Greinke rolls into clash with White Sox

Greinke rolls into clash with White Sox

When the Chicago White Sox come to Arizona's Chase Field on Monday, they'll face D-backs ace Zack Greinke when he's at the top of his game. He'll be facing White Sox right-hander Miguel Gonzalez, who is going in the opposite direction, having lost his last four starts. He's 0-3 with a 6.23 ERA this month.

Greinke (5-2) has won four of his last five starts with a 2.94 ERA over 33 2/3 innings in that span. He's also struck out 46 against five walks -- and also given up seven homers -- in that streak.

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Rob Shore is a contributor to MLB.com and covered the White Sox on Sunday. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lamb takes NL Player of Week honor

D-backs third baseman had four homers, 10 RBIs in five games

Lamb takes NL Player of Week honor

Jake Lamb's ascent to one of the most feared cleanup hitters in the Majors got back on track this week, as the Diamondbacks third baseman started sizzling again after a two-week slump.

Lamb was named National League Player of the Week for his efforts, a monster seven-day stretch in which the left-handed hitter drove in 10 runs in five games.

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D-backs drop finale to Padres

D-backs drop finale to Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Clayton Richard allowed just one run, while tossing a complete game, as the Padres snapped a season-high five-game losing streak and avoided a sweep by beating the D-backs, 5-1, on Sunday afternoon at Petco Park.

"If anybody asks, [Richard's] probably the unquestioned leader on the team at this point in time," Padres manager Andy Green said. "He's not the 'rah-rah' or in-your-face type of guy but he does everything right. To have that model for the rest of our pitching staff is great."

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Ryan Posner is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego. He covered the Padres on Sunday.

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Walker lands on DL with finger blister

Walker lands on DL with finger blister

SAN DIEGO -- The D-backs placed right-hander Taijuan Walker on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with a blister on his right index finger.

"I don't think it's going to be that long," D-backs GM Mike Hazen said. "This is something he's been dealing with for a few weeks now, and while it was making some progress start to start, it's still something that he's been managing through."

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Reed makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Reed makes Pipeline Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances in the Minor Leagues from the previous seven days. Any player on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible.

This week's Prospect Team of the Week features our first two repeat performers, an organization hitting the list for the first time and the youngest player to make the team so far this year.

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Iannetta shows no fear in first at-bat since HBP

D-backs catcher homers, doesn't flinch after coming off DL

Iannetta shows no fear in first at-bat since HBP

SAN DIEGO -- It was natural for people to wonder how exactly D-backs catcher Chris Iannetta would react the first time he stepped back in the batter's box after being hit in the face by a 93 mph fastball on May 12.

Iannetta gave a pretty clear answer Sunday afternoon when he hit the first pitch he saw since the beaning over the wall in right-center for a solo homer in the D-backs' 5-1 loss to the Padres at Petco Park.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs pick up slack in Pollock's absence

D-backs pick up slack in Pollock's absence

SAN DIEGO -- There were many reasons for the D-backs' struggles in 2016, but one that is cited most often is the injury to outfielder A.J. Pollock just a few days before Opening Day.

It has only been five games since Pollock strained his right groin, a very small sample size, but the D-backs seem to be responding well, having won all five.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

First-inning outburst lifts D-backs over Padres

First-inning outburst lifts D-backs over Padres

SAN DIEGO -- For the second straight night the D-backs put up a crooked number in the first inning and cruised to victory over the Padres, this time by a 9-1 score, as left-hander Robbie Ray allowed just two hits over 7 2/3 innings Saturday night at Petco Park.

The D-backs, who scored eight runs in the first inning Friday night, tagged Luis Perdomo for five first-inning runs on Saturday. Perdomo allowed eight runs and David Peralta had four hits, while Paul Goldschmidt and Yasmany Tomas drove in two runs apiece.

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Ryan Posner is a contributor to MLB.com based in San Diego. He covered the Padres on Saturday.

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Ray dominant in bounceback outing

D-backs lefty allows just two hits in 7 2/3 scoreless frames

Ray dominant in bounceback outing

SAN DIEGO -- Before he even threw a pitch Saturday night, D-backs left-hander Robbie Ray was feeling good about his situation.

After all, he had just watched his offense put up five runs in the top of the first. He knew he didn't want to mess that up by allowing the Padres' hitters to work deep counts. Instead, Ray wanted his guys to get back in the dugout and keep swinging the bats.

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D-backs activate Iannetta, option Bracho

D-backs activate Iannetta, option Bracho

SAN DIEGO -- The D-backs activated catcher Chris Iannetta from the 7-day concussion list Saturday and optioned right-hander Silvino Bracho to Triple-A Reno.

Iannetta, who was hit in the face by a 93 mph fastball May 12, was not in the starting lineup against the Padres.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs score 8 in first frame, rout Padres

D-backs score 8 in first frame, rout Padres

SAN DIEGO -- The D-backs did nine innings worth of mashing in the top of the first on Friday night, as they cruised to a 10-1 victory over the Padres at Petco Park. Fourteen Arizona hitters came to the plate in the opening frame, eight of whom scored, in the most prolific road first inning in franchise history.

Jake Lamb started the barrage by launching a Jered Weaver fastball into the right-field seats for a three-run homer. He took Padres reliever Craig Stammen deep in the sixth to cap the first multi-homer game of his career. In between, Brandon Drury and David Peralta also left the yard for Arizona.

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AJ Cassavell covers the Padres for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @ajcassavell.

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Lamb homers twice on #ASGWorthy night

Third baseman's three-run shot starts D-backs' eight-run first

Lamb homers twice on #ASGWorthy night

SAN DIEGO -- The D-backs' top of the first inning started with a soft tapper to third for an infield single and ended 35 minutes later after 14 batters had collected eight runs on six hits, driven Jered Weaver from the game and had Arizona on cruise control toward a 10-1 win over the Padres.

"Our guys were ready to play and they deserve a lot of credit for that," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "You score eight runs off a pitcher like Weaver, who's got experience and knows how to wiggle out of those kinds of jams, you're doing something right."

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Inbox: Does Mathis' bat need to heat up?

Beat reporter Steve Gilbert answers questions from D-backs fans

Inbox: Does Mathis' bat need to heat up?

At some point, will Jeff Mathis' bat need to start coming around if he expects to play a fair chunk of the season?
-- Stephen G.

The main reason the D-backs signed Mathis was they liked what he brought behind the plate and in the clubhouse. Pitch framing has become an important aspect of catching, and Mathis has graded out well in that area in the past. The pitchers love throwing to him, believing that he calls a good game and is able to bring out their best. In the organization's mind, whatever they get from Mathis on the offensive side of things is a bonus. They are more concerned with his defense.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Herrmann hits walk-off HR as D-backs sweep

Herrmann hits walk-off HR as D-backs sweep

PHOENIX -- Chris Herrmann led off the 11th inning with a home run to left-center field off Rafael Montero as the D-backs walked off the Mets, 5-4, on Wednesday afternoon at Chase Field.

It was the first walk-off homer of Herrmann's career.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

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Reed pitches complete game for Cougars

Reed pitches complete game for Cougars

Cody Reed crossed a pair of accomplishments off his career bucket list on Thursday night with a historic performance for Class A Kane County.

The D-backs' No. 19 prospect fired a complete-game three-hitter with nine strikeouts and one walk in a 1-0 win over Quad Cities. The nine-inning shutout was the first of Reed's career and the first by a Cougars pitcher since Aug. 31, 2004. It also marked the 20-year-old lefty's second straight scoreless outing after he completed a then-season-high eight frames in his previous turn.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Tired Herrmann takes care of business

Catcher hits first career walk-off homer

Tired Herrmann takes care of business

PHOENIX -- Chris Herrmann was ready for the game to be over.

The D-backs catcher was feeling the knee soreness that comes with squatting for 11 innings, and his left thumb was throbbing after he caught a Tom Wilhelmsen two-seamer awkwardly.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Jonathan Mayo

D-backs have 2 of Minors' top pop-up prospects

D-backs have 2 of Minors' top pop-up prospects

It's very easy this time of year to get singularly focused. We have weekly mock drafts coming out, we're working on expanding our Draft prospects list to a Top 200 and I'm flying back from spending time with top Draft prospect Hunter Greene as I put together this week's Pipeline Inbox.

So it's understandable to get all Draft, all the time, right? Even the past few editions of this feature have been very Draft-centric, which is certainly fine. But leave it to the fine folks on Twitter to switch gears this week. For whatever reason, the call for questions brought in a vast majority of responses about Minor League prospects. I don't want to ignore the Draft completely, but for this week, the focus is shifted back largely to the guys already in the pro game.

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Tomas' adjustments paying off at plate

Tomas' adjustments paying off at plate

PHOENIX -- Yasmany Tomas' home run Tuesday night proved to be the deciding run in the D-backs' 5-4 win over the Mets, but the fact that it was hit the opposite way was even more encouraging to the guys in the home dugout.

"I think there's always a natural ingredient that I look at when I see guys starting to swing the bat well and have good results," D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. "It's that opposite gap. When guys are hitting balls with authority into that area they're doing a lot right because you can't do that by accident. When you're hitting a ball like that, you're squaring it up, you're staying behind the ball, you're staying through the ball and those are always really good ingredients for me that a hitter is getting hot."

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Tomas' blast, 4-run 3rd lift D-backs past Mets

Tomas' blast, 4-run 3rd lift D-backs past Mets

PHOENIX -- The D-backs used a four-run rally in the third inning and a sixth-inning homer from Yasmany Tomas to beat the Mets, 5-4, on Tuesday night and extend New York's losing streak to six games.

Zack Greinke (5-2) picked up the win, though he did not pitch as well as he has in recent starts as he gave up four runs over 6 2/3 innings. Curtis Granderson hit a solo homer and Rene Rivera added a two-run shot off the D-backs' ace.

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Anthony DiComo has covered the Mets for MLB.com since 2008. Follow him on Twitter @AnthonyDiComo and Facebook, and listen to his podcast.

Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Lovullo: 'Blind luck' led to Goldy's steal of home

Botched signals result in key run of 5-4 win

Lovullo: 'Blind luck' led to Goldy's steal of home

PHOENIX -- D-backs manager Torey Lovullo could have taken credit. He could have said that yes, he had called for the third-inning double steal that netted his team an important run in a 5-4 win over the Mets.

Instead he told the truth.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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Barry M. Bloom

Gardy rejoins D-backs after surgery

Arizona bench coach happy for health, eager for baseball after battling prostate cancer

Gardy rejoins D-backs after surgery

PHOENIX -- Ron Gardenhire joined the D-backs in the dugout Monday night as bench coach for the first time, and it was a combination of Opening Day and Christmas Day for the veteran baseball man.

Not only was the union long-awaited, it came just about a month after Gardenhire underwent surgery to remove a cancerous prostate and stitch up a hernia back home in Minnesota.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Godley earning role in D-backs' rotation

Right-hander battles command, holds off Mets in third start

Godley earning role in D-backs' rotation

PHOENIX -- Early on, Zack Godley knew Monday night was not going to be an easy start. The D-backs right-hander was spraying his fastball around, issuing three walks in the first two innings.

Yet he managed to find a way to settle in and hold the Mets to just one run over 6 2/3 innings, before the D-backs' offense came alive with a six-run eighth to grab a 7-3 victory.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

D-backs power past Mets with 6-run 8th

D-backs power past Mets with 6-run 8th

PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt's would-be home run off the batter's eye in center was changed to a double after a crew-chief review, but two batters later, Yasmany Tomas hit a no-doubt homer off the batter's eye to spark a six-run eighth as the D-backs beat the Mets, 7-3, on Monday night at Chase Field.

The game was a pitchers' duel between Zacks -- Arizona's Zack Godley and New York's Zack Wheeler -- through the first six-plus innings, with each team managing just a run. Wheeler has allowed one earned run in four of his last five starts, posting a 2.51 ERA with 27 strikeouts over that stretch.

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Pollock lands on DL with groin injury

D-backs call up Fuentes from Triple-A for center-field help

Pollock lands on DL with groin injury

PHOENIX -- Saturday afternoon, D-backs outfielder A.J. Pollock was in manager Torey Lovullo's office, letting his skipper know that he was feeling great and did not need a second off-day in less than a week.

Lovullo, erring on the side of caution, had been giving Pollock days off after he played just 12 games last year due to a fractured elbow and a left groin strain.

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Steve Gilbert has covered the D-backs for MLB.com since 2001. Follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Walker makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Walker makes Pipeline Team of the Week

MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week honors the best performances from the previous seven days. Any player currently on an organization Top 30 Prospects list on our Prospect Watch is eligible, excluding big leaguers.

The latest edition of MLBPipeline.com's Prospect Team of the Week (May 8-14) is highlighted by a trio of Braves, including a pair of Double-A Mississippi standouts in Ronald Acuna and Travis Demeritte. Acuna, meanwhile, is also one of four Top 100 Prospects to make this week's team after he and Demeritte helped power the M-Braves to five wins in seven games.

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Mike Rosenbaum is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @GoldenSombrero. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Statcast of the Day: Goldy hits 'wow' shot

Statcast of the Day: Goldy hits 'wow' shot

PHOENIX -- It was one of those "wow" moments, said both D-backs manager Torey Lovullo and Pirates pitcher Ivan Nova. They both referred to Paul Goldschmidt's mammoth, 453-foot homer off the videoboard at Chase Field during the fifth inning of Sunday's 6-4 Arizona loss to the Bucs in 10 innings at Chase Field.

Lovullo was in the D-backs dugout watching the massive arc of Goldschmidt's second homer of the game. Nova served up both of them, the epic shot having an exit velocity of 112.4 miles per hour, his hardest-hit homer of the three-year Statcast™ era.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

Goldschmidt homers twice in loss to Bucs

Goldschmidt homers twice in loss to Bucs

PHOENIX -- Jose Osuna hit a two-run homer off D-backs reliever Tom Wilhelmsen in the top of the 10th on Sunday to lead the Pirates to a 6-4 win and a split of the four-game series this weekend at Chase Field.

Osuna, who joined the Pirates after Starling Marte's suspension, entered the game as a defensive replacement at first base in the seventh inning. He came to the plate with two outs and a man on in the 10th and crushed a 96 mph fastball 451 feet to center field.

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Barry M. Bloom is a national reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Boomskie on Baseball. Follow @boomskie on Twitter.

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