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Ah, yes. That’s why we kept three catchers on the roster.

MLB: Arizona Diamondbacks at Los Angeles Dodgers Kelvin Kuo-USA TODAY Sports

Arizona Diamondbacks 5, Los Angeles Dodgers... well... yeah

[Arizona Sports] Zack Godley, D-backs’ pitching staff roughed up in loss to Dodgers - Why an infielder would let Zack Godley field a bunt and attempt to throw to a base is beyond me. Old habits die hard I suppose. The Diamondbacks desperately needed Godley to pitch into the later innings after Friday’s six hour marathon, but instead he was blasted for eight runs, seven earned, over 5.1 innings. He also hasn’t learned how to stop falling off of the mound, so that’s cool. Los Angeles also smacked a pair of solo home runs off of him as well.

[AZ Central] Dodgers rip Diamondbacks again to take lead in season-opening series - The game didn’t start out as terrible as it finished, but it was short lived. Jarrod Dyson hit a leadoff home run that just barely squeaked over the wall in right field. Alex Avila, Adam Jones, and David each joined with home runs of their own as well.

[D’backs.com] D-backs hit 4 HRs, but Godley, bullpen struggle - The Dodgers have now outscored the D’backs 34 to 15 in the first series of the season.

Diamondbacks News

[D’backs.com] Lamb not expected to see time at 3B for now - Christian Walker at first. Jake Lamb at third. Eduardo Escobar at second. Ketel Marte in center. John Ryan Murphy DFA’d. Make it happen.

“I think we’re going to put that idea on hold where we’ll move him across the diamond,” Lovullo said. “We have definitely discussed it. It has come up. And yes, it would be nice to get both of those guys in there. But for the short-term time being, I think we’re going to stand pat at first base. Because we didn’t get a chance to do it in Spring Training, I want to work at it instead of just throwing him in there. I want to make sure he’s prepared before we throw him in there.”

[AZ Central] A.J. Pollock: Diamondbacks’ qualifying offer made for ‘a really tough decision’ - A.J. Pollock’s decision to decline the D’backs $17.9 million qualifying offer was likely more difficult for him than we give credit. He’d hardly been a beacon of health during his time in Arizona, so there was no guarantee he was going to receive an offer such as the deal he ultimately signed with the Dodgers. Pollock could have the a hefty guaranteed one year deal in the hopes he’d have a fully healthy season and “reload” his value.

“It’s a tough decision where you’re trying to read them,” Pollock said. “Whether we were right or wrong, we kind of made a decision, read the situation and felt like it was probably the best move to decline it. Whether we chose it or not, it would have been great. There are so many good people over there still. It was a tough decision. It really was difficult.”

[D’backs.com] Souza set to undergo surgery on left knee - Best wishes to Steven Souza Jr. who, quite frankly, needs to have his knee reattached. His surgery is scheduled for Tuesday in Cincinatti and will be performed by Dr. Timothy Kremchek.

Around the League

[NBC Sports] Bryce Harper hits monster home run as Phillies’ bats explode again - Fans in Philadelphia are having a ball after their huge free agent acquisition, Bryce Harper, hit his first home run as a Phillie. How nice for them.

[CBS Sports] Brewers’ Josh Hader: Immaculate against Cards - Too bad his Twitter archive wasn’t as immaculate. Zzzzzzzzzzzing.

[Deadspin] MLB Advanced Media Made Billions For Baseball, Chewed Up Its Employees, And Spit Them Out - I’ll probably have an email from Vox Media in thirty minutes for linking a Deadspin piece. The environment of MLBAM described within isn’t too terribly different from other corporate horror stories, and that’s disheartening. It’s just baseball.

“The attitude I saw expressed definitely trickled down to the managers. It was just a bunch of people who would say yes to upper management and then take that culture and distribute it down. I feel like that was the way to deal with issues. To berate, not threaten, but belittle,” one source said.