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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Taijuan Walker tosses five strong innings vs. Dodgers
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Torey Lovullo on usage of Fernando Rodney vs. Dodgers on Saturday
D-Backs lefty Patrick Corbin talks about his outing vs. Dodgers
Torey Lovullo after D-Backs’ 7-1 loss to the Dodgers
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Manager Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ rubber-match loss to Giants
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A.J. Pollock talks about his big catch in D-Backs’ win over Giants
Robbie Ray after tossing 6 2/3 shutout innings vs. Giants
Taijuan Walker discusses his errant throw vs. Giants
Diamondbacks’ Patrick Corbin describes personal performance
Shot Clock: NBA MVP and surprising D-Backs
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ sweep against the Indians
Diamondbacks’ hot start by the numbers
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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
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MLB’s 100 Names to Know for 2017
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Editor’s note: We are with the Arizona Diamondbacks every game this season and will have you covered here from starting lineups to the last word from the clubhouse. This is your home for D-Backs game day news and analysis.
Lovullo trying to show trust in starters
After Diamondbacks left-hander Patrick Corbin gave up three early runs on Saturday night, he found himself in more trouble in the third and fourth innings. But not only did manager Torey Lovullo stick with Corbin through those jams, he didn’t even have a reliever warming in the bullpen during them.
That is not a coincidence, Lovullo said.
“A lot of the conversation I had with (starting pitchers) in spring training is that they felt like at times in the past they weren’t able to express themselves,” Lovullo said. “For me, the starting pitcher sets the tone and we need them to work to deep into games, otherwise our bullpen is going to be tired by the middle of the season.”
Several pitchers on the Diamondbacks staff said last year that they were frustrated with how the coaching staff was quick to get relievers warming at the first sign of trouble. Corbin himself told reporters in June that “you just want some trust in you.” In July, right-hander Josh Collmenter said, “It seemed like there was always, not an eagerness, but a quickness to go to the bullpen.”
Lovullo is taking a different approach.
“I know some of the feedback I got from these guys is they want the baseball for as long as they can take it,” he said. “There are going to be times when the score and their pitch count may or may not come into the game plan, but I want them to know that they’re there to get 21 outs, and until that time comes we’re really not going to make a panic decision or a quick decision.”
It’s early, but so far Diamondbacks starters are averaging 5.5 innings per start, the same average as last year’s rotation over a full season. The early results have been far better, however, with this year’s rotation owning a 3.64 ERA. Last year’s rotation had a 5.19 ERA.
Lovullo’s comments about his starters’ leash came after he explained his quick hook for Taijuan Walker on Sunday, a decision that was made, in part, because Walker was dealing with lower back tightness.
Lovullo said he doesn’t expect the issue to prevent Walker from making his next start, scheduled for Friday at Chase Field vs. the Dodgers.
“I think he’s going to be just fine in five days,” Lovullo said.
Walker said the problem with his back first popped up two starts ago, when he took an aggressive swing at the plate. He made sure the swings he took on Sunday were more under control.
Off day looming
Second baseman Brandon Drury was the latest everyday player to find himself out of the starting lineup. Lovullo said it’s just the most recent player getting a scheduled day of rest in hopes of keeping him fresh for the season.
That leaves just one player who has started every game: first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.
“It’s going to happen sooner or later,” Lovullo said. “I’m very reluctant to give guys days off, but it means guys that don’t play every day can get in there and show what they can do. That’s what a team does. You’re 25 deep and the bench players are just as important.”
Lovullo wouldn’t say when Goldschmidt will sit, but he said that “he’ll be on the ground floor of that decision.”
1. A.J. Pollock CF
2. David Peralta RF
3. Paul Goldschmidt 1B
4. Jake Lamb 3B
5. Yasmany Tomas LF
6. Daniel Descalso 2B
7. Chris Owings SS
8. Jeff Mathis C
9. Robbie Ray P
MORE PREGAME READING: Study: Chase Field humidor could ‘significantly’ reduce home runs
When: 7:10 p.m.
Where: Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles.
Pitchers: Diamondbacks LHP Robbie Ray (1-0, 2.19) vs. Dodgers RHP Brandon McCarthy (2-0, 1.50).
TV/Radio: FSAZ/KMVP-FM (98.7), KHOV-FM (105.1).
Ray walked five batters against the Giants last week at AT&T Park, but he managed to work around them, tossing 6 2/3 shutout innings in a 4-3 win. … This will be Ray’s first start against a team other than the Giants. He’s had success against the Dodgers, posting a 2.96 ERA in eight career starts against them, including a 2.52 ERA in four starts at Dodger Stadium. … McCarthy gave up two runs in six innings against the Padres in his first start of the year and followed that with six scoreless against the Cubs at Wrigley Field last week. … According to Pitch-f/x data, McCarthy is throwing more cut fastballs this season than he did the previous two years, using the pitch 17.8 percent of the time. … A former Diamondbacks pitcher, he has faced his old team only once in his career, an outing that came last season. He threw six scoreless innings with no walks and eight strikeouts in a start at Chase Field.
The season’s still young, but…
- The Diamondbacks’ 63 runs were the most in the majors entering Monday’s games, ahead of the Reds (62), Rangers (62) and Mets (61).
- Diamondbacks pitchers have limited the opposition to a .221 on-base pct. when leading off an inning, the best mark in the majors entering Monday, ahead of the Yankees (.231), Red Sox (.241) and Dodgers (..254).
- Tonight’s Arizona starter, Robbie Ray, is the only qualified NL pitcher to not allow a hit to the first batter of an inning (0-for-12) and has issued one walk (.077 on-base pct.), the best OBP in the NL and second-best in the majors behing Boston’s Chris Sale, (.045).
- Triple-A Reno 1B Christian Walker was named Pacific Coast League Player of the Week, batting .348 (16-for-46) with four home runs, four doubles and 16 RBIs in 11 games.
- Double-A Jackson INF Colin Walsh was named Southern League Player of the Week, hitting .371 (13-for-35) over nine games with two home runs and seven doubles.
Tuesday: At San Diego, 7:10 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Shelby Miller (1-1, 5.06) vs. Padres RHP Jarred Cosart (0-0, 3.86).
Wednesday: At San Diego, 7:10 p.m., Diamondbacks RHP Zack Greinke (1-1, 4.32) vs. Padres RHP Jhoulys Chacin (1-2, 7.80).
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).