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Jarrod Dyson’s highlight reel catch saves the game.

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MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Angels Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Diamondbacks 7, Los Angeles Angels 4

[D’backs.com] Goldy, D-backs back Greinke, hold off Halos - I was excited to see Paul Goldschmidt and Mike Trout together on the same field. The first inning two run home run from Goldy over the head of Trout ensured that I would not be disappointed. Ketel “Extra Base Hit” Marte followed with his own solo shot in the 2nd to put Arizona up 3-0 early against a difficult Angel’s lineup.

“I was just trying to hit something hard,” Goldschmidt said. “I was able to get it up in the air, I wasn’t sure if it was going to go and fortunately it did and we did a good job tacking on. We knew they were going to keep coming at us and keep scoring.”

[Arizona Sports] Jarrod Dyson robs potential go-ahead grand slam in D-backs’ win - In my opinion, what this one came down to was Jarrod Dyson, the walking highlight reel, robbing Justin Upton of a potential grand slam. Meanwhile, Mike Trout just barely missed taking away an insurance home run from Nick Ahmed, a play he has made numerous times in his career. Change the outcome of those two moments by a few feet and Arizona would be down with three straight losses.

“You saw Justin’s reaction – that was kind of how we were all feeling but the opposite way,” Diamondbacks slugger Paul Goldschmidt said. “That’s probably, what, the third or fourth one he’s done already? Him being in the AL, you hear about how fast he is, how good he is, how he can change games with his glove and on the bases, but until you actually see it on a daily basis, you can’t really appreciate it.”

[AZ Central] Jarrod Dyson’s thievery protects Diamondbacks’ victory over Angles - Zack Greinke was solid again outside of a pair of solo shot blemishes. He gave up back-to-back blasts to Justin Upton and Albert Pujols in the 4th. Greinke lasted 6 13 against his former team giving up 7 hits, 2 walks, and striking out 5.

Diamondbacks News

[AZ Central] Diamondbacks still waiting for A.J. Pollock to heal - Your weekly, “Are they ready yet?” No, no they are not. A.J. Pollock’s hand has not healed enough to allow him to return to baseball activities just yet. Steven Souza Jr. has been on a throwing program recently, but is still not ready for game action. Shelby Miller might be one rehab start away from making his return to the team.

“We were hopeful at that time that something miraculous could happen and [Pollock] would heal faster than the normal human being,” Lovullo said. “But that was obviously a stretch. I know we’re into our fifth week right now, so I know it’s as predicted, as we thought it would fall into place as far as that bone healing. It still hasn’t healed completely, but it’s showing signs of getting there.”

[D’backs.com] Pair of 3-way thrillers highlights NL ASG voting - If Paul Goldschmidt is going to make his 6th consecutive All Star roster, he is probably going to have to do it as a reserve because Freddie Freeman is the league leader in votes and happens to play the same position. Freeman sits just shy of a million and a half votes, but Goldy isn’t even in the top five among National League first basemen. However, an entire week off in the middle season might be more beneficial than a token appearance for the fans.

[The Athletic] Jon Jay has a special talent: getting hit by pitches - The idea behind acquiring Jon Jay was to utilize his ability to get on base as a table setter for the middle of the lineup. What was overlooked is that he would use any means necessary to do so, which includes taking more than one for the team. Jay has already been hit by a pitch four times as a member of the Diamondbacks, seven total this season. It’s not as if he is deliberately stepping up to the plate each time looking to get drilled, but he did lead the category in 2014.

“He’s going to get on the dish, he’s going to fight off pitches and, if you’re going to throw one at him, he’s going to take his base,” Bradley said. “He is one of the best guys I’ve been around that understands what he does best and how to get the most out of what he has.”

[Venom Strikes] David Peralta Is One Of Baseball’s Most Underrated Players - David Peralta is quietly putting up his best campaign since his breakout 2015 season. He is a model of consistency, dedication, and positivity. His 47.6% hard contact rate is easily the best of his career, and it has resulted in a power surge for him. The Freight Train is just 3 home runs shy of his career high 17, and his ISO is a career high .227.

Around the League

[ESPN] Power Rankings: A new No. 1 and NL contenders make their moves - It’s onward and upward for the Diamondbacks who jump 2 spots, but they still trail the Los Angeles Dodgers in ESPN’s rankings. Bleacher Report still has Arizona above Los Angeles at #8, probably because Keith Olbermann doesn’t work for them. USA Today wants you to stop booing Alex Avila at #8. MLB.com is digging the hot week moving the D’backs to #9. CBS Sports feels the love with Jon Jay’s acquisition at #9.

[MLB Trade Rumors] Nationals Acquire Kelvin Herrera - The Kansas City Royals continue their fire sale. After trading Jon Jay to the Diamondbacks a few weeks ago, they have now traded their once All Star closer, Kelvin Herrera to the Washington Nationals. In return for the impending free agent, they receive Blake Perkins, Kelvin Gutierrez, and Yohanse Morel. Herrera will slot in to the back of the Washington bullpen with Sean Doolittle, Brandon Kintzler, Ryan Madson.

[Pittsburgh Post Gazette] MLB has fined Joe Musgrove for intentionally hitting Chris Owings - The results are in, and it’s a slap on the wrist for the Pirates starter who openly admitted in his postgame comments that he intentionally hit Chris Owings. No suspension, and only a $1,000 speeding ticket. Come to think of it, Yasmany Tomas might have had more in civil penalties this spring than what the league just handed Musgrove.

“That’s the rules of the game,” Musgrove said of the penalty. “If you potentially throw at guys, you’re going to get fined for it. But like I said before, it’s something that’s been around for a long time and something I really believe in. We don’t like our guys getting thrown at, especially J-Hay, who gets consistently thrown at. ... We’re just looking out for our teammates, and if we got to pay the fine, we’ll pay the fine, but we just want people to know that that’s not something that we’re going to let slide by.”