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The Diamondbacks are making their pitch to be a playoff contender

The Diamondbacks are making their pitch to be a playoff contender

Arizona manager Torey Lovullo fully understood why most preseason predictions scorned the Diamondbacks and slotted them in fourth or fifth place in the National League West, well out of playoff contention.

“I think it’s easy to say that was going to happen based on the 69 wins that we had last year,” he said, with the hint of a smile. “We have a very strong core group of guys that believed differently.”

Under the guidance of Lovullo, the former UCLA All-America infielder who replaced Chip Hale as manager after last season, and new general manager Mike Hazen, who had worked with Lovullo at previous stops in Cleveland and Boston, the Diamondbacks have turned their belief into...

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