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The Diamondbacks will try and win their tenth straight series to start the season today against the Dodgers.

Los Angeles Dodgers v Arizona Diamondbacks Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images

Dodgers 2, Diamondbacks 1

Zack Godley pitched a strong game. He deserved to win it, although maybe it makes up for the game last week. The Diamondbacks had the bases loaded in the fourth and couldn’t score. They had runners on the corners, but perhaps some bad luck on a hard hit ball by Pollock ended the inning. They kept fighting to the last out but came up short. Still having struggles with RISP, but they do keep at it for a full nine innings. Today’s game will decide the series with Patrick Corbin on the mound.

Related: Missed Chances Doom D-backs in Loss to Dodgers

AJ Pollock Named NL Player of the Month in April

He’s been hitting home runs, stealing bases, and playing great defense. And healthy is the key. I’m sure his contract year has nothing to do with it, but at this rate, he’ll be too expensive to resign. Also of note, Max Scherzer beat out Patrick Corbin for pitcher of the month in the NL and Didi Gregorious won AL player of the month. The Diamondbacks know how to get good players, keeping them is the hard part.

Related: AJ Pollock’s Bat Leads the Way for the Diamondbacks This Year

Arizona Diamondbacks Strike Deal with County Over Chase Field

The deal struck places most repairs as the responsibility of the Diamondbacks, but allows the team to pursue other stadium options immediately. Kendrick is saying this should allow the team to stay in Arizona and Maricopa County seems to want to keep the team as well. But the agreement does not guarantee that. I’m not sure why the D-backs would rather build a whole new stadium unless they think they can get more public financing. Arguing that Chase Field is in ruins and the team will leave Arizona without a stadium? This could get ugly, we’ll stay tuned.

D-backs vs. Dodgers Game Exclusively on Facebook

Why? I just don’t know how many fans of baseball can only manage to see a game if it is on Facebook. Maybe it is a Millennial thing.

Patrick Corbin and the Diamondbacks Aren’t an Aberration of April

A nice, long article at The Ringer that details Corbin’s dominance and explains why the Diamondbacks will keep going. An enjoyable article to read.

Around MLB

Everything About the Jung Ho Kang Situation Is Difficult

An interesting story about the Pirates’ signing an international player. I guess it is possible to go worse than Yasmany Tomas has gone, although not in terms of money.

Is Peak Clayton Kershaw Gone for Good

I’m usually skeptical when “Peak” is used in articles. Supposedly, we were supposed to reach Peak Oil and Peak Market Value years ago. But in this case, Kershaw has lost some velocity on his fastball bringing Dodger fans to ask the same questions we ask about Greinke.

Yu Darvish Fails to Get Out of Fifth Innings

The Cubs probably expected more when they signed him to a big contract. His ERA in the fifth inning is 31.50 so far.