The Diamondbacks’ Chris Herrmann batted leadoff for the first time in his career, and he connected for a home run in the first inning in Monday’s 6-1 win.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke needed 102 pitches to get through five innings of a 6-1 win over the Phillies on Monday.
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Manager Torey Lovullo talks about the Diamondbacks’ latest win over the Phillies on Monday at Chase Field. Bob McManaman/azcentral sports
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The Diamondbacks only got five innings out of starter Zack Greinke, but went on to a 6-1 win over the Phillies to close out a four-game home series on Monday.
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Manager Torey Lovullo, right fielder Chris Owings and infielder Daniel Descalso react to the 2-1 win.
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A video recap of the Diamondbacks’ 2-1 win in extra innings over the Phillies on Sunday at Chase Field.
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Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray on his start against the Phillies on Saturday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo speaks with the media following Arizona’s 6-1 loss to the Phillies on Friday at Chase Field.
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Manager Torey Lovullo on the Diamondbacks’ win over the Phillies on Saturday.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo thought his team made a statement with its series victory over the Rockies this week.
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Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt talks about his team’s ability to bounce back from a tough loss on Friday.
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Zack Godley talks about the importance of shutdown innings after going seven innings to beat the Rockies on Thursday.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker threw six innings and his offense did the rest in a 16-4 win at Coors Field on Wednesday.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s 10-run fourth inning against the Rockies on Wednesday night.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo explains why he stuck with Zack Grienke in the eighth inning on Tuesday night.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Zack Greinke talks about how his outing against the Rockies got away from him on Tuesday night at Coors Field.
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Both the Diamondbacks and Rockies overcame deficits in the eighth inning, with Colorado pulling out a 4-3 win on Tuesday.
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azcentral sports’ Greg Moore and Mark Faller discuss the Diamondbacks’ upcoming three-game series against the Rockies and Diana Taurasi becoming the WNBA’s all-time leading scorer.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about the home run Rey Fuentes hit to help beat the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
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Rey Fuentes’ first career home run was a big one, helping the Diamondbacks beat the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday.
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Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray talks about why he wasn’t at his best on Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s 5-1 win over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday evening. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks third baseman Jake Lamb drove in a run on Saturday to help the Diamondbacks beat the Phillies 5-1. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses his late father’s support and guidance and how that relates to the Diamondbacks’ success this season. David Kadlubowski/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his unusual upbringing, given his father’s job in television with the TV show “Hee Haw.” David Kadlubowski/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about his team’s comeback over the Phillies, including Gregor Blanco’s key two-run home run.
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Diamondbacks outfielder Gregor Blanco cracked a game-tying home run in the seventh inning on Friday night.
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Diamondbacks lefty Patrick Corbin beat the Phillies on Friday night, his first road win since June 21, 2016.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo talks about Taijuan Walker’s return from the DL and Randall Delgado’s relief performance in a win over the Tigers.
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Diamondbacks right-hander Taijuan Walker gave up just one run in five innings in his first start back from the disabled list after missing nearly a month with a blister.
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Outfielder David Peralta discusses his go-ahead home run in the Diamondbacks’ wild 7-6 win over the Detroit Tigers. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Torey Lovullo talks about the Diamondbacks’ back-and-forth game against the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday night. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks starter Robbie Ray speaks with the media following his team’s 11-1 win over the Brewers on Sunday. Richard Morin/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt speaks with reporters after a 11-1 win over the Brewers on Sunday.
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Diamondbacks starter Zack Godley discusses his performance in Arizona’s 3-2 win on Saturday at Chase Field. Scott Bordow/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses his team’s win over the Brewers on Saturday at home. Scott Bordow/azcentral sports
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Diamondbacks starter Randall Delgado reacts to Friday’s loss to the Brewers.
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Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo discusses Friday’s 8-6 loss to the Brewers
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Diamondbacks catcher Chris Iannetta, batting in the No. 2 hole for the first time this season, homered and doubled twice, driving in seven runs in a win over the Padres, June 8, 2017. Nick Piecoro/azcentral sports
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Chris Herrmann on first career leadoff home run
Zack Greinke on outing vs. Phillies
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ offensive execution in win
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Diamondbacks walk off Philies in extra innings
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Ray on his outing against the Phillies
Torey Lovullo on Diamondbacks’ loss to Phillies
Lovullo discusses the Diamondbacks’ win over the Phillies
Torey Lovullo after D-Backs win series vs. Rockies
Paul Goldschmidt on D-Backs’ offensive outburst
Zack Godley on strong outing at Coors Field
D-Backs’ Taijuan Walker on win over Rockies
Torey Lovullo after blowout win vs. Rockies
Torey Lovullo on decision to stick with Zack Greinke
Zack Greinke after loss vs. Rockies
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Torey Lovullo on Rey Fuentes’ go-ahead homer
Rey Fuentes on hitting his first career home run
Robbie Ray on his outing vs. Phillies
Manager Torey Lovullo after D-Backs’ sixth consecutive win
Jake Lamb on D-Backs’ latest win over Phillies
Torey Lovullo talks about his late father’s support, guidance
Torey Lovullo on his father’s job in television
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ come-from-behind win over Phillies
Gregor Blanco discusses his game-tying homer vs. Phillies
Patrick Corbin on his performance vs. Phillies
Torey Lovullo on D-Backs’ latest one-run win
Taijuan Walker on his first outing back from the disabled list
David Peralta on his go-ahead homer in win over Tigers
Torey Lovullo after D-Backs’ win over Tigers
Robbie Ray on D-Backs’ win over Brewers
Paul Goldschmidt on grand slam, offensive outburst
Godley on taking advantage of opportunity after D-Backs win
Torey Lovullo after D-Backs’ win over Brewers
Randall Delgado on his rough outing against Brewers
Lovullo on Diamondbacks’ loss to Brewers
Chris Iannetta on his career-high 7 RBIs vs. Padres
As fan voting for the MLB All-Star Game is wrapping up, discussion for who should make the team is heating up.
The Arizona Diamondbacks and many of their players are right in the middle of that discussion.
While it appears that no Diamondbacks will be starting the game (first baseman Paul Goldschmidt is the closest to earning a spot, but he’s still far behind), several players could land spots on the team in a reserve role.
6 D-Backs worthy of selection?
USA TODAY Sports’ Kevin Santo made a list of the most deserving players for the National League All-Star roster.
It had six Diamondbacks on it: Goldschmidt, shortstop Chris Owings, third baseman Jake Lamb, outfielder David Peralta and pitchers Robbie Ray and Zack Greinke.
Santo wrote of Goldschmidt: “Goldschmidt is leading NL first basemen in runs scored, hits, RBI and on-base percentage.”
He wrote of Owings: “Very solid all-around numbers, and the D-Backs deserve some shine.”
Of Lamb, Santo said: “Lamb could vie for the starting spot, as is tied with Bryant for the most home runs among NL third baseman and also leads the group with 61 RBI.”
What about Peralta? Santo writes: “An excellent .377 on-base percentage and .869 OPS.”
As for Ray, Santo writes: “Ray boasts a 1.32 road ERA with 114 strikeouts as well.”
And finally, for Greinke, Santo writes: “He’s back – and now his team’s so good, he probably won’t get traded this summer.”
Don’t forget Rodney
Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said a handful of his players deserve All-Star recognition this season.
Goldschmidt figures to be a lock to make the All-Star team, but Lovullo said other Diamondbacks are just as deserving such as Lamb, Greinke and Ray and closer Fernando Rodney.
Rodney has 20 saves for the Diamondbacks and has been virtually unhittable after a shaky start to the season.
Lovullo said it’s not his style to pick up the phone and politic with NL All-Star manager Joe Maddon of the Cubs to help get certain players named to the squad.
Asked if Goldschmidt were to be the only Diamondbacks player to make the All-Star team, Lovullo said, “I would be a little bit surprised by that.”
Some other baseball writers shared a few thoughts on the NL team and who should be on it.
MLB.com’s Richard Justice says that Goldschmidt deserves a spot.
He writes: “That Goldschmidt will make his fifth straight NL All-Star team isn’t a question. That he’s running fourth in the voting, well, we can quibble with that. Goldschmidt is one of baseball’s greatest players and true gentlemen. His 2.6 WAR is fourth best in the NL. Goldschmidt’s offensive numbers line up nicely in a crowded field with Freeman, Ryan Zimmerman, Joey Votto and Eric Thames. Arguably one of the toughest votes on the ballot.”
Bleacher Report’s Jacob Shafer says that Goldschmidt can’t be ignored.
He writes: “It will be tough for Maddon to ignore the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Paul Goldschmidt, who is putting together an MVP-caliber season in the desert.”
USA TODAY Sports’ Jorge L. Ortiz says that Lamb is worthy of a spot.
He writes: “Lamb did not appear among the top five NL vote-getters at third base in the last voting update released a week ago, yet he had the league’s second-highest on-base plus slugging percentage (.974) going into Monday’s games. His 19 homers and 58 RBI rank third at the position, but he’s in a tough field with Kris Bryant and Nolan Arenado also enjoying banner seasons, and Matt Carpenter (now playing second) also in the mix.”
Shafer has Ray and Greinke on the NL roster.
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