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    Shot Clock: D-Backs vs. Rockies in wild card

  • Paul Goldschmidt and J.D. Martinez share insights on each other

    Paul Goldschmidt and J.D. Martinez share insights on each other

  • Greinke looks ahead to his wild-card start

    Greinke looks ahead to his wild-card start

  • Lovullo discusses the wild-card game against the Rockies

    Lovullo discusses the wild-card game against the Rockies

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    Shot Clock: Zack’s comfort dog? Wild-card preview

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    Piecoro, Moore on D-Backs’ preparations ahead of wild-card game

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    Lovullo on Martinez: ‘As good a hitter … that I’ve been around’

  • D-Backs' Pollock on facing Rockies starter Jon Gray

    D-Backs’ Pollock on facing Rockies starter Jon Gray

  • Torey Lovullo on Paul Goldschmidt's stats, focus

    Torey Lovullo on Paul Goldschmidt’s stats, focus

  • D-Backs' Pollock on security concerns for wild-card game

    D-Backs’ Pollock on security concerns for wild-card game

  • D-Backs' manager Torey Lovullo on Walker, Bradley vs. Royals

    D-Backs’ manager Torey Lovullo on Walker, Bradley vs. Royals

  • Archie Bradley after loss to Royals

    Archie Bradley after loss to Royals

  • Torey Lovullo after Greinke's loss vs. Royals

    Torey Lovullo after Greinke’s loss vs. Royals

  • Zack Greinke on his outing vs. Royals

    Zack Greinke on his outing vs. Royals

  • J.D. Martinez's on his record-tying home run

    J.D. Martinez’s on his record-tying home run

  • David Peralta on his walk-off walk, J.D. Martinez's hitting

    David Peralta on his walk-off walk, J.D. Martinez’s hitting

  • J.D. Martinez on his hot streak, D-Backs' win over Giants

    J.D. Martinez on his hot streak, D-Backs’ win over Giants

  • Robbie Ray after win vs. Giants

    Robbie Ray after win vs. Giants

  • Zack Godley after loss vs. Giants

    Zack Godley after loss vs. Giants

  • Paul Goldschmidt after D-Backs clinch wild card spot

    Paul Goldschmidt after D-Backs clinch wild card spot

  • D-Backs celebrate walk-off win over Miami

    D-Backs celebrate walk-off win over Miami

  • Diamondbacks celebrate playoff berth

    Diamondbacks celebrate playoff berth

  • Fernando Rodney on his 300th career save

    Fernando Rodney on his 300th career save

  • Chris Iannetta on his 8-RBI night in D-Backs' win

    Chris Iannetta on his 8-RBI night in D-Backs’ win

  • Archie Bradley answers questions from reporters – and J.D. Martinez

    Archie Bradley answers questions from reporters – and J.D. Martinez

  • Torey Lovullo after D-Backs avoid sweep in San Diego

    Torey Lovullo after D-Backs avoid sweep in San Diego

  • Torey Lovullo on recent offensive struggles after loss to Padres

    Torey Lovullo on recent offensive struggles after loss to Padres

  • A.J. Pollock on his two-homer game vs. Padres

    A.J. Pollock on his two-homer game vs. Padres

  • D-Backs' Zack Godley after loss to Padres

    D-Backs’ Zack Godley after loss to Padres

  • Patrick Corbin on mistakes vs. Padres

    Patrick Corbin on mistakes vs. Padres

  • Torey Lovullo on D-Backs' loss to Padres

    Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ loss to Padres

  • Taijuan Walker on shaky outing vs. Giants

    Taijuan Walker on shaky outing vs. Giants

  • Torey Lovullo after loss to Giants

    Torey Lovullo after loss to Giants

  • Zack Greinke after 2-0 win over Giants

    Zack Greinke after 2-0 win over Giants

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    Torey Lovullo on Greinke’s dominant start vs. Giants

  • Robbie Ray after 10-strikeout game vs. Giants

    Robbie Ray after 10-strikeout game vs. Giants

  • Archie Bradley on baseball and beards

    Archie Bradley on baseball and beards

  • Torey Lovullo on Pollock's two-run double, Ray's outing

    Torey Lovullo on Pollock’s two-run double, Ray’s outing

  • Shot Clock: D-Backs' Archie Bradley talks football

    Shot Clock: D-Backs’ Archie Bradley talks football

  • Zack Godley on his outing against the Rockies

    Zack Godley on his outing against the Rockies

  • Torey Lovullo on big win over Rockies

    Torey Lovullo on big win over Rockies

  • Paul Goldschmidt downplays his 1,000th career hit

    Paul Goldschmidt downplays his 1,000th career hit

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    Lovullo discusses his team’s win over the Rockies

  • D-Backs' A.J. Pollock on his three-hit night

    D-Backs’ A.J. Pollock on his three-hit night

  • Patrick Corbin on his outing against the Rockies

    Patrick Corbin on his outing against the Rockies

  • Shot Clock: D-Backs stay ahead of Rockies?

    Shot Clock: D-Backs stay ahead of Rockies?

  • Torey Lovullo on loss to Rockies

    Torey Lovullo on loss to Rockies

  • J.D. Martinez following D-Backs' loss to Rockies

    J.D. Martinez following D-Backs’ loss to Rockies

  • Taijuan Walker on his outing against the Rockies

    Taijuan Walker on his outing against the Rockies

  • Diamondbacks' rally falls short against Rockies

    Diamondbacks’ rally falls short against Rockies

  • Robbie Ray on his outing vs. Padres

    Robbie Ray on his outing vs. Padres

  • Manager Torey Lovullo on D-Backs' win, Bradley's save

    Manager Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ win, Bradley’s save

  • Diamondbacks react to 'tough' loss to Padres

    Diamondbacks react to ‘tough’ loss to Padres

  • Coyotes take batting practice at Chase Field

    Coyotes take batting practice at Chase Field

  • Torey Lovullo on the end of the D-Backs' win streak

    Torey Lovullo on the end of the D-Backs’ win streak

  • Paul Goldschmidt says his elbow is structurally sound

    Paul Goldschmidt says his elbow is structurally sound

  • Zack Greinke after D-Backs' win over Dodgers

    Zack Greinke after D-Backs’ win over Dodgers

  • Torey Lovullo on D-Backs' record-tying 12th consecutive win

    Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ record-tying 12th consecutive win

  • Shot Clock: JD rocks LA; Cards chase Seattle

    Shot Clock: JD rocks LA; Cards chase Seattle

  • J.D. Martinez on his four-homer night vs. Dodgers

    J.D. Martinez on his four-homer night vs. Dodgers

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    Paul Goldschmidt talks about his sore right elbow

  • Torey Lovullo on J.D. Martinez's four-homer performance

    Torey Lovullo on J.D. Martinez’s four-homer performance

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    Robbie Ray after striking out career-high 14 vs. Dodgers

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    Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ 10th consecutive win

  • Zack Godley on wild yet effective outing vs. Rockies

    Zack Godley on wild yet effective outing vs. Rockies

Follow our live updates from the National League wild card game between the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies at Chase Field.

Our reporters Nick Piecoro, Sarah McLellan and Richard Morin will be bringing you up-to-the-moment updates throughout the night.

Descalso extends lead

Diamondbacks second baseman Daniel Descalso hit a two-run home run to extend Arizona’s lead to a 6-0 cushion over the Rockies at Chase Field.

Third baseman Jake Lamb led off the inning with a single and Descalso brought him home with a homer on a 2-2 count. The Diamondbacks held their six-run lead as play moved to the fourth inning.

Rockies still scoreless

The Rockies finally got a base runner and a hit against Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke, but they couldn’t muster anything else in the third to remain in a 4-0 deficit.

After Mark Reynolds popped up to second base, Greinke walked Jonathan Lucroy – Greinke’s first of the game. Lucroy advanced to third after an ensuing single form pinch-hitter Raimel Tapia, but both runners were stranded after Charlie Blackmom flied out and DJ LeMahieu grounded out to shortstop Ketel Marte.

— Sarah McLellan

Marte, D-Backs chase Gray in second

David Peralta hit a one-out single and Ketel Marte brought him home with an RBI triple to give the Diamondbacks a 4-0 lead that chased Rockies starter Jon Gray after retiring just four batters.

The Diamondbacks held a four-run lead as play moved to the third inning.

— Richard Morin

Still cruising

Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke continued to cruise in the second, needing just 10 pitches to send down the Rockies in order for the second straight inning.

Greinke got Nolan Arenado to bite on a 75 mph curveball before Trevor Story flied out to left and Gerardo Parra grounded out to second baseman Daniel Descalso. 

— Sarah McLellan

Goldschmidt happened

Just like Zack Greinke in the top of the inning, the Diamondbacks hitters got off to a quick start in the National League wild card game.

David Peralta led off the inning with a single on a 2-2 count and Ketel Marte moved him to third with a first-pitch single of his own. The next batter, Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, deposited a hanging curveball on the first pitch he saw into the left-field seats for a three-run home run.

After J.D. Martinez was retired, Jake Lamb knocked a one-out single and A.J. Pollock followed with a double to right, but the next two batters were retired as Gray escaped a 33-pitch inning without yielding further damage.

The Diamondbacks held a 3-0 lead as play moved to the second inning at Chase Field.

— Richard Morin

Solid start

Diamondbacks starter Zack Greinke retired the side in the first, a solid debut that sustained the pregame energy inside Chase Field.

Greinke got leadoff man Charlie Blackmon to ground out to first baseman Paul Goldschmidt on two pitches before DJ LeMahieu bounced out to third baseman Jake Lamb and Carlos Gonzalez grounded out to shortstop Ketel Marte. 

— Sarah McLellan

Sherfy gets the call

Diamondbacks reliever Jimmie Sherfy showed enough in his live batting practice session on Monday to convince the club he was worthy of a spot on the wild-card roster. 

Manager Torey Lovullo said Sherfy, who missed the final week of the season with right triceps tightness, looked “strong and ready” during his throwing session on Monday, an outing that came eight days after he last appeared in a game.

The club had Sherfy throw on the main field in order to monitor his pitches with tracking cameras.

“We looked at the velocity,” Lovullo said. “We looked at the shape of the pitches, and we were tracking things the same way we would if you were pitching in a game, and it checked out.”

Sherfy made a quick ascension to a prominent role at the back of the Diamondbacks bullpen during the season’s final five weeks, logging 10 2/3 scoreless innings in the majors to show he could handle close games and even save situations.

Lovullo said the deciding factor for him what was Sherfy told him after he threw on Monday.

“When he walked off the mound, typically I’ll have about a three- or four-minute conversation, and he looked me square in the eye and said, ‘I want the ball,’” Lovullo said. “For me, that cinched it up right there.”

Game Info

When: First pitch is set for 5:08 p.m. MST

Where: Chase Field (Roof hotline: 602-462-6262).

Pitchers: Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (17-7, 3.20) vs. Rockies RHP Jon Gray (10-4, 3.67).

TV: TBS

TV broadcast crew: Ernie Johnson, Ron Darling, Sam Ryan 

Radio: KMVP-AM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).

Live streaming: MLB.tv will stream the NL wild-card game

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Out of time

Infielder Chris Owings was left off the wild-card roster, with the club opting for infielder Kris Negron, who spent most of the season in Triple-A Reno.

Owings had played just one game – at instructional league on Monday afternoon – since fracturing his right middle finger on July 30 in St. Louis.

“We felt like time had run for C.O. to give us some of the answers we needed,” Lovullo said. “Hopefully, if things go the way we anticipate, he’ll be available and be considered for the next round.”

Negron gives the Diamondbacks another option at shortstop – a consideration given that starter Ketel Marte is nursing a hamstring issue – and has enough speed that he could be an option off the bench as a pinch-runner.

Mega-shift forthcoming?

The Diamondbacks won’t use their extreme shift on the Rockies’ D.J. LeMahieu with Zack Greinke on the mound, but outfield coach Dave McKay said it’s a possibility it will make an appearance later in the game.

“It’s not a for sure thing,” McKay said. “We’ll have to think about it.”

When the Diamondbacks faced the Rockies in September, they swung their outfield alignment around toward right field, vacating left field for LeMahieu, who is an extreme opposite-field hitter.

Greinke doesn’t like shifting because it takes the slow curveball out of his arsenal because it is a pitch LeMahieu can pull more effectively.

McKay said that whether the Diamondbacks shift again on Wednesday night will depend on “having the right guy on the mound.”

Short hops

  • Asked how long he would extend reliever Archie Bradley in a relief appearance, Lovullo said he’d be willing to let throw up to around 40 pitches. Bradley threw 38 and 37 pitches in each of his final two appearances of the regular season.
  • As expected, Lovullo said the Diamondbacks would start lefty Robbie Ray in Game 1 of the division series against the Dodgers if they don’t have to use Ray on Wednesday night. Right-hander Taijuan Walker, who was the only one of the five starters left off the wild-card game roster, is an option if Ray isn’t available.

Mathis starts at catcher for D-Backs

The Arizona Diamondbacks starting lineup for Wednesday’s wild-card game with the Colorado Rockies will feature catcher Jeff Mathis starting behind the plate and Daniel Descalso starting at second base.

D-Backs release wild-card roster

As expected, infielder Chris Owings failed to make the Diamondbacks wild-card game roster. The Diamondbacks also left starting pitcher Taijuan Walker off the roster for Wednesday’s game.

The Diamondbacks opted to carry 15 position players and 10 pitchers for Wednesday night’s wild-card game, with four of the club’s five primary starting pitchers making the roster.

  • 5 Blanco, Grégor OF
  • 25 Bradley, Archie RHP
  • 40 Chafin, Andrew LHP
  • 46 Corbin, Patrick LHP
  • 29 De La Rosa, Jorge LHP
  • 3 Descalso, Daniel INF
  • 27 Drury, Brandon INF
  • 14 Fuentes, Rey OF
  • 52 Godley, Zack RHP
  • 44 Goldschmidt, Paul INF
  • 21 Greinke, Zack RHP
  • 47 Hernandez, David RHP
  • 10 Herrmann, Chris C
  • 8 Iannetta, Chris C
  • 22 Lamb, Jake INF
  • 4 Marte, Ketel INF
  • 28 Martinez, J.D. OF
  • 2 Mathis, Jeff C
  • 45 Negrón, Kristopher INF
  • 6 Peralta, David OF
  • 11 Pollock, A.J. OF
  • 38 Ray, Robbie LHP
  • 56 Rodney, Fernando RHP
  • 9 Rosales, Adam INF
  • 54 Sherfy, Jimmie RHP

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Open or closed?

Diamondbacks CEO Derrick Hall said the decision to open the roof at Chase Field for the game will be made by Major League Baseball, though he expects officials to ask for input from the team.

With a forecasted high on Wednesday of 97 degrees, Hall worries that it might be too warm to open the roof.

“My fear is the temperature is going to be pretty high for a jam-packed house,” Hall said. “Typically, what we’ll do is let people move around, which you can’t do with a sellout. As much as I want to have it open, I don’t feel like it’s right.”

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Lineup questions

Lovullo said he had not yet decided on whether he’d go with Jeff Mathis or Chris Iannetta behind the plate on Wednesday, though he has strongly hinted that Mathis would be the starter, in large part based on his relationship with starter Zack Greinke.

The other questions in his lineup, he said, were those involving left fielder David Peralta and shortstop Ketel Marte, and those were going to depend on how workouts went on Tuesday and how the players were feeling on Wednesday.

“They both had really good workdays (Monday), but we might ramp them up a little bit,” Lovullo said. “They just came out to test their own boundaries, but we might ask them to do a little bit more. So under our guidelines they need to fall under a few things, which if they pass that test, which I think they will – it’s trending in that direction – and I think we’ll be in good shape to say they’re ready to go.”

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Owings a “long shot” for wild-card game

Though his manager called him a “long shot” to make Wednesday’s wild-card game roster, infielder Chris Owings continued to prepare in hopes of playing in the do-or-die game despite missing the past two months following a broken finger.

“For sure,” Owings said when asked if he thinks he’s ready. “It’s their decision, their call. It’s going to be whatever is best for the team. I feel good. I just keep taking little steps every day and we’ll see where it is.”

Owings had five at-bats in an instructional league game on Monday, and he was planning to get additional at-bats on Tuesday against Diamondbacks pitchers who threw in live batting practice sessions following the team’s workout at Chase Field.

But other than that, Owings hasn’t played since he was hit by a pitch on July 30, fracturing his right middle finger. Still, despite the limited at-bats, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo has been talking about Owings as an option off the bench – if not to hit, then as a pinch-runner.

“I’ll probably have a discussion with him and the front office to see where he is at in this process,” Lovullo said on Tuesday afternoon. “But he is a long shot. And I want to say that anything’s possible. I know today’s the last day. So we’ll see what happens.”

Sherfy progressing

Right-hander Jimmie Sherfy threw an aggressive live batting practice session on Monday afternoon, and he said Tuesday he didn’t feel any hint of the “right triceps tightness” that has kept him out of games since Sept. 24.

“Everything went well,” he said. “It’s feeling great.”

Sherfy, a rookie reliever who did not allow an earned run in 10 2/3 innings in the big leagues this season, appeared to be a lock to make the postseason roster before the arm issue arose. Lovullo called Sherfy’s outing on Monday “very encouraging” but stopped short of assuring him a roster spot.

“I’m just taking it one day at a time,” Sherfy said. “I respect their decision either way, but it’d be awesome to make this roster, obviously.”

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