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 Latest Arizona Diamondbacks Player Notes:

Dec 22 2017 - Yoshihisa Hirano
  Yoshihisa Hirano agreed to a two-year, $6 million contract, the team announced. Hirano recorded 29 saves this past season for the Orix Buffaloes of Japan's Pacific League. The 33-year-old owns a 48-69 career mark with a 3.10 ERA in 549 appearances (68 starts).


Nov 30 2017 - Brad Boxberger
  RHP Brad Boxberger was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks by the Tampa Bay Rays on Thursday in exchange for minor league pitcher Curtis Taylor. Boxberger is two seasons removed from being an All-Star. The 29-year-old had 41 saves in 2015, but was a candidate to be non-tendered on Friday at the 5 p.m. ET deadline to offer arbitration-eligible players contracts. Boxberger overcame missing 80 games with a right flexor strain to post a 4-4 mark with a 3.38 ERA in 30 appearances last season with the Rays. He owns a 17-20 mark with 44 saves and a 3.19 ERA in 231 career innings.


Oct 10 2017 - Chris Iannetta
  C Chris Iannetta earned an extra $250,000 by starting 70 games in the regular season after signing a $1.5 million free agent deal last winter. He earned $50,000 for each segment of five starts beginning with his 50th. Iannetta slashed .254/.354/.511 with 17 homers and 43 RBIs in 89 games.


Oct 10 2017 - David Peralta
  LF David Peralta was 1-for-13 with a walk in the NL Division Series, his hit a single with one out in the ninth inning of Game 3. "He's an exceptional hitter," manager Torey Lovullo said. "He plays with a ton of energy, and it wasn't a great series for the entire team offensively."


Oct 10 2017 - Paul Goldschmidt
  1B Paul Goldschmidt homered in the second game of the NL Division Series, his only hit in 11 at-bats in the series. He finished the regular season in an 0-for-17 skid before going 2-for-5 with a homer in the wild-card victory over Colorado on Wednesday. "I just think he was maybe trying too hard," manager Torey Lovullo said. "The swings were good, just didn't have great results. He had some big home runs in some big moments, but you expect so much from Paul because he is the face of the Arizona Diamondbacks."


Oct 10 2017 - Ketel Marte
  SS Ketel Marte was 1-for-4 with a bunt single while hitting second in the lineup when the Dodgers started RHP Yu Darvish. The switch-hitting Marte occupied the No. 2 spot against most right-handed starters since mid-September. "Left-handers happen to see (Darvish) a little bit better, so I wanted to balance the lineup out with some left-handed hitters," manager Torey Lovullo said. "Marte's been having a tremendous postseason." Marte was 7-of-17 in his first postseason.


Oct 10 2017 - Zack Greinke
  RHP Zack Greinke gave up three runs on five hits, including two homers, before being knocked out of the game on Dodgers C Austin Barnes' homer leading off the sixth inning Monday in Game 3 of the NL Division Series. Greinke walked five and struck out four. He threw 29 pitches in the first inning and finished with 105. He got three swinging strikes. "(The Dodgers) are ready to hit, which is tough, but they're not chasing the pitch you want them to chase," Greinke said. Greinke had not walked more than five in a start since July 3, 2013, in Colorado, when he walked seven. "Fastball command was probably the worst thing," Greinke said. He made six starts for the Dodgers in the 2013-15 playoffs, and all were quality starts. He gave up as many as three runs only once.


Oct 8 2017 - Paul Goldschmidt
  1B Paul Goldschmidt is enjoying the opportunity to play in the playoffs again after a six-year drought. Goldschmidt made his major league debut late in the 2011 season and played in 48 games, then got a chance to play in the NLDS against the Milwaukee Brewers. He got into four games and had success, hitting .438 (7-for-16) with two homers and six RBIs. Now 30 years old, Goldschmidt is appreciating the opportunity to play in the postseason a little bit more. "I remember the first year, you don't know any better," he said. "It's just the first two months of the big leagues and all of a sudden you're in the playoffs. But I remember a lot of our veteran guys who had been in the big leagues eight, 10 years and they were like, 'Hey, realize how rare this is, how special this is, try to take it in. I did my best, but you can't really appreciate it until you've gone through the ups and downs like the last five, six years have been." Goldschmidt homered in the first inning Saturday in Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodgers.


Oct 8 2017 - Daniel Descalso
  2B Daniel Descalso started Game 2 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Saturday, replacing 2B Brandon Drury, who went 0-for-4 in Game 1, hitting into two double plays and striking out twice. For Descalso, Game 2 was his 47th career postseason game, 44 of them coming with the St. Louis Cardinals from 2011 to 2014. "It's a manager's dream when you can put him in there and he's not going to be affected by the moment," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. "Not that anybody else could or couldn't do his job at that level, but I just felt very comfortable with that experience factor." Descalso went 1-for-3 with a walk on Saturday in Game 2.


Oct 8 2017 - Robbie Ray
  LHP Robbie Ray lasted just 4 1/3 innings and got the loss in Saturday's Game 2 loss to the Dodgers in the NLDS. Ray dominated the Dodgers during the regular season, going 3-0 with a 2.27 ERA in five starts. But he struggled with his command from the outset -- he gave up four hits and walked four. "I thought the fastball velocity was exactly what we thought it would be," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. "He was just spraying it around a little bit and never found a rhythm where he could attach with that itch and work off a breaking ball."


Oct 8 2017 - Zack Greinke
  RHP Zack Greinke will pitch in Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Monday, making his 11th career postseason start. Six of those came while a member of the Dodgers, pitching in the 2013, '14 and '15 playoffs. Including his start in the wild-card game against Colorado on Wednesday, Greinke is 3-3 with a 3.92 ERA in 10 postseason starts.


Oct 7 2017 - Zack Godley
  RHP Zack Godley saved the Diamondbacks from a potentially disastrous blow to the bullpen going forward in the NLDS. With starter RHP Taijuan Walker out of the game after only one inning, Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo turned to Godley to start the second inning. Godley pitched five innings, making 100 pitches, while giving up three runs (two earned) and four hits and getting to the seventh inning before Lovullo had to go back to his bullpen. "I thought he did a great job," Lovullo said. "He came in in the second inning and gave us five good innings. He did enough to get us back in the game, and gave us a chance to play catch-up."


Oct 7 2017 - Jeff Mathis
  C Jeff Mathis got the start in Game 1 instead of regular catcher Chris Iannetta, leaving some to wonder if some friction between Walker and Iannetta might have had something to do with manager Torey Lovullo's decision. Lovullo, though, dismissed it. "I know that they have a longstanding relationship and they're like brothers out there," Lovullo said. "I know certain things you may have seen throughout the course of the year would give you the feeling that it wasn't a great relationship, but believe it or not it's a strong, kind of pushing forward type of relationship. It really was not a big factor for me." Mathis went 1 for 3 with a home run in Friday's Game 1.


Oct 7 2017 - Robbie Ray
  RHP Robbie Ray will start Saturday against the Dodgers. Ray threw 34 pitches in 2 1/3 innings Wednesday in the wild card game against the Colorado Rockies, giving up one run and two hits, and the two days of rest apparently were enough for him to start Saturday. "I talked to him after his throwing program (Thursday)," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. "He said he felt fantastic. I had a conversation with him today, and he said he felt even better." Lovullo, though, understands players might not be entirely truthful when it comes to such matters because they want to play so badly. "The type of relationships that I've established with these guys is built on trust and communication," Lovullo said. "So it was a swift and easy conversation I think he would have probably told me if he wasn't feeling exactly perfect."


Oct 7 2017 - Taijuan Walker
  RHP Taijuan Walker lasted only one inning in his start Friday against the Dodgers in Game 1 of the NLDS at Dodger Stadium. The first five batters he faced all reached base, four of them scoring. The big blow of the inning was a three-run home run by Dodgers 3B Justin Turner. "A three-run home run in the first inning is pretty tough to absorb," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. "It's not uncommon, it happens, it's happened to our group of pitchers. It's what happened after that where I think it got a little wobbly for him. Had he wiggled out of that jam, this team, we've overcome three-run deficits quickly. Walker had pitched well against the Dodgers during the regular season, going 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA in three starts.


Oct 5 2017 - Taijuan Walker
  RHP Taijuan Walker was named the Diamondbacks' starting pitcher in Friday's Game 1 of the National League Division Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Robbie Ray was expected to get the start after Zack Greinke was Arizona's starter in the wild-card game on Wednesday. But when Greinke failed to get through four innings, Ray was forced into service and pitched 2 1/3 innings, giving up two hits and one run. Walker went 9-9 with a 3.49 ERA during the regular season, and he was 0-2 in his last four starts, giving up 12 runs (10 earned) in 18 2/3 innings in that stretch. However, he had success against the Dodgers this season, going 2-0 with a 3.24 ERA in three starts against Los Angeles. The Diamondbacks have not named a starter for Game 2, while the Dodgers will go with Rich Hill in that game. The Arizona Republic reported that Ray claimed to be ready to pitch Game 2, if needed.


Oct 5 2017 - Paul Goldschmidt
  1B Paul Goldschmidt was 2-for-5 with a three-run homer on the seventh pitch of the first inning after entering the game in an 0-for-17 skid. He had been 0-for-11 against Rockies RHP Jon Gray. Asked if the plan was to attack Gray early in the count, "not any more than anyone else," he said. "We were just trying to score. We know how good he is. We didn't really have a different game plan. I was just trying to get the runs in or get on base."


Oct 5 2017 - Robbie Ray
  LHP Robbie Ray gave up one run in 2 1/3 innings in his first relief appearance since Sept. 27, 2014. He had made 111 starts since, all since joining Arizona in a trade. Ray was the most likely candidate to start Game 1 of the NLDS on Friday, but that appears unlikely now. RHP Taijuan Walker and LHP Patrick Corbin appear the most likely choices. "I'm available whenever they need me," said Ray, who was in the bullpen at the start of the game in case he was needed. "It was all hands on deck from pitch one," Ray said. "We saw what happened (in the Minnesota/Yankees game) yesterday. We knew anything could happen. From pitch one, I was locked in. I just went about my business like normal. Didn't really change a whole lot."


Oct 5 2017 - Daniel Descalso
  2B Daniel Descalso's third inning homer for a 6-0 lead was his third postseason homer in 99 plate appearances. His first two came with St. Louis in the 2012 NLDS against Washington, after the Cardinals beat Atlanta in the wild card game that year. "That was a wild game," Descalso said. "It felt like the last team that scored was going to win. That offense, they kept coming. They are not going to quit, just like we are not going to quit. That's a great game out there."


Oct 5 2017 - Taijuan Walker
  RHP Taijuan Walker the one member of the starting rotation who was not included on the 10-man pitching staff for the wild-card game, and with the way it unfolded, he seems to be the top candidate to start Game 1 of the NLDS against the Dodgers on Friday. "We felt like we needed to hold somebody back just in case, and we felt like he was the right candidate potentially to start Game 1 in the next series," manager Torey Lovullo said.


Oct 5 2017 - Archie Bradley
  RHP Archie Bradley had a two-out, two-run triple in the seventh inning, give Arizona a three-run cushion. "I would have much rather taken a nice jog into second base, stood up, and taken my double there," Bradley said. "But it's kind of who I am. I don't know any other way to play. I was going to run as hard as I could until they told me to stop." Bradley pointed to the crowd and the dugout while standing on third.


Oct 5 2017 - Ketel Marte
  SS Ketel Marte was the first player with two triples in the same playoff game since Mariano Duncan did it with the Phillies in Game 3 of the 1993 NLCS. Arizona was the first team with as many as four triples in a playoff game since the 1903 Boston Americans. "Triples in this park don't totally surprise me," manager Torey Lovullo said. "This ball park, with its big gaps, the call can move quickly through the grass."


Oct 5 2017 - Jake Lamb
  3B Jake Lamb four hits, tying a franchise record in a postseason game set by OF Reggie Sanders in Game 6 of the 2001 World Series.


Oct 5 2017 - Zack Greinke
  RHP Zack Greinke gave up one hit in the first three innings but was knocked out after giving up four runs and five hits in the fourth inning. "I felt like they were starting to get their motor running, and the best option was to get Zack out of the game at that point," manager Torey Lovullo said. Greinke's previous six playoff starts had been quality starts, for the Dodgers from 2013-15. He was 2-1 with a 3.41 ERA in five starts against Colorado this season. Four were quality starts, and the other was two outs short.


Oct 2 2017 - Ketel Marte
  SS Ketel Marte was removed in the sixth inning after feeling tightness in his left hamstring while running to first on an infield single. Marte said he expects to feel good enough to play on Wednesday in the wildcard game.