Shelby Miller won for the second time this season, beating the San Diego Padres on Tuesday night at Petco Park.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talked about Shelby Miller’s strong outing in an 11-2 win over the Padres.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo after his team rallied to beat the Dodgers 3-2 on Monday night. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray walked four batters early but settled in and struck out 10 in six innings against the Dodgers on Monday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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azcentral sports’ Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley discuss Zack Greinke’s slump and the Cardinals and Sun Devils continuing their preparations for the season.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Fernando Rodney’s save, Taijuan Walker’s performance and his team’s win against the Dodgers on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker gave up just one run in five innings against the Dodgers on Sunday. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta talks about his home run against Dodgers lefty Rich Hill and the performance of teammate Taijuan Walker in Sunday’s win. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo explains why he used closer Fernando Rodney with his team trailing in the eighth inning on Saturday night. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin gave up five runs (three earned) in six innings vs. the Dodgers in Arizona’s 8-4 loss to Los Angeles on Saturday night. Nick PIecoro/azcentral sports
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Manager Torey Lovullo talks about Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw’s dominance vs. the Diamondbacks on Friday night.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke gave up five runs in five innings against the Dodgers on Friday night, coming up short in his matchup against Clayton Kershaw.
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Shot Clock: azcentral sports’ Mark Faller and Dan Bickley discuss the Diamondbacks vs. Dodgers series and the NBA playoffs.
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Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke and Dodgers LHP Clayton Kershaw will combine to make more than $69 million this season.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Shelby Miller took the blame for Wednesday night’s loss to the Giants.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talked about Shelby Miller’s outing and his hitters’ struggles with guys in scoring position.
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Now that the Cubs have their rings, a look back the Diamondbacks’ World Series ring from 2001.
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Diamondbacks center fielder A.J. Pollock talks about his play on Aaron Hill’s third-inning drive and Jake Lamb’s go-ahead, three-run triple.
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Lefty Robbie Ray worked around five walks and was helped by his defense in the Diamondbacks’ win over the Giants on Tuesday night.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker said he made a mistake by trying to throw home on a strange play against the Giants in Monday’s loss in San Francisco. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Arizona Diamondbacks’ Patrick Corbin talks about his personal performance so far this season after the team swept the series against the Indians, April 9, 2017. (Bob McManaman/azcentral sports)
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Jay Dieffenbach and Dan Bickley disagree on the NBA MVP and share their thoughts on the D-Backs’ hot start.
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Arizona Diamondbacks’ Torey Lovullo discusses the team’s win against the Indians, sweeping the series, April 9, 2017. (Bob McManaman/azcentral sports)
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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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Shelby Miller on his win vs. Padres
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ win over Padres
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Robbie Ray on his 10-strikeout game vs. Dodgers
Shot Clock: Time to worry about Zack Greinke?
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ win 3-1 win over Dodgers
Taijuan Walker tosses five strong innings vs. Dodgers
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Torey Lovullo on usage of Fernando Rodney vs. Dodgers on Saturday
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Robbie Ray after tossing 6 2/3 shutout innings vs. Giants
Taijuan Walker discusses his errant throw vs. Giants
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Diamondbacks’ hot start by the numbers
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Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ win over Giants
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Patrick Corbin after loss to Giants
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Surgery successful for D-Backs’ Gardenhire
SAN DIEGO – Ron Gardenhire had successful surgery on Tuesday to remove his prostate, manager Torey Lovullo said, and the Diamondbacks are hoping they’ll have their bench coach back in action sometime in the next four-to-six weeks.
Gardenhire was diagnosed with prostate cancer just before the start of spring training, and surgery was scheduled for this week.
“He was packing up his bags and getting ready to leave the hospital today and head home for some much-needed rest,” Lovullo said Wednesday. “He wanted to make sure that I said thank you to everybody for all the texts, phone calls and support and that definitely helped for some of those moments yesterday and this morning when he was really grinding away.”
Gardenhire was with the team for the first seven games of the season but stayed home when the club left on its current road trip, with Triple-A Reno manager Jerry Narron taking his place as bench coach. Lovullo said he’ll let Gardenhire dictate when he returns.
“It’s when he’s ready and he’s comfortable to step back in this environment, that’s when it will happen,” Lovullo said. “I have a funny feeling that he’s going to be here behind the scenes until he feels comfortable getting back into the dugout.”
Matching ‘em up
For the fourth time out of four Zack Greinke starts, catcher Jeff Mathis was behind the plate. Lovullo has said since the start of spring training he doesn’t believe in personal catchers, but he suggested on Wednesday the tandem might remain a couple more often than not.
“I think that if I’m seeing a certain comfort level or results that are very positive, if it lines up, I will continue to do that,” Lovullo said. “I’m not going to have guys bend over backwards or changing routines or their patterns just to have the matchups. If it works and it lines up, we’re far enough out in front of putting lineups together that we’re going to stay with that. I think Zack knows and understands that it’s not going to be like that all year long.”
Lovullo said the first thing he looks at is how the pitcher and catcher are working together. He’ll consider how the catcher matches up with the opposing pitcher after that.
Lovullo is generally not a fan of the sacrifice bunt, but he has no issues with his players bunting for hits, and he liked what he saw from Chris Owings in the fourth inning on Tuesday night.
Owings dropped down a bases-loaded bunt against Padres reliever Craig Stammen, who fielded the ball, double-clutched and threw wildly to first base, allowing two runs to score.
“He recognized there was a gap in the defense at that moment and it was a central play,” Lovullo said. “It was really the difference in the game. I think that was the catalyst for the big inning.”
Lovullo said Owings bunted on his own, and he appreciated the timing of it, given that Stammen had just entered the game following an injury to starting pitcher Jarred Cosart and, he said, likely wasn’t anticipating a bunt.
Herrmann filling in for Tomas in left field
Lineup notes: With Jhoulys Chacin on the mound for the Padres, Torey Lovullo opted to go with Chris Herrmann in left field, in place of Yasmany Tomas. Lefties are hitting .344 off Chacin this season, compared to .276 for right-handed hitters. Additionally, Nick Ahmed takes over for Chris Owings at shortstop.
1. A.J. Pollock CF
2. David Peralta RF
3. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
4. Jake Lamb 3B
5. Brandon Drury 2B
6. Chris Herrmann LF
7. Nick Ahmed SS
8. Jeff Mathis C
9. Zack Greinke P
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Diamondbacks at Padres
When: 7:10 p.m.
Where: Petco Park, San Diego.
Pitchers: Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (1-1, 4.32) vs. Padres RHP Jhoulys Chacin (1-2, 7.80).
TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).
Three starts into his season, Greinke has logged one decent start, one very good one and that was not so good. He’s coming off the latter, an outing in which he gave up five runs in five innings at Dodger Stadium last week, taking the loss in a matchup against LHP Clayton Kershaw. … Greinke posted a 3.42 ERA against the Padres last season, including a 2.66 ERA in three starts at Petco Park. … Chacin’s season has also been a mixed bag. He gave up nine runs in 3 1/3 innings on Opening Day, followed that up with 6 2/3 scoreless innings then allowed four runs in five innings in his third start. … Chacin pitched briefly for the Diamondbacks in 2015, making five appearances (four starts) and logging a 3.38 ERA. … Lefties are hitting .344 off him this season, compared to .276 for right-handed hitters.
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Thursday: At San Diego, 6:10 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Patrick Corbin (1-2, 2.81) vs. Padres LHP Clayton Richard (1-2, 3.60).
Friday: At Chase Field, 6:40 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Taijuan Walker (2-1, 3.94) vs. Dodgers LHP Alex Wood (1-0, 1.00).
Saturday: At Chase Field, 5:10 p.m., Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (1-0, 1.96) vs. Dodgers RHP Kenta Maeda (1-1, 7.07).
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