby Miller explains his decision to undergo Tommy John surgery, April 29, 2017. (Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports)
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Manager Torey Lovullo, left-hander Robbie Ray and catcher Chris Iannetta react to the loss.
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Chris Owings talks about the first multi-homer game of his career, and how he’s feeling at the plate after homering three times in the past four games.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker says his fastball was working well for him on Thursday night.
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Arizona Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller says he has a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and that Tommy John surgery is an option, April 27, 2017. (Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports)
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Diamondbacks closer Fernando Rodney on Wednesday’s blown save against San Diego.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo reacts to the Padres’ comeback win.
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Wednesday night’s game against the Padres drew the smallest crowd in Diamondbacks history.
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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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Montini volunteers free tickets – with Bickley’s help
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Chris Iannetta on homering in first game off DL
Zack Godley on his outing vs. Padres
Torey Lovullo after D-Backs pound Padres 9-1
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ blowout win vs. Padres
Taijuan Walker tosses six scoreless vs. Padres
Brandon Drury homers in win vs. Padres
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David Peralta downplays his injury vs. Pirates
Torey Lovullo on injuries, loss vs. Pirates
Chris Iannetta talks about scary HBP vs. Pirates
Diamondbacks rally falls short against Pirates
Lovullo: Iannetta “said he could play tonight if he had to” after HBP
Diamondbacks overwhelm Pirates 11-4
Kaepernick blackballed? Greinke now trade bait?
Zack Greinke on his near no-hitter against Pirates
Lovullo reacts to Greinke’s near no-hitter in win
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Diamondbacks drop third straight with loss to Tigers
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Torey Lovullo after D-Backs’ latest loss to Rockies
Taijuan Walker after loss to Rockies
Patrick Corbin after being roughed up by Rockies
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Zack Greinke on impressive outing vs. Rockies
Manager Torey Lovullo after win over Rockies
Manager Torey Lovullo after D-Backs lose series vs. Nationals
Braden Shipley after walking six in loss to Nationals
D-Backs’ Torey Lovullo after loss to Nationals
Diamondbacks’ Robbie Ray strikes out 10 in loss to Nationals
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ 6-3 win over Nationals
Taijuan Walker on his short start vs. Nationals
Shot Clock: Rockets sizzle, D-Backs fizzle?
A.J. Pollock on controversial play: “You guys saw the replay”
Descalso talks about walk-off home run over Rockies
Lovullo on pitching, more in D-Backs’ wild win
Corbin discusses his scoreless outing vs. Rockies
Fernando Rodney talks about his latest blown save
Zack Greinke after outing vs. Rockies
D-Backs’ Shelby Miller to have Tommy John surgery
Diamondbacks fall 3-1 to Rockies
Chris Owings on his two-homer night
D-Backs’ Taijuan Walker on his 11-strikeout performance vs. Padres
D-Backs’ Shelby Miller considering Tommy John surgery
Fernando Rodney reacts to his blown save against the Padres
Torey Lovullo reacts to Diamondbacks’ ‘heartbreaking’ loss
Diamondbacks attendance hits new low
Diamondbacks pull away from Padres for 9-3 win
Diamondbacks hold on for win over Padres
Shelby Miller on his injury, visit with team doctor
Arizona Diamondbacks’ Shelby Miller discusses arm injury
David Peralta on his record-setting night
Robbie Ray reacts to Saturday’s win over the Dodgers
Diamondbacks use 9-run eighth to overwhelm Dodgers
Paul Goldschmidt on D-Backs’ offense vs. Padres
Manager Torey Lovullo breaks down D-Backs’ loss, road trip
The Arizona Diamondbacks return home Monday through Wednesday for a 3-game series against the Chicago White Sox.
Follow our updates from the game at Chase Field.
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Daniel Descalso, filling in for Brandon Drury at second base, blasted a three-run homer into the pool area in right field to give the Diamondbacks a 3-0 lead after four innings. Descalso made Chicago starter Miguel Gonzalez pay for a hanging curve ball he left over the middle of the plate.
Meanwhile, Zack Greinke continues to mow down the White Sox, allowing just one hit with no walks through the first four innings.
Leury Garcia hit a solo homer to right field in the top of the fifth to cut into the Diamondbacks’ lead.
Arizona’s Zack Greinke and Chicago’s Miguel Gonzalez were locked in a scoreless pitcher’s duel through three innings. Each pitcher had allowed just one hit.
Greinke already had five strikeouts through the first three frames while throwing just 36 pitches.
Delgado to fill in for Walker
Manager Torey Lovullo said Randall Delgado will start Wednesday in place of starter Taijuan Walker, who has been placed on the 10-day disabled list (finger blister).
Lovullo said the Diamondbacks felt it was best to make Wednesday’s game a “bullpen game” rather than call up a starter from the minor leagues. He said Delgado, who is 1-0 with a 4.05 ERA, was picked to start because he has been stretched out in the bullpen and could give Arizona multiple innings. He said Delgado won’t be on a pitch count.
“We felt like he was going to be the most prepared guy for that moment,” Lovullo said. “He’s had some extended outings and he’s been throwing the ball very, very well.”
Lovullo said no decision has been made as to who will get the ball for Walker’s second scheduled start.
Pollock’s return uncertain
Center fielder A.J. Pollock, on the 10-day disabled list since May 15 with a strained right groin, is feeling better and has done some light running but Lovullo didn’t make it sound as if Pollock will be ready to be activated later this week.
“The next steps are to get him with a bat in his hand and take some batting practice,” Lovullo said. “Everything is progressing very well. Is it going to happen on the 11th day that he steps in and plays a game? At this point I’m not sure. We want A.J. back as soon as possible but we’re not going to do it before it’s the right time.”
Relievers Archie Bradley, J.J. Hoover and Andrew Chafin will compete in a cow-milking competition Tuesday before batting practice to kick off the Grand Slam Milk Drive program.
Lovullo was asked who he thought would win the contest and he actually took several seconds to think about it.
“Hoover,” he finally said. “Because he has a farm and I know he has several cows. He’s a cow owner which doesn’t necessarily mean he’s going to know how to milk the cows but I feel like knowing J.J., I feel very strongly that he and his wife know how to do that.”
Asked how many gallons he believes Hoover could get from the cow, Lovullo smiled and said, “Oh my God, I don’t know. You talk about gallons and I think about filling up gas tanks.”
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Arizona Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb was named the National League Player of the Week for the period ending May 21st.
Lamb batted .412 (7-for-17) with seven runs scored, a double, four home runs and 10 RBI over five games to claim his second career NL Player of the Week Award, last winning on July 17, 2016.
“He earned that because of a lot of the hard work he’s put in,” Lovullo said. “He earned that because he had a very good offensive and defensive week. When you’re recognized by the league you’re doing something special.”
Lamb, as expected, didn’t treat the award as any sort of big deal.
“It’s cool,” he said. “I’ve been working hard to get the bat going again. That’s kind of really all it says. I don’t really think anything of it.”
Gregor Blanco will hit leadoff for the Diamondbacks and play center field in the series opener against the White Sox.
David Peralta will hit second and play right field.
Paul Goldschmidt is batting third and playing first base, while Jake Lamb will follow him in the order and play third base.
Chris Owings gets the start and shortstop and bats fifth, with Daniel Descalso batting sixth and playing second base.
Rey Fuentes is seventh in the order and playing left field.
Catcher Jeff Mathis and pitcher Zack Greinke round out the order for Arizona.
As for the White Sox lineup:
White Sox at Diamondbacks
When: 6:40 p.m.
Where: Chase Field (Roof hotline: 602-462-6262).
Pitchers: Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (5-2, 3.09) vs. White Sox RHP Miguel Gonzalez (3-4, 4.29).
TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).
Greinke gave up four runs in 6 2/3 innings against the Mets last week at Chase Field, winning for the third consecutive start. … Greinke is holding righties (.227) and lefties (.226) to low batting averages, something he attributes to the effectiveness of his slider and change-up, respectively. … He has a career 4.14 ERA against the White Sox but he hasn’t faced them since 2012. … Gonzalez has been an innings-eater so far for the White Sox, averaging more than six innings per start through eight outings. … He hasn’t pitched effectively, however, in his past four starts, posting a 6.94 ERA. … Gonzalez’s fastball sits in the low-90s, and he throws a slider, curveball and splitter.
Tuesday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (3-4, 4.38) vs. White Sox RHP Dylan Covey (0-3, 7.64).
Wednesday: At Chase Field, 12:40 p.m., Diamondbacks TBA vs. White Sox LHP Jose Quintana (2-5, 3.92).
Thursday: At Milwaukee, 5:10 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (3-3, 3.91) vs. Brewers TBA.
Chicago White Sox
White Sox update: The White Sox got off to a good start, winning 13 of their first 22 games, but they’ve struggled since, going 6-13 in their past 19 games entering Sunday. They have several players swinging the bat well in the early going, led by RF Avisail Garcia, who is hitting .357/.400/.610 in 165 plate appearances with nine doubles, three triples and eight homers. Highly regarded for years as a prospect, this is the first time Garcia, 25, has produced at this kind of level in his career. CF Leury Garcia is hitting .298 with a .812 OPS; 1B Jose Abreu is hitting .274 with a .490 slugging; and 2B Yolmer Sanchez has a .333 average and .375 on-base. The White Sox bullpen has been terrific, with a 2.70 ERA that ranks second-best in the American League. RHP David Robertson (2.81 ERA, five saves), RHP Anthony Swarzak (1.37 ERA) and RHP Tommy Kahnle (1.69 ERA) are among the White Sox relievers pitching well so far.