Miller has forearm tightness; MRI scheduled

Miller has forearm tightness; MRI scheduled

PHOENIX -- D-backs starter Shelby Miller was removed from Sunday's 6-2 loss to the Dodgers at Chase Field because of tightness on the inside of his right forearm.

Though Miller tried to downplay the seriousness of the injury, the club has scheduled the right-hander for a precautionary MRI on Monday.

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Big inning after Miller's exit sinks D-backs

Big inning after Miller's exit sinks D-backs

PHOENIX -- The Dodgers avoided a series sweep Sunday, scoring six runs in the fifth inning of a 6-2 win over the D-backs at Chase Field.

Adrian Gonzalez doubled in two runs and Yasmani Grandal slugged a two-run homer in support of winning starter Brandon McCarthy (3-0), who recovered after Paul Goldschmidt's two-run homer in the first to pitch seven strong innings and give the weary Dodgers bullpen a break. It was the first time McCarthy went seven innings since 2015 Tommy John surgery.

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Ken Gurnick has covered the Dodgers since 1989, and for MLB.com since 2001.

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Goldschmidt showing signs of breaking slump

Goldschmidt showing signs of breaking slump

PHOENIX -- Paul Goldschmidt is a premier player. A four-time National League All-Star first baseman with 143 homers in a little more than five seasons, the D-backs star has his droughts at the plate like everyone else.

And for the second consecutive April, he has come out of the gate struggling. Last year, he batted .247, by far his lowest month of the year, although his six homers were his highest in a month. He finished with a slash line of .298/.399/.523 with 24 homers, 95 RBIs and an .899 OPS.

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Greinke looking to avenge loss to Padres

Greinke looking to avenge loss to Padres

The Padres are next up at Chase Field, opening a four-game series against the D-backs on Monday night. The Padres took two of the three games between the two teams at Petco Park last week.

This game marks a rematch of Wednesday night's right-handers: Zack Greinke for the D-backs and Jhoulys Chacin for the Padres. Chacin defeated Greinke, 1-0, with Erick Aybar homering for the lone run off Greinke in the eighth inning.

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Tomas homers twice as D-backs top Dodgers

Tomas homers twice as D-backs top Dodgers

PHOENIX -- The D-backs belted four home runs off Kenta Maeda, two by Yasmany Tomas, and pulled away to an 11-5 win over the Dodgers Saturday night at Chase Field.

Jake Lamb and Tomas went back-to-back in the first inning, Chris Herrmann slugged a two-run shot in the fourth and Tomas added a second solo blast in the fifth off Maeda (1-2) as the D-backs improved to 8-1 at Chase Field for their best start at home in franchise history. Prior to this season, the club's best start at home was 7-1, set in 2008.

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Peralta sets club record with 4 doubles

Peralta sets club record with 4 doubles

PHOENIX -- When D-backs right fielder David Peralta motored around first base in the eighth inning of Saturday night's 11-5 drubbing of the Dodgers, he said there was no thought about setting a club record with his fourth double of the game.

Peralta was simply doing what he does best -- go all out.

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Goldschmidt meets kid who homered at his field

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Goldschmidt meets kid who homered at his field

Paul Goldschmidt made the day for a 12-year-old on Saturday at Chase Field. And vice versa.

Garrett Sloan was that youngster, who met the slugger after hiting the first home run at the recently dedicated Paul Goldschmidt Field, a Little League yard in nearby Goodyear, Ariz., some 20 miles west via Interstate 10 from the downtown ballpark.

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Huge inning highlights D-backs' new outlook

Arizona rides nine-run eighth to another comeback win

Huge inning highlights D-backs' new outlook

PHOENIX -- It's only April and probably a tad too early, but there appears to be a different feel this season to the D-backs, who blew open Friday night's 13-5 win over the Dodgers at Chase Field with a nine-run eighth inning.

The players sense it, and new manager Torey Lovullo knows it, even though he wasn't around for last year's unexpected 93-loss season.

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D-backs wait out Dodgers with 9-run eighth

Arizona takes control with six-hit, five-walk inning

D-backs wait out Dodgers with 9-run eighth

PHOENIX -- Sergio Romo balked in the tiebreaking run during a five-walk, nine-run bullpen meltdown in the bottom of the eighth inning Friday night as the D-backs overwhelmed the Dodgers at Chase Field, 13-5, despite three hits and three RBIs by Corey Seager.

"It was quite a day, highlighted by a very impressive eighth inning," said D-backs manager Torey Lovullo after his club ran its record to 11-7. "I thought that the at-bats that were inside of that one inning were patient. It was exactly what we've talked about, handing it over to the next guy and letting him execute."

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Lovullo thrilled to have La Russa's expertise

Rookie skipper says Hall of Famer's input 'invaluable to me'

Lovullo thrilled to have La Russa's expertise

PHOENIX -- Torey Lovullo has been on the job as manager of the D-backs for a Spring Training and the first three weeks of the season. And as the D-backs opened a 10-game homestand on Friday night at Chase Field, Lovullo said he's not yet settled in his first job as a big league manager.

"I'm learning every day and I want to continue to learn every day," said Lovullo, who has guided the D-backs to an 11-7 record after a 13-5 victory over the Dodgers. "I have a lot of people around me who are great baseball minds, showing me a certain path and a certain method that's allowing me to continue growing."

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D-backs to stick with Greinke-Mathis battery

Lovullo likes pairing, will continue to spread duties behind the plate

D-backs to stick with Greinke-Mathis battery

SAN DIEGO -- Jeff Mathis has caught all four of Zack Greinke's starts this year, but as he promised during Spring Training, D-backs manager Torey Lovullo has spread the rest of the playing time around behind the plate without regard to who is on the mound.

Mathis, Chris Iannetta and Chris Herrmann have all caught this year.

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Wilson stays hot with fifth home run

Wilson stays hot with fifth home run

Make it three straight scoreless starts for Class A Advanced Buies Creek's Franklin Perez.

The Astros' No. 6 prospect extended his season-opening scoreless innings streak to 14 1/3 on Thursday, tossing five dominant frames against a loaded Carolina offense. He gave up two hits, struck out seven and induced six ground-ball outs as Buies Creek routed the Mudcats, 14-1.

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Corbin fans 8, but offense can't back him up

Corbin fans 8, but offense can't back him up

SAN DIEGO -- Wil Myers and Austin Hedges went deep, giving veteran left-hander Clayton Richard all the support he needed, as the Padres -- behind a four-strikeout seventh inning -- beat the D-backs, 4-1, on Thursday night.

Myers got San Diego on the board with a solo shot in the first, extending his hitting streak to a National League-leading 11 games, before Hedges tacked on an insurance run in the seventh. In between, Erick Aybar's two-run fifth-inning double put the Padres in front for good.

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Schulte calls 3,000th D-backs game

Broadcaster has plethora of memories in radio booth

Schulte calls 3,000th D-backs game

SAN DIEGO -- Greg Schulte's phone chirped Wednesday morning with a text from D-backs legend Luis Gonzalez congratulating the only radio play-by-play man the organization has ever had on his upcoming milestone.

"For me, the biggest moment of my baseball career has his voice attached to it," Gonzalez said. "That's something special because of the person he is and what he's meant to this organization."

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Duplantier among top prospect performers

Duplantier among top prospect performers

Class A Advanced Palm Beach right-hander Junior Fernandez put his tough start to the season behind him in a truly dominant manner on Wednesday night, retiring the first 19 batters he faced en route to tossing eight scoreless innings to pace the Cardinals in a 7-0 shutout of Tampa.

The win was the first of the season for the Cardinals' No. 10 prospect, who allowed one hit and one walk, while striking out six and generating nine ground-ball outs.

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One bad pitch spoils Greinke's stellar start

One bad pitch spoils Greinke's stellar start

SAN DIEGO -- As he hopped off the first-base side of the pitcher's mound on his follow through, Zack Greinke couldn't help himself. He said out loud, "Nice take."

Indeed, Padres shortstop Erick Aybar had found a way not to bite on Greinke's eighth-inning curveball that was oh so close to being strike three, but instead was called ball three.

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Offense held in check by dealing Chacin

Offense held in check by dealing Chacin

SAN DIEGO -- Erick Aybar's eighth-inning blast broke up a crisply played pitchers' duel between Jhoulys Chacin and Zack Greinke, and sent the Padres to a 1-0 victory over the D-backs on Wednesday night at Petco Park.

The two-hour, 13-minute affair marked just the second 1-0 game this season, and the first in the National League.

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Peralta finding ways to beat the shift

Peralta finding ways to beat the shift

SAN DIEGO -- When he steps into the batter's box, D-backs outfielder David Peralta tries not to look at the large hole that teams are leaving on the left side of the infield.

Teams have been shifting on the pull-hitting, lefty-swinging Peralta the last couple of seasons, generally leaving just the shortstop on the left side of the infield.

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Tomas, Miller carry D-backs over Padres

Tomas, Miller carry D-backs over Padres

SAN DIEGO -- Shelby Miller flashed dominant stuff and the D-backs broke out for seven runs in the middle innings to beat the Padres, 11-2, on Tuesday night in the series opener at Petco Park.

"His fastball is as good as anybody's out there," Padres manager Andy Green said of Miller. "The ball jumps. He throws fastballs past fastball hitters. We had a couple of times when we had him teetering on the edge but we didn't knock him off. Credit to him, he threw some fastballs by us."

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D-backs embracing never-quit attitude

'We just grind every at-bat, inning by inning,' Peralta says after rally, 4-2 win

D-backs embracing never-quit attitude

LOS ANGELES -- Early in Spring Training, D-backs outfielder David Peralta told anyone who would listen that one thing you could count on from him and his teammates in 2017 was there would be no quit. Moping would not be allowed. Losing games, he vowed, would not turn into losing streaks.

That was put to the test after the D-backs followed up a 6-1 homestand by losing four of their first five games on the road, including the first two of their series against the Dodgers. But the D-backs managed to regroup and beat the Dodgers in the final two games of the series, including a come-from-behind 4-2 win on Monday night.

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Bradley's aggressive approach in 'pen pays off

Bradley's aggressive approach in 'pen pays off

LOS ANGELES -- For someone who had only pitched in relief one time back in rookie ball, D-backs right-hander Archie Bradley seems to have taken to this whole bullpen role quite well.

With a 2 2/3 scoreless innings of relief Sunday afternoon against the Dodgers, Bradley extended his scoreless streak to 9 1/3 innings spread out over four appearances.

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D-backs rally to gain series split with Dodgers

D-backs rally to gain series split with Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Jake Lamb led off the eighth inning with a tie-breaking home run and A.J. Pollock and David Peralta had four hits each as the D-backs rallied to beat the Dodgers, 4-2, Monday night for a split of their four-game series at Dodger Stadium.

The D-backs had three batters reach base in the first inning, but came away empty as Dodgers catcher Yasmani Grandal threw out two of them trying to steal second base. 

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Wilson makes Pipeline Team of the Week

Wilson 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.

Welcome back to the MLB Pipeline Prospect Team of the Week. Each week, the Pipeline staff will choose the top performers at each position in the Minor Leagues. This first edition covers a week and a half since the Minor League season began mid-week, giving us a slightly larger sample from which to choose. One new wrinkle in 2017: A reliever of the week will be chosen for the first time.

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Walker battles sore back in stellar outing

D-backs righty allows just one run in five innings, striking out seven

Walker battles sore back in stellar outing

LOS ANGELES -- D-backs pitcher Taijuan Walker earned the respect of his teammates for his performance in Sunday afternoon's 3-1 win over the Dodgers.

Yes, he only allowed just one run over five innings to get the victory, but it was the lower back tightness that he pitched through that drew the most praise.

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Iannetta, Walker lift D-backs over Dodgers

Iannetta, Walker lift D-backs over Dodgers

LOS ANGELES -- Chris Iannetta homered and Taijuan Walker pitched five solid innings on Easter Sunday as the D-backs scored a 3-1 win over the Dodgers and pitcher Rich Hill, who left another Dodger Stadium start early with a finger blister flare-up.

"Rich is a great pitcher, his track record speaks for itself," Iannetta said. "He's a guy you try to get his curveball up and his fastball down and hopefully you get a pitch to hit. He rarely gives you something good to hit, always shows good command, changes up speeds, location. I was fortunate enough to get a pitch."

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Lovullo proud to share alma mater with Jackie

Like Robinson, D-backs manager played baseball at UCLA

Lovullo proud to share alma mater with Jackie

LOS ANGELES -- D-backs manager Torey Lovullo is proud of his playing days at UCLA, but never moreso than Saturday when Major League Baseball celebrated Jackie Robinson Day.

Robinson, who broke baseball's color barrier in 1947, lettered in baseball, football, basketball and track at UCLA.

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Rodney not dwelling on rough outing

D-backs closer gives up double, homer in non-save situation

Rodney not dwelling on rough outing

LOS ANGELES -- It seemed like a bit of an odd move at the time. J.J. Hoover had struck out the first two batters of the eighth and D-backs manager Torey Lovullo elected to bring in closer Fernando Rodney to face Corey Seager with Arizona down 5-4 on Saturday night.

"We wanted to give [Rodney] some work," Lovullo said. "He hadn't thrown in several days and it was part of the design. He and I talked about it before the game that he wanted to get some work on the mound."

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Ahmed's 4 RBIs not enough vs. LA on JR Day

Ahmed's 4 RBIs not enough vs. LA on JR Day

LOS ANGELES -- Yasiel Puig homered and had four RBIs and Alex Wood pitched 3 1/3 innings of hitless relief on Saturday night as the Dodgers beat the D-backs on Jackie Robinson Day, 8-4, despite four RBIs from Arizona shortstop Nick Ahmed.

"When we put that uniform No. 42 on, it's special for all of us," said Dodgers manager Dave Roberts.

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