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That could have gone better.

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Recaps

[Arizona Sports] D-backs give up Opening Day record 8 home runs in loss to Dodgers - The Los Angeles Dodgers took vengeance Thursday for their two World Series defeats. They blasted eight home runs off the Arizona Diamondbacks, setting an Opening Day record and taking down the D-backs 12-5. Starter Zack Greinke gave up four home runs in 3.2 innings. Trailing 3-0 entering the third inning, he gave up back-to-back home runs to Enrique Hernandez and Austin Barnes, retired a pair, and then gave up another to Corey Seager.

[AZ Central] Diamondbacks surrender Opening Day record for home runs in loss to Dodgers - Since leaving the Dodgers following the 2015 season, Greinke has not fared especially well in his return trips to this city. While wearing a Diamondbacks uniform, he has logged 34 innings at Dodger Stadium. He has allowed 28 earned runs and 14 home runs. “I had two really bad games here,” Greinke said, referring to, in addition to Thursday, a night in 2016 when he allowed five homers. “I mean, they hit a lot of home runs, too. It’s not like I’m the only one they’re hitting home runs on. Those two games were really bad.”

[dbacks.com] Greinke hit hard by Dodgers in tough opener - It’s easy to get caught up in the ugliness of the loss, especially when it comes against a rival on Opening Day, but the D-backs understand that it’s a marathon and not a sprint. “It's one game,” said veteran outfielder Adam Jones who homered in his D-backs debut. “Guys came in here afterward like, 'It's one game. Hip-hip-hooray.' They played a good game over on that side. You tip your cap to them, and now come out and bring it tomorrow. It's just one game. We've got 161 left. You're going to get to test some of these guys' adrenaline, test some of their fortitude, which I love.”

Team news

[dbacks.com] Murphy opens season as Greinke's catcher - For now, John Ryan Murphy will be behind the plate for the D-backs when ace Zack Greinke starts. “I thought the times they worked together in Spring Training they were in rhythm,” D-backs manager Torey Lovullo said. “John Ryan was receiving the ball very, very well. I watched their interactions very carefully. It looked like there was a great deal of comfort between the two of them. I would see John Ryan sitting with Zack often. Those weren’t the only reasons. I think when you add them all up, they give you the best signal possible that this could be a good starting point.” [Obviously, before yesterday’s game. I’d be very surprised if we see them pair up again in five days’ time]

[AZ Central] Lamb not happy with sitting Opening Day; excited for Christian Walker - Lovullo said he decided to go with Walker in part because of how good he looked throughout the spring, but also because the Diamondbacks will face right-handed pitchers in each of the next three days of the series, games Lovullo says Lamb will start. Lovullo said he is trying to balance the way Lamb swung the bat at the end of spring with the best lineup for Thursday. “I’m probably following my instincts here a little bit on this,” Lovullo said. “I know Jake is in a good spot. I felt like the best way for that to continue was for him to get his first start tomorrow.”

And, elsewhere...

[Arizona Sports] Shelby Miller optimistic about post-Diamondbacks life - Despite the struggles Miller went through with the Diamondbacks, he has nothing negative to say about his Arizona experience, or the team’s fans. “I don’t look into what fans have to say,” Miller said. “I judge myself the hardest. The biggest thing is that you have to take pride in everything that you do, and what falls behind that is behind you. It’s not something you let dictate how you perform. At the end of the day, it’s your career and your team that you’re trying to play for.”

[Clickhole] MLB Will No Longer Allow Pitchers To Deliver Stirring Monologues Between Pitches - MLB officials instituted the monologue ban after a game between the L.A. Dodgers and the Milwaukee Brewers took more than 12 hours to complete due to Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw taking upwards of 15 minutes between each pitch to dramatically contextualize every fastball and splitter he threw in the arc of all of human history, starting with the very dawn of civilization.

[HPE] 5 lessons for IT leaders from baseball execs - Major league baseball is first and foremost entertainment, and that shared vision must inform business decisions. So many choices are made based on assumptions about what attracts fans to the ballpark. Among them is a proposal from Alderson, who is chair of the MLB rules committee, that managers be allowed to argue balls and strikes with umpires. Because so many other questionable plays are resolved with instant replay, he said, "there's nothing to argue about anymore!" [H/T asteroid]

Random bits and pieces from Opening Day:

  • The Padres are above .500 for the first time since June 8, 2015
  • Lorenzo Cain took away a possible game-tying home-run from Jose Martinez to close out a Brewers win over the Cardinals. The Cards’ new 1B went 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts.
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. hit a single off of Bumgarner in his first at-bat
  • Jacob DeGrom threw six shutout innings, and now has thirty consecutive starts giving up three or fewer runs, a new MLB record.
  • Small comfort, but the D-backs were the only team yesterday to score five runs and lose. Nine winning teams scored five runs or fewer.